1.22.2009

When Matt met Jill...

May 28, 1993 we met. We mingled at the same pre-nup dinner party. I was the almost-20 year old with the bleach blond hair (no comments please), just finishing up my sophomore year of college. He was the uber cool, just-graduated-from-college boy from Connecticut, who drove a Jeep. We didn't click.

December 1, 1996 we met again. At a baby naming ceremony for the same relatives wedding we attended back in 1993. I saw him standing on the stair case. I watched him look back at me. This time we mingled. We talked for 2 hours. I kept pouring more and more orange juice just to stay talking around the table in the kitchen. I knew. I just knew. And moreover, I told my parents that I knew. As we drove away from the party that day, back up to Northern California, I told them that one day I was going to marry that boy.

January 22, 2000 we met once more. This time, at the end of a long, beautiful white aisle. He was the strapping young man in black. I was the princess with the annoyingly delicate beaded veil in white. This time when we met up, we kissed. Under the Chuppah. And made it legal. I'm not letting him get away this time...


In the past twelve years that we've been together we've:

... moved ten times

... changed jobs six times

... bought one house

... sold one house

... owned eleven personal / company cars

... sold seven personal cars

... traveled to sixteen countries on 4 continents

... got a puppy

... had two children

... been pregnant during two anniversaries

... lived in four different countries

... been in 9,250,146 arguments ... where I've been right 9,250,142 times, though he'd never admit it...


Where did the time go? How should we celebrate? Diamonds earrings? Nope - got those a few years ago. Change in the U.S.? Nope - got that a few days ago. A family vacation? You got it!

Next month we're taking a heavily anticipated family vacation... to Phuket, Thailand! One last hoorah before baby #3 comes along and we really need a vacation.


Happy Anniversary to us! We've come a LONG way baby.













28 comments:

American in Norway said...

Now I am all teary... That was such a great post.. Happy Anniversary! Enjoy Phuket! We loved it! (stay away from pedicures though...) ewwww.

Hope y'all have a great day!

Kash said...

OMG, your wedding pics are beautiful. You look SOOOOO classy, very Audrey Hepburn.

3 Peas in a Pod said...

I love your writing. Happy Anniversary! I agree with Kash, you look like Audrey Hepburn. Phuket is amazing. Hope your family has a great time. Can't wait to see pictures.

Robin said...

Beautiful - both the post and the wedding photos.

Happy anniversary and have a wonderful time! We didn't make it down to Phuket, but Thailand is one of my very favorite places on earth. Enjoy!

mary said...

What great post, Jill! I loved reading your little history with your hubby. (P.S. Connecticut? You picked a great one...that's where I was born and bred!)

Here's to many more exciting, happy times ahead! xo

Suzanne said...

Happy Anniversary!!! You've had a very interesting and busy life so far. I'm out of breath just reading what you've done. Have a great time in Thailand. It will be memorable.

On our 25th anniversary we stayed on a island off Belize with no roads. And we climbed Mayan temples in Belize and Guatemala. It was a magical experience that we will treasure to the end of our days.

BTW - Love your wedding dress.

- Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

Ashley said...

Ooooh I LOVE this post and I love the pics. LOVE IT and I barely know you (so that's huge lol).

Happy Anniversary!

ps - was that place pronounced

puke-it or f***it or something else? Because those two pronunciations would be kind of funny to a 3rd grader like me :)

Kirsten said...

I love a good love story. You guys make a gorgeous couple. Love the wedding pictures!! You made a lovely bride.

Happy Anniversary!!!

Heidi said...

Absolutely beautifully written. Very special!

Mom24 said...

So beautiful! Happy Anniversary. I hope you have many, many more happy years ahead of you.

Simple Answer said...

Congrats! Enjoy!

We got engaged today 19 years ago!

Anita said...

This is so beautiful! Wish you all the best and hope there are many many more happy years to come!

Emily said...

Happy anniversary!

Jen said...

you guys are suck a sweet couple. I wish you the best anniversary. I love the wedding pictures.

anymommy said...

Congratulations! You're so beautiful - gorgeous pictures.

I've been to Phuket - You'll have a wonderful time!

Hyphen Mama said...

I love the last picture!

Your vacation sounds wonderful!

Blogging Mama Andrea said...

Aww, Congratulations!

Hairline Fracture said...

A beautiful post and beautiful pictures. Happy anniversary!

Shannon said...

Happy Anniversary!

And enjoy your vacation!

Kelly said...

Loved this post!! Your wedding pictures are absolutely gorgeous. I want to see a pic of you with your bleached blond hair...please, oh, please?!

What an exciting trip you have ahead of you!

Happy Anniversary to you and Matt!

OHmommy said...

Happy Anniversary to both you and Matt. What a stunning bride you made!

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Just a wonderful post and congratulations.

Robin said...

Wow, that is quite the life you two have had in just twelve years. I hope you have a great vacation and bring lots of pictures back to you blog.

Diane Mandy said...

How beautiful! This might be my favorite anniversary post EVER!

Tenakim said...

just catching up- Happy (late) Anniversary! What GORGEOUS wedding photos! I got goosebumps on your tribute!!!

Michelle said...

Happy (belated!) anniversary! What a beautiful wedding photo! And wow you guys sure have been through a lot over the years!

(PS - no idea about the rash; but I hope the dr can give you some insight!)

C said...

Awww--gorgeous pictures!! Love them! Thailand? You are sooo lucky--have a great time! I hope you share lots of pictures with us!
~Christy

Mrs4444 said...

I agree with Kash; classic beauty! Wow. Congrats on your anniversary. You are looking great, too :) Enjoy your vacation!

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