11 Years


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It’s hard to believe that 11 years ago today, I was standing in a little chapel in Las Vegas getting married by a minister with spiked hair and a tail. A pink plastic corsage was affixed to the hot pink Betsey Johnson mini-dress I wore and I had a bubblegum machine pink light-up plastic ring that was used when we exchanged vows. My real ring was being made.

Scott has lost so many wedding bands over the years that I can’t even remember what his looked like. Put that man near an ocean, and watch him lose a wedding band.

What I do remember is that everyone said it wouldn’t last. Well, we lasted. Over a decade and a child later, we lasted.

Scott is my best friend, my confidante, my cheerleader, one of very people in the world whom I truly trust; the only person I want to talk to when I’ve had a bad day, and the first person I want to call when I have amazing news or something fabulous happened.

I always loved my husband and the majority of days I’ve even liked him. I won’t say we’ve never fought. We’ve had our share of doosies; we’re both passionate people and when you put two of those in a room, every once in awhile all that passion collides and fireworks ensue. But we always kiss and make up.

I fell in love with my husband in a whole new way just over 5 years ago when Skylar came on the scene. I took this picture Friday afternoon with my iPhone at a Mother’s Day luncheon at her school. Scott and I were both in attendance and couldn’t believe what a big girl she is now and how much joy she brings us.

Skylar smiling in a grassy field

He is the most amazing father. I could not ask for a better father to her. I am truly blessed and she is truly blessed to have such a doting, caring, attentive, giving, and loving father.

She made this for me for Mother’s Day at school and all the kids presented their moms with their gifts. It’s a little easel, with a tiny canvas she painted and decorated, and a photo of her is affixed to the canvas. And there was a hand-made card, too. I melted.

Mini easel canvas present

It’s been quite the 24 hours for me. Mother’s Day and my anniversary.

I need to go buy more Kleenex. Lots of Hallmark happy tears have been shed.

Picture of skylar on painted mini canvas

It’s been a crazy, wonderful, exciting, and amazing 11 years with Scott, and 5+ as a family. I can’t wait to see what the future brings.

Ironically, on this day last year for our 10 Year Anniversary, I was sitting in the Atltanta-Hartsfield airport en route to Aruba. I’d like to buy airline tickets as our belated anniversary present to us, to our family, but I have to wait for the school year to wrap up and then maybe we’ll get lost for awhile.

Aruba beach with ships

I should probably cook something special for dinner tonight. But I’m not.

And we’re not going out. We’re homebodies these days.

However, I took care of the beverages. That’s the next post. Holy moly, so good.

Dessert? I’ve got that covered, too. I’m thinking these. Funfetti is always fun for a celebratory day.

Cookie Butter funfetti triple chip bars

Do you have any dating, wedding, or marriage stories?

In some ways it feels like just the blink of an eye that we were saying I do. In another sense, it feels like a lifetime ago because I can’t even imagine what it feels like to be single or without a child. Overall though, 11 years have gone fast. Really, really fast. I can’t even believe it some days!

Any Mother’s Day stories?

I had a wonderful day. I cooked and baked a ton, we went for a family power walk, the sun was shining and it was in the low 70s. A picture perfect day.

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  1. Happy belated anniversary to you and Scott, Averie! This post gave me the goosebumps, such a nice story. :) And I love the LV wedding story, that’s a classic! I’m all for simple weddings, save the money for cake mixes, right? ;)

  2. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! ;D congrats on making through everything~ i`m not married or close to even being married, but i do agree that my boyfriend is my best friend. it makes life a lot easier knowing someone is always there! anyways, CONGRATS AGAIN! ♥

  3. I just shed a tear or two just reading this sweet post Averie. Congrats to you guys and Happy Anniversary. I just don’t know where the time is going….

  4. Time sure does seem to fly by fast. I can’t believe I met my husband almost ten years ago. And it really does feel like a lifetime ago/not that long ago all at the same time. Happy (belated) wedding anniversary!

  5. I am dying to see your wedding photos! Happy Anniversary! We will be celebrating 10 years this fall. Your daughter is beautiful.

    1. Thanks for the nice comment and glad to know we’re not alone in the DH losing rings!

  6. What a darling little girl you have:) I had to laugh at your husband losing wedding rings in the ocean:) My husband has lost about three or four wedding bands (I’ve lost count) while surfing over many years(we’re grandparents)! Happy Anniversary!

    1. Mine has lost at least that many. We are done buying them and populating the ocean floor with them :)

  7. Aww, I am sorry I missed this post yesterday! Happy Anniversary, Averie! You are such a tenderhearted mother and person, it’s delightful. What a gift, truly, that your relationship with your husband has grown and deepened into what it is today, especially when everyone else said “it wouldn’t last.” May you be given many more years together in such love and joy! Skylar’s precious gift is what being a mother is all about. Those are treasures that no jewel could ever replace.

    My wedding anniversary to Isaac is next month, June 4. It will be our 17 year wedding anniversary, although we are going on 22 years together. Like Scott is to you, Isaac is my dearest friend and confidante and although we are quite opposite – he is a computer engineer, I am a nutrition consultant/musician, we couldn’t be a better fit. I love him so much and each year gets better. The boys, too, like Skylar to Scott, have brought out a nature in Isaac that wasn’t there before they were born and grew up in our home. Thank God for our families!!

    I am glad your day was rich and blessed. You deserve it!

    1. How did I not know you were a musician? That is so amazing, Michele! See, I knew you had a strong creative sense about you. It shows from the creative things you make in the kitchen to your music. So happy you and Isaac have had 22 years together and that your boys have such a wonderful father :)


      1. I thought I had told you I was a musician! If you click on my name up there, it will link you to a myspace page where I have some music uploaded for fun. Myspace stinks, I know, but it’s all I have out there for now. The songs are mostly musical theater, one cover song of Sarah McLachlan’s Angel and a piano instrumental I wrote and recorded last year! Let me know if you have a listen sometime. I know you’re so busy, so…whenever! xoxo

  8. Happy anniversary! No special dating or wedding stories. We were pretty traditional. Met at work, dated 3.5 years, got married in a church. Almost 16 years now.

    I think it’s funny that people said it wouldn’t last…since 50% of marriages end in divorce, that’s not exactly going out on a limb anymore, it’s called playing the numbers!

    Mother’s day was busy with work…bought some new storage cubbies and spent the day building them and starting to get organized so we have space for the new baby.

    It was my first mother’s day without my mom, so it was a tough one.

  9. Aw, what a sweet post! Happy Anniversary! Hubby and I eloped to Vegas also after being engaged for nearly 12 years! :-) It was an all-inclussive chapel package that broadcasted the ceremony online for family to watch which was perfect since making either of our families travel was not an option.

  10. Congrats on your anniversary-how wonderful! It is amazing to see your husband grow and your relationship transform and become even stronger after being parents. Hope you guys get a special date night this week to celebrate :)

  11. Yay! Congratulations on your Anniversary! And all that pink sounds like my kind of wedding! I have a whole pin-board dedicated to the color pink!

  12. Dear Averie and Scott, Happy anniversary! I had to grab a kleenex while reading this post, so sweet, so beautiful! Best of all for both of you and Skylar for many-many years to come! :)

  13. Congrats on your anniversary! As divorce gets more common, it’s awesome to see relationships that last!
    Me an my boyfriend will have been dating 6 years in November, it’s crazy to think about considering we started dating in high school (I was only 15!) and we’ve lasted this long!
    I hope you and your husband have many more happy years together!

    1. That’s like a third of your life! Congrats on making your relationship work and so true what you said re lasting relationships and making things last. :)