Thursday, August 13, 2009

9 Years Ago Today...

Mike and I were married! I was straight out of college and Mike had just finished up grad school. We had no jobs and no place to live. Mike interviewed for a job right before our wedding and little did I know the entire honey moon he was on pins and needles about getting this job. I'll never forget the day after we got back from our honey moon, we packed up the U-haul, left my parents house in VA and drove down to NC to stay with Mike's parents until Mike found a job. Just as we were pulling out (Mike was driving the U-haul and I was behind him) he called and said "do you want to live in Myrtle Beach?" I said "Sure, why?" He said "I got the job!" And so our life began. He is still with that same company today by the way. We've moved every 2 years since then. Not always to a new town but to a different house. Not sure why, that's just how we do things.

We actually met 13 years ago on the swim team at East Carolina University in North Carolina. I was there only 2 weeks and Mike swept me off my feet. I was a freshman and he was a junior and we were basically inseparable but look where it got us! I can't imagine being with anyone else. Mike is a wonderful husband, father and friend. He's truly the best to me and treats me like a queen! I look forward to many, many, many more years to come. I love you Michael!!! Happy Anniversary!

Our wedding day...
August 13, 2000 Through the years...

This was one of our first dates-I was 18, Mike was 20. We drove down to the beach for the day with 2 other friends. If you look closely Mike has a cast on his arm because he broke it while, no joke, trying to impress me on the pool deck while doing sit ups during our dry land routine. I have no idea how you break your arm during sit ups but I think it's sweet that he was trying to impress me:)

This was taken the same day we got engaged. I was just 21 and he was 23, we were so young!!

At one of our showers.
Our first Christmas, no kids, just Blitzen- he was my Christmas present!
On a cruise that Mike won for having top sales his first year with his company. And to think he was so worried he wouldn't get that job! I'm so proud of him!

And 9 years later we've got three wonderful is good.


  1. I'm about to cry!!! That is so wonderful. :)

    Matthew and I were married exactly three months and six days after you on 11-19-00!

    Happy anniversary!! :)

  2. So sweet!!! Happy Anniversary!!!

  3. Beautiful post!! Happy Anniversary.

  4. Happy Anniversary! Thanks for sharing your sweet love story. Your first Christmas is like my first Christmas with Bill. No Matthew yet, except he got me a cat for Christmas/ my birthday.

  5. Life IS good. You have been blessed. Happy Anniversary and enjoy the journey!

  6. Oh man...I'm a sap! I cry at every wedding (except my own) and just looking at your pictures and hearing your story has me in tears! Happy Anniversary, and many great years to come!

  7. That's so sweet! Happy Anniversary! I am especially glad that you guys get to celebrate it at home and not in the hospital! Good job, Bennett!! Ha!

  8. Happy anniversary!! I loved looking at your pictures through the years and on your wedding day! You looked just beautiful - and you still do!

  9. Happy Anniversary Guys! I can't believe it's been 12 years since we lived in the dorms!! Hope yall are settling back home well.
    Kelly Hayden

  10. Beautiful family..Congrates to 9 years!


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