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I Feel Pretty: 10th Anniversary + A Little White Dress.

This very special post is dedicated to my husband, for today, we are celebrating a decade of marital bliss. We are officially in the double digits!

To commemorate, I thought I'd don a li'l white dress (with pockets!). I didn't get married in this one, but I love it just the same. I bought it from the Gap over a year ago, but it continues to serve me well.

If you're looking to add one to your wardrobe, check out




, and 


, for fun, budget-friendly options.


Dear Eli,

Ten years ago today, we excitedly exchanged vows

in front of God and "Pastor Tommy", the minister on duty at the Little White Chapel, and the interior of your ancient Ford Explorer. In our eagerness to be wed, we opted for the drive-thru wedding rather than wait a few more hours for the more traditional chapel to become available.

And to prove that we would, in fact, do it all again, we had another beautiful ceremony in Maui, surrounded by our families. It was magic, wasn't it?

And nothing's changed.

I still get that excited feeling when you enter a room. It doesn't matter whether you're coming home from the late shift or simply waking up in the morning.

After a decade, I still enthusiastically anticipate your arrival. 

In some ways, I'm surprised by how quickly time has gone by; other times, it feels just right, that impressive expanse of time.

Remember the incredulous, wide-eyed conversations we used to have about celebrating this very anniversary?

We'll be in our


when we hit the ten-year mark! That's crazy, right?!

I wonder if we'll have kids by then! Ugh, that's so weird! 

I know! We'll be actual adults, like, for real.

Hey, wanna go to Disneyland? 


Yet, here we are. It's kind of a big deal.

I was talking to my older brother the other day, and he mentioned that he admires us because, in a time when people don't stay together, we are doing just that.

We're still standing,



You know what? We're pretty damn cool, you and I. Normally, I'd be bashful about it, but today? Today, I'm giving us a high-friggin-five! I feel like folks need to know that even when you find the right person, marriage is still hard, sometimes.


hard. We've worked our asses off to "die to self" each and every day. Sometimes we got it wrong, sure, but we refused to break. Instead, we got humble, returned to the business of loving each other, and made our marriage that much stronger in the process.

I'm really proud of us, honestly.

In honor of this momentous anniversary, here are ten things I adore about you:

10. You mow the lawn, kill spiders, change tires, play Legos, and all the other stuff I don't enjoy or don't know how to do. Thanks for picking up the my slack.

9. You've broadened my musical horizons by introducing me to deep cuts by Jimi, Bob, Led Zeppelin, Brian Eno and about a million others. Turns out I can't exist on pop and R&B music, exclusively.

8. In the same vein, I'm now privy to the genius of Monty Python, Eddie Izzard, and the crazy-weird shows that air during Adult Swim. The fact that our children, ages 2 and 5, have fallen in love with--and often quote-- The Simpsons and Bob's Burgers is a testament to your good taste in comedy. It's the gift that keeps on giving, really.

7. You listen intently to my hopes, dreams, and goals for the future, but you consistently pull me back into the present.

6. You gave up San Diego for me. I'll never be able to repay you for that, but you can't stop me from trying.

5. You're a classically-trained chef who graduated at the top of the class. Who saw that coming?! Not me, but I'll take those benefits as confirmation that God wants me to eat up. Halleluyer!

4. You tell me I'm beautiful on a regular basis and I


you mean it every single time. You encourage me to embrace my whole self: skin, hair, ever-changing shape, heart, mind, and soul. In so doing, you've made me better.

3. You're my cheerleader, voice of reason, advocate, sounding board, photographer, taste tester, creative consultant, fellow Christ follower, soft place to land, and the only person I could go through this life with. It's just that simple.

2. Sex is


. Thanks to you, I see what all the fuss is about. I know you'd love for this to be #1, but...

1. Day in and day out, you show me what a devoted father looks like, and in that way, you're also teaching our sons to be men.


men. The kind who work hard, treat women with respect, and tenderly care for their children.

I was deeply wounded when we met

, but seeing your love in action has mended so much of what was torn.  

Everyday for ten years, you've shown up, enthusiastically, for us.

I can't wait to share the next decade--and beyond--with you.

I love you.    

The Great Grilled Cheese Sandwich Extravaganza.

Our Love Story

Our Love Story