Wednesday, June 23, 2010

{Happy} Anniversary to my Hubby!

Today is the day that I married my best friend.

The one I laugh with,
Live for,
Dream with,
and Love.

(That's from our wedding invites...)

Twenty years ago {yep, that's right, 20 years!} I married Ken. Married my first real boyfriend. We met just two weeks after I turned 16 (he was 18). Got married three years later. {Yes, I was a 'teen' bride}.

They said it wouldn't last....

They said we were crazy...

Yes, we were crazy...

Yes, it did last....

And here we are, 20 years later.

I'll be honest, our marriage isn't perfect. We've had our ups and downs and some zig zags, too....

And at the same time, I can honestly say, without a doubt, I love Ken MORE now, then I did 20 years ago. The love I have for him is so much deeper than it was when we were kids.


Thank you for loving me.

Thank you for being such a great Dad.

Thank you for believing in me (even when others didn't).

Thank you for supporting my dreams.

Thank you for staying up late and shipping orders. ;)

Thank you for making me bacon every four days.

Thank you for everything you do around the house.

Thank you for driving carpool whenever you can.

Thank you for cooking dinner when we get home at 8:30 and we are all tired.

Thank you for working so hard at your 'real' job.

Thank you for holding me when I cry.

Thank you for knowing my insecurities and encouraging me to try.

Thank you for putting up with me.

Thank you for being our family's spiritual leader.

Thank you for praying for me and for your part in helping me find Jesus.

Thank you for going to all the cheer and dance competitions.

Thank you for editing all the videos and never complaining about hearing my voice over and over and over. ;)

Thank you for always letting me pick the restaurant.

Thank you for always opening the door for me.

Thank you for growing up with me and the history we share.

Thank you for buying the 'girlie' things Kirstin, Katie and I need at the store.

Thank you for letting me get a puppy.

Thank you for letting me get the two extra tortoises.

Thank you for doing all the math and bills in our house.

Thank you for reminding me to grab a sweater.

Thank you for driving a 14 year old car.

Thank you for just smiling when my family tells the same stories over and over again.

Thank you for making me laugh.

Thank you for being my 'other half'.

I love you.



Unknown said...

Happy Anniversary Stephanie! That is a beautiful blog post to your husband! :D

Liz said...

Happy anniversery steph& Ken.

Vicki said...

Happy Anniversary Stephanie and Ken. What a good looking couple you are. Its good to put a face to the man behind the camera.. You got yourself a nice looking gentleman there. Wishing you many many more years of happiness.

Marla said...

Congrats Stephanie!! My hubby and I will be celebrating 19 years in Sept. Keep up the good work!!

Unknown said...

Happy Anniversary!
What a sweet post.

ReneeK said...

Happy anniversary to both of you - and many, many more. Loved the post, Stephanie; I'm sure Ken will, too.

Renee in Great Falls

Renie said...

Happy 20th Anniversary, Stephanie and Ken. Wow! Another teenage marriage that is managing to survive!! Totally awesome!! (Sorry-get tired of hearing someone say when a marriage falls apart "they were just too young" -[although I do understand that some def. are too immature]. I am so happy for you both!! Marriages have their ups and downs (and zigs and zags) :) (I'm proof of that~thankfully I have a hubby who puts up with me). God's Blessings on you both, and wishing you many more wonderful years together :)

Cheryl said...

Happy Anniversary Stephanie, thta is such a lovely tribute to your husband x

Teresa said...

Happy Anniversary Stephanie and Ken. You are a lovely couple and both lucky and blessed to have each other. Many, many more happy years to you both!!!

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

Happy Anniversary! What a super sweet tribute post to your hubby! :)

CindyB said...

Happy Anniversary....Best wishes!

Laura Cox {aka scrapaddict} said...

Happy Anniversary Stephanie (& Ken!). You are beautiful inside and out (love that post!).

eiyiyi said...

Happy Anniversary and here's to many, many more. Thanks for sharing your lovely note to Ken. As my mother used to say, happy is as happy does .... and you two seem to do happy very well. Congratulations!

Patti J said...

Congrats on 20 years! What a milestone :) Happy Anniversary, and thanks for such a nice blog post! Now... WOWZA! I thought all this time that he was HIDING from the camera! Now I know the truth - you were hiding hime away from us!!!!!! Wowza, what a hunk!!! Really, you make a very beautiful couple. I wish you the best today and always!

Karen said...

your post brought tears to my eyes. It is obvious how much time you spent thinking of every big and little thing your husband does for you and what it means to you. The care you put into your marriage is why it has made it through the long haul. It is also awesome that he led you to Jesus. So many times it is the other way around. I pray your marriage is blessed for the next 20,30,40 years!!

Linda said...

Happy anniversary to Stephanie and Ken!Your words were amazing that you wrote on here! He is one lucky man! Hope you have a great day, both of you!!You rock!<3

Karin Hall said...

What a beautiful testimony. Congratulations

Karin Hall said...

What a beautiful testimony- Congratulations

purplestamper316 said...

congrats! what a sweet posting <><

Vickie Lee said...

Congratulations to a beautiful couple. You are both blessed to have each other. Wishing you many more. We are celebrating 44 fabulous years next month and I was 19 too.

TracyM #6773 said...

Happy Anniversary Stephanie & Ken and congratulations on finding your other half!!!

TracyM #6773 said...

oops, forgot to sign off - best wishes from Tracy & TonyM (we will be celebrating 25 years together later this year)

Jessica said...

Congratulations Stephanie and Ken! You are both lucky to have each other. What lovely gratitude, Stephanie, it's almost poetic! And Ken...great job at being the perfect hubby!

amanda1050 said...

What a sweet thing to celebrate...your words brought tears to my eyes...Happy Anniversary and Congratulations :)

Blanca said...

Hi Stephanie:

What a beautiful testimony. Happy Anniversary....Best wishes

Blanca Lozano
from Guadalajara, Jal. MEXCIO

Carol said...

Happy Anniversary! Here's to the next 20! You two are a very cute couple. Love the thank yous you posted to your hubby - very precious. God bless you both.

Tawnya said...

I loved reading this so sweet!!

Tawnya Payton
married 7 years to the sweetest man too!!

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