Nine Years…

Nine years
Just one year shy of a decade.

Nine years ago we said I do.
To have and to hold from this day forward,
For better, for worse,
For richer, for poorer,
In sickness and in health,
To love and to cherish,
Til death do us part.

Nine years ago we had no idea that we would have two amazing girls that we would be so proud to call ours. We never imagined that when we did have children, we would choose to homes school them. Building a home and two old cars seemed like something we would never be able to accomplish, physically and financially.

We had no clue the love, grace, truth, and friendships we would find in a church and the pain we would feel when that chapter of our life came to an end.  We couldn’t fathom the thought that we would see our home destroyed by a tornado and through that loss so much good would come to our lives. Where sorrow began, there was joy in the end.

I had no idea how much he would make me laugh. Year, after year, after year. And that 9 years later his hugs would still be the thing that makes me feel safe, untouchable, like no matter what happens everything is going to be okay.

Our life together isn’t always roses.
It is far from easy and our love story is full of flaws and brokenness that led us together.

But any rough day that comes is worth it.

Russell Todd Newman I love you immensely.
I love your grumpy faces in the mornings, the way you tease me even when it makes me mad, and the hard worker and amazing father that you are. I always have been and always will be proud to call you mine. 

Happy Anniversary!

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  • Jessica

    Happy Anniversary!! I love all of these photos, but your wedding one is my favorite. You looked beautiful.

  • Happy Anniversary Beth! Here’s to nine more and beyond! May God always be in the center of your union.

  • Meghan Flinn

    Happy Anniversary! I love your wedding photo… Your dress is beautiful and you guys look so young (not that you don’t look young still!)!

    • Baha ha! Thanks Meghan. We didn’t have “real” wedding but it was definitely a fun day.

  • Cat @

    Happy Anniversary!!!!

  • Happy anniversary! Your wedding dress is so cute! My husband and I just celebrated 18 years. Well celebrated in the sense that we said happy anniversary to one another with plans to perhaps go out this weekend if the world falls into alignment.

    • Baha ha! Oh that sounds all too familiar. Congratulation to you guys 18 years is awesome. I hope the stars align for you!

  • Amy Smith

    I have tears in my eyes. Such a sweet, heartfelt post. Happy anniversary, friend! Hope you are able to celebrate today! Your wedding dress is so beautiful! You look gorgeous!

    • Thank you so much Amy. We hope to celebrate later for sure!

  • Happy Anniversary!

  • Happy anniversary, friend!! What a beautiful little homage to your love!! Ps. My #10 is tomorrow 🙂

    • We are so close to being anniversary buddies. I hope you guys are having an amazing time celebrating.

  • Aw, what a beautiful and heartfelt post. Happy anniversary!

  • Beautiful! You haven’t aged a day in nine years. Wishing you many, many more years of wedded bliss!

  • Oh my goodness….had no idea you guys were affected by the tornado so directly that year! Happy Anniversary to you too love birds.

    • Oh girl :(. We rode out that tornado with a 2 year old and a 3 month old in our bathroom. Gods grace through that time of our lives has forever left a mark on me. Thank you.

  • What a beautiful post! I appreciate your perspective through all that you’ve experienced – in marriage our sorrows are halved and our joys are doubled. Happy 9th Anniversary!

    Whitney @ Come Home For Comfort

    • Yes, that is the perfect way to say it Whitney. Thank you!

  • Happy anniversary, you two! And hooray for 2007 weddings! ;o)

    P.S. Y’all look like BABIES in some of these pictures!

    • Hooray indeed! I know, right?! I feel like we’ve aged for sure, gracefully I hope :P.

  • So sweet, congrats! He looks much younger 9 years ago, but you look the same! 🙂

    • It’s totally the beard. If he shaves that off he instantly looks like a baby.

  • Sarah Coiner

    I always enjoy hearing about happy couples

  • Happy anniversary!

  • chall1018

    Oh my word! So sweet. Happy Anniversary you two! Love this post so much.

  • Whitney Jordan

    Happy anniversary!! Love your story and love seeing all of your pictures through the years. Here’s to many more sweet years together building your lives and making memories.

  • Happy happy anniversary!! Such cute little lovebirds!! 😉

  • Happy Anniversary!! Hope you guys have a great weekend celebrating!

  • Desiree @ Macke Monologues

    I’m a day late, but I hope you two love birds had a very Happy Anniversary!!

  • So wonderful!!! Many more happy anniversaries to come, my friend!
    And can I say, you both looked so young!

  • What a sweet post! I love all the pictures. Happy Anniversary!

  • Happy Anniversary! This is just too stinkin’ sweet. Love you guys, here’s to many more memories!

    • Thank you so much friend :*!

      P.S. guess who is 5 away from that 1300 Pinterest goal?! I can totally do this, right?

      • Woo hoo! You got this! I’ve upped my game too, and just today make my pin “rich” so we’ll see if that has any impact…:) I had no idea that was a thing…apparently it is…man there is so much to learn!