By Kelsey on October 7, 2011 22

Fairytale: 5 Years

Happy anniversary, Eric! Five years ago, when I heard you say your vows, I felt so lucky to be marrying the greatest guy on the planet. It’s been awesome to see you grow this past year–watching you be committed to reading, exercising and mastering our fancy new camