Three and Thirteen *updated

Three years ago yesterday we received this email:

Hello Lisa and Derek,

Your case scheduled on September 4!!!

Three years ago yesterday we learned that we had 10 days to prepare to become parents. ?Sure, we’d been preparing for 2 years, but after waiting 14 months with false hope we were skeptical that parenthood was ever in the cards for us. ?I remember waking up three years ago and saying, “wow, in two weeks our lives are going to change forever.” ?And they did.

Thirteen years ago today I married my the trusty husband. ?We were just babies. ?I was 20 and he was 21. ?I don’t suggest anyone ever get married that young. ?Somehow we made it work.

In the past 13 years we have moved 11 times, lived in 3 different states, graduated from college, held countless jobs, travelled around the West Coast and adopted a beautiful son from Russia. ?We’ve laughed and cried. ?We’ve never given up.

Derek is my best friend. ?I know that sounds rather cliche, but when I think about who I would like to spend most of my time with it is him. ?I miss him every day when he goes to work. ?I smile every night when he comes home. ?I can’t sleep when he’s on business trips. ?I love him so.

Had I known what life was going to have in store for us when I married him I would do it a thousand times over. ?It has been the best 13 years of my life.


We had the worst photos in the history of wedding photos. ?They were taken by the church janitor. ?Hey, he was inexpensive what can I say.


This is my anniversary gift. ?It’s one of the best gifts he’s ever given me.

14 Comment

  1. Liv says: Reply

    Congratulations!! That picture is so sweet.

  2. Lauren says: Reply

    Happy Anniversary!!

  3. Lauri says: Reply

    Happy Anniversary

  4. Margaret says: Reply


  5. Happy Third & Thirteenth! It’s really wonderful being married to your best friend. We also got married young (19 & 21), and while I don’t recommend it for others, I totally don’t regret a moment of it.

    And your photograph…the janitor may’ve taken it, but you look so happy!!

  6. […] my husband and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary. ?By celebrated I mean we took the train to Seattle (or at least part way) and spent the afternoon […]

  7. Happy anniversary! Wow – you 2 do look like babies!

  8. Jenny M says: Reply

    Very cool present. I like all of your haircuts! What did Derek get from you?

  9. joel413 says: Reply

    I said it over on facebook but I’ll say it here too. Happy Anniversary.

    You guys are some of my favorite people! And the trusty husband rocks!

  10. mom says: Reply

    Nothing is better for a mother then knowing, everyday… your daughter is safe, happy, and in love. Congratulations to the both of you! Happy thoughts only… on the day that united two people who were meant to be.

  11. Lena says: Reply

    What an awesome present! Happy anniversary again.

  12. Ronda says: Reply

    Really cool. You look so happy. It is amazing what two people in love can do. Congratulations.

  13. Heather says: Reply

    Love it! Love you both! Hope you had a great day!

  14. tacomachickadee says: Reply

    Very sweet.

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