Sep 27, 2017

Celebrating our Dating Anniversary [ 10 Years Later ]

I'm not sure a few years after getting married that Zach and I continued to celebrate the day that we first started to date. Do people even do that anymore? For me, fall seems to always bring back those butterflies of really getting to know my now husband.

We actually met a few months back in the Spring when we had a similar class together. Although we only exchanged a few words here and there, I felt like there really was something special about him but put it off as nothing. I stated the summer with a clean slate of recently breaking it off with my then fiance ( long story ) and had a great time being single and truly finding peace with myself.

I came back to college, my junior year, ready and eager to take on the weeks ahead. I remember walking into an Education course and seeing Zach's face and an open chair next to him. I plopped down right next to him and we immediately began talking about our summer, trips we had gone on and how the year was going to be a great one! A few weeks went by and he asked me to come to one of his football games that our school was hosting. I'm not one to enjoy football (opps ) but I brought a few girlfriends along and we supported the team.
I had just turned 21 and now that I could legally drink, Zach asked if he could buy me one at a cute little restaurant in town ( + dinner... he slid that one in there real smooth ha ).  I told him that was fine but I honestly was not going to consider it a date by any means because I was truly enjoying being single, being with my girlfriends and focusing on my studies. Our "date" could not have been more fun. I felt like we had been friends for years and our conversations were about everything and anything.

Fast forward a few weeks later and it was ME who wanted to be official with this cute guy. Right?! And then a few months later, Zach admitted that he truly was falling in love with me and I said it right back after only two months. TWO MONTHS you guys! I firmly believe you meet the right person at the right time and we both had felt like it was meant to be.

I think everyone thought we were crazy but here we are, 10 years later on this very day; married for the past five years, 2 adorable children, 2 cats and one amazing and incredible life. I truly could not have been more blessed to have this guy by my side through all the struggles, the celebrations, the heartache and the blessings we have been given.
So yes, we do celebrate our dating anniversary because when we you truly know something is a good thing, there shouldn't be any reason NOT to celebrate. Am I right?! Yes, yes I am! So tonight, we're not going super fancy ( probably just cheering over a big bottle of wine and a favorite pasta dish ) but that's just as good as a tropical all expense paid vacation because..we're together! And 10 years later, he still gives me those butterflies!
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  1. Awww what a sweet love story! My husband and I are about to celebrate 2 years of marriage and we still acknowledge our dating - we go out to dinner nothing too big!

  2. Congrats, what a great story!!!! Love is such a wonderful thing, and you two are lucky to have found each other!

  3. A sweet story! We always celebrate our wedding anniversary by going out to dinner or something, but I couldn't even tell you the date of our 'first date'!

  4. I want to continue celebrating my dating anniversary after I get married! Any reason for a good date really though :) My parents celebrate there first date anniversary still after 30 years!

  5. Love your story! I was married before for nearly 20 years and raised our four kids. A few months after we divorced, I met Dave through online dating. We absolutely keep track of and celebrate the special days. Like we first virtually "met" in December 2002 and chatted online numerous times; we talked on the phone for the first time on New Year's Eve, right into New Year's Day, 2003. Three days later (1-4-2003), he drove from Maine to New Hampshire in a snowstorm to meet me in person! I moved to Maine in May 2003; we got married in February 2006 ... so we're coming up on 15 years together and 12 years married in about four months. :-)


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