Six Years

This weekend, Joel and I will have been boyfriendandgirlfriend for six whole years. We were babies when we started our relationship.
Our 1st picture together
I remember sitting in my dorm room, on our black futon talking to Joel on my black Razor phone,  March 31st, 2007 -  asking him if we were going to finally make it Facebook official. And since it was facebook official, it's the first day that I considered our relationship official. Facebook was that powerful.

We spent the rest of college dating long distance, him up in Minnesota - me in Iowa. He would drive his mom's green minivan to visit me every three weeks and we would spend our summers together back in our hometown outside of Chicago until I graduated college and finally moved into our first apartment together in Wrigleyville.

Joel quickly became apart of my family. 

 My mom loved to cook for Joel, and Nellie and Hannah loved that he was making me happy, and therefore nicer to them. And my Dad was just excited to finally have a boy around - Joel was very good at helping my dad get things done.


My cousins, and friends, and grandparents...everyone...all took him in and couldn't have been more excited to have him part of our group. I think they would have traded me out had anything gone sour in our relationship.

And now that little thing is my Junior Bridesmaid!

Our Flower Girl and Ring bearer

With six years, lots of things have changed. We've grown up, we've gone through good and bad times, we've changed jobs, hairstyles, hobbies, friends.


We've gone on vacations, to funerals; have become aunt and uncle, been through lots of hobbies, bottles of wine, and boxes of kleenx.

We've done the Swine Flu, viruses, and six allergy seasons. We've just gone through life. Six years jammed full of life, but we've been together the entire time, finding the good, trying to laugh, and coming out alive.

Here is to sixty more years of life with my best friend.


  1. Awwww y'all WERE babies! So cute. :) Happy boyfriendandgirlfriend-iverary!

  2. Aw! You two look definitely look like babies back then! I didn't realize you went to Iowa!

  3. This is such a sweet post! Facebook official is when things get legit... so funny. Happy Anniversary to you two!

    Kristen posted about how wonderful your blog is yesterday, so I can't wait to read more!

  4. Super cute post! So exciting for all this year holds for you guys! Your beautiful wedding and then the joy of being newlyweds!

  5. Love this post and his long hair! I didn't realize you went to Iowa but then again I don't know where I thought you went. ;)

  6. Happy 6 years and here's to 6 more and 6 more and 6 more and 6 more, and on and on and ON my friend!

  7. Awww I love this post! You guys were seriously BABIES and I love all the old pictures! Happy anniversary :) and next year you'll be celebrating your wedding anniversary instead!!

  8. Oh my goodness, look at the two of you!! I love seeing the two of you grow up together.

    I completely remember when Mr. RH and I went facebook official. Hilarious.

    Happy six years!! Makes me feel like such a baby!!

  9. I'm such a sap...this post brought tears to my eyes!! Isn't it great when your families mesh so well!?!? So happy for your bright future together!

  10. I love that picture of your mom and Joel. Too cute. Happy six years, here's to many more!