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8 years…

8 years ago, I woke up without a thing to wear. With my closest friends swarming all over my house. With my foot in a walking cast.

8 years ago, I hobbled down the aisle to marry my best friend.

It’s funny to look back on these pictures and to think about what we must have been thinking when we started dating.. It caused quite the uproar. But I’ve always been one to do what I wanted to do, no matter the consequences.

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Our rehearsal dinner was so much fun… it was just the party we needed to cut loose and relax from all of the stress of planning the wedding.

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Don’t get me wrong, our reception was an amazing party too…One I’d love to re-create for sure.

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Dear Philly,

Thank you. Thank you for putting up with my crazy. Thank you for your endless support when I come home and say things like, “I want to run a half marathon!” after having only done a 5K. Thank you for making sure I am fed after long runs. Thank you for allowing me to grow up and find who I am. Thank you for the two beautiful children that we share. I love watching them and trying to figure out if that trait came from me or from you. Thank you for not getting too mad when I constantly forget things that you tell me. Thank you for getting down on one knee and asking me to marry you. I’d do it all over again.

7 years…

it’s been since we tied the knot.

This fall will be 10 years of us together. That seems like such a long time, but it passed in a blink of an eye.

It seems like just yesterday you would call and wake me up at 11:00 am so I would get up and go eat lunch and go to class. :)

Here’s our very first picture.. Such babies!! 

Here’s the picture I took moments after we got engaged…

One of my favorite pictures of us.. from our rehearsal dinner.

Our engagement picture

Our wedding reception.. you know our band rocked!

It’s crazy to think the ride we have been on so far…

from football games…

to the birth of a daughter…

to the birth of another daughter..

to a National Title game and a trip to Pasadena.. (And weird hair for both of us!) 

to more football games… (I’m sensing a trend, here!)

to Viva Las Vegas… among other fantastic trips. 

To Penn State..

and a trip to New Orleans this January… 

You’ve helped me grow into the person that I am proud to have become. You’ve given me two fantastic red heads, that I wouldn’t trade the world for.

We’ve shared thousands of laughs, highs and lows, good times and bad.

You take my mood swings and my stubbornness for what it is.

You accept me– faults and all, and I thank you for that.

There’s no one else I’d rather high five at a football game, or give a sweaty hug to after I cross a finish line, or be absolutely lazy with on a Saturday morning.

I’m glad you attempted to talk me out of going to that Frat house the first time we ever talked on the phone.

Just so you know, I’d totally wait at the Arby’s on University for 45 minutes all over again.

Love you, dear.

5 Years Ago Today…

5 Years Ago Today:

was one of the best days of my life. I woke up to the realization that I didn’t have my wedding dress in my possession. Then, once it was in my possession, it was a good two sizes too big. But, I didn’t care. My mom would fix it. I had to concentrate on marrying the man of my dreams.

A lot of that day is a blur. I couldn’t tell you what I ate for breakfast. I remember paying to get my hair done, but not the actual process. Most of that day, my memories are spending great time, in a little room, getting ready with my best friends. My Dad and Step-Mom brought Chick fil a to everyone. I remember that I began to panic a little, when I realized that my bridesmaids had left me and all I had left to do was walk down the aisle. I can remember shaking and my Step-Dad asked me if I was nervous, and I said, “I’m shaking!!” I don’t remember much of the actual ceremony, but I remember turning to light the Unity candle and seeing my Mother In Law bawling her eyes out. Most importantly? I remember the preacher saying the WRONG NAME when he pronounced us to the congregation.

I remember hiding in the back of the reception and scarfing down food. I remember one of the best wedding receptions I’ve ever been to. Maybe it was because it was mine.

Everything that’s happened since that day has been more magical than the actual day to me. Bringing two babies in the world. Actually growing up.

Spending these last five years with my husband, I realize how far I have come. How much he has changed and molded me for the better. Not everything has been fairytales and sugar coated. Let’s face it, it just can’t be that way all the time. You have to have your downs, so you enjoy the ups.

Some would say that the first year of marriage is hardest. I would disagree. Yes, the adjustment is hard, but for me? I would say the 3rd year of marriage was hardest. That was a tough year. I will definitely say that that’s the year that I grew the most. And I realized that there is nothing more that I want in the life than to spend it with this man. 

I love you so much. Thanks for everything that you have done for me. Here’s to 50 more! 

Happy Anniversary!


Dear John,

Happy Anniversary! Can you believe that 4 years ago today, we were getting married?!!? I know I can’t. In such a short amount of time our little family has doubled in size. You have given me the daughter I always craved, two of them, actually. I see you in both of them everyday and I just can’t believe that we were able to make such little miracles.

They say that the first year of marriage is the hardest. I don’t agree. Sure, we had our disagreements, but I loved every minute. We have been through many ups and downs in our 4 years of matrimony, but I wouldn’t trade it. Not even for a pair of Jimmy Choos and a Louis Vuiton. I would say, that where we are right now, is the hardest on me. The sleepless nights, the terrible twos,the messy house, the potty training, and just the general lack of time that we have to spend together is the hardest on me. I have enjoyed our tv time and movie nights spend on the couch. Believe it or not, I DO think you are quite funny( even if I find your jokes a tad inappropriate at times). You’re carefree nature balances my type-A personality quite nicely, I think.

You are so good to me. You really are. You go out of your way to make sure I have everything I have ever needed or even thought about needing or things that I didn’t even know I needed. You know when to hug me and when to wait me out. I love you for everything that you are, and I know I don’t say it as much as you should hear it, but I love you with all of my heart. I wouldn’t change anything about our lives. I am truly blessed to have married such a wonderful man.

I Love You,
Rachel

P.S. The picture is SUPER blurry, but I do not have a scanner anymore and it’s a picture of a picture, but it’s my very favorite wedding shot.

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