The One

It was on a sticky, summer’s night when Dave and I were dancing up a storm at the Story Bridge Hotel that I realised he was the one.

It was Australia Day 2001.

Earlier that day, my sister and I had waited outside my house for my then new boyfriend, Dave, to pick us up. We were headed for the hotel’s annual cockroach races. Romantic, I know.

Dave and I had been dating for a little over a month and my sister was the first of my family to meet him. My stomach was full of butterflies – excited about seeing Dave again and nervous about whether my sister would like him.

Before long, Dave rocked up out the front of mine in his banged up, beige Kingswood. I slid in beside him on the bench seat, while my sister hopped in the back.

I looked over at him and melted.

He smiled at me with his signature crooked smile and kind yet mischievous, brown eyes. He wore an earring in his ear, a white fabric bracelet on his wrist, beads around his neck, and a small outdoorsy hat on his head.

He was so … Kiwi πŸ™‚ So different to anyone I had ever met before. So what I needed.

Nice jandals, Dave :)

Nice jandals, Dave πŸ™‚

The afternoon started cruisy enough with us sitting on some bleachers at the hotel sinking a few quiet coldies and getting to know each other.

By nightfall, the beers had well and truly kicked in. We were sweating as we burned up the dance floor. Something extremely Aussie like Men at Work or the Oils was probably playing.

My sister danced on a tabletop nearby as Dave and I shared one sweaty kiss after another. I don’t know whether it was the beer, or the seal of approval from my sister, but at this moment I knew that he was the one.

Some people have checklists when they are searching for their soul mate. I never had one of those, but there have definitely been moments in our time together when I have thought, yep, this is the man I want to spend the rest of my life with. Little moments that cemented in my mind that he was the one.

Here are a few of these little moments:

  • When he revealed he was a Party of Five and Dawson’s Creek tragic.
  • When we did the long distance thing and he sent home from Dublin a sketch he had done of the church spire he looked at in the evenings while thinking of me. We could now look at the same spire and think of each other.
  • When he wrote me hilarious email after hilarious email, his awesome story telling (or shit talking as Dave would say) skills at their best.
  • When we travelled Europe, the UK, and the US spending 24 hours a day seven days a week together and didn’t get sick of each other.
  • When I said to him we should do a choreographed dance to Beyonce’s Crazy in Love for our wedding dance and he said, Bring it!
Crazy in love

Crazy in love

And then after we married:

  • When he shed a tear at our wedding.
  • When he told me that it didn’t matter if we could never have a baby because we had each other.
  • When I held him in my arms eight months pregnant with our first child as he mourned the loss of his father.
  • When he designed and built our house despite doubt from people around us.
  • When we shared tears of happiness when our first daughter was born and then again with our second.
  • When he changed his career to support our family.
  • When we make sure we never go to sleep on an argument.
  • When we bring out the best, not the worst in each other.

wedding kiss

Ahh, who am I kidding? Every day, every single day, this man of mine reminds me why he is the one, why he was worth waiting for, and why I want to spend every day of the rest of my life with him.

Happy fifth wedding anniversary, Davey x

77 comments on The One

  1. Claire
    July 28, 2013 at 4:07 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Anniversary!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 28, 2013 at 8:08 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Claire πŸ™‚

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  2. Andrea
    July 28, 2013 at 8:47 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy happy happy happy wedding anniversary my beloved friends xoxo

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 29, 2013 at 7:49 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much, darling xo

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  3. Andrea
    July 28, 2013 at 8:48 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Anniversary my beloved friends xoxo

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  4. Andrea
    July 28, 2013 at 8:49 pm (4 years ago)

    sorry I pressed the button too many times, call it enthusiasm… πŸ˜‰

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 29, 2013 at 7:50 am (4 years ago)

      I love a bit of enthusiasm x

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  5. Rhoda
    July 28, 2013 at 8:53 pm (4 years ago)

    Beautiful story thank you for sharing Renee. Happy 5th Anniversary!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 29, 2013 at 7:53 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Rhoda!

