Hey, Chris. Happy Anniversary.

"Oh, you're engaged.  How exciting."

Then, in the next breath...  The heavy stuff.

"So.  Are you on the same page about finances?  Never, ever say anything bad about your spouse to their family.  Ever.  Take time for you as a couple.  No matter how many good friends you have, or how much your family grows.  Take time for the two of you."

Clifford and JoRetta.  Unbelievable couple.


We went to them as soon as we were engaged to tell then our happy news.  They were so excited for us.  They shared in our joy with their whole hearts.  They were also very practical.

Chris and I have thought about the advice they gave us many, many times.

Apples of gold.  Pictures of silver.

The thing that has stayed with us maybe the most, and brought us the most joy...

They told us to not believe all that nonsense everyone says about our first year of marriage.  That is is so hard, such an adjustment, so much work...  It doesn't have to be.  It can be wonderful.

And it has been.

Eight years of hanging out with my best friend.

Eight years of laughs, hugs, inside jokes.

Eight years of bursting into song.

Eight Christmas mornings together.

Eight New Years Eve kisses.

Our family has grown a bit since we said "I do" eight years ago today.  Things around here can get a little hectic.  Messy.  Loud.  Buried in laundry.



It started with just us.

Today is a great day to remember how we started.


Happy Anniversary, Love of my life.


xo katrina said...

love it!!! happy anniversary to you both. that photo is just darling.

Leslie said...

Found your blog from the blog hop. What a great post! Marriage can be easy and fun. It's so refreshing to see couples that are completely in love and have great family lifes!

Melissa said...

New to your blog and I already love reading this first post! It's all so true :) I'm no expert, but this is the good stuff for sure! Thanks for sharing

Kristine @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

Thanks for linking up to us this week :))) We appreciate it! Beautiful picture of your family! Happy Anniversary!


Autumn Nicks said...

Happy Anniversary!!!

Brit @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

Awesome post, thanks for sharing:) Congratulations on 8 years, and Happy Anniversary!


Melanie said...

Congratulations Mariah! Your family is amazing! I love reading your stories.

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