10 years down… but who’s counting??

Did you know that TIN is the traditional gift when you celebrate a 10 year wedding anniversary?? What a play on words, huh… Yeah, I didn’t either until I googled it a few months ago when I started thinking of what I wanted to do for Jeff for this big anniversary. It’s just a hint as to what we are doing today, but I can’t give it all away quite yet!!

10 Year Wedding Anniversary

10 whole years… how can that be?? I started by going down the rabbit hole of wedding recaps and pictures from June 11, 2011 and it’s safe to say I got a little teary-eyed looking back at one of the best days of my life. We look like BABIES and it’s crazy to see how much we’ve accomplished over this last decade as husband and wife. I took a vow to love and honor that day and it’s one I still hold close to my heart. Marriage is demanding and tough, but ours has been filled with so much joy and happiness that I am excited to tackle our next 10 together and see what comes our way.

10 Year Wedding Anniversary by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of a cathedral with moss covered letter N and letter J wreaths hanging on it's front doors.
10 Year Wedding Anniversary by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of a bride and groom getting married in a cathedral filled with people and a wedding party wearing all black and standing up front.
10 Year Wedding Anniversary by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of a bride wearing a strapless lace bride gown and veil and being walked down an aisle by her father who's wearing a black tuxedo and. yellow rose boutonniere.
10 Year Wedding Anniversary by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of wedding bands resting on some wheat grass.
10 Year Wedding Anniversary by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of a bride wearing a strapless lace wedding dress and holding a white floral bouquet and a groom wearing a black tuxedo and holding hands as they walk down the aisle inside a cathedral.

I live by the sentiment of FAMILY FIRST and I hope Jeff knows that still rings true, even after all we’ve been through. That day we started our little family and a little more than 9 months later came our first little princess Caroline Cate. I remember it like it was yesterday, sitting in our house in Sylvan Park with a three month old eating the top layer of our wedding cake as we celebrated our first anniversary and I thought “life can’t get better than this’. But oh yes it can… because the next June we were blessed with our second little sassy thing, Carson Elizabeth.

10 Year Wedding Anniversary by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of a man and woman sitting together on a couch.
10 Year Wedding Anniversary by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of a mom and dad standing together and holding a newborn baby.
10 Year Wedding Anniversary by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of a mom, dad, and their two young girls sitting together on some stone steps covered in leaves.
10 Year Wedding Anniversary by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of a mom and dad and their two young daughters sitting on a wooden bench.
10 Year Wedding Anniversary by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of a mom and dad sitting on the grass with their two young daughters.
10 Year Wedding Anniversary by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of a mom and dad and their two young daughters sitting on a white sheepskin rug on a ravel road.
10 Year Wedding Anniversary by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of a family sitting together on the grass.
10 Year Wedding Anniversary by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of a mom and dad and their two young daughters standing together in a field.
10 Year Wedding Anniversary by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of a mom and dad and their two young daughters sitting together.
10 Year Wedding Anniversary by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of a husband and wife standing together and wearing a blue suite and red lace dress while standing on a bridge.
10 Year Wedding Anniversary by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of a mom and dad and their two young daughter standing together.
10 Year Wedding Anniversary by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of a husband and wife standing in front of the Tripoli fountain in Rome, Italy.
10 Year Wedding Anniversary by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of a mom and dad and their two young daughters holding hands and walking down a brick paved sidewalk.

10 Year Wedding Anniversary by popular Nashville lifestyle blog, Hello Happiness: image of a mom and dad and their two daughters holding hand and walking together in a field.

Parenthood = goodness it’s been a rollercoaster. With two under two I felt like we’d never get our head above water, but I remember once they were both potty trained thinking we had hit a major milestone and I knew our family was complete.

When I look back at the past 3650 days, I’m reminded of God’s promise and how much my trust in Him brought us together. It hasn’t always been easy and Lord knows there have been days where we’ve driven each other crazy [like working from home for over a year together due to COVID–LOL] but there isn’t anyone else in this world I’d want to share my life with.

I hope you know–now and into the future–how much JOY and HAPPINESS you fill me with. I look to you for comfort and love, protection and safety, guidance and wisdom, but most of all, you’re my best friend.

I’m so proud of you and not only the incredible father you are, but for the wonderful husband, too… I have no doubt your dad is looking down on you and smiling big today because of the man he helped to mold into one of the best out there. You’d do anything for anyone and you’ve got a heart of gold and I’m lucky to get to experience your greatness day in and day out.

10 years down, I pray for 50+ more, just like my grandparents. I look to them for what makes for a successful marriage and above all, it’s knowing you’re stronger together as a unit than as an individual, working hard, investing in your children, but yet again, family first.

I love you with all that I am, Jeff. I am proud to be your wife and today I celebrate the man I married, the love of my life, you.

Forever and always, OXOX Tat

Have you celebrated a 10 year wedding anniversary or some other recent life milestone? Let me know in a comment below!

1 Comment

  1. June 13, 2021 / 7:11 am

    What beautiful words, Natasha!
    And happy anniversary and congratulations on an incredible milestone of TEN years!! We celebrated our ten years last year, and I share the same sentiments… What a crazy, beautiful ride x

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