Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Big One Oh

Ten years ago today, I was rushing around completing all the finishing touches at the church:



.  I was stressed out, nervous to be "on display" all day, and worried that I was forgetting something. 

There was one fact that didn't have me feeling any anxiety or nerves at all.  And that was knowing for sure I was marrying my soul mate, my best friend, and the (future) father of my children.  There was not one doubt in my mind that God had sent me the perfect spouse and we were ready to be married and start our family.  

We vowed to be faithful to each other and accept children lovingly and sealed it with a kiss:


In the limo on the way to the reception.  We were officially married then!

Taking pictures on the beach (Cape Cod):

Our yummy cake:

The first dance to "It's Your Love" by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill:
I remember thinking in that moment....I can't wait for our honeymoon!!


We stayed overnight on the Cape and then flew to Punta Cana in the Caribbean for a week of wedded bliss.  And you know what?  The bliss has not ended yet!  Ten years, five children, nine homes,  many degrees, a few jobs, tons of laughs and a couple of tears later...and we are more than ever in love.  Thanks be to God!

So my Philip, whose love I don't deserve but cherish every day, to you I say:
Happy Anniversary!

H is for your Handsome looks that knock me off my feet,
A is for your Attentiveness, my needs you always meet.
P is for your piety that shows in quiet ways,
P is for how you've Provided each and every day.
Y is being a Young dad in not just age but energy,

A is for Adoring babies, even those who made me weary.
N is for those Nightly wake-up calls you take without hesitation,
N is for Never wavering in your love and dedication.
I is for your Intelligence and prudence in all decision making,
V is for your Virility (and the fun procreating)!
E is for how Easy you are to please, no diva-like demands,
R is for Rarely worrying about the future, it's all in God's hands.
S is for Serving us with acts and deeds that go beyond and above,
A is for Asking me on a date, which started this thing called love.
R is for Running after the kids or alongside your wife,
Y is simply for You, the best gift in my life.

I know we had originally planned to go to Hawaii for our Tenth Anniversary, but God had other plans (we named him Alexander) and we'll roll with the punches. 

Besides anywhere with you is just another day in paradise :)

37 comments:

  1. Your husbandMay 17, 2012

    Happy Anniversary!! I can't believe it has been 10 years. Thanks for so many great moments and memories and kids. I love you!!

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    1. Whaddya say...Wanna try for Baby 6 tonight? ;)

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  2. Alexander beats Hawaii any day, hands down. SO much cuter and cuddlier! :) You both look beautiful and not a day older today and that CAKE...yum! Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you - and Xander was definitely a better gift!!

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  3. Happy Anniversary! How lovely

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    1. Thank you...and to think we were all in Gaming when it started :)

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  4. Ahhhh such a beautiful post!!!!

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    1. Thanks! Your ten years will be here before you know it...it goes so fast!

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  5. soooo sweet, congrats on ten years!

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    1. Thanks Katie! We feel old!

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  6. Happy Anniversary, you two crazy kids! And prayers from PA for many more happy, healthy years together. :)

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    1. Thanks Aimee, we hope to become an old married couple like you! Ha!!

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  7. Happy Anniversary!
    Wonderful post and pictures!

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  8. Happy Anniversary you two!!!!! Congratulations and I hope you get your trip to Hawaii. Throw me the kids when you are ready to go ;)

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    1. Don't even joke....I am searching for flights to Hawaii out of Baltimore right now....

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  9. Happy 10th Anniversary to one of my favorite bloggy couples!! May you be abundantly blessed with many more wonderful years together.

    Beautiful post, Colleen. Looks like your wedding color was a periwinkle (or close to it), which was our color just eight months before you!

    Have a beautiful day celebrating!!

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    1. I think every bride used periwinkle around that time...it was all the rage! Happy 10 years and 8 months to you!

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  10. Happy Anniversary!! We just celebrated our 10th too, and I don't know where the time has gone!!! PS ~ we danced to It's Your Love too ;)

    Beautiful, Colleen!!

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    1. Happy 10th! And wonderful song choice, it still gets me all choked up when I hear it :)

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  11. Awwwww, what a sweet post and poem!!

    Happy Anniversary!!! Here's to 100 more!

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    1. Thanks Beth, hopefully we'll be celebrating our 100th in Heaven :)

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  12. Happy anniversary! Many blessings to you and your hubs!

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    1. Thank you Maggie, hope you are feeling well!!

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  13. Happy anniversary! You guys look like BABIES in that limo shot!

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    1. I think we look the same, except now when I smile I have eye wrinkles. Ugh. Good think Phil is losing his hair so we can get old together...

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    1. Thank you Allison, miss hearing from you!

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  15. I agree, you guys still look so young and cute!
    Congrats on 10yrs. I am 7 years ahead of you. Trust me..they keep getting better when you have that "soul mate".

    oh come'on..you can still celebrate Hawaiian style! Bring Hawaii to you. Get some awesome hula skirts, lots of pineapple and coconuts etc.. and party!

    Alexander is way better then some ol'trip.

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    1. Bring Hawaii to us? Now THAT is a great idea!!

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  16. Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful post and your pictures are breath taking! Especially the last one!

    You both look just as young as you did the say you were married!

    God's blessings to many many more years of wedded bliss!

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    1. From far away we look the same, but you can't hide the wrinkles up close :) Thanks for your blessings!

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  17. Happy Anniversary!! If it makes you feel any better, we did not go anywhere for out 10th either . . .

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    1. It just makes me think we both deserve a really really nice 25th!!

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  18. i found your blog through the Blogger world :) I found this deal on Travelzoo today, and immediately thought of you!! From certain places, air travel to Hawaii is $350 roundtrip! check it out! Even if its not from ur city, maybe you can get a cheap connecting flight... :) Good luck, God bless!

    http://www.hawaiianair.com/specialoffers/pages/hawaii-fall-travel-best-rates.aspx

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