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TWENTY

by Shawni
Twenty years ago I married this guy.

Yes, twenty.
And I was a lot more excited about it than I look in that very serious photo 🙂
We got married three years after our first date (“How to Host a Murder”):
It took a while after that date to get it together (parts one and two of that romance story are here and here),  but then there we were, married and fresh from our honeymoon (and fresh from taking my honeymoon cornrow braids out):
We graduated and moved across the country to D.C. where our family grew:
…and grew

 …and grew.

Then came baby #3 with all her reflux and colic:

…when we decided to move to the desert to get help with that girl.
Ha!  Really, we moved so Dave could start a business in the desert.

Shortly after we arrived I turned thirty, and Dave threw a 70’s bash:

…and from there we just kept growing.

 Through good times:

…and bad:

Ha!

 But all those years made us true-bonafide family.

In those twenty years we have had many grand adventures.

…along with many heart-breaking ones.
And thinking of them, here on this day that commemorates when it all began, I get teary-eyed thinking how lucky I am that I got to experience it all with my number one.

 The man who still makes my heart jump.

Even as we celebrate the day celebrating our daughter’s 14th birthday (since she’s leaving for camp and won’t be around for her big day).  We have big things in store to celebrate in the Fall.  Cannot wait.

Loved where those twenty brought us…can’t wait to see what the next twenty bring.
Love you baby.

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22 comments

Marc June 23, 2015 - 6:55 pm

A wonderful success story! Congratulations on your 20 years…and thank you…for sharing your adventures!

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Tyra June 23, 2015 - 7:00 pm

Aw…Congrats on 20 years, what a lovely family you have.

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RHrad June 23, 2015 - 7:06 pm

Oh man, Grace's face on the "and bad times" picture made me howl with laughter!

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Gwen June 23, 2015 - 10:45 pm

What a beautiful family – I just love your blog, your attitude, and just everything 🙂

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Christi June 24, 2015 - 12:09 am

Congratulations & Happy Anniversary!

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Debbie June 24, 2015 - 12:33 am

Happy Anniversary!

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Marci June 24, 2015 - 12:47 am

Love this post! Happy Anniversary! We're almost celebrating 5 years, can't wait to see what 20 brings!

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Kimber June 24, 2015 - 1:09 am

Happy twenty years! My goodness, what a big one, loved all the pictures of your family!

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Kelleyn Rothaermel June 24, 2015 - 1:28 am

You guys haven't ages one single bit! Happy Anniversary!

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Eyrealm June 24, 2015 - 1:41 am

You two have always been beautiful people but age and experience have made you even more so! We are SO glad that you found each other!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

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dresselfamily.blogspot.com June 24, 2015 - 2:41 am

Happy anniversary and ShawnI you are sooooooohhhhh beautiful.. inside and out x

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Shelly Cunningham June 24, 2015 - 3:38 am

Happy Anniversary. Your marriage is such a beautiful one, as is your family.

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Holly Decker June 24, 2015 - 4:15 am

congrats!!!

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Ashley June 24, 2015 - 5:20 am

Haven't left a comment FOREVER, but I was just sitting on my bed admiring my picture of the Salt Lake Temple that you took years ago (that I bought and you sent), and I thought I'd let you know how much I still love it! Happiest anniversary to you guys!

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Leti June 24, 2015 - 6:12 am

i can't even with this post! Makes me so happy 😀

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Julie June 24, 2015 - 7:03 am

You can't even what?

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Mangham Team June 24, 2015 - 10:42 am

Happy Anniversary & Congratulations on 20 years! Many blessings for today and the years to come.

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Bridget June 24, 2015 - 2:16 pm

congratulations! what a beautiful witness to true love and true joy! may you have many blessed years ahead of you 🙂

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Kerstin June 24, 2015 - 4:02 pm

Boo! When I read the title, I was sure this finally would be part 3! 🙂

Well, while I'm still waiting for that to come, congratulations! And by the way, I remember you writing that your hair on your wedding day was just the usual do, but I think it looks very pretty.

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richard June 24, 2015 - 4:08 pm

And the funny thing is that most people don't even know how wonderful you really are!

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Isabel June 24, 2015 - 7:51 pm

Grace is your twin! 🙂 Congratulations on your twenty years of marriage and may you be blessed with many more.

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kms June 26, 2015 - 3:22 am

What is happening in the fall?

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