19 Years Ago Today

19 years ago this day I went to the movies with a group of friends and met a guy. A guy so awesome, I came home that night and told my mom I would marry him. I was 17.

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19 years ago, I begged my friend to get a picture of me with this guy, because I had to remember this evening forever.

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Since then, we went to prom together, graduated high school. He went off to the Navy, I to college.


We reunited, traveled together, dealt with tragedies together.

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We got married…

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…bought a house and made it a home…

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…added to our family…

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…and continue to have amazing adventures together.

Here's to 19 years of knowing you, Beeb. It's been a wonderful ride, and I look forward to the rest of the journey!

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  1. January 19, 2012 / 12:10 am

    It’s funny, my tallest friends have the shortest significant others! However my best friend and her husband are both petite – about the same height. 🙂

  2. crtfly
    January 19, 2012 / 12:07 am


    I have always thought it interesting that the tallest men seem to go for the short girls. On the other hand, I am
    5′ 9″ and have always attracted men my own height or shorter than me. Some of  ‘my’  men have been 2-4 inches shorter than I. Then if I wear any heel at all, you can imagine. Somehow the little guys always saw me as a Big, Beautiful Woman. I never saw myself that way, but they did. Just an observation.

  3. crtfly
    January 19, 2012 / 12:02 am

    Wonderful Allie,

    I hope you both live to be 100+ and healthy the entire time.


  4. January 1, 2012 / 10:36 pm

    Awww this is the sweetest post 🙂 Love that you took a pic on your first date!

  5. Jacinda
    December 28, 2011 / 11:51 pm

    Congratulations! 19 years ~ inspiring. I’m with my high school sweetheart too – good to know there are more of us out there and happy! 🙂 

  6. Sonia
    December 28, 2011 / 4:40 pm

    Allie, as many times as I’ve read your blog, I never knew that you and your hubby met in high school!  What a beautiful and romantic love story!  All the best to the both of you and your future together!

  7. Deanna Piercy
    December 28, 2011 / 4:14 pm

    Congratulations! I, too, married my high school sweetheart (well, actually, I was in junior high when we started dating) and we celebrated our 30th anniversary this past summer. There’s something quite special about growing up together. May you have many more happy years together. 

  8. BoutiqueGirl
    December 28, 2011 / 11:39 am

    19 Years that is so amazing! Looking at the pictures and reading the post has just made me get shivers and well up.

  9. December 28, 2011 / 1:32 am

    19 years!!  That is amazing and incredible. Congrats!

  10. December 28, 2011 / 1:15 am

    Such a sweet post! Very simple words, the pictures tell the story 🙂

  11. Kristen
    December 27, 2011 / 11:48 pm

    So great! Look at how young you are in that first picture. When you know, you know!

  12. December 27, 2011 / 11:11 pm

    How sweet! I hope I can meet a guy like this some day. Congratulations on so many happy years together!

  13. December 27, 2011 / 11:09 pm

    I can’t help laughing at your husband’s Vanilla Ice hair in the prom picture. From everything you’ve posted about him, and even given the era, it still doesn’t seem like something he’d go for.

    Such a sweet post. Congrats to your many happy years together.

  14. Anonymous
    December 27, 2011 / 10:08 pm

    That’s given me a lovely warm happy glow. Congratulations! Wishing you many, many more joyful years together.


  15. December 27, 2011 / 9:37 pm

    I know I retweeted this link earlier, but seriously this post has made me so happy all day. David and I have been together for almost seven years, and so many stories are ones of break-ups and falling outs. This is so encouraging! Congratulations 🙂

  16. December 27, 2011 / 7:49 pm

    Love this! This is your happily ever after!

  17. DC Celine
    December 27, 2011 / 6:11 pm

    Oh, yay! such a lovely post. brings happy tears to my eyes! happy knowingyou anniversary!

  18. Patti_NotDeadYetStyle
    December 27, 2011 / 3:13 pm

    That’s a wonderful story – thanks for sharing! Hope you have 100 more years together  : >

  19. December 27, 2011 / 2:52 pm

    So sweet!  What a great post!  Happy 19 years together and I hope that you have many more wonderful years together!

  20. December 27, 2011 / 2:06 pm


    Wishing you the best in the rest of your journey with the love of your life. :o)

  21. sarahrr123
    December 27, 2011 / 2:05 pm

    That is soooo sweet!  Congratulations on so many happy years together.  I met my husband when I was 14 and we’ve been together almost 22 years now (married for 17.)  I love that we have such a long history already. 

  22. December 27, 2011 / 2:01 pm

    I don’t know why I keep coming up at N.L. but congrats again. 

  23. N. L.
    December 27, 2011 / 1:53 pm

    Lovely couple. Congratulations

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