Thursday, December 20, 2012


As Salesi and I are entering our 14th year of marriage (starting today =), I felt an overwhelming sense of how extraordinary our story is and decided to reflect on our relationship.

My Husband grew up here:
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And I grew up here:
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His family pictures looked like this:                                    

And mine like this:

His home and village looked like this:

And mine like this:

He didn't have electricity, plumbing or a car, and I did.

He grew up eating this:

And I grew up eating this:

His family dinners looked like this:

And mine like this:
He wore a uniform to school:                                                             And I did not:
His childhood activities included these:

And mine these:

His birthdays looked like this...Oh wait, he didn't celebrate his birthday.

And mine like this: 
He enjoyed these views:

And I enjoyed these:
He stayed here his first 17 years:

And I traveled here:                                                                        And here,

 And here:                                                                                      And here: get the idea.

His high school graduation looked like this: 

And mine like this:

Just over thirteen years ago we met here:
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And a few months later, Salesi took his first step off an island and we got married here:

Happy Anniversary Salesi!


  1. This is so great! I love you guys. Happy Anniversary!

  2. ha ha my favorite it is the comment about his birthdays. Oh wait...

  3. Happy Anniversary to the greatest "unlikely union" ever. I love you guys! What a great post. I love all the pictures.


  4. Awesome post! We are grateful to have Salesi in the family. What a sacrifice he has made to leave Tonga and live in this cold place where all the trees are "dead". Happy Anniversary!

  5. This is awesome! I love it! And now I totally think Viliami looks like you when you were a kid!

  6. I pick Salesi's views growing up over yours Annaka haha. Goodness knows i could use a little beach in my life right about now. Congrats you two and thank you Annaka for being patient with our brother lol. We love you guys.

    1. I wish I was at the beach too! And, I will continue to try to be takes A LOT of effort! =)

  7. Awesome!! I love how you put this together so fun to see the differences!

  8. I'm loving all of the pics. Unlikely maybe, but so great together!


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