730 Days Ago

While Hubs and I were driving to work this morning at the butt crack of dawn
I got all sappy when I realized that two years ago tonight
our relationship began.

So if you're in a sappy mood
grab your cocoa and cookies
sit back
and enjoy this photo tribute to 
our first two years together.
. . . 

{note: our relationship was long distance until two months before our wedding}

{First visit to Iowa in February.  First time seeing each since dating.}

{First visit to California since dating.}

{Walks along the ocean}

{First plane ride with the sexy pilot boy}

{Mission trip to Mexico. This is when he had to go to the mexican hospital for a massive bite between the eyes.  Poor avitar-looking-boy.}

{First visit to Disneyland.  First time to see him scared from Small World}

{First time back to China as a couple. . . where we met three years before}

{First time to see the first spot Adam visited in China.  We jumped in the river and swam in our clothes.  Chinese people thought we had gone crazy.}

{Short visits to LA while I was flying around the country speaking for Bring Me Hope}

{This stop was between my trip from Canada to Australia.  Some months we would only see each other for a day.}

{First holiday together.  Thanksgiving in Iowa.  Tree cutting with the fam}

{First and last diamond ring for my whole entire life}

{First ski trip to Mammoth just after getting engaged}

{First trip to the stores to scope out what we wanted to register for}

{First and last boy I will ever kiss}

{First time to the clear waters of the Bahamas}

{First house we bought together}

{First time back to California as Mr and Mrs}

{First time to introduce Hubs to the grand Iowa State Fair}

{First Christmas together}

. . . 

After those nights of crying in my pillow.
Crying in the shower so no one would hear.
Crying to God and asking if love would ever come.

It did.
And it was worth every second I had to wait.

So to each and every brave soul who still waits.
Don't forget that sometimes we have to let go of our best
in order that we may watch something greater 
unfold before our eyes.

. . . 

“God never witholds from His child that which His love and wisdom call good. God's refusals are always merciful -- "severe mercies" at times but mercies all the same. God never denies us our hearts desire except to give us something better.”
Elisabeth Elliot


  1. Awe great post! :)


  2. This is a beautiful post! I loved the entire thing! Thank you so much for sharing :)

  3. Aww I love this - you two are the cutest, and have already been through so much and so many places together :)

    Can't wait to see where life takes you two in the future - I'm sure it will only be good places :)


  4. Ahh - this was lovely, thank you. That last part just made me smile and say a quick "thank you, God."

  5. oh my goodness! i really love everything about this post. Hope you guys have a lifetime of more happy pictures like those!

  6. i adore that he is the only guy you've kissed. my sissy and i are doing that too, waiting till mr. right comes along to give that very speical first kiss away. (:


  7. so fun to see the pictures! and i LOVE that quote. girl, you know it's true. :)

  8. seriously beautiful. thank you for this.

  9. It's so beautiful seeing your relationship grow through these photos. Patrick and I did it long distance too, before AND after we got married. We got married in Hong Kong and the day after he flew to New Zealand and I flew to Australia. We didn't see each other until a trip to Samoa, we met in Auckland airport, after 6 months! I was tough but worth it. I love your outlook on marriage and life <3

  10. You two have done a ton of travelling! And you're definitely a cute couple!

  11. Awww... what can I say other than this just makes me HAPPY!!! There is so much more to those words and pictures, I can feel it through the screen, because I've experienced it too.

    P.S. You are quite the world traveler!

  12. so sweet! Love it! What a beautiful adventerous relationship you have!

  13. Awww this made me feel so emotional! Haha :-)

  14. Such lovely photos! You two look like the epitome of happiness in these pictures! I hope for that one day :)

  15. So sweet! What a great job you guys did as long distance! I thought 6 months was long! THanks for sharing !

    XO. Britt
    The Magnolia Pair


  16. This is so precious!! I'm doing long distance right now. It's tough, but worth every moment. And good for you for introducing your hubs to the Iowa State Fair!! =)

  17. I love your quote from Elisabeth Elliot - she speaks so eloquently about the happiness God has in store for us. Thanks for sharing your story and continuing to show those of us who are {single} that God has bigger plans for us than we ever dreamed of ourselves!

  18. Aw, what a sweet post and pictures! Definitely made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! :)

  19. Wow, you guys have done so much in such a short time!
    Me and my boy are about to celebrate our 8 year anniversary, have just got engaged and are thinking of maybe, bothering to organise a wedding at some point!!
    I can't imagine going through all of that in such a short time!

  20. This is such a sweet post! And it just proves that distance doesn't matter when two people love each other--it all works out in the end.

  21. such sweeeet photos! i particularly love the 4th one, you both look so happy & the light is gorgeous, plus the one with you on the bike is cute :)

    Katie x

  22. first, i must say that quote by Elisabeth Elliot touched my heart! thank you for sharing it :)

    second, oh i loved each and every photo...what a beautiful life you two have experienced and enjoyed together! *cheers* to more memories together as sweethearts and fantastic photos to capture them forever :)



    And I have felt and seen this in my own life---

    "God's refusals are always merciful -- "severe mercies" at times but mercies all the same. God never denies us our hearts desire except to give us something better.”


  24. What a sweet, sweet post! I loved reading it! Loved all your cute pictures...your teeth are really pretty! Im happy you guys have had such a great 6 months married :)

  25. you two make the loveliest of couples.

  26. thanks for your last three paragraphs! They were exactly what I need to hear:) Is it ok if I quote them on my blog?