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11.19.2009

I Adore You :: Happy Anniversary










This post is dedicated to the celebration of our wedding anniversary (just a fair warning)! Four years ago today, McArthur and I decided to tie the knot. However, exactly 11 years ago when we started dating I knew we shared something special. We dated 7 years before Mac proposed and got married near our 8-year dating anniversary. So, when we celebrate our anniversary, it is not only our wedding anniversary, but our anniversary of our relationship.

I met Mac when I was 13 years old, he was 14. I traveled to North Carolina to attend a summer science and math camp for I think 1-2 months and he attended as well. We were friends, but merely that. At the end of the camp, we said our goodbyes and parted our ways, never to exchange numbers. We ran into each other twice since the camp, once in Baltimore and the other in Raleigh. Finally, in Raleigh he asked for my number and I gave him my pager number (the sign of the time)! I never returned his pages because the number was unrecognizable! HAHA One day, he saw me walking on campus (our third run-in) and he gave me a ride. I can remember that day so vividly, so clear. That was our last run-in because we never parted again.

Our journey together has been amazing. It's such a remarkable life experience to see someone, let alone your partner in life grow. Mac and I share a lot of commonalities, especially the arts; however, we also have our differences, such as he's the "talker" and I'm the "watcher." Whether we're celebrating 4 years of wedded bliss or 11 years of partnership, I'm so thankful for our time together and our relationship we have built.

Today, I say I love you to my husband, my partner, my best friend! Happy Anniversary, "Flave!" (...don't ask about the nickname, I give him a new one every so often and he does the same to me!)

The photos of us above are in chronological order from old to new. I wish I gave more time to this to dig up and scan some really old ones so you can see how young we looked, but darn it, I ran out of time.

Thanks for stopping by to share this day with us and I hope you enjoy the card, which was quite difficult to make. It is inspired by SCS Sketch SC255.

Instructions
  1. Trim navy carstock to create an A2 card base.
  2. Trim white cardstock into a block and adhere to card front center.
  3. Trim green cardstock strip and adhere to card front.
  4. Trim kraft cardstock block, stamp text background, stamp leaves, stamp sentiment, and adhere with foam adhesive on card front.
Supplies

Stamps :: Papertrey Ink - text background, rustic branches; Melissa Frances (sentiment)
Ink :: Papertrey Ink - enchanted evening; Stampin' Up! - white
Paper :: Papertrey Ink - enchanted evening, ripe avocado, white, kraft

53 comments:

sarahmartina said...

Ashley & Mac,

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

I wish you nothing but happiness as you move into your 5th year as husband and wife! You two are incredible both individually, and even MORE so when you're together! I'm so grateful to know you and witness what a wonderful marriage and friendship you have together!

Peace and blessings!
Sarah

Oh!... Ash- your card is perfect. I really love the colors you used!

Smita said...

Happy Anniversary to both of you. Your life's story is so touching and so romantic that you brought tears to my eyes.

Wish you both a lifetime of togetherness and marital bliss.

With love an good wishes from across the oceans,
Smita

Sarah-Jane Kale' said...

Happy Anniversary Ashley and Mac.

What a gorgeous card and what beautiful photos of the two of you.
This is a really beautiful post Ashley. I wish you both all the very best on your 5th and 12yrs together.

xx Sarah

travelingmama said...

Sniff. Oh, man, I am such a sucker for a good love story! Marriage is like a fine wine- it just gets better with time! I wish you both every happiness that comes from being with your best friend! May God bless you in these upcoming years as you continue to hope, dream, and live out your hearts' desires together!

McArthur Newell said...

Wow! Absolutely, wow! The sentiment of the card is so sweet and romantic. That sentence says it all, "I adore you"; so profound and perfect. Ash, aka Tiny, you are life itself. Thank you for putting up with all my shortcomings and accepting them when I have only wanted to present you with the best I had:)! Ha! You have continued to be my driving force and my motivation to be a better man. Thank you for today, tomorrow, and yesterday. As always...I can't wait!! I just can't wait:)!

Anonymous said...

Lovely post and lovely card!
Congratulations!


Hester

alessandra said...

Congratulations, the card is fabulous, and you are very nice together, and so lucky.

gloflo said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

It truly warms my heart to see a couple together and what seems to me to be HAPPY. I wish you continued happiness even when you are "old and gray", lol.

Gloria

Rae said...

Sweet. Never stop the communication. It is the key, along with mutual respect. God Bless you both.

BTW-The card is beautiful!

Laurel said...

So sweet. Kind of reminds me of the movie Serendipity.... They kept passing each other without even realizing it and you kept running into each other before realizing you were soul mates.. So sweet. Thanks for sharing your love story!

Cheryl said...

Congratulations to you! It is easy to see that you adore one another. Here's to many more years together.

Regan said...

such a beautiful post..Happy anniversary!

Laurel said...

Happy Anniversary and beautiful pictures!

Iona said...

Ashley you and Mac are perfect for each other. I am married to my love for 8 years 9 in December...we celebrate November 23 (Close) because that is the day that it all started for us 11 years ago.

You both age well LOL...not much difference, but oh the growing together is priceless. Don't let a day go by without saying I love you..don't think they know...just SAY it.

Congratulations and best wishes and many prayers for continued togetherness and love. hugs!!

~Lori Roop (loree2000 SCS) said...

Congratulations Ashley! You and Mac are such a cute couple! May you blessed with many more wonderful years!!

