On Our Anniversary

Today marks 3 years since Brad and I said, “I do” to each other. It was a beautiful day and was absolutely perfect in my eyes. I remember being really excited about planning a January wedding. Many thought we were crazy but we got engaged in June and neither of us wanted a long engagement. I thought the idea of a January wedding sounded beautiful. I remember the stress of planning the wedding. I remember the silly fights we had in the process. For example, we fought about what kind of favor we should give out at the reception….seriously?!  I also remember the fun we had doing things together and dreaming about the kind of life we wanted to share. I remember taking walks around Watkins Mill and dreaming and talking for hours. I remember all of those days just like they were yesterday.


This picture was taken back when we were babies and just dating. Little did I know that I would be engaged to this wonderful man just 5 months after this picture!

We got married in a beautiful church at dusk with candles shining in the windows. At our reception we had a hot chocolate bar that I was super excited about! I had a friend of mine make me a GORGEOUS fur coat to wear over my dress for our outside pictures. You can find her stuff at KJ Clothing Design. The weather was actually amazing for a January wedding. It was in the 50’s and I almost didn’t even need my coat!


Our photographer was Aaron Clark and you can find him at Aaron Clark Photography. My sister-in-law, Chelsea, knew him from Branson, MO which is where he is located. He does amazing work and is willing to travel. He did a fantastic job and made us laugh the whole time. The whole day was just perfect and when I look back on it, I smile.



This day, three fast years later, there is snow on the ground and falling all around. The temperature is 18 degrees, which is a far cry from the weekend we got married! So much has changed and so much has happened. We have lived in 2 homes, have a dog and have our first child who is going to turn ONE next month! We have had to live apart for 7 months due to his job (which coincided with my pregnancy-I’ll save that for another post). We have been in pure bliss and we’ve had many disagreements.

There is not one thing that I would change about my marriage. I love him more today than the day I said “I do.” I have chosen to love him when things were hard or when I was mad at him. He has chosen to love me despite my emotional side making “issues” out of nothing or by making situations into something way bigger than they were. There is no one else in this world that I would rather do life with.

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He is the love of my life. My best friend. The father of our daughter. A great big brother. An awesome uncle. A wonderful son/son-in-law. A super handy-man. A hard worker. A follower of God. A great leader for our family. He is a dreamer. He is kind and compassionate. He is so PATIENT and loving. He is my husband and I’m so glad he is mine!

Happy Anniversary my love!! These first 3 years have flown by and have been wonderful. I can’t wait to spend the next 70 with you and see where life and God takes us!

I love you!


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