I Was A Teenage Bride

by This is Carrie on August 25, 2009

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(go see her stuff, it’s awesome)

Over 13 years ago, at age 18, I told Todd he had to ask my father’s permission before he asked for my hand in marriage. Being the last of 6 daughters, I knew this was “how it was done”. Problem was, I never actually told my parents that I was dating anyone seriously right after I had sent a boyfriend on an LDS mission.

So without any preparation, the conversation went something like this:

Future Father-in-law: “Hello”

Todd: “Hi, it’s Todd Lundell calling.”

FFIL: “Who?”

Todd: “Uh, Todd Lundell I have been dating your daughter Carrie for about three months now.”

FFIL: “oh, okay.”

awkward pause

Todd: “well, uh, it’s getting kind of serious, and I wanted to get your blessing to ask Carrie to marry me.”

FFIL: awkward pause

Todd: “hello?”

FFIL: “wait, seriously, who are you again? Tom? And how do you know Carrie? Last we heard she had just sent a missionary into the MTC.”

He says it was the worst conversation of his life. And for 13 years, I have been apologizing for putting him that situation.

While that first part of our engagement didn’t go as smoothly as it could have, our now 13 year story of young love has been pretty darn successful.

While shuffling through some old blog posts today, I found this little excerpt that Todd wrote on my old blog three years ago.

“So, while I would like to take credit for a successful marriage by saying that Carrie and I were mature and independent enough to handle getting married young, the truth is that I just plain got lucky. I married an incredible woman who has grown more beautiful, more loving, more patient (that one has surely been important), and more wonderful than I ever could have imagined ten years ago. Meanwhile, I have somehow managed to avoid the major pitfalls that could have derailed my charmed life.

That, it seems to me, is the real key to a successful marriage – a lot of luck and the knack for not screwing things up too badly.”

I love you too Honey–more than an smitten, eighteen year old girl could have ever dreamed of loving and I thank my lucky stars everyday.


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the BLAH BLAH BLAHger August 25, 2009 at 9:15 pm

We're gonna need to see pics of the teenage bride!!! : )


Julie August 25, 2009 at 9:17 pm

Happy Anniversary! I agree with Jen. Where are the pics woman! I got married at 22. But I met Angry Husband at 18. So I might as well be a teenage bride, because there was no one else.


Dana August 25, 2009 at 9:42 pm

Happy Anniversary to you too! Today we are celebrating our 8th Wedding Anniversary.
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Kristin August 25, 2009 at 9:56 pm

happy anniversary!!


mandiegirl August 25, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Happy anniversary! I think that my husband's most feared memory was taking my dad out for breakfast to ask for his permission, and my dad was not easy on him. :)


Elise August 25, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Happy Anniversary! I like you guys together.


Marie' August 25, 2009 at 10:22 pm

Congratulations! I love every post of yours, but this is my new fave. The close second is the 9/11 one. You are awesome.


Kreative Mama August 26, 2009 at 12:13 am

happy anniversary!! love your story! :)


Zinone August 26, 2009 at 12:41 am

Happy Anniversary you sweet couple you! Thank you for the wonderful example you have been to D and I. And you really are perfect for each other. DH is right, he lucked out!!!

Have a beautiful day!


LB3K August 26, 2009 at 2:29 am

That is so funny! Whatever happened to your missionary? ;0)


Amber August 26, 2009 at 4:01 am

Happy anniversary!

And I love that comment from your husband. As someone who has been in a relationship for a long time, I agree completely. It's really about not messing up the good thing by overthinking it and shooting yourself in the foot.


Grandma August 26, 2009 at 5:57 am

That's my "never without a surprise" Carrie. I'm very proud of you and still approve of your choice in "Tom" or "Todd" or whatever his name is.

PS. Sorry I had to use Moms identity, mine was down.
—— Dad


mommymae August 26, 2009 at 7:56 pm

happy anniversary! boy, you guys have a busy august! and i would love to see pics of you 2 newly wed.


Kathi D August 28, 2009 at 7:28 am

That Tom is quite a guy. I think it may last.


kelly jo August 23, 2010 at 10:31 am

aww, how cute is that!!


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