Wednesday, December 12, 2012

It's Been Eleven Years

“Here’s to 11 years,” my husband said.

“11 years,” I repeated and we clinked glasses—that were full of sparkling grape juice because we’re weird and aren’t huge wine fans.

Our anniversary was Monday and last year as you recall, we renewed our vows on the Grand Staircase of the Titanic. In the Titanic museum at Branson, that is.




But back when we were first married, we were only 19. And, as I’ve mentioned many times, I was seven months pregnant.



(Yes, I was wearing black. It was the only thing that fit my oversized stomach AND it was the only fanciest thing I had. Couldn’t afford anything new.)

We did not know what we were doing.

I mean, we DID, but we didn’t. Marriage is tough.

And add a baby to the mix and it’s even harder.

But we grew together and made it work because marriage takes work. A lot of it. There were a lot of tears and harsh words said over the years. But there was also a lot of love and tenderness.

I’m proud to say that I married my high school sweetheart.

I’m proud of the man my husband has become.

And I’m looking forward to spending my life with him.


(For a more detailed description of our story, I made this video a couple of years ago that sums it up.)

28 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary! :-) Visiting from SITS.

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  2. Aw!!! Happy Anniversary!! What a sweet post!! I loved it! :)

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  3. Congratulations! 11 years, that's awesome :) My hubs and I are celebrating 9 years next week.

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  4. Happy anniversary! I'll have a glass of wine in your honour. Not yet though, it's 11 in the morning.

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  5. Happy Anniversary and cute video!!! :)

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  6. Happy Anniversary! How sweet and young you both looked and what a cool place to renew wedding vows. Just sayin'.

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  7. Happy Anniversary! Wow that was a fast year I remember your renewal like it was yesterday! Such a great marriage success story....certainly meant to be together! Congrats!

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  8. Happy Anniversary!! Wishing you both many more years of happiness!

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  9. I remember seeing that video - it made me cry then and it made me cry again.

    Happy anniversary to you and your prince.

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  10. Happy Anniversary! Has it really been a year since you renewed your vows? I swear it just happened!

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  11. I married my sweetheart when I was 18 and we had only met that same year. We've now been married 34 years . . Some years were better than others but we stayed together through it all.

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  12. Love the video!!! Happy Anniversary!

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  13. Happy Anniversary! Sweet story.

    So honest. I love the pictures. You are beautiful.

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  14. Happy Anniversary! Sweet story.

    So honest. I love the pictures. You are beautiful.

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  15. Happy Anniversary! Congratulations on weathering the storms. I can relate to marrying young and growing up together in marriage. It makes 11 years so much sweeter!

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  16. happy anniversary and your video made me cry I dont know if it was the sign or my soft spot for love stories LOL

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  17. I remeber that video the last time, and it made me cry again! Even though I know the ending! Hope you enjoyed your grape juice, and have many more happy years together. Happy anniversary!

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  18. Congratulations & happy anniversary, Amber.

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  19. God Bless! Happy many years together.

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  20. So I cried... Thought I should tell you that, I never cry at stuff over the internet. I've actually seen the video at least once before, and I think I cried then too...

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