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Jim and I had a wonderful time away together this weekend for our 11th wedding anniversary!

His parents came down on Friday evening and we were able to steal away(with an adorable 3 month old baby boy in tow) for the night.

We went to a fancy dinner at Crabby’s with apps and drinks included(the luxury!) and then went to a friends Christmas party for lots of cookies and a picture under the mistletoe afterwards.

Once we were done there, we headed to a local casino/resort to spend the night. Since we aren’t Zach Galifianakis in The Hangover, we avoided the casino section, but thoroughly enjoyed our hotel stay. So much so, that we were asleep by 10 pm, lol!

The next morning we took it slow with coffee and pastries in our room and I got to have my first pedicure since having Finn! After that we checked out and headed to the mall to finish up our Christmas shopping. We grabbed some lunch before heading back home to our girlies and to release the grandparents.

It was absolutely perfect and special and I’m so glad we were able to celebrate big. We have a lot to celebrate!

I know some of you have been curious/asked about the state of things between the two of us and it’s still such a private, sensitive thing- along with feeling very, very precious and delicate- that I’m still not at a place to talk about it much. But probably will someday! For now, though, you can know we are in a completely different and much, much better place than at last year’s anniversary(well over a year of intensive marriage counseling can do that for you!) and that we’re still hard at work constantly improving, healing, giving, sharing, opening up, and caring for each other- just like we promised to do 11 years ago.

So, cheers to many, many more. On to year 12!

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  1. Happy Anniversary!! Thank you for being so honest. Marriage alone takes work but when you add sweet kiddos it takes EXTRA work or at least that’s how it feels for us.

  2. Happy Anniversary!! Loved this update. Marriage is hard work and something that requires daily attention. Glad to hear that you’re in a good place. Your anniversary getaway looked really fun. Cheers to a happy year ahead with those cute babies of yours.

  3. Sounds so fun! I’m glad you had a great anniversary. Marriage is hard, and I know you have a great testimony for your children on how hard you’re working to choose love. I’ve often thought I’d like to go to marriage counseling. Not that we have anything majorly serious going on, but sometimes the thought of an impartial listener/opinion-giver sounds like it would be so helpful!

  4. Happy anniversary! Congrats on making it to 11 years and all the growth you two have done. I know people are curious, but never feel the need to share your story unless you truly want to. After walking with a friend through a nuclear bomb in her marriage, I was shocked how many people wanted to know the details just for curiosity’s sake, then give their unwanted opinions.

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