5 Year Anniversary

Hubby and I recently celebrated our 5-year wedding anniversary!

It’s been quite an interesting journey how we got here so I thought it would be fun to share our story.

 In December of 2003 my sister Oshrat, my boyfriend and I were scheduled to take a 10 day trip to Israel called Birthright. After a silly fight with my boyfriend, he decided to not take the trip.

RegenImage-20 I grew up in Florida where flip-flops are the year round footwear. Our Israel trip was in the winter and I was not prepared for their cold weather. After only a few hours into the trip, I caught a really bad head cold.

Seeing that I was uncomfortable and not feeling well, a boy came up to me and offered a pair of his socks to help warm up my feet.

My sister and I became friendly with this sweet and funny guy. At the end of our trip we exchanged information and hugged Douglas good-bye.

RegenImage-34For the next few months Douglas and I spent a lot of time on the phone. We learned about each other and even sent each other gifts in the mail.

I went to LA to visit my friend Nadine and see Douglas.

67403_10150312019845571_4869741_nA couple of months after my LA visit, he came to visit me in Florida.

D&S #2 In April of 2004 (04/04/04) Douglas and I made our relationship official and started dating.

It was bittersweet taking him to the airport. I wanted him to stay! I warned him in advance that I didn’t like long distance relationships, but he assured me we would see each other soon.

After a couple of months of more phone calls and flying back and forth, Douglas suggested he would come out to Florida for the summer and see where our relationship would take us.

A fun summer turned into an amazing year!

D&SAs another summer was ending, Douglas mentioned that he wanted to go back to school. I was also interested in completing my degree.


We moved to Northern California where both of us enrolled at Sonoma State University. (After I told my story to some friends at Hillel who were also about to go to Israel with Birthright, a few boys went out and bought spare socks in hopes they would meet their soul mate as I did.)

During our time in Nor Cal our relationship evolved and we got engaged and married.


CouplePro31Shortly after we were married, we moved to Southern California as we both wanted to start planting our roots.

As a anniversary gift to ourselves we went back to where it all started, Israel. This time we were  married and expecting a baby in April 2011.

IMG_0044During the four years since moving to SoCal we were blessed with a precious daughter we named Sarah and have just celebrated our five-year wedding anniversary.

1st Clean Family PictureThis December we will celebrate the first time we met, ten years ago.

Thank you, babe, for the past ten years! It has been a roller coaster ride I’m glad to have taken with you (I hate real roller coasters!). Life hasn’t always been easy for us, but we’ve persevered, learned from one another and grown better from the experience.

Thank you for loving me unconditionally. Thank you for letting my social wings fly and thank you for giving me those socks ten years ago.

I love you!

I truly believe in timing. It was our time to meet on that bus. It was time for me to start a new chapter in my life.

Luckily, I found my beshert (destiny in Hebrew) at 22 years old on Birthright in my homeland, Israel.

Here is to a lifetime of love and happiness together, my love.


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Beautifull said! can’t wait to see you soon! xoxo

Michal ema Benson

Happy Anniversary my love to you and Douglas! For many many more years together!
Such a great parents for Sarah and keep up the great work! Miss you in florida!!!

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