Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Happy Anniversary, Beloved!

Hubby and I have been married nine years! I love this man!
This is one of my very most favorite pictures of our wedding. My friend (thanks, Corrie!) somehow managed to snap it just as hubby and I were walking out of the sanctuary immediately after we had just been declared "Mr. and Mrs." We were both beaming! We loved each other enough to stare sappily at each other, hardly blinking, through our entire exchange of vows. And wonder of wonders (all credit to our Loving Father!) we love each other much, much more now.
Those of you coming over for a "Wordless" Wednesday may want to stop right there (and leave some comment love, please!). Those of you who are following along with those Piggy Tales will want to read on...

When my senior year ended I, with heavy heart, was armed with a complete free ride to a local university. Not in any way a bad university, this school was willing to pay me to attend, and my parents were very proud. I was trying valiantly to be happy about it.
One afternoon as I was driving some of my favorite babysitting charges home, I swung by my parents' mailbox and grabbed the mail. When I saw that one of the letters was from Covenant College, I opened it excitedly while I was driving. The first line of the letter made me have to pull over: "Dear Olivia, We are pleased to inform you that we have located financial aid to cover 80% of your first year at Covenant." I knew from that moment that I would be going to this school that I had already fallen (deeply) in love with. I cried shamelessly as the little boys in my car questioned me and expressed their distress that I would be moving away.
(pic from Covenant College's website--go look; you'll be glad you did!)
Fast-forward about a year and a half and you'll see me coming up the stairs of Covenant's chapel after choir ready to head to the Great Hall for lunch. A glance over to the side revealed a guy I'd never seen before standing by the windows. I thought he was he cute, had a cute smile, but was probably much younger than I was (since I was now a hoity-toity sophomore!)  
A few weeks later that same boy approached me after choir and followed me to lunch asking me questions like, "What's your favorite color?" and "Did you have a dog growing up?"
And soon after, that boy asked me to go to a dance. I said I would and my room mate said she would go with his room mate. While we were getting ready for this dance, we were bemoaning our choice to our third room mate. She replied, "Girls! You don't have to marry them! You just have to go to the dance with them!" We are both now married to these boys!
The boy followed me around at Covenant for two years. He finally left me alone after I forcefully assured him that there was no chance that I would ever date him. Soon after when I saw some other girl shamelessly flirting with him, I felt a strange stirring inside myself. And later when another girl said, "Oh, that boy? He's got the most amazing eyes!" I began to see the boy in a different light. A year later we were dating and a year after that we were engaged (see a pic here). We spent our year of engagement on opposite sides of the globe--the boy finishing up school and me teaching in China. 
And then came September 15th, 2001. Although the week itself has a definite negative ring for our country, the 15th holds a very special place in our hearts. The hubby and I had pretty much the perfect wedding. Flowers, cake, dress, driving away in a Cobra into the sunset--it was all perfect, and I am so thankful for our marriage and life together!

This post is in conjunction with a history-recording summer-long party over at Mommy's Piggy Tales. We're writing about one memory from a particular year of our lives each Thursday until September 16. Here is my walk down memory lane so far:

Second Grade: Wendy and Me
Third Grade: I'll Never Cheat Again
Fourth Grade: SURE Thing
Fifth Grade: The Pageants
Sixth Grade: Dynamite Lines
Seventh Grade: The Year That...
Eighth Grade: Relationship with Jesus
Ninth Grade: Futile and Pursue
Tenth Grade: The Car
Senior Year: A Time Of...

Memory lane is definitely a place I love that brings me great joy! 
Linked with Friday Favorites.

Also linked to Works for Me Wednesday.


  1. Happy Anniversary! Nine years-thats great!

  2. Well, I've already said it, but I'll say it again. Happy Anniversary!!! Go celebrate!

  3. Aw, what a sweet story with lovely pics. Congrats on 9 years! Happy WW!

  4. I love reading your story!!!
    You look so beautiful ~ You're a perfect cross between a ballerina and a princess. Just lovely.

    Happy (belated) Anniversary, friend.

  5. Wait, it's not belated! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

  6. What a beautiful story and how nice to know that is is still growing in beauty!

    I'm glad you included the picture of the college, it looks magnificent.

    I spent a summer teaching English in China after my junior year of college.

    It's been such a pleasure sharing in your story! FYI: Ginny Marie will be hosting a "My young adult years" 6 week session on my blog starting Oct. 11 if you have any desire to continue.

    Blessings to you Olivia!!!

  7. Olivia, I have enjoyed reading your stories, even though I'm in another group. Happy Anniversary. I love to hear stories about all the wonderful things that also happened the week of 9/11. Life and living go on. Your faith shines through your writings and I'm sure is a beacon to those around you. God Bless!

  8. Awww, what a sweet sweet story! Happy Anniversary!

  9. Happy Anniversary! Loved reading your story! May you be blesed with many more.

  10. what a wonderful romance... I love those good stories (and my hubby wooed me that way too. Gotta love persistence!)

  11. funny how someone else flirting made you think differently of him. A beautiful love story!

  12. What a wonderful way to end your post on Mommy Piggy Tales...isn't God faithful?? I think that theme is throughout all the Mommy Piggy Tales post! Enjoyed reading your love story, your last post and Happy Anniversary.,

  13. What a beautiful campus! And a very wonderful romance story, as well!

    As Janna already said, I'll be guest hosting "Young Adult Years" on Mommy's Piggy Tales. We start Monday, Oct. 11, for six weeks. I'd love to have you join us! Just email me at lemondroppie(at)gmail(dot)com if you'd like to sign up!

  14. Happy anniversary to you! You guys look so great on your wedding day!

    Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites!