9 years!

it’s hard to believe that 9 years ago today, we said our vows and “i do”, promising to to walk with each other no matter what might lie ahead on the journey, to love each other, to die to self, putting the other’s needs and desires above our own, to be best friends. 

{ginormous wedding party – 8 groomsmen, 8 bridesmaids, 2 junior bridesmaids, 3 flower girls, 1 ring bearer, and a partridge in a pear tree – aug 2003}

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and what a hard, challenging, refining and yet rewarding 9 years it has been!  there have been so many moments…  some fun, some happy, some ridiculous, some sad, some angry, some sweet. sometimes we wanted to throw the towel in and other times we couldn’t imagine being apart.  marriage is a beautiful thing, but it is not for the faint hearted… for sure.  yea, there are a ton of things that we wish we would’ve done differently, but then where would God’s grace be?  He has brought much beauty and redemption from the ashes over the last 9 years. and there is sure to be much more grace granted to us in the next 9 years. 

thank you to an amazing man and husband for loving me so sacrificially, for serving so faithfully, for making me laugh and teaching me to how to be a bit more spontaneous in life, for continually fighting for our marriage, for never giving up. 

we’ve shared a lot of great memories over the years…  

 {first christmas in our home – dec 2006} … sorry for the lack of pics from 2003-2005

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{summer 2007 – vail, co}

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{chicago marathon – fall 2007}

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{at laura’s wedding – fall 2007}

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{on top of mt. of the holy cross – summer 2008}

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{summer 2009 in vail, co}

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{fall 2009 – day after chicago marathon}

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{our last backpacking trip before becoming parents – july 2010}

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{our son was born! – aug 2010}

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{first family pics – fall 2010}

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{little M’s first Christmas – dec 2010}

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{easter 2011}

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{family pic – fall 2011}

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{longs peak, estes park – july 2012}

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i’m excited to see what God has in store for our lives in the next 9 years to come! 





Published on: August 2, 2012 | Tags: ,

6 Responses to 9 years!

  1. Jenna says:

    happy anniversary to you guys!!

  2. We wish both of you a Happy Anniversary and many, many more to come!!! You both can do it…..

  3. Tara G. says:

    Happy Anniverssary!!! It is crazy to think how long but full of memories the road has been since we were neighbors back on the Southside. I still remember the day we met, you introducing me to the Sound of Music, when your family moved, our summer kid exchanges, Laura and Jarod with the chicken pox, growing up, losing touch, and reconnecting. God bless!

    • Amy says:

      Thank you!! You have a great memory… much better than mine. I feel as though I can hardly remember events from 5 years ago let alone 20-25 years!! Hope things have been going well for you and your husband. I paid a little visit to your blog and it looks like you’re going to be super busy with your own little business starting up. Best wishes to you!!

  4. Laura says:

    Oh I just love looking at your lives and how much love you both have for each other. You all are so blessed and God has many more amazing things planned for your lives. I can’t wait to hear and be apart of it as well! We love you all so much and can’t wait to see you again soon! Love, The Ketchams

  5. Sarah says:

    Oh, I remember that day so well. How fun. I can’t believe it’s been almost a decade. Wow! So much has happened. Love the little family God made. You all are beautiful. Congratulations on 9 years together, and 2 years with Mr M. May you have many, many more joyful years together.

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