8.19.2011

HAPPY EIGHT, HOLBSADOODLE


eight years ago today it was a tuesday. the sun was warm, the hydrangeas were in bloom, and i had blackberries in my bouquet. everything was upside down at the time. jobs were hard to come by, money was tight, and i had two semesters to go until graduation, but we closed our eyes and we took a leap. by the end of the night i had grass stains on my dress and a giant smear of blackberry across my hip. 

last night the moon was bright. huck's head was heavy on my arm as he slept. i could feel all sensation in my left hand leaving me. i looked over at my ginger, also awake and restless, and i couldn't stop the grin from taking over my entire face. 

there we were, just the three of us. the friend of my friend in the accounting program at byu with the smattering of copper freckles. the baby i thought we might never have. the twinkling lights of the city out the window of our too terribly tiny apartment but we're making things work. the friend of my friend is now my husband, with the beautiful arm hair and the dimple in his chin, who is sometimes my foe but is always my best friend.  

marriage isn't easy. it takes so much more than puppy love or chemistry or even the deepest of friendship to make it work. and today our marriage is an eight year old. a third grader. our marriage is old enough to be baptized and have its sins forgiven. 

so today, baby, let's forgive each other of our sins, buckle that fat baby into his stroller, and go get dinner at our favorite sushi place in brooklyn. 

i sure do love you, b.

red hair and all.

45 comments :

  1. ahhhh i loved this. so sweet. congrats on eight years - you guys look so happy in that picture and i hope you feel the same way today. and if you're moving - yay! can't wait to hear more about it.

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  2. So so sweet. Happy anniversary!

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  3. How sweet! You two are beautiful together :). Happy Anniversary! And a new move? How exciting - do tell more!

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  4. Happy anniversary! :)

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  5. What a photo! Beautiful! Congratulations!

    I have loved those times of reflection every anniversary we've had--we're just nearly three years in. I'm sure that I'll only enjoy them more as we reach eight years and more than that. So lovely to hear yours!

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  6. I am in love with this post ... the way you wrote it ... the things you said ... the metaphors ... the wedding pic ... happy 8th!!!

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  7. I'm in the midst of writing a post about the ginger I married eight years ago. Well, in two weeks in will be eight.

    They really are the best kind.

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  8. Happy Anniversary! Beautiful post! :)

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  9. Yay! Happy Anniversary! It's our 5th today!

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  10. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

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  11. aww this was so sweet. happy anniversary!!

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  12. AWWW, I loved the idea of a marriage being old enough to get baptized!! hehe... :) Happy anniversary and many, many more!

    www.blissfuldomesticgoddess.com

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  13. how is it that you and the holbs have appeared not to age over the past 8 years? That is to say, you look great in the wedding photo, just as you do in current photos!

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  14. No way! It's my anniversary too. 6 yeahs. What a great day.

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  15. Happy Anniversary! and "our marriage is old enough to be baptized and have its sins forgiven."? Genius in a blog.

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  16. Wishing you both a very happy anniversary and many, many more years of love and laughter.

    Ali

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  17. 8 is great. You did it!

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  18. This is so cute! I love love :-)

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  19. Happy Anniversary! You guys are such a cute couple and this was a great post. I feel like you're on a roll, just great post after great post. I hope your day is wonderful!!!

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  20. Hi Natalie! I just stumbled upon your blog and I'm so glad I did. I love reading about your little family and your adventures in NYC! I'm a new mom too who used to live in NY...it was so full of adventure! Congratulations on your anniversary!

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  21. Such a great post. Happy 8 years and to many more!

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  22. Happy Anniversary; I love how you said your marriage is old enough to have its sins forgiven. I think all marriages need a lot of that; forgiveness. You guys are adorable.

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  23. beautifully written. I loved it. congrats to all three of you!

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  24. "our marriage is old enough to be baptized and have its sins forgiven."

    hahahaha. so hilarious. love it. happy 8!

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  25. Ha ha ha. Great post. Love it. And happy anniversary!

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  26. Hey guys- be a little cuter.. OH WAIT NOT POSSIBLE <3

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  27. This is too sweet! It legitimately brought tears to my eyes.

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  28. Happy Anniversary! Beautiful post!

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  29. The wedding picture is so cute! Happy anniversary! It is so fun and crazy to look back on years of marriage and and you've been through together. I love the experience of "growing up" togehter, as you learn to not only be husband and wife, but also how to be actual adults. Congrats!

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  30. Great post. You two are too cute together!

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  31. tears in my eyes. i'm a bona fide fan. congrats! you're past the 7 year itch. that's a biggie.

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  32. check out A Cup of Jo blog, she lives in Manhatten and has a kid and blogs, you might like it x

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  33. "Our marriage is old enough to be baptized and have its sins forgiven." Amazing stuff! Happy Anniversary!

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  34. congrats!!!! :)

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  35. Congratulations on your anniversary! My new SaltWaters arrived on the 19th, too, courtesy of course of your recommendation a few entries ago. So HOORAYs all around!

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  36. Oh, so sweet. And the wedding photos, charming. Happy anniversary!

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  37. so so sweet! awwww! congratulations Nat and husband! :) :) :) wishing y'all many many many many more!

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  38. Lovely post. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

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  39. Blackberries in your boquet?! Love it! I'm getting married in December and my bouquet will have pine cones! Congrats on 8 years!

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