by Heather on January 6, 2012

Five years ago I married the man of my dreams.  And I thought that I loved him then (and yes, I’ve been listening to that Brad Paisley song too much lately).

Marriage is one of those things that people always tell you about and you never believe them.  You’ll never be like that person, you’ll never struggle, you and your honey have got it going ON.  You’ve done the marriage counseling, you had all the “right” answers.  And the wedding?  Well, the wedding is amazing and fun and beautiful and everything you dreamed it would be.

One thing that stuck out from everything that people told us about marriage before we got married was that it was the most wonderful and the hardest thing they’ve ever done.  “It takes work,” they said.  “You have to learn how to fight,” we were told.


And I’m here to tell you that yes, they are in fact correct whenever they say those things.  Joining two people together to live life together, to always love and support one another, to be true and honest with one another, and to love unconditionally…that’s hard.

It’s also the best thing I’ve ever done with my life.  There have been major ups and downs (more ups though!), some tears, some frustration, and more love and laughter than I ever imagined for myself.  There have been vacations, stay-at-home snugglefests, fights, reconciliations, puppies, family, life, loss, and everything in between.


And through that all, through all 5 years of it so far, I’ve fallen more in love with my husband than I ever thought possible.  I never knew I could love this much, and I’m so thankful every single day for every moment that I’m blessed with in knowing and loving this man.

Nate, you are truly the most incredible man I’ve ever known.  I know I don’t always make it easy for you, but every breath I take I swear I love you more.  You are incredibly loving, kind, hilarious, smart, fun, spontaneous, encouraging, hard-working, a man of integrity, a man who leads, and above all a man who loves the Lord more than you love me.  Oh, and super hot too :)  I can’t wait to bring this baby boy into the world with you, see you as a father to our son (and puppies), and continue to be your wife always and forever.  You are so amazing, and I love you.





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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kellie @ Blackboard Kitchen January 6, 2012

Happy anniversary! You guys are super adorable.


2 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 6, 2012

A very happy 5 years to you both!


3 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat January 6, 2012

Congrats :) I’m only on my 4th month of marriage. ;)


4 Katy Widrick January 6, 2012

Happy anniversary! This April will mark 6 years for me. I agree with everything you said!


5 Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche January 6, 2012

Happy anniversary! I love that last photo of you two! (PS your wedding dress is GORGEOUS!)


6 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) January 6, 2012

Happy anniversary! Love the pictures of you guys!


7 Stephanie Hanson January 6, 2012

Wow…what a wonderful post. I am lucky to be 1 year in with an amazing man too. Happy Anniversary!


8 Christie January 6, 2012

Happy anniversary! I LOVE these pics- you guys are too cute =)


9 Jen of My Tiny Oven January 6, 2012

Happy Anniversary! 5 years is wonderful. Thank you for your honesty about it being difficult, I think a lot of people don’t admit that, but it is hard, and it is that ongoing effort togthether that makes your love grow bigger each day!


10 Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables January 6, 2012

So cute :) Congratulations!


11 alex January 6, 2012

happy anniversary! love your honesty in this post! what a lovely bride!


12 sarah @ sarah learns January 6, 2012

aww, what a sweet post! happy anniversary. :)


13 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty January 6, 2012

Awwwh…. love this!! :) You guys are so cute together!!


14 Urban Wife January 6, 2012

Happy 5th Anniversary! Love the pictures and your wise words.


15 Tina @ Best Body Fitness January 6, 2012

Congrats on 5 years. You two make such a beautiful couple. Hopefully one day I get to meet you both. Or at the very least meet you!


16 Kathleen January 6, 2012

Happiest of Anniversary wishes to you both. The last photo is awesome, love it!


17 Kelly January 6, 2012

Happy 5 year anniversary!!


18 Jessica @ How Sweet January 6, 2012

happy anniversary you guys!!! <3


19 Lindsay @ biking before bed January 6, 2012

Happy Anniversary! This was such a beautiful tribute to your hubby. And the last picture is priceless.


20 what katie's baking January 7, 2012

i just found your blog and i love it! (i was searching for lemon poppyseed cookies… yours look amazing!)
but anyway, this is the sweetest thing ever! very inspirational :)


21 Paige @ Running Around Normal January 7, 2012

you guys are SO freakin’ cute together – love that last picture. Congrats, Heather :)


22 Heather @ Run Eat Play January 8, 2012

Hi! I just discovered your blog and can’t wait to read more! Happy Anniversary! My husband and I will be celebrating our 6th anniversary this year!


23 Emily @LivingLongfellow January 8, 2012

Beautiful couple. Thanks for sharing!


24 DessertForTwo January 8, 2012

Awww happy anniversary! :)

I esp love when you say “I know I don’t always make it easy for you” because I’m guilty of that too. But we’re worth it ;)


25 Robyn | Add a Pinch January 8, 2012

Happy Anniversary!!! I snorted out loud laughing at your last photo! Hilarious!!!


26 Baking Serendipity January 8, 2012

This is such a cute post :) Happy Anniversary!


27 Kim in MD January 9, 2012

Sweetest post EVER! Happy Anniversary!


28 Cara January 11, 2012

I loved this! Happy 5 years to you and your husband and many more!!!
I’m getting married in June, so reading posts like this makes me super happy :)


29 Delishhh January 11, 2012

Love it – Congrats!


30 Anne January 14, 2012

Your husband is hot ;-)


31 Heather January 14, 2012

oh girl, tell me about it :)


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