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Can we just take a step back real quick? Have Jon and I seriously been married for nine years? I can remember on our first anniversary saying how I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to celebrate 10 years of marriage. And here we are, finishing the last lap before the big 1-0.

By far my favorite wedding photo

By far my favorite wedding photo

Before I launch into what was an amazing anniversary trip, I’ll let you read about my thoughts on being married for nine years.

On to the good stuff….

Jonathan and I got the chance to visit the Pacific Northwest for 5 days.

JonAndSarahSeattleWe spent time in downtown Portland, Seattle and the Olympic National Park.

We ate delicious seafood, played in freezing cold water, and spent hours just dreaming about life.

Seattle Anniversary

My sister, Shelly, suggested we eat at this fantastic Parisian bistro called Le Panier right off the Market in Seattle. French? Coffee? Pastry? Win-win-win. A chocolate croissant with coffee is pretty much my definition of heaven on earth.

We got to see my high school best friend/maid of honor, Carrie, who recently moved to Seattle with her family.

I {heart} this picture so much

I {heart} this picture so much

We traipsed through the forest, and went for trail runs.



If y’all are like me and didn’t know much (or really anything) about Olympic National Park, it is gorgeous. Seriously, the trees alone are worth the visit. Add in the cool breeze, the fact that there’s a rainforest, plus views of the ocean and mountains. Words can’t describe how beautiful this place is.

Our trip was such a good, soulful, rejuvenating time. A time of reflection, a time of planning, a time spent between best friends and ardent loves. Even a week later, I’m walking on cloud nine.


A special thanks to our family who made this trip possible. Thanks for loving on our kids and hosting Cousin Camp. Thanks for flying us out to the PNW and showing us the ropes. Thanks for the support and encouragement we need to keep making this thing called marriage work.

Yesterday Jonathan and I celebrated our 7 year anniversary. The day itself was like any other Monday – work, errands, mothering and cleaning. But our sweet friends, Adriane and Sam, babysat the kids so that Jonathan and I could go out for the night.

We had dinner at Uchi, an award winning Japanese and sushi restaurant. After making the reservations a couple of weeks ago, I had talked to several friends who had been to Uchi before. Each person said that it was phenomenal, so my expectations were set pretty high. The way that you order is one item {or tasting} at a time. We started off with hama chili – baby yellowtail in a chili sauce with oranges. When the dish arrived, I figured it would taste like any other sushi/raw fish I’ve had before. Oh.My.Stars. I could not get over how incredible it was. We ordered a few more dishes, and they just kept getting better and better. There was not one item that we didn’t think was “the best yet”.

We spent 2 hours at Uchi, laughing, talking and being thoroughly entertained with ourselves. I told Jonathan that I couldn’t get over how, after 7 years of marriage, I enjoy being with him more now than I did before {which seemed like a lot}. Every trial we have faced, every hardship we have endured, has brought us closer together, has made our marriage stronger. Every sweet memory, every good moment, has given us more joy because we share it with each other. Marriage, it’s an amazing thing.

The last 7 years have been crazy wonderful, and I can’t wait to see what more is to come.



Tomorrow marks six years of marriage for me and Jonathan. Crazy that we are closer to our 10 year anniversary than our wedding day. Crazier that in just six years, we’ve owned four houses, lived in three cities, two states and are expecting our third child. Craziest that I’m more in love today than I was six years ago.

{My all time favorite wedding picture}

Thanks to some great friends from our church, we have free babysitting for Saturday night. I don’t know what we will be doing, Jonathan has planned everything {which means it will be spur of the moment and amazingly fun}.

This week {heck, this lifetime} my Friday Joy is celebrating six years of marriage with my favorite fella ever. What’s yours?

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