I'm a happily married woman....but I couldn't help but notice Mac has some healthy looking mus-kles! :)

Jennifer said...

such a classy card. and you and your man make a great couple - so gorgeous you both are! and his arms in the photo where he is taking a picture - wow! ;)

Jessica said...

Congratulations, Ashley!!! You guys were so meant to be for each other!! Thanks for sharing a little portion of your heart with us. As far as card. It is perfect for the occasion. I really love the color combo and design. You really rocked this challenge :)
**Hugs**

Courtney Baker said...

Congratulations Ashley! What a cute couple you are!

Great card too! Love all that stamping!

Dondrea said...

Happy Anniversary to you both! The card is as perfect as the story of you and Mac. I'm all smiles over here!

Tanis said...

You guys are SWEET. Happy Anniversary :)
AMAZING CARD. LOVE it for it's simplicity in design and the perfect colour choice.

Sally said...

What a good looking couple! Congrats on all the years of togetherness! Love the card, too. After seeing you two navigate the CHA Super Show in Orlando, it is obvious why it works so well. Mutual support and respect goes a long way! Here's to the many years ahead...

Megan said...

Happy Anniversary!

Your card is adorable.

Latisha said...

Ashley,
Happy Anniversary to you and your husband Mac. Thank you for sharing a little piece of you with all of us. Both of you seem so dedicated to each other which is so important. You have accomplished something that a lot of people all found too big a job. So I wish you both nothing but love. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!
lots of hugs
Latisha

Serendipity said...

What a lovely tribute to your love for eachother - so sweet!

JulieHRR said...

Just wanted to wish you Happy Anniversary, and I loved hearing the story of you and Mac. Wishing you many more happy, happy years! *hugs*

marianagrigsby said...

Happy Anniversary Ashley!!!! I enjoyed the reading and the pictures!!!! TFS

Maile Belles said...

Congratulaions to you, Ashley and Mac!!!! What a wonderful story of your coming together, thanks for sharing. Your card is perfect, has to be one of my all time faves!

Nancy L. said...

Congratulations!

Rose Ann said...

Happy Anniversary to the both of you!! You make such a beautiful couple, and I love your story!! Cheers!!

Heather in FL said...

Beautiful card, and sweet, sweet story. Congratulations, and have fun celebrating!

Savitri said...

Happy anniversary you two! How cute how you met. Isn't that amazing? Who'd thought, huh?

Ok, math and science camp? WOW, are you a geek too? Can we talk calculus and Newton's law when we meet up? :P Actually I'm not into physics but I like the other sciences quite a bit :)

Heather P. said...

Happy Anniversary!!! What an amazing story... I love that you two met, didn't stay in contact, but yet, still managed to find each other again. You two were totally meant to be, I'd say! :)

rush8888 said...

happy anniversary! i, too, am with the bestest friend i have ever had. we are at our 15th ... and all is better than well. we are blessed, and you are, too.

Yaneri (ScrapyCrafter) said...

Awww! How beautiful!
Congratulations to you both!!

justyolie said...

Happy Anniversary!! You make a gorgeous couple!!

whoistracy said...

Happy anniversary you two! What a wonderful couple. Many happy years together.

Karen said...

That is so sweet! Such a great love story - Happy Anniversary!

~kelly marie~ said...

Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful love story you have! Meant to be! :)

This is a gorgeous card too!

connie said...

Happy Anniversary! I love reading your story. Thanks for sharing. Of course, another beautiful card.

Kelly said...

Beautiful photos and story! Congratulations on your Anniversary!

geraldine said...

Happy Anniversary! :)

Austin Lovelys said...

Awww Congratulations to you both! It's so nice to see that relationships like this still exist. My husband and I know eachother also since we were 11/12 years old. And we went to school together ended up dating our senior year in high school. So we are highschool sweet hearts. And well after that dated for 7 years too! LOL. Later married Sept 04 of 2004. And its funny that he asked me to be his girlfriend Sept 04, proposed to me Sept 04 and we were married on Sept 04! LOL. We have smart guys--only 1 date to remember! Hahaha.

I love your beautiful card!!
I love the pictures :) reminds me our story.

Thanks for sharing!!!!

Kim J. said...

Happy anniversary, Ashley! Congratulations -- and thanks for sharing your story with all of us.

Takisha said...

Aweeeee! So so sweet, Happy Anniversary to you two.
I wish you many more years of wedded bliss.
Kisha :)

Kim L. said...

Mac and Ashley-
Wishing a very, very happy anniversary to a very sweet couple!

maryr917 said...

happy anniversary-1st time visitor to your blog-jumped over here from scs-loved the story of how you met your hubby

Cindy Lee said...

Happy Anniversary Ashley! I met my husband 11 years ago too. We met through high school, dated for 11 years before we tied the knot earlier this year :)

Winter said...

Happy Anniversary! My husband and I were just friends at first, never really noticed each other. Then one day, it's like we saw each other for the first time and we have never been apart since! :) Beautiful card too! :)

Barbara said...

Happy Anniversary from one of your Canadian Bleeps :) Love and happiness to you and your hubby!

Barbara

Tenia Nelson said...

Happy Anniversary!! Marriage is soooo awesome and y'all look like the awesome married couple!!! Enjoy your day!!

-t

Kimberly's Creative Blogspace said...

Congratulations. You two are beautiful together. May God continue to bless your marriage. And thanks so much for your beautiful inspiring cards.

Laura Davis said...

Congrats! You two are such a handsome couple!! :)
Laura

Helen F. said...

Happy Anniversary, Ashley and Mac! Your two are incredible together. I love BOTH of your cards. This post truly made me smile~best wishes and hugs to you.

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