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June 23, 2011

A Bit About Me (and Hubby), June Edition

My birthday is on February 23rd, and on the 23rd of each month, I've taken to sharing a couple of random things about me.

As yesterday marked our twelfth wedding anniversary, I’m dedicating this month’s “A Bit About Me” to twelve things about our wedding / marriage to date.

[And yes, that means I was 12 when we got married…no way am I old enough to really have been married TWELVE YEARS!!!]

1) Hubby and I knew each other for four and a half years before we got engaged, and we’d been dating for just over three years.

2) I picked out my engagement ring a couple of months prior to when my hubby proposed. I was fine with that…it ensured I got the ring I wanted…but I told him he had to figure out the proposal on his own.

3) Hubby proposed to me on New Year’s Eve 1998, on the beach, at sunset. I don’t remember anyone else being on the beach, but there was a group of people on a nearby balcony. We didn’t see them until after I said “yes”, and they all clapped for us.

4) Our engagement was just less than six months. We didn’t have a big wedding, so we didn’t need a lot of time to plan, so that length was just perfect in my book.

5) We got married on a Tuesday afternoon, on what would have been my parents’ 25th wedding anniversary.

6) We got married in an old antebellum mansion, just off the University of Alabama campus. For a short period of time, that house had served as the state capital.

7) We had a small wedding…only about 40 close friends and family…and no wedding attendants. I actually loved the idea of standing in front of everyone with only my husband.

8) We had stargazer lilies as part of the decorations at the reception. I love the way they look, but hate the way they smell! Nonetheless, that smell always reminds me (fondly!) of our wedding day.

9) Everything went as planned during our wedding…except that I forgot my bouquet. I didn’t realize it until I was all the way down the aisle. Oops!

10) I wore something old [my mom’s wedding ring], something new [my wedding dress], something borrowed [pearl earrings from my grandmother that my dad had given her], and something blue [an embroidered handkerchief from my aunt]. I love traditions!

11) We went to Cancun on our honeymoon. We vowed we’d go back every five years to celebrate. We made it there for our fifth anniversary…but for our tenth, we were a little busy with a couple of five-month olds! We’re aiming to make up for it on our fifteenth anniversary, when we hope to take the girls with us!

12) In the first four years of our marriage, we lived in four states and owned four houses. Thankfully, the past eight years have been much more settled!

It's not always been easy (nor do I think it's supposed to have been)...but it's mostly been fun...and I can't imagine sharing this journey with anyone else.


Marcia (123 blog) said...

Congrats to you and hubby on 12 years!

loved reading more about your romance and marriage. And of course, I loved your simple wedding :)

Deanna said...

Happy Anniversary! I love that you got married on your parents' anniversary. I love traditional things like that too.

Jeremy and I were just saying the other day how much fun it will be to take the girls to a beach resort in Mexico in a few years. Maybe we could have a big twin getaway! : )

Quadmama said...

Happy anniversary! I hope you make it to Cancun for the big 1-5!

Johanna said...

TWELVE years! Wow! Happy, happy anniversary!

Mandy said...

Twelve! That's amazing (by American standards LOL)! Congrats! I love that you had a small wedding. We got married on a Monday afternoon, on the beach, without an audience! I loved it! I didn't have a bouquet, but I did forget DH's ring!

Hope the next 12 are just as amazing!

Anonymous said...

yea! congrats! i've been married 12 yrs, too and can't believe it's been that long! totally crazy, huh?

love the tidbits. and totally wish we would have done a small wedding. b's mom was a bully and there ended up being 326 people at my wedding!!

Beth said...

Happy Anniversary!!

I completely agree about stargazer lilies. So pretty, but I do no like the smell-- and it's a strong smell!

I'm jealous of your small wedding. I really wanted a small-ish wedding, but family obligations didn't allow it. My husband still owes me a small, intimate vow renewal. We just have to figure out when.

Congrats on 12 yrs and God bless your next twelve!!

Andrea said...

What a perfect journey! :) love the pic you shared on your wedding day! Wow, four states in four years!! That is a true testament of your love for each other!! Yes, I was only 12 when I got married too! ;-) love that you are taking the girls with you for your 15th!! Fun!! Thanks for sharing!!

Barbara Manatee said...

Congrats!! I love the idea of getting married in an old Antebellum home! cool! (can you share pics?)

We had a wedding w/ about 120 guests. It was nice but when my sister got married on the beach with just family, I kind of wished we'd just done something like that, too. Oh well!

I love stargazer lilies. My bff had them in her wedding and the smell always takes me back to a very fun summer!

oh...did you get the customary "refrigerator" 12 year gift? ha!

reanbean said...

Happy Anniversary! I love this post. I was hoping to do a similar one, with our anniversary coming up in July, but I've been seriously short on time (again!), and I'm not sure I'll get it done. I guess I just have to make time, right? We'll see.

MultipleMum said...

I love your monthly 'about me's. This one is a fabulous tale of romance and simplicity. Thumbs up on both accounts from me. I am impressed that you made it back to Cancun for your five years (and really hope you do it again). That is a wonderful tradition x

championm2000 said...

How did I miss this post originally??

What a great story--from the beach proposal, to your borrowed/blue/old/new items, to the small, intimate wedding at an antebellum mansion, and tropical honeymoon. I also love the picture of the two of you coming out of the front door.

Happy (late) anniversary, and thanks so much for linking up!