Thursday, July 29, 2010

15 years

15 years ago today, on a very hot-113-degree evening, I married Matt.  I was 21 at the time, he was 22, and everyone thought we were crazy to get married so young.  I was in the middle of getting my Bachelor's and unbeknownst to me, some thought I would not finish school (ha- little did they know!!).  It was a wonderful evening, one that went by way too fast, but one that I will cherish a lifetime.
So 15 years is a long time..... where have we been?  what have we done?
1996: At the end of our "wanna-be-a-cowboy" phase; living in a 400 sq feet apartment; still in school (ha!), and learning how to be married (the hard way).
1997: Both working at least 2 jobs each; both attending school (double ha!); and attending lots of friends wedding this year?!
1998: Look who graduated now (it never could have been done without the support of my hubby); a big move to Dallas to look for a career; saying goodbye to Illinois
1999: both found great jobs; meeting fun friends; and having fun travels thanks to dual incomes (whoo-hoo); we went to Mexico and Colorado that summer
2000: Our first house; our first dog; we're really the established married couple now; what's next?
2001: Parenthood!  Along came our sweet daughter and life has been forever changed for the better.
2002: And we added another Darling to the clan; parenthood times two was fast and furious.
2003: But we still found time to enjoy life together; Our first cruise (sans children)
2004: Again, a busy year filled with raising 2 kids the best we could; Summer included our first camping trip, a Wiggles concert, and a fun wedding
2005: 10 years! Wow!!  A special trip to the Big Apple for our 10 year wedding anniversary
2006: And we followed that fun with a family trip to see the Big Mouse!
2007: Our vacation destinations have improved, as we have been to Costa Rica, Cabo, France, & Italy; I have found a fantastic traveling companion in my hubby.
2008: A Big year for us with a big move, a European vacation, and a confirmation of our faith.
2009: Little Bubba completed our family.
2010: A busy year filled with all the energy of 3 amazing children!

15 years.  Wow. I am more in love with this man today as the father of my children and best friend, than I was the day I married him.  Back then, I never could have imagined how amazing these past 15 years would be.  So full of memories and sweet moments.  I am completed fulfilled.  Thank you God for being the ultimate matchmaker and mapping out the wonderful life we have had so far.  I can't wait to see what more there is to come.


16 comments:

McCrakensx4 said...

What a great trip down memory lane. Congratulations and happy 25th....here's to many many more!

Rhonda said...

Wow, love seeing a glimspe of your married life through the years. Happy 15!

Mocha with Linda said...

What wonderful pictures and memories. Happy, happy anniversary!

Darling's said...

Great Post, love all the pictures! Here is to another happy and memory filled 15, Cheers!

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

Oh wow, those are some great memories! Happy Anniversary!!

Shawn said...

I love this! My anniversay is in September and I may follow in your bloggy footprints.

What a wonderful marriage you have had...congratulations and here's to many many more happy years with the love of yor life!

shortmama said...

Happy Anniversary!

Jan/MOM said...

Fifteen years! Where does the time go? And when did you both grow up from those very young-in love kids?
Congratulations Matt and Becca!
This mom couldn't be prouder of your dedication to your faith, family, and committment.

Lindsay said...

Happy Anniversary! I hope you had amazing day! I loved all of the photos over the years!

Kelli said...

This is such a sweet post! I love how you captured each year to show us your beautiful journey. I also love seeing the picture of you two getting baptized together...priceless. Happy Anniversary.

Charon Benton said...

I am LOVING this post!!! It's just "darling"..okay, I couldn't help it..you walked right into it! LOLOLOL

Lyndsay said...

Loved the yearly highlights. Hope you have many many more wonderful memories together!!! Congratulations!

Mrs.B said...

Congratulations! May you have many more years together!

He & Me + 3 said...

Happy Anniversary. Wow 15...that is just awesome! Loved the walk down memory lane too. Fun

Connie W said...

Happy Anniversary!! Love the trip down memory lane!

Jessica said...

I love seeing where you've been and what you've done! Now I can't wait to see what the future holds for you two!

Happy Anniversary! Congratulations!!

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