Wednesday, May 22, 2013

12 Years Later

We celebrated our 12th Anniversary on Sunday.  I just told someone tonight how I knew the moment I met you, I would marry you.  I was spending the summer with your family.  You had just driven back from your sophomore year of college at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.  I loved you before I met you because your sisters spoke about you with dreamy eyes.  They would say things like, "Everything is better when John is home."  or  "John always plays with us."  I remember thinking how unique you must be if you are loved by your six little sisters.  I met you and drove to the Newman Center for mass.  I called my mom from the pay phone and told her that I was going to marry you.  We met on May 19, 1998 and we married exactly three years later on May 19, 2001.
May 2001 on our honeymoon in Cancun, Mexico.

I know we both feel overly blessed in our lives mainly with each other and the 11 children God has so chosen to send us in these 12 years of marriage.  We have three souls in heaven (St. Benedict, St. Margaret, and St. Francis) that I know we both look forward to meeting and finally say, "Oh, it was you!"  We are not fools to know that the cross can come at any time in our lives so I pray we both are on watch always.  I offer my rosary everyday for specific intentions and always one decade is set aside for you that Our Good Lord  and His Mother will protect you mind, body, and soul.  I hope to always remember the words a good priest friend told us, "Pray that each other will have final perseverance and keep their faith."

                               May 19, 2013 John and I with our eighth child.  (5 months pregnant)  


  1. Loooove the old picture! Look at you with your hair light and down!

    And I have to ask! What is John holding his pants up with?

    Happy anniversary to the loveliest couple.

    1. His belt broke so he had to use a piece of string to hold up his pants for 10 days until we returned from our 'moon.

    2. That's hilarious and awesome (and so fashionable!) :).

      You guys are an even more beautiful couple today than 12 years ago. Well done! Happy anniversary!

      ps. Love your shoes in the honeymoon photo. I think I still have a pair like that in my closet somewhere.

  2. Absolutely LOVE! May GOd continue to shower down His many blessings on You, JOhn and your beautiful family!
    Our 10 year is coming up next is amazing how fast times flies when you are with the one God had planned to send you for all eternity. Helping me feel so very blessed this morning.

  3. This was a really beautiful love letter. Thanks for sharing it.

  4. aaahhhh love. 12?! You guys are the best :) Happy Anniversary!!!

  5. Happy Anniversary! :) What a beautiful story!

  6. Happy 12th! You guys are one year (and many babies) ahead of us! Thanks for being such a great example!!

  7. Happy Anniversary, Lindsay and John! You are such a lovely couple, and an inspiring example of Catholic marriage.

  8. Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful story! We followed a similar timeline with our first date being May 16, 1998 and marrying in July 2001!