05 January 2010

Nine Years

Nine Years ago today (January 6, 2001) I married my best friend! Wow, that sentence makes me sound old. Thing is I think that I 'felt' older on my wedding day than I do today.


I just love these pictures of David and I. They were taken by Paul Knudsen at David's networking group Christmas Party. I didn't know we would be in pictures or I might have made some effort with my makeup... but the truth is, this is me, this is us and I love it!
I also love that I can say that I definitely have not "let myself go!" Here are some pictures that David scanned for me from our wedding day. I think we may have to renew our vows at some point so that I can wear a simple white silk gown that I can for sure say will NOT be a size 22 like my original wedding dress was!

I know for sure that David loves me for me. I cannot express how grateful I am that he has been open to me changing me and in the process making lots of changes for our family. He could have dug his heels in and been resistant to my changes. He could have determined that I am for sure not who he married. Instead, he chose to come with me on this journey to a better us! Some days he has led me, some days he has pushed me, but every single day he has supported me and has loved me for who I am.... and for that I will be forever grateful!

David, thanks for loving me even before I loved me!
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14 comments:

angie said...

Happy Anniversary. YOu have such a radiant smile!

3 Girls and a Daddy said...

AWW that was so sweet! It is amazing to see how much you have changed... how could you ever be down when you see what you accomplished!! Dont let that scale get you down, you look GREAT!! Happy Anniversary!

Elaine A. said...

Natalie. I am in awe. Seriously, I'm almost in tears over here. The pictures of you and David now are spectacular and you have come SO FAR! I mean that hardly even looks like you (from your wedding)! Amazing and wonderful and well, Happy Anniversary too!

And to David - you're a great husband - way to support your wife. You will both live longer and better lives...

Alicia said...

Such a sweet post! Happy Anniversary!

Nita said...

Congrats to both of you. I think the changes you have made in your life is wonderful. I think you should start planning for that 2nd wedding for next year #10. Totally awesome!!!

blueviolet said...

How wonderful and your sweet hubby of 9 years sounds like a keeper!

LuckyOnce said...

Congratulations on your anniversary, and on making this positive and lasting change in both of your lives.

Tracy said...

You definitely have a way with words...I am so happy for you guys!
Charlie and I joke we are going to Vegas for our 10 year anniv. this year and are going to renew our vows "Elvis Style". I agree you should renew your vows...that can be your 10 year anniv. goal. What do ya think?

Kami's Khlopchyk said...

I am with Elaine, I am teary here after reading this and David's FB status. You two are inspirational! Happy Anniversary!

Natalie, you are beautiful. In both sets of pictures, inside and out! It's no wonder to me why David has always loved you!

And you should totally renew your vows! We are planning on it, maybe something totally cheesy like Vegas at the Chapel of Love!

Bluestocking said...

Congrats on your anniversary and on all the weight loss! You look amazing.

3LittleMonkeys said...

Great post! Happy Anniversary! It's wonderful to marry such a good person!

Brenda said...

Happy anniversary! And congratulations on that weight loss, but you look beautiful in both pics.

Stacie's Madness said...

beautiful post, beautiful girl, beautiful love.

the photos are great and an awesome testament to how far you've come...physically.

Christy said...

Wow, I almost cried there for a minute. That's beautiful. You look amazing, Natalie. David seems like a supportive husband. Many more years to you two.