Nine Years of Marriage

It was 9 years ago today that he and I officially became an “us.”

We promised to love each other, though good times and bad.

Though neither of us promised anything about obey.

I laughed with joy through our ceremony while Hubs cried.

It was a beautiful day.

wedding photos


The truth is that marriage is hard. Not all the time, but sometimes, it’s hard.

But, I can’t imagine my life without Hubs.

We created three beautiful boys together.

He makes me laugh, even though half the time his jokes are totally inappropriate.

He knows what I mean when I say vague things like “You know that girl in that movie with that guy….” even with no context.

He supports my dreams.

He doesn’t lock me in the closet or toss me out in the rain when I get cranky, even though I pretty much deserve it.

We say “I love you” multiple times a day and mean it.

Because we really do love each other.

Nine years and counting.

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  1. Everybody loves a love story!
    Wishing you both many more happy and loving years together. 
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  2. Congrats hon! LOVE that aqua dress — tres chic. Great idea to take an anniversary pic. Enjoy your day :~)
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  3. happy anniversary!  I’ve only been married 8 months but yes I agree that it gets harder from going from being together then really married.  Good luck with many more years to come!
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  4. Happy 9th Anniversary!!! And may there be many more wonderful years ahead.
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  5. Happy Anniversary!
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  6. Congratulations! Hope there are many more happy years ahead.
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  7. Congrats! Hope you guys are doing something fun to celebrate either tonight or this weekend!
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  8. Happy anniversary!  Everything you said here is true for me and Jdaddy as well.  We’ll be celebrating 10 years in November.
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  9. Happy anniversary!!!  Your thoughts on marriage are so true – beautiful and hard.  But I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I wish you and Hubs many more happy years together!
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  10. Awww happy 9 years and here’s to many more! You guys are a beautiful couple!
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  11. Happy Anniversary and kudos for embracing everything marriage is!
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  12. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY you two crazy *GOOD LOOKING WOW!* kids!!!!

    what a gorgeous way to talk about your hubby. Wishing you a lovely day and a year of Happiness!

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  13. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY you two crazy *GOOD LOOKING WOW!* kids!!!!

    what a gorgeous way to talk about your hubby. Wishing you a lovely day and a year of Happiness and

  14. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY you two crazy *GOOD LOOKING WOW!* kids!!!!

    what a gorgeous way to talk about your hubby. Wishing you a lovely day and a year of Happiness!
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  15. Happy Anniversary! Wishing you many, many, many more years of happiness together.
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  16. Happy Anniversary! Marriage is hard which makes it all worth it. You fight for it, you cultivate it you cherish it more. It’s God’s desire that we marry for life.
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  17. Happy Anniversary!!!
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  18. Michelle Ayers says:

    Happy Anniversary and I love your green dress!

  19. Happy Anniversary. Here’s to many more!!! :)
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  20. Beautiful! Happy Anniversary!
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  21. Happy anniversary, Shell!!!
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  22. Happy Anniversary Shell! Here’s to many many many more happy anniversaries!
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  23. Happy anniversary to you both!! Hope you get to do something fun to enjoy it. :)
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  24. Congrats and happy anniversary!  You are right – it is so much work.  But worth it.  Hope you have a great day.
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  25. Happy anniversary! Wishing you nine times nine more!!!
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  26. Congrats! Thats awesome!

  27. Happy Anniversary and have a wonderful time on your little getaway!
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  28. What a great picture! Happy anniversary!

  29. Happy Anniversary! That wedding picture is so sweet.
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  30. Happy Anniversary!!
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  31. Happy anniversary!
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  32. Congrats! May this next year be the best one yet!
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  33. I’m so happy for you guys! Congrats on 9 years!
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  34. Congrats on 9 years! I agree, marriage is a lot of work and I’m surprised my husband hasn’t tossed my cranky butt to the curb too!
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  35. Happy Anniversary!!!!
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  36. Yayyyyy for Happy Marriages!!!  There seems to be a shortage of them lately (in my circle of friends) and so this post is nice to read!   