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  6. Simone
    July 28, 2013 at 11:17 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Anniversary you two! One of my favourite couples in the world, definitely made for one another πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 29, 2013 at 7:50 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you darling heart. What a lovely compliment x

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  7. Rose
    July 28, 2013 at 11:19 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh that was awesome. You are rich in love. Xox

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 29, 2013 at 7:50 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Rose. That is a lovely compliment also xo

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  8. Susan
    July 29, 2013 at 12:05 am (4 years ago)

    Happy Anniversary to a wonderful couple! your wedding was one of my most favorite celebrations and a great trip for us. It was also the last time we saw Murray- one of the best men I have known- I do have one major regret-I MISSED your wedding dance- maybe I can see a video some day. Love to you, your writings brighten my day.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 29, 2013 at 7:52 am (4 years ago)

      Oh thank you so much, Susan! Having you over for our wedding and Murray’s birthday meant the world to us and the family. Can’t wait until we can introduce you and Larry to our little girls. xo

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  9. Sara
    July 29, 2013 at 9:58 am (4 years ago)

    As a newly wed, this touches my heart greatly.
    πŸ™‚
    Beautiful story.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 29, 2013 at 1:36 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Sara. And congrats to you!

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  10. Tegan
    July 29, 2013 at 4:11 pm (4 years ago)

    A beautiful story that I must admit bought a tear to my eye. Happy Anniversary. My partner and I met on Australia Day…and the rest they say..is history πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 29, 2013 at 8:17 pm (4 years ago)

      A special day for both of us then, Tegan πŸ™‚ Thanks for dropping in.

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  11. Emily
    July 29, 2013 at 10:56 pm (4 years ago)

    Beautiful – I am so glad you can remember those wonderful little details from your time together – may those great moments be joined with a thousand more! Also blogging at emilymorganwrites.com πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 1, 2013 at 10:20 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Emily
      I’m sorry I missed your comment earlier. Thank you so much for dropping by and for your lovely words. I will check out your site now πŸ™‚

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  12. Dorothy
    July 30, 2013 at 9:15 am (4 years ago)

    What a beautiful story. Happy Anniversary!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 30, 2013 at 10:13 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks Dorothy πŸ™‚

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  13. Mystery Case
    July 30, 2013 at 7:19 pm (4 years ago)

    Gorgeous story, happy anniversary!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 30, 2013 at 8:13 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Ms Mystery Case πŸ™‚

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  14. Katrina
    July 30, 2013 at 7:49 pm (4 years ago)

    Awww. What a lovely post!
    Happy anniversary, here’s to many, many more to come!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 30, 2013 at 8:14 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Katrina πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 30, 2013 at 8:16 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Kirsty πŸ™‚

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  15. Jen Hale
    July 30, 2013 at 9:33 pm (4 years ago)

    Soooo beautiful!! Congrats & Happy Anniversary xoxo

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 30, 2013 at 10:14 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Jen πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 2, 2013 at 3:07 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Leanne. It was one in a million πŸ˜‰

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  16. Lara @ This Charming Mum
    August 2, 2013 at 6:56 am (4 years ago)

    What a beautiful post! It is a special thing indeed to find ‘the one’. I met my husband in very similar circumstances at what used to be Jamisons’s Bar in the Valley. It’s not there anymore – at least you can still go to the Story Bridge and reminisce! Happy anniversary to you both!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 2, 2013 at 3:08 pm (4 years ago)

      Ahh Jamison’s sounds family. I can’t think where it was though. I can only remember Dooley’s πŸ™‚

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  17. Lydia C. Lee
    August 2, 2013 at 7:11 am (4 years ago)

    Happy anniversary – how lovely. I hope you showed him?

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 2, 2013 at 3:08 pm (4 years ago)

      I did, Lydia πŸ™‚

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  18. Kim@spiritedmama
    August 2, 2013 at 7:20 am (4 years ago)

    That’s a beautiful love story, worth shouting from the rooftops, When love is in the world, respect, joy and kindness follow and we all benefit x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 2, 2013 at 3:09 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Kim πŸ™‚ It’s always scary sharing such intimate memories, but I felt as though I did want to shout it from the rooftops πŸ˜‰

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  19. Josefa @always Josefa
    August 2, 2013 at 8:06 am (4 years ago)

    Congratulations and such a beautiful post. Love is everything. It is as simple as that x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 2, 2013 at 3:09 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Josefa. That means alot x

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  20. Neets
    August 2, 2013 at 8:18 am (4 years ago)

    Beautiful story!! Love the kingswood. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 2, 2013 at 3:10 pm (4 years ago)

      Ahhh yes, the good old Kingy. I wonder where it is now x

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  21. Emily @ Have a laugh on me
    August 2, 2013 at 9:45 am (4 years ago)

    Gee Renee, talk about making me tear up – that is just BEAUTIFUL – and you can’t go wrong with an amazing Kiwi man, I married one also! LOVE LOVE LOVE all those caring and sweet things he did when you were long distance. I had a light bulb he’s the one moment – lucky us xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 2, 2013 at 3:10 pm (4 years ago)

      Yay for us! Yes, I love my darling kiwi man. We sure are lucky x

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  22. Leanne Winter
    August 2, 2013 at 11:59 am (4 years ago)

