12 Years

Yup. Twelve years ago, Bryan and I tied the knot. Down south in the Ken Caryl Valley at the house where the owner of the ranch used to preside over huge tracts of land (where huge tracts of house now stand). The funny part was we had only lived in Colorado a short time, and didn’t realize that most Memorial Days have terrible weather. (In fact, we’ve gotten off really easy this current weekend with only some gray skies today.) But 12 years ago? Snow. Yes, you read that right. SNOW. And we had planned an outdoor wedding.

It turned out OK. We moved indoors next to the fire and all our photos have a misty, romantic quality.

Wedding Photo

And over the years, we have been lucky enough to grow up together. Looking back now, we were definitely kids when we got married at age 26. We’ve worked hard at our marriage every day. It hasn’t been perfect every day, but we most definitely have loved each other every day.

I had a conversation with a friend at a graduation party over the weekend (P.S., congrats Ian!) and we talked about how easy it can be for a marriage to take a fork in the road. How one partner can go in a separate direction and how it takes constant adjustments and communication to keep on track. And a whole lot of luck that the two halves are moving down the same road in life.

So, Bryan, thank you. For always taking the time to keep us on the same road. For always making me laugh. For always listening to me. For always making me feel special.

Happy anniversary, babe. I love you.

And, oh yeah, consider this your present.

Huggy Buggy

This article has 48 comments

  1. Mr Lady


  2. Anonymous

    you guys are so cute!

  3. Sizzle

    That’s so awesome- congratulations to you both! Snow in May? Wow!

    What you say about the fork in the road- very true- I’m glad you’ve both been able to stay on the same road.


  4. Meghann

    Happy Anniversary!!!

    It’s ours today too.

  5. zipper

    Congrats to you both. Great pics.

  6. Backpacking Dad

    Here’s to you both, and to hoping that he doesn’t let you off that easily.

    Go buy him some flowers. Or baseball tickets. Or some computer hardware.

  7. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    Or a new iMac? LOL.

    And thanks all. :)))

  8. daysgoby


    You’re both beautiful.

  9. Rachel

    Happy Anniversary!
    Beautiful wedding picture and the other one is just adorable, too!

  10. Ali

    26? that’s old. i was 5 days shy of 20 when i got married! ahahaha!

    happy aniversary!

  11. tiddleywink

    Congrats, kids!

  12. zenrain

    Happy Anniversary!! I’m so happy I got to be a part of it 😉

  13. Jennifer

    Happy anniversary! Ya’ll look so sweet together.

    I have my 26th coming up in a few days and it seems a bit surreal, in that I barely feel 26 years old. How is it possible to have been married that long?

  14. Mayberry

    Happy 12th, you crazy kids!

  15. Anonymous

    Snow on your wedding day in May??? WOW!

  16. Woodland Fairy

    Happy Anniversary!

  17. Kimblahg

    Aw congratulations! That is quite an accomplishment and you should be proud.

  18. Bryan

    Back at cha, Love. You are the best. And our forking is always great! 😉

  19. The Casual Perfectionist

    Happy Anniversary and congratulations!! (And, every time I hear “huge tracks of land” I think of Monty Python…not that it has anything to do with anything, just that I had to share. Sorry.) Have a great day!! 🙂

  20. amy t sharp

    oh happy day guys congrats!

  21. Kathy

    Happy Anniversary! Sweet tribute!!

  22. Missy Wiggins

    Congrats to you both!

  23. carrie

    Happy Annirsary you guys!

    You are right, marriage is definitely a lot of work – and it is worth it!

  24. treesflowersbirds

    Awww…such sweet photos. Happy Anniversary!

  25. mothergoosemouse

    Happy anniversary! Man, you guys don’t age, do you?

  26. Ms Mac

    Well happy anniversary!

  27. merrymishaps

    Happy Anniversary!

    I was 26 when I got married, too …

  28. Melissa

    Congrats! MAJOR Accomplishment!!!

  29. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    Thanks you all! You are too kind!



  31. Anonymous

    happy day!

  32. Anonymous

    Congratulatins to two great partners and friends! Luv u Guys!

  33. Tree

    I am a bit teary at your anniversary letter. You are so right. The constant adjustments are needed and happen due to the communication.

    Happy Anniversary, my friend.

  34. Gretchen

    Happy anniversary! What a wonderful post!

    We have our 12 year this November.

    Can’t believe it’s been so long.

  35. Heather B.

    Happy Anniversary, you two!

  36. sue

    Happy Anniversary! I love the second picture…!

  37. Steph

    Happy anniversary to you both, you make a cute couple now and then!

  38. Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah

    Awww. You guys are adorable. Happy anniversary.

  39. Mollyfa

    Wow, you guys have managed to get even better looking in 12 years.

    Happy Anniversary! We will be celebrating our 12th this summer so we are right there with ya!

  40. Angella


  41. Renaissance Woman

    Happy Anniversary. Congrats on being a great couple and working together to make it work. That’s what love is suppose to be.

  42. Builder Mama

    What a great post. You guys look amazing! And you are so right in everything that you said.

    Our 12th is this year too, and we were 26 when we got married. Kind of long in the tooth for these parts but we’ve definitely outlasted most of our friends’ marriages.

  43. laura

    Happy Anniversary! It’s nice to read such honest and heartfelt reflections on marriage. Congrats!

  44. Catherine

    You two are such a sweet couple with an even sweeter son. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to meet you. We need to get together again!

    Happy Anniversary!!!

  45. Imelda

    Happy Anniversary!! We too were married on May 26th but 2001. We met almost 13 years ago tho.

    I will never forget your anniversary now 🙂

  46. villanovababy

    Happy Anniversary! You guys look very happy. 🙂

  47. monstergirlee

    Happy Anniversary you two! COngrats on twelve years.

  48. nutmeg

    Congrats! The laughter is the glue.

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