I met him when we were working at the same company in Corvallis, Oregon. I was tethered by a phone to a front office desk, where I made surreptitious cow eyes at him when he’d stride by once a day to the mailroom.

We moved to Las Vegas in 1999, and on New Year’s Eve he dropped to one knee in the midst of a shower of confetti and celebratory dance floor whoops and in his hand was the most beautiful ring I’d ever seen.

In Seattle we moved from a dilapidated apartment to our first home. A dog joined us, and eventually a baby. We weathered a thousand storms, and at least one excruciatingly dark period from which I never believed we’d be able to emerge with our marriage intact.

We started as an unfettered young couple who partied and drank together every day; we stand together now as two people rapidly approaching middle age but stronger and healthier than ever.

We have two perfect children and a million shared stories.

Recently we sat together in a tiny wood-paneled office and signed the most grown-up documents I’ve ever seen: power of attorney, health care directive, last will and testament. I don’t quite know how to describe it, but as unromantic as the moment was, it nevertheless felt like a renewal of vows. It felt like a serious, loving commitment to our shared life, like the day we stood in front of our family and were declared as husband and wife.

That day—the day we kissed as a married couple for the first time—happened ten years ago today. I have never stopped wondering how I got so lucky. I have never been so sure of having made the best decision of my life.

Happy anniversary, John. I love you so goddamned much.

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Eric's Mommy
11 years ago

Beautiful.
Happy Anniversary!!!!!

JennB
11 years ago

Here’s to your first decade… may there be many more! :)

Melanie
11 years ago

Oh, Happy Anniversary you two! I’m all sappy now this morning! :)

Pete
Pete
11 years ago

They say the first ten are the hardest.
Happy Anniversary

Christine H.
Christine H.
11 years ago

Happy Day!! Those photos definitely show your love growing through the years. Congratulations on making it work.

lindsayc
lindsayc
11 years ago

Happy Anniversary – may your love span many decades!

Kristen
Kristen
11 years ago

Beautiful! Happy anniversary!

Courtney
Courtney
11 years ago

Aw damnit! Of all the days to wear mascara on my bottom lashes; now I’m crying into my coffee.

Yay for marriages that began at work. Mine did. And only 9 months into, I wonder every day how I got so damn lucky.

Congratulations!

Anne
Anne
11 years ago

Better than any Hallmarkian card could have put it.

Congratulations on your milestone. Here’s to many more.

:-)

Melanie
11 years ago

Happy, happy anniversary!

Nolita
11 years ago

Happy Anniversary!

Angella
11 years ago

You made me CRY.

Happy Anniversary, you beautiful kids.

erica
erica
11 years ago

awwwwwwwwwww! Congratulations, and best wishes for many many MANY more happy and healthy years together!

Nichole
11 years ago

Happy anniversary!

Jennie
11 years ago

Happy anniversary you two!

Claire
11 years ago

Congrats on 10 years! That’s awesome.

Alyssa
Alyssa
11 years ago

Congrats on 10 years! This was so beautifully written.

Vicki
Vicki
11 years ago

So Sweet! Happy Anniversary.

Ris
Ris
11 years ago

You guys are so darn cute! And damn woman, have you got some nice legs. I mean that in a not-creepy but genuinely nice, encouraging, slightly-jealous way, of course.

Maura
Maura
11 years ago

Crying in my office and I sit at the front desk tethered to the phone:)

Happy anniversary!

Lawyerish
11 years ago

Ah, this made me cry.

Congratulations. Ten years! Wow.

Shelly
11 years ago

That engagement photo gave me goosebumps! Beautiful.
You two are an amazing couple, and just from the photos I can see how effing much you love eachother!
Awesome.

jonniker
11 years ago

This was great. Just great, on every imaginable level.

Happy anniversary to both of you. Much love, and many thanks for sharing with us.

heather
heather
11 years ago

happy anniversary, you guys.

jen
jen
11 years ago

So beautiful…both your writing and your family. Congratulations!

Gaby
Gaby
11 years ago

Congratulations! And happy anniversary. A decade of growing together is a huge accomplishment–wishes for many more.

Dana
11 years ago

It’s no fair – you two get better looking with age! Happy Anniversary and congratulations on a great milestone.

Corey
Corey
11 years ago

My god, you two are hot. :-) Happy anniversary!

Melissa
11 years ago

Beautiful. Congrats.

Christine
Christine
11 years ago

Happy, Happy Anniversary! I wish you many more years of health and happiness together!

Carmen
11 years ago

*sniff* That was beautiful. Happy Anniversary!

lisa
lisa
11 years ago

happy anniversary!! this made me teary :) ten years… wow

Halyn
Halyn
11 years ago

Still feeling sentimental about our five year anniversary a couple weeks ago, so this really made me goofily happy. Happy Anniversary!

Lisa
Lisa
11 years ago

Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful story!

Becky Mochaface
11 years ago

Congratulations!

Jeanette
11 years ago

How sweet! Happy Anniversary you two!

Mel
Mel
11 years ago

Happy Anniversary to you & John. Enjoy your day.

rachel pomeroy
rachel pomeroy
11 years ago

how so very wonderful to see two people grow together over 10 years. keep on working it, it’s worth it!!

whoorl
11 years ago

Ten years! SO AWESOME.

Allie
Allie
11 years ago

Awww… I got teary eyed! Happy Anniversary you two!!

Becky
Becky
11 years ago

Congrats!!!!

sooboo
sooboo
11 years ago

Congratulations and a happy happy anniversary to you both! Loved the “through the years” pics, especially those Betty Page bangs!

agirlandaboy
11 years ago

Aw, yay. I like you guys.

Marie Green
11 years ago

Aw, congrats on 10 years, you two! Also, we got engaged on the same day/year! Only… we got married in Sept, 2000. It wasn’t even a shotgun wedding. ;)

Susan
Susan
11 years ago

Happy Anniversary! What you have is rare and beautiful. May it only get better!

Rebekah
11 years ago

Happy Anniversary! You guys are awesome.

jane
jane
11 years ago

Happy anniversary! What a beautiful post, thank you for sharing.

Jessica
11 years ago

Happy Anniversary!

Shawna
Shawna
11 years ago

Oh my God! Look at those pictures! You guys were children when you got together!

May I just say that you’ve both grown even better looking as you’ve aged? I’d have to hate you if you weren’t such a great writer, wonderful person, and half of a beautiful couple! Happy anniversary Linda and John!

Tracy
Tracy
11 years ago

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!