    Congratulations, Renee. He sounds wonderful. I got a tear in my eye at the bit about his father passing – thanks for sharing this x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 2, 2013 at 3:11 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Leanne πŸ™‚ And thanks for taking the time to read it xx

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  23. Francesca
    August 2, 2013 at 2:13 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh that’s a beautiful post. Congratulations on your 5th wedding anniversary. It’s so obvious how in love you are ☺

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 2, 2013 at 3:12 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Francesa. And thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

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  24. Me
    August 2, 2013 at 2:25 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful post !!! HAppy anniversary – here’s to many more !!!
    Have the best weekend !
    Me

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 2, 2013 at 3:12 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend too πŸ™‚

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  25. Pip (Bub Sweat and Tears)
    August 2, 2013 at 4:59 pm (4 years ago)

    Renee, what an incredible list. So heartfelt. Both you guys match beautifully. Dawson’s Creek AND Beyonce wedding moves?! Jackpot. Thanks for sharing such beautiful sentiments xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 2, 2013 at 9:01 pm (4 years ago)

      Haha I know right?! Very lucky. Thank you for your kind words x

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  26. Sam Stone
    August 2, 2013 at 6:04 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Anniversary.
    So beautifully written, I shed a little tear for the love you have. xoxox

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 2, 2013 at 9:01 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Sam. I hope all is going well for you x

      Reply
  27. Lisa Wood
    August 2, 2013 at 6:40 pm (4 years ago)

    gosh that is so very sweet, happy anniversary xx

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  28. Zanni Louise
    August 2, 2013 at 8:37 pm (4 years ago)

    Aw. So sweet Renee. Happy anniversary! xx

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  29. Mel
    August 2, 2013 at 8:49 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy 5th Anniversary Renee! Such a lovely tribute to your beautiful marriage. Mel x

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  30. Housewife in Heels
    August 2, 2013 at 9:23 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Anniversary!!! We’ve had a few good times at Story Bridge hotel too. Love that you remember what he was wearing on the first date x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 2, 2013 at 9:42 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol. Thank you. It was his standard uniform for awhile πŸ˜‰ Gotta love the story bridge πŸ˜‰

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  31. JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter)
    August 2, 2013 at 9:43 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh that is so beautiful. Happy anniversary! Just had a mini fight with my husband.. I’m going to make up with him right now.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 2, 2013 at 9:51 pm (4 years ago)

      Good on you, Jodi πŸ™‚ Never go to sleep on an argument πŸ™‚

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  32. Alicia
    August 2, 2013 at 9:49 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy anniversary. I loved reading your story, Dave sounds awesome, you are one lucky woman.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 2, 2013 at 9:50 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Alicia πŸ™‚

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  33. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    August 3, 2013 at 1:21 pm (4 years ago)

    Renee what a lovely tribute to your soulmate on your wedding anniversary, congratulations!! I think you just know when you’ve met “the one”, and it’s an awesome feeling for sure.
    The Story Bridge used to be one of my old haunts, it was always the best place for live music! Wow, that take me waaaay back! xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 3, 2013 at 1:23 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol πŸ™‚ yep, we definitely had some good times there πŸ™‚

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  34. Toni
    August 4, 2013 at 5:13 am (4 years ago)

    Im so glad you guys have such a good relationship. For me the thing that really stood out was the fact he didn’t care if you couldn’t have kids because you two were enough. This was my biggest fear after my marriage broke down because I knew of my infertility and was worried how I would ever meet a man who wanted kids as much as me, but would still love me if it never happened. Luckily I found one and he said the exact same thing to me which was also one of the moments I knew he was the one.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 4, 2013 at 2:09 pm (4 years ago)

      I’m so pleased you found your happy ending .. and I think I saw recently that you’ve had your bub too! Congrats. I’ll head over to your page now and read about your news πŸ™‚

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  35. Grace
    August 4, 2013 at 8:40 pm (4 years ago)

    Ah, I love a good love story! Yours is just truly amazing and heart melting! Thanks for sharing and happy anniversary! x

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  36. Maxabella
    August 8, 2013 at 5:23 pm (4 years ago)

    Crazy love is the best kind of all. Happy anniversary to you and Dave. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 8, 2013 at 8:41 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol. Thanks Maxabella x

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  37. Jo @ You had us at hello
    January 26, 2016 at 12:40 pm (1 year ago)

    Aw! I teared up too!!! Dave sounds so lovely! I bet he has the best accent – i love listening to my kiwi cousins accents!! What a lovely post – Happy Anniversary xx

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