Marriage: 18 Years Ago…

I don’t even know how to begin.

I’m kinda freakin’ out.

December 10, 2012 = 18 years of marriage.

CRAZY. PANTS.

You wanna see our engagement picture?

engagement picture via @jennyonthespot
BABIES!

Also, I had a perm.

And bangs!

ACK! Oh 1994, you slay me.

The last 18 years have been filled with surprises. Joys. Defeats. Elation. Devastation. Laughter. Tears.

Oh, all kinds of stuff. COMEDY…

And after 18 years, I am still learning. How to communicate. How to show love. How to give. How to receive. How to fight/not fight. How to make-up. How to apologize. How to share, dream, find time, and compromise.

Marriage has been far easier and far more difficult than my barely 22 year-old self ever imagined.

young love via @jennyonthespot
I am thankful to have married a man who is diplomatic, patient, talented, easy-going, tender, kind, and cute. And funny. Stupid funny.

And smart.

But not terribly tidy.

He is an amazing dad. THE BEST. Pretty much the best dad ever.

I did good.

I lucked out.

I made one of the best decisions of my life 18 years ago…

18 years via @jennyonthespot
Stretch marks. Emergent wrinkles. A mortgage. A minivan. A LOT of laundry. And our very own family…

Our kiddos @jennyonthespot 

Gosh.

Them.

I die.

Best. Eighteen. Years. Ever.

I love you, Baby. Thank you for building a life with me…

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Jenny

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47 Responses to “Marriage: 18 Years Ago…”

  1. Happy Anniversary! I haven’t met your other half (though I think this needs to happen) but I’m sure he’s just as fabulous as you are. Many happy years to you Jenny!

  2. Fadra says:

    Jenny – Many congratulations and happy years to come. And can I just say that I’m glad I’m not the only one that has a time capsule of a wedding portrait? I love the magazine style photo shoots of so many others celebrating anniversaries but sometimes you just can’t go back and change the bad idea bangs you had in your wedding photo.

    Love the 90s chic though!

    • We were definitely poor college kids with a wedding budget that some people spend on just a grooms cake… Sometimes I wish I had some fancy schmancy photos and a bigger dress budget, but that was who we were. Young college kids making the most of it, and it is such a sweet memory for us :) Now the hair, I don’t think budget would have mattered… would have still had the bangs and the perm. Glad we are over that fad now ;)

  3. Congratulations! I just loved looking at the pics. You two look so very much in love. And your kids!!! So precious. You are a very lucky family.

  4. jennielynn says:

    You’re killing me. KILLING ME! It’s not like I’m in denial or anything, because the baby I brought to that wedding just turned 18 herself, but seeing you guys back then…oh man, the memories.

    Happy anniversary. You guys have developed into a wonderful model of marriage. I miss you both.

  5. So adorable. We’re still newleyweds with only 8 years of marriage. I wanna be Jenny On The Spot when I grow up!

  6. Betsi says:

    Too, too sweet. But you’re also making me feel old, as I was a teenager in attendance at your wedding…18 years ago. Stop it. Just stop it. ;)

  7. Lu says:

    Good heavens. Are you trying to make me cry in the office? I am talking ugly cry…mascara running and snot, too! Oh,I just love ya’ll so much and I know that you are truly a blessed family. Happy Anniversary, my sister and brother from another mista. I loves you both.

  8. Jenna says:

    Happy Anniversary!

  9. Hanan says:

    Happy Anniversary!

  10. ahhhh. I love you both. and that sweet little family. This makes me all sentimental and emotional. Great post. Happy Anniversary, God has been good to you. I pray you have many more awesome years together.

    Love ya!

  11. Allie says:

    I snorted at your engagement picture in the nicest way – you were babies!! I agree that Mr. Spot is a great dad but you forgot to mention that you are an amazing mom. I take notes all the time.

    Happy anniversary!

  12. Amiyrah says:

    A happy anniversary to you and Mr. Spot! And a big thank you for sharing those pictures. I love a good 90s perm. It immediately makes me miss my original pair of Doc Martens.

  13. Karen says:

    Happy HAPPY Anniversary Jenny and Paul! I love the photos and the post! You are a great couple and a precious family! We love you all! Sending hugs and lots of love your way as you celebrate!

  14. Tears. Happy Anniversary Jenny and Paul. Love you guys.

  15. Cally says:

    Happy ANNI!
    You’ve got happy all over you in ALL of these pics…and that’s sayin’ something, for sure!
    Now go celebrate!

  16. Chantelle says:

    Happy Day to you both! (and seriously. you have only gotten prettier with age. No fair!) :)

  17. Wow. Lovely post!

    AND, your 22 year-old self, you look totally different! Glad you veered away from the perm all these years later. :) We all get better with age I think. I may or may not have picture of me with permed bangs.

    {ahem}

    And marriage…you so hit the nail on the head with your description. And, my husband is of the not-so-tidy but great Dad variety as well. :)

  18. Congrats! That engagement picture is incredible. Can I just say that I hope that 18 years of marriage does to my husband and me what it did to you and your husband?! You both look great.

  19. Christa says:

    I am in awe! you both get younger looking and more gorgeous every year! You are so lucky to have found each other. Happy Anniversary!

  20. kerry says:

    wowza’s!!!!!!!! Happy Anniversary sweet Jenny and Jenny’s man. :) 18 years together – amazeballs. Hope you’re having a lovely day filled with SO much love and sparkles. Kerry xx

  21. Brooke says:

    1. LOVE THE PERM! 2.Happy Anniversary, Jenny! 3. Loved this post.

  22. Brenda Levengood says:

    You two are so cute. Congratulations and wishing you many more fun filled years.

  23. I love EVERY STINKIN’ THING ABOUT THIS. Perfection. All of you. xoxo Here is to another 18. And another. And another. xoxo

  24. Happy Anniversary! You guys look great!

  25. Wow…you look so happy!! But you always do! A sign of a blessed person for sure!! Happy anniversary….may God bless you with many many more. Much love to you friend. :)

  26. Michelle says:

    Beautifully said…and OH MY GOODNESS. Fabulousness. Just fabulous.
    Next month will be our 17th. I know.
    BTW-You totally rocked that perm, girl.
    ~Michelle

  27. Tanna says:

    Perfect Jenny….. Truly- happy anniversary. Xoxo

  28. Skye says:

    Congratulations to you both. If I need any marriage tips I am totally calling you!

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