Thursday, August 18, 2011

Our Real Life Teenage Dream

Today Doug and I are celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary. We met when we were in 7th grade through our mutual interest of running and begun dating our freshmen year in high school. Our first date was decided on at a co-ed track meet the day after Doug left some flowers and a love note in my locker.


We are an extremely blessed couple that has been able to spend the past 12 years of our young lives creating memories and experiencing all of life's greatest and most difficult moments with one another. It is nearly impossible to capture our journey in words but it has been filled with many special moments that are all cemented in my memory.


There were the teenage dream years







There were a few absurdly crazy college years where we were making our best attempts to keep our long distance relationship going strong, but it was wearing us down. Doug decided that we were two very lucky individuals that were very blessed to have the special connection that we do, so he transferred colleges his senior year to be closer to me. What a doll.


The first time I ran a marathon Doug searched high and low for someone to drive him 500 miles round trip to be on the sidelines supporting me. This was when I was in culinary school and my kitchen partner put something hot in a blender, covered it, then turned it on where it then proceeded to explode on my face two days before D came into town. The beautiful scab on my forehead was not the way I wanted to greet him.





After 6 1/2 years of dating there were almost another two years of engagement. We were only 21 when we got engaged, and both still in college while living at home with our parents.








Then on August 18, 2007 there was the much anticipated wedding.








And life continues to go on


I wouldn't ever say that marriage is easy, there are good days and bad, but all the good days make the bad ones worth it.




Having a good man by your side when you look like a fool dancing that doesn't judge and instead grooves along with you is a pretty special thing.




We make a good team. When one member is dragging, the other is right there for support...or clif bloks and an encouraging sign.



And if you haven't noticed, he likes to rock snazzy sunglasses just like me.






Love you D, and heres to many more memories and great years.

20 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post--and such a beautiful couple! I didn't know you had been together for such a long time, it's such a sweet story!
    :)

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  2. You two have a great story and a very interesting history. I loved reading every bit of it! You both have those same stunning blue eyes.

    I love the wedding picture with the candles in the background -- it's gorgeous! Your wedding looked beautiful!

    happy anniversary, love birds! :)

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  3. And P.S. that burn looks awful! ouch.

    You still looked gorgeous though, burn and all. :)

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  4. So awesome that you two grew up for the most part together! What a great story! Happy Anniversary!

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  5. This was so friggin sweet! i love that you guys were high school sweethearts! I don't think there was anyone I dated in high school that I can imagine being with now. These are some awesome pictures!

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  6. Happy Anniversary, you two look so wonderful together! Your pictures made me smile :)

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  7. Aww Happy Anniversary! Thanks for sharing your sweet memories! Yall are too cute!

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  8. Happy Anniversary! I love all of the old pictures! You guys were so young and adorable! You still are, but you know what I mean!

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  9. Wow. Together just when you were kids and still together as adults. It's always nice to walk down memory lane. Great pics!

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  10. You guys are too cute -- and I can't believe what babies you were when you started dating.

    Happy Anniversary!! Here's to many, many more years of health, happiness and memories!

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  11. Happy Anniversary! I always think it's a pretty special thing when you marry the man you fell inlove with as a girl. Very sweet. I hope you always continue to treasure your special love. xx

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  12. Happy Anniversary, one day late! :) I love seeing all the pics :)

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  13. Happy anniversary! What a lovely post :)

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  14. you are so so lucky! and you guys are absolutely beautiful together!!!!!
    ps your pictures are so cuteeee:)

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  15. Happy Anniversary - such a beautiful couple! Love it Up!

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  16. Happy Anniversary!! Ok-I really laughed at that scab-ha! I also didn't know you went to culinary school. Great pics! 8 1/2 years before you got married!!! Holy smokes. 10 months for me! Sounds like you have a great relationship! Definitely something to be proud of. Congrats:)

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  17. happy anniversary!! you two are beautiful. i love all these pictures and the story of the hot liquid in the blender :). i'm ashamed to say i've made that mistake before! hope you're enjoying a lovely weekend with your man.


    Sam @ fitness food & faith

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  18. You two make such a great looking couple. Love all the photos from over the years, thanks for sharing!

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  19. How did I miss this post?!?! What a beautiful story! You guys are so gorgeous. STUNNING wedding photos! Happy belated anniversary!!!

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  20. How sweet! Happy Anniversary! Couples like you are a rarity these days. ;)

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