13 Years

Thirteen years ago, on November 24, I agreed to go on a date with this teenage boy

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Having no idea that this boy would take me on the most incredible journey!

In high school we worried about hand holding and curfews and homework. Life was simple. Life was easy. We were giddy teenagers in love!

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starring in Guys and Dolls senior year

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Prom

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and of course graduation!

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In college the challenges became greater. We worried about when we would see each other next, how long our calling cards would allow us to talk each week, if we’d ever be done writing papers, roommate drama and the list goes on! But it was through these years that our love went from teenage puppy love to real committed devotion to one another.

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And then, on April 13, 2006, after 6 years of dating I said yes to the most amazing question I’d ever been asked!!

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The wedding planning phase was probably one of the easiest for the two of us. We both loved every step of the process! After dating for so long, we couldn’t wait to be husband and wife!! Just 8 quick months after saying yes we said I Do on December 30, 2006.

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Our first few years as young marrieds were pure bliss! I say that most sincerely!! House sitting, spontaneous getaways, friend get-togethers and lazy weekends. These years I cherish always!

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The young married stage ended with a move from Michigan to Indiana. A change we had been praying for, a job we’d been seeking and a new phase about to begin.

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This most recent phase, the one we are currently in, has been the most challenging and most rewarding! We have had many ups and downs. We have learned the importance of truly working as a team, the importance of communication and the importance of keeping our love alive. I am confident this stage is the best one yet!! Never have I been more in love with my husband.

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I have found the one whom my soul loves.
Song of Solomon 3:4

Happy 13th Dating Anniversary, love!!

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