July 28, 2010 at 8:58 am 22 comments

Today, July 28,2010, is my third anniversary. Three years ago, Stephen and I stood before 230 of our closest friends and family and made a commitment to each other. It was a wonderful day, a wonderful wedding, a wonderful man.

Since then there have been a lot of changes. Good changes. Growth.

They say that the first year of marriage is the hardest. For us, that was true. I was in a job that I hated and Stephen wasn’t in a job at all. We bought a house and moved. Several things combined to make it a rough year. But we survived and came out on the other side with a better relationship.

The rest has been smooth sailing. We’ve gotten the hang of marriage and couldn’t be happier. My husband is kind, thoughtful, and downright hilarious. He keeps me on my toes. Every day I love him more. I have a feeling that I’m just figuring out what that even means. When I got pregnant, I had this new surge of love for Stephen. Everytime I see my bump, I love him more. Everytime he puts his hand on my belly or kisses my bump good night, I fall more in love with him. I cannot even imagine how it’s going to be when Jansen is on the outside of my womb! There is absolutely nothing more attractive than your husband growing into a stronger man. (That’s probably why I’ve read on several blogs lately that y’all are very attracted to your man when you see him mowing the lawn. Something about a manly man that makes us melt… Am I right?)

So today we celebrate my husband. Because without him, there would be no wonderful marriage. There is not a doubt in my mind that God picked this crazy man just for me. He is the only one in the world who knows how to pop my toes, or knows the exact spot on my forehead to kiss when I have a headache. And we all know those are the important things in life!

We celebrated our anniversary over the weekend. We took our annual anniversary trip to my parents’ beach house and did nothing but eat, relax, and beach. Pretty much exactly like last year, only without the booze. Oh and if I might remind you… last year I showed you proof of my massive food baby after our big anniversary dinner…

Impressive, no? Well I outdid myself this year. Want to talk about growth??

Thankfully that’s more baby than it is food!

To my husband: I loves you. I love you like a friend, I love you like a spouse, I love your smile and your laugh and the way you accidentally tell jokes when you aren’t meaning to. I love the way you open the car door for me, as well as any other woman who may be with us. I love your milky brown eyes and the scar under your nose. I love the way you eat your meals in sections and the way your hold your fork and knife. It’s all the little things tied up with all the big things that make me love you in so many ways. I LOVES YOU!

(My second anniversary post.)

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  • 1. Maureen/Jansen's Emmie  |  July 28, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful tribute Chelsea. It made me cry reading what you wrote about Stephen, and then laugh when I saw your food baby, and the real baby! It makes me proud as Stephen’s mom to see, and hear what a wonderful husband he is. And as you will know someday, as a mom, you always pray that your child will have a spouse who will love them, and care for them, and you are the answer to that prayer for me. When I was 12, I started praying for my future spouse, and my future children, and God blessed me. Then, I started praying for my children’s spouses from the time they were babies, every night. God was listening. He gave Stephen and beautiful and wonderful wife, and He gave us a beautiful, and wonderful daughter-in-law. To the next 60 or 70 years!!! Love you both!

  • 2. Jenna  |  July 28, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Happy Anniversary! 🙂

  • 3. Debbie  |  July 28, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Happy Anniversary!!! beautiful post. 🙂

  • 4. Darla Baerg  |  July 28, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Happy Anniversary!

  • 5. Taryn  |  July 28, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Happy anniversary! 🙂

  • 6. Kyla Roma  |  July 28, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Happy anniversary! It sounds like you guys complement each other perfectly & these three years have been beautiful 🙂

  • 7. Lauren from Texas  |  July 28, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I love this, I’m all choked up now. Happy Anniversary y’all, Michael & I are so blessed to have you (& soon Jansen!) in our lives! We love you three. 🙂

  • 8. Nora  |  July 28, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Two things:
    1. The last paragraph totally gave me goosebumps and made me cry!
    2. You look amazing in the anniversary photo =) Absolutely amazing. Apart from the baby in your stomach I wouldn’t know you were pregnant!

  • 9. The Stephanie  |  July 28, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Happy anniversary! I hope your weekend was full of celebration 🙂

  • 10. mom (Nana)  |  July 28, 2010 at 10:44 am

    What a special tribute to Stephen. I too prayed for my kid’s future spouses and I know God has blessed me twice so far. Stephen loves you and cares for you and is a Godly man. That’s what I prayed for. Heres to many many more anniversaries….ALWAYS make time to celebrate them – no matter how many kids you have or how “poor” you think you might be. It is waaaaay important!!!! Love you both!

  • 11. Joy  |  July 28, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Happy Anniversary!!

  • 12. lazyhazysummerdaysies  |  July 28, 2010 at 11:23 am

    What a beautiful post! Congratulations to you and Stephen and prayers for many more happy, fulfilling years!

    Love you guys!

  • 13. Kara  |  July 28, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Happy 3 years to you and Stephen! You guys are adorable together 🙂

  • 14. Kapachino  |  July 28, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Aww, I love this! That first picture of y’all is so great.

  • 15. Southern Gal  |  July 28, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Happy Anniversary to you two! Beautiful words for your man.

  • 16. kelly  |  July 28, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    happy anniversary! just think…next year you’ll be holding an actual baby in your food baby picture 🙂

  • 17. Taryn M. Peine  |  July 28, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Congratulations on making it another year!! And I do definitely think this will be your most interesting one yet!! 🙂

  • 18. Parker's Mom  |  July 28, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Congrats to you both!! I love this post!!

  • 19. NerdPop  |  July 28, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Wouldn’t have it any other way. Proud of you both.
    Lots of love, and prayers.
    Oh, and nerdy babies!

  • 20. smile steady  |  July 28, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Happy 3 years! (It’s a good day, isn’t it?)

  • 21. Veronica  |  July 28, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Happy 3rd anniversary!!! What a sweet post – I loved reading it. And you look so AWESOME!

  • 22. Lisa H  |  July 29, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Oh, that is so sweet, Chelsea! I also strongly agree with what your mom said about celebrating your anniversaries. Every year we go to spend the night at the San Luis and there have been so many years we would say we shouldn’t go because we couldn’t afford it or we shouldn’t leave the kids. However, now that we have celebrated 26 years, I would say that being a celebratory couple has been one of the keys to such a happy life. God bless you both.

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