Today, we’ve been married for seven years, and dating for almost fourteen (assuming we don’t count the 12 hour break-up after that night at Gaswerks. I blame the $1 shots.)

I remember a conversation we had one night after a friend’s wedding. We’d been dating for around 2 years at that point, but I can’t honestly remember who’s wedding or even which bar we went to afterwards. We were drinking, laughing and have a good time when the conversation turned to the future. Now normally when this happened, I would get wildly excited and try to play it at least a little bit cool outwardly, while JR would usually get a little green around the gills and steer the conversation in another direction.



But that night, maybe he was feeling the love from the wedding, or maybe it was the booze, but that night he started talking about how he really wanted to live and work overseas, and what that might look like for us.

He gave me this line, I’m pretty sure he actually said, “I can show you the world.” Straight out of Aladdin! And I ATE.IT.UP. I mean it didn’t even matter at that point, because I was madly in love with him already. Not quite Jerry Maguire-style you had me from hello, but close. I would have followed him anywhere.

Anyway, I thought he was daydreaming. Even when he started this job and we moved DC, I couldn’t have imagined this life.

But here we are. We just moved to Egypt, the third country we’ve lived in together since getting married and starting this weird Foreign Service adventure. We’ve added three kids, amazing trips and memories, and so much laughter. It’s not always easy but I wouldn’t trade it for anything!


2 years down and a lifetime to go

It’s crazy that JR and I have only been married for two years.  We’re coming up on 9 years together, and in some ways our wedding feels like so long ago.  But I can remember so many wonderful details of that day that it sometimes feels like it was only yesterday.

We used the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Columbus for our wedding room block.  Because of that, JR and I were able to book a two-story suite for ourselves.   It was a huge, gorgeous room and we had it for 3 nights.  After our rehearsal dinner, we invited guests back to our room to continue the fun.  It was nice to have extra time to hang out with our family and friends because many had traveled from out of town, and in some ways it was also the start of a farewell as we knew we’d be in DC and then overseas within the next year.

In the morning, JR was going golfing with some of his family and bridal party.  He forgot his phone charger in our room, so he texted me pretty early and then wanted to stop by to pick it up.  Since we’d agreed not to see each other, I stayed upstairs and tossed the phone charger over the balcony/loft area for him to catch below.

I was then wide awake and not sure what to do. I didn’t want to start getting ready too early because my hair stylist wanted my hair wet when she arrived.   I went downstairs and saw a card underneath the door.  It was from my mom – a Taylor Swift card that played “Today was a Fairytale” when I opened it up.   It was beautiful and perfect and made me cry.

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Photo credit:  Azar Photography

Since I was already feeling all emotional and had time to kill, I crawled back in bed and pulled out my laptop.  I started searching YouTube for old videos of Nick and Jessica.   Specifically, I wanted to see the opening from Newlyweds to relieve the moment that Nick sees Jessica walking down the aisle (something I’d mentioned to JR for YEARS).  I wound up watching all sorts of clips and old videos of them and literally sobbing in my bed.  I mean, if they couldn’t make it, what hope did anyone else have?!

You should watch the whole clip, but if you’re in a time crunch, start at the 00:55 mark.  I can’t even.

Seriously, goosebumps and tears watching it to this day.  Sorry Vanessa and whatever-his-name-is, those two were meant to be.

I texted Elizabeth to tell her what I was doing and she arrived shortly after that to help me pull myself together.  We had so much fun getting ready with the rest of my bridesmaids and my mom.  I was so, so nervous on the way to the church.  Not about getting married, but about tripping down the aisle and just standing up there in front of all of our friends and family.  The wedding coordinator advised me to walk the aisle very slowly, but when those doors opened I booked it as fast as I could!  All the pictures of my dad and stepdad walking with me show them lagging behind because I’m basically running to the altar.

And then we were married and it was wonderful and I couldn’t have asked for a better day.  Even better than our wedding is the fact that I married a really great person.  He makes me laugh every day.  He vowed to laugh and cry with me, to cherish our friendship, and to love me faithfully.  He’s done all of that and more.  Seeing him with Abigail has deepened my love in a way I didn’t realize was possible.

I watch our wedding video more than a normal person should, and when I watched it most recently I cried all through our vows.  JR – as I promised 2 years ago, what may come, I will always be there.

Here’s to us, babe.  Love you.

525,600 Minutes

That’s how long we’ve been married. Happy Anniversary to my wonderful husband JR!

A few wedding pictures:

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wedding 2

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We spent the day yesterday doing some of our favorite things. For me, that meant sitting poolside with my friends, drinking a strawberry margarita, and discussing celebrity gossip. JR hung out with his friends and learned how to bottle homebrew. Everybody wins!

Although we didn’t plan it this way, we are considering our anniversary gift to be the plane tickets we bought for our next big trip to be our gift to each other. We’re going to Paris over the holidays!