  37. Congratulations to 9 wonderful years! I hope… I know that you will have many more!

    Enjoy your day!
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  38. Happy anniversary momma.. ya’ll have fun on your work/anniversary trip.
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  39. You guys are so cute together! Hope you have lots of fun celebrating!
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  40. Here is to 90 more!
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  41. Happy anniversary! Love the pictures. And yes, marriage is hard, but totally worth it. : )
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  42. Happy anniversary! 
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  43. Happy anniversary!
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  44. Happy Anniversary! 9 years is such an accomplishment. I love how in love you still are. Your right marriage is hard, but its so worth it.
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  45. Yay – congrats!  We’re just over 11.  :-)

    I like that he gets your vague things.  That’s a really unique quality, you know.
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  46. Happy Anniversary! Your assessment of marriage is spot-on. :)
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  47. Congratulations :) You are a beautiful couple.
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  48. Happy Anniversary! Here’s to another 99 years of love and joy.
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  49. Awww, happy anniversary!
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  50. CONGRATS!!! Happy Anniversary!

  51. Happy Anniversary! In two weeks, it will be ten for us! Yay for March weddings!
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  52. Happy Anniversary! Here’s to love!

  53. What a beautiful post! A happy anniversary to you :)
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  54. Happy anniversary you two!
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  55. Happy Anniversary!!!
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  56. Congrats Shell!!!!!!  
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  57. It’s true, marriage is not always easy, but nothing worth having is.

    We just ignored our 17th anniversary, oops.  We both totally forgot, and neither one of us has brought it up (until this very moment).  Good thing we have another one in August.  

    Here’s to your next 9 years.
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    • LOL Plan something fun! 

      We start thinking about ours in February- b/c it’s our excuse not to do much for Valentine’s Day.

  58. Happy, happy Anniversary to you both! Wishing you many more beautiful years ahead! :)
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  59. Happy Anniversary!!
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  60. Happy Anniversary!! My husband and I will be celebrating our 9th anniversary later this fall. Wow. Hard to believe that it’s been 9 years already! Wishing you all the best and many more to come.
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  61. How awesome!

    We are 7 years married as of March 5th. :)
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  62. So, so sweet.  Happy Anniversary!  Wishing you many more years together…

    Btw, love, love your new blog look!  

  63. Just wanted to stop by a say Congratulations! None years is awesome!
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  64. Happy Anniversary! Enjoy your time away with the hubs, you deserve it!!!
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  65. celebrate big…9 years is huge
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  66. Happy Anniversary! I hope you’re celebrating tonight. :) 
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  67. Great post! My 9 yr anniversary is coming up later this year as well! (i think we discussed that, lol). It’s been a rough 9 years but I honestly couldn’t imagine my life without him. Happy Anniversary!!!!!!!!
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  68. March is a fabulous month to get married! We just celebrated our 4th.  Congrats to you and Hubs…may you be honored to have many more years together.  Grace every morning…
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  69. Happy Anniversary!!

  70. Happy Anniversary! Your words are just beautiful. :)
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  71. Happy Anniversary!!

  72. I am a day late, but Happy Happy Anniversary! I am so glad you two have each other :) (and how cute are you both??)
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  73. Happy anniversary, you!

    Nine and years and counting, LOVE that!

    (Also? Stunning then, stunning now!)
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  74. Happy Anniversary! I’ll celebrating #9 in October. Time goes by so fast and so slow all at the same time but I know he makes me happy:)
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  75. Happy Happy Anniversary! See you guys work for it and so it is wonderful and good.
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  76. Happy Anniversary!  Wishing you a lifetime more.
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  77. love! Happy Anniversary!
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  78. Happy Anniversary!

  79. Oh I agree, a good marriage is hard work:) Congrats to you…wishing you many MANY more years of wedded bliss!
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  80. Sweet friend, I said so on twitter – but Happy Anniversary. I hope your time away was awesome. I love this story. It is true.. hard work. But, I’m also in awe of how you and your hubs handle stress together. Anyway – Happy Anniversary.
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  81. yeah 9 years rock on! :) How exciting, congrats!!
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  82. Awwww, you guys are just the cutest :) Happy anniversary to the pair of you, and wishing you many, many more very happy years together. XOXO
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