Across 12 Decembers

December 19, 2012

11 years ago, Jared and I went on our first date. Except it wasn’t supposed to be our first date. I had actually orchestrated events to set him up with a friend and make it their first date in a comfortable group setting. But as fate (providence!) would have it, halfway through the night I realized I was talking far too much and my friend far too little. And to complicate matters, I was rather enjoying myself. All’s well that ends well though, right?! In the end, I kept my friend (who is also happily married with three babes of her own) and gained a husband.

image(first Christmas together as a dating couple: 2001. I did not photo document that “first date” since I didn’t expect it to be so memorable)

10 years ago yesterday (or tomorrow. This is an annually-recurring argument at our home). Jared and I were engaged to be married the following December.

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(Second Christmas together, this time as a newly engaged couple. Here we are outside the Chicago Theater awaiting the Joffrey Ballet performance of the Nutcracker. 2002)

And 9 years ago today, (no arguments on this one. It’s well-documented) we publicly vowed–plighted our troths, to be precise–to love, cherish and be faithful to one another until parted by death.

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(Third Christmas together–this time as a newly wed couple.)

image(Christmas Day 2003. Spent in Hawaii on our honeymoon)

Excuse the missing Decembers of 2004, 05, and 06. A certain property fire and two computer crashes make photo documenting those impossible.
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and baby makes 3! December 2007

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make that 4! December 2008

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December 2009

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7 months pregnant with Haven. December 2010

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uh, 5! December 2011

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2012

Merry 12th December together to us. And happy 9th anniversary.

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