Sweet Sixteen

by This is Carrie on August 23, 2012

I always thought my mom was cheesy if not lying when she said she loved my dad more 30, 40, & even 50 years later than the day she married him.  But after 16 years of marriage, I can say the very same thing.

I hardly recognize that 18 year old girl and that 22 year old boy in our wedding photos.  Sure, we have the appearance of being madly in love as we smiled and kissed for those photos.  But compared to where we are now, it’s hard to look at that young love without seeing it’s giddiness and shallowness. But you have to start somewhere, right? And that swoony feeling is pretty awesome.

There are times when we pine for the days when we could go out on dates without planning childcare and budgeting babysitting money and have carefree discussions without the weight of a mortgage and the drone of calendaring the activities of a family of six, but even in the minutia of building a life together and the trials of building a family together you can learn to love each other more deeply.

Here’s to 16 more years of of life-building together with you. Todd. There’s no one on earth I’d rather have by my side during this life’s journey and beyond.  And hopefully you don’t see right through this post and realize the real reason I love you more than I did 16 years ago, is because of your “new” old timey mustache. It totally makes me swoon.

a few more odes to my hubs:

I Was a Teenage Bride

So I Married an Intellectual

photo credit: Carson Photography


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

angie August 23, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Congratulations on 16 years. I know exactly what you mean.


Sara Z. August 23, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Your marriage reminds me of mine. I was 18 and my husband was fresh off the mission at 21. We met and 6 days later we were engaged… My parents had no idea I was even considering getting married. It was quite the experience filled with young infatuation that has bloomed into a 6 year (so far) beautiful marriage. Congrats on 16 years!


Tsoniki Crazy Bull August 24, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Happy Anniversary!


Angelic September 5, 2012 at 11:15 am


I’m new to your site – love the “wings” by the way :-)

I really connected with your piece on your marriage & anniversary (Happy Anniversary!!). My husband & I met when I was 18 and he was 21. It’s rare that you find couples that are HAPPY together, let alone for a long time. My husband is my best friend and it’s hard for us to believe that 24 years have passed since that first date.


Marie September 7, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Congrats!! And I’m dying over that mustache!! Awesome :)


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