a decade of happiness

10 years. 

I still can't believe it.

I've been married for a decade.

Two things come to mind when I read that sentence.

1. I'm officially old.

2. I'm so blessed to be happily married to my husband for so long.

Last Friday was our 10th anniversary, and this man knows how to celebrate an anniversary, I tell you.

Friday morning, he brought me four dozen roses:

and then he started right in on the dishes. :)

It doesn't get better than that! :D

He's an amazing husband. I seriously love this man. We've been married for a decade, and I still get butterflies. :)

Friday was our 10th anniversary {on the 10th!}, and my dad watched the kiddos for us {thanks, dad!!!}, so we headed out for a quick getaway night.  

Something about hitting the double digits of marriage made this weekend very special.

the engagement

Over eleven years ago, on Christmas Day, he asked me to go for a walk out on his parents' property. It was cold and pouring rain, and I think I remember trying to get out of this particular freezing rainy walk, but he managed to convince me. :) 

Bundled up in our coats, under a big rainbow umbrella, he took me out to his parents' pier. It was the very spot where we'd kissed for the first time exactly one year before. 

the pier
My heart started beating like crazy, as he got down on one knee, and told me he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me, and then he asked me to marry him. 

I was crying {I think he was too-it was too dark to see}, and I told him, "yes!" Then we almost ran back inside because by that time we were soaked. ;)

I was all of 18 {barely}, and he had just turned 21. We were so young! {not that we thought it at the time...}

Back in those days, it was hard to even imagine what 10 years later would look like.

I had no idea we'd have four children {8 years old and under}, and a fixer upper historical home in the same city where we'd went to college. 

I knew for sure that like all marriages, ours would have it's hard times, but I didn't know it would also get sweeter over the years.

Last Friday marked 10 years of marriage for us- almost 12 years since that Christmas day on the pier.

At midnight, after a lovely {steak!} dinner and a movie, we walked down to the harbor on the lake where we were staying. 

the harbor
As we strolled along the pier, it was still warm, but a breeze was blowing across the water, so it was more than pleasant. As we held hands and walked along the water, we talked about all the adventures we'd had together in the past decade. It became a fun game of "do you remember that time?"

As we walked past the lighthouse, he asked me, "do you remember that time we walked down a pier like this..."

I laughed, and said, "I think it was just a little different....it was raining...and cold..."

He laughed too, then gently pulled my hand as he stopped and turned to stand in front of me.

"And I don't remember the lighthouse..." I added.

His voice caught just a little as he smiled and said, "do you remember how I was really nervous?" 

My heart started beating like crazy. So much like it did all those years ago.

I nodded as my eyes started to fill with tears.

His did too.

Then he kneeled down on the pier.

His eyes never left mine as his hand reached down into his pocket. "And do you remember how I got down on one knee, and reached in my pocket and pulled out a box..."  

Big fat tears started rolling down my cheeks.

"...and then I asked if you would marry me?"

I smiled as I furiously tried to wipe away the tears but they wouldn't stop. My eyes were a bit blurry, but I could see a shiny ring...

"Will you marry me?" he asked me again, 12 years later.

I couldn't stop crying and laughing as I said yes {again!}, and then he stood and we held each other for the longest time on the dark pier, not even caring that five people randomly decided to walk by at that very moment. 

By that point, we were both laughing and crying. As he put the ring on my finger, I couldn't help but ask him if he was nervous this time around because he thought I'd say no... :)

I love him so much. He knows me so, so well. He loves me so well. I think God designed this man for me. He knew that this man would be the one who would take care of my heart needs on this earth.

We're so blessed to have been given such a wonderful marriage. God has been so kind to us. We love the same things, we enjoy being together every chance we get, and we even like the same foods these days.

He works so hard for our family, and he even helps me with the house and puts the kids to bed at night. He leads our family and teaches our children how to live for Jesus. The word wonderful doesn't do him justice.

I've spent more than 1/3 of my life with him, and I can't wait to spend more.

I love you, baby. Happy anniversary.


  1. I am totally bawling! What a sweet sweet story!!! My hubby asked me to marry him in the exact spot we had our first kiss one year after too. My hubby is also amazing. I have been blessed!

  2. so very sweet.

    Godly marriages are such a blessing. :)

    here's to many, many more years walking together and with Him as your guide.

  3. What a beautiful story! Happy anniversary :)

  4. Absolutely beautiful. You had me in tears! Happy Anniversary to the two of you. Wishing you many, many more. :)

  5. So sweet! Happy anniversary to you two!
    It made me smile to read this, because my husband proposed to me in the same spot where he had asked me to be his girlfriend, exactly one year later, too! We were engaged on Christmas Eve :)
    We're still 6 years away from our 10th anniversary, but I'm looking forward to it being just as sweet. Isn't it wonderful to want to grow 0ld with your best friend?

