August 25, 2016

these faces

These faces are from 2006. Newly engaged. Super in love and no idea what it was like to be married or, even, "adult" - but we loved each other a lot so that, and our optimism, carried us. In 2004, just a month after meeting him, I wrote in my journal, "I love his personality and motivation and kindness and even temper and friendly, charasmatic attitude. I love that he brings out a side of me that I like. Needless to say, I think I'm falling. Hard." I hadn't known him very long but I was pretty smitten with David from the first time I saw him. His smile melted me (and continues to melt me) every time. A year later, we got engaged and had this picture taken.
These faces are from 2015. I can't believe how much we've changed over the years. I was thinner then but we both had such baby faces! David now has a beard that I love. My hair is shorter and we both have more wrinkles than we did when we were 22 and 24. That's ok with me because I'm a lot more "me" now than I have ever been in my life. Just as you should as you grow older, I've learned who I am and who I want to be. I think it can be difficult getting married young because people often don't even know who they are when they're in their early 20s. Luckily, David and I have grown together and have encouraged each other to be our best selves along the way. We're celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary this fall and I am so happy to be living my life with him. Ten years in and even more in love than I was that August in 2006 when he asked me to marry him. I felt like my heart was going to explode because I loved him so much. I couldn't stop giggling for 30 minutes after he asked me because I was just so happy. Now, when I look at pictures like this one, my heart feels steady, happy and grateful. We have our struggles but there are ties that bond us that include love, respect and laughter. I love the family we've created and the lives we're living together. Here's to my #1.


  1. We are glad you married David too! What a wonderful family you have!

  2. Happy anniversary :) you and David have made a beautiful family together!

  3. Happy Anniversary! It´s so good to see happily married couples.

  4. You are both more beautiful today....


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