11 Years

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

86 comments on “11 Years”

  1. This is so sweet, Averie! Happy anniversary to you guys, LOVE your story! And that little easel just made me tear up. You have a wonderful family!

  2. Averie – this might be one of my favorite posts. It’s so heartfelt. So full of love. This made me smile. I wish I could give you a hug. Happy Anniversary!

  3. Happy anniversary! I just love the story of your wedding too and that little easel is just adorable. What a wonderful post!

  4. Happy anniversary! We’re married just about half that time but it has flown by, I’m sure 11 years will be here before we know it.

  5. Happy special day wonderful woman!

  6. Such a sweet post. Happy Anniversary!!!

  7. This was so nice to read. Your wedding story is a doozy and your little girl is so pretty! Lucky you to have such a strong family. It’s nice to hear that after such a long time together, you guys are still holding strong. Happy anniversary!

  8. Happy Anniversary!!! And what a sweet Mother’s Day gift from Skylar– she’s so beautiful!

  9. I want to see your wedding pic! You guys sound like an adorable couple. I’ve been with my bf for 5 1/2 years but I feel like the best is yet to come.

  10. happy mothers day, happy anniversary, happy Monday, happy day! I’ve heard the story of Vegas and The Hot Pink Dress, have you ever posted a photo? :D as a Betsey Johnson fan, I’d love to see the wedding day!

  11. Your daughter is adorable! Congratulations on an amazing 11 years, and cheers to many more to come!! :)

  12. Happy anniversary!!! Jason and I will celebrate 14yrs on May 16 and Sarah will be 13 on May 20. Time just flies by WAY too quick!!

  13. Lovely post. :-)
    Happy Anniversary, and belated Mother’s Day!

  14. that was incredibly sweet and skylar has the most beautiful smile! happy anniversary and happy belated mother’s day!

  15. I love it! You two are so darn sweet. Happy anniversary!

  16. Awww, sweet post. Happy Anniversary!!

  17. So sweet! Congratulations on your anniversary, and a happy belated mothers day to you. I spent mine lounging around the house. I put off the laundry and cleaning for the day, which was nice, and we went out only for some brunch. :)

  18. Happy Anniversary Averie! What a beautiful story of your lives, Averie. True love at its finest. Skylar is so beautiful- I love that smile!

  19. I love you’re wedding story so much, its so fun and spontaneous. Me? I want a small wedding, nothing extravagant someday… who knows when. It’s so funny to hear you say you can’t imagine your life any other way, before a family… because here I am single about to graduate college and I can’t imagine myself ever settled down. But I’m sure it’ll feel like a blink until I’m feeling the way you are (maybe!). Anways, happy anniversary and Mother’s day to you!

    • I never thought I’d talk that way…trust me. I couldn’t have imagined it. I went from single, to married..in about 4 months time. And we moved across the country together. It all happened so fast, like out of the blue fast. You just never know what life (or who) is going to present.

  20. Congratulations! I vividly remember your airport tenth anniversary post. You’re an unconventional but awesome couple–and unconventional is definitely good.

    So nice to see a pic of Skylar–so beautiful and so grown up!

  21. Love those photos of Skyler and everything else. Picture photos are beautiful! Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  22. awww how sweet is this?
    she is just gorgeous.
    sorry i’ve been missing, got a new mac and still adjusting

  23. This post was real-talk. So awesome! It was like getting to read one of your old posts. Keep it up :)

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