    Blessings to you and your husband!



  6. Happy Anniversary! Our 10th is next summer :) I can hardly wait!

  7. Awe! That was so sweet it made me cry. Happy Anniversary, and Lord willing MANY more! :)

  8. Oh my gosh! Congrats :) What an amazing milestone! I also got married at 18 and I so look forward to being where you are :)

  9. You made me cry too. :) Congrats! I was married young too - barely 19, and now we've been married 14 years. Time FLIES by! Congrats you two.

  10. Beautiful story Mandy. May God continue to bless your marriage.
    There were some good guys in that Martins Mill area.

  11. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story with us, Mandy. You also made me cry :) My congratulations on your 10 years of marriage and your "new engagement"! May God continue to bless you :)

  12. Aww happy anniversary!! Beautiful story!!
    -Meesh :)

  13. Happy Anniversary!! My hubby and I just celebrated 11 years on the 11th!! I hadn't even noticed the number fun :) Opps, guess I should pay better attention!!

  14. Happy anniversary my friend! :) Praise God for meaningful - life-giving relationships like yours. What a great example you are!

  15. What a great story! We share the same anniversary, except we were celebrating our 5th. My sister got married the same day and you and me, but 10 years ago! I guess everyone loves August 10th! God bless you and your family in this next decade!

  16. Yay! It will sneak up on you before you know it! heeehee :D thank you for your sweet words!

  17. oh how neat is that? We do have some amazing husbands! Thank you Jesus, for great marriages! :)

  18. :D I guess it is a popular day! It's a good day to be married, I think! :D yay! happy anniversary to you guys too! :D

  19. oh, thank you sweet girl! He is so GOOD! :D

  20. Oh how cool! I didn't notice ours til someone else pointed it out! :D happy anniversary to you guys!

  21. Oh thank you for your sweet words, Doris! :) He is so good to us!

  22. I agree Steph! ;) Thank you for your sweet words!

  23. It does fly by so fast, doesn't it? I can't believe it! Yay for youthful marriages! :D God is so good, isn't he?

  24. Oh thank you Christen! Yes, Lord, many more would be such a gift! :D He is so amazing to us!

  25. Wohoooo! It's such a sweet time! Praise God! Thank you! :D

  26. How cool is that??? I love it! Our guys know how to propose, don't they? :) It is so, so amazing to be married to your best friend! Praise God! Much love to you! :D

  27. Oh, thank you Erin! :) God is so GOOD! ahhh! :D

  28. They are indeed. :) Thank you for your sweet words and blessing!

  29. What a beautiful post! :) Thanks for sharing! Sounds like you got truly spoiled! God Bless x

  30. What a wonderful story! Happy Anniversary! We're getting ready to celebrate 12 yrs of marriage, and I could write the same things about my WONDERFUL hubby! I love hearing about others who are richly blessed in their marriage like we are. I know from experience that it didn't just happen for you, but you have worked on your marriage all these years and gradually it has turned into a masterpiece! God bless you!

  31. THIS IS AWESOME!! Congratulations!! We will be making our 10th anniversary in January and I got chills and tears reading this! I fell the same way... God is so awesome! <3

  32. This is so beautiful!! God bless you and your wonderful family. God is great isn't he?!!

  33. Dec was our 16th and my hubby surpised (shocked) me to a trip to hawwii!! I didn't know a thing! I planned a shopping day with my friends ( he just rolled with it, making it alittle more crzy for him) we had just got to 4th street in berkely walking down the street when some guy walks up to me with a dozen red roses asking if I was gina?!? 😳 I was like yeahhhhh? Then he said come with me, I like mmmmm noooo? Looking at my friends! One of them said it's ok. I walked to a black car sitting in the middle of the street and there my hubby (thst I thought was I a meeting in Sacramento!) he just said get in! What! Where! I was so confused he didn't tell me where we was going. Just handed me a bording pass to LA, my mind was wondering. We get off The plan, I'm heading to baggage talking away. When he stops and says this is where we need to be. As I turn I look at the words flashing HONOLULU I WAS SO SURPISED!! We had a wonderful 8 days together! It was the best and most relaxed vacation we had been on!:) I hate flying ( but do often and long flights) but it was a great flight cause we talked about all the prep he did ( had this planned for a year, my 3 kids ( 12 and 10) had know about it for tooo weeks and didn't say a thing!!😀 thank God for awesome hubby's!! Your story was sweet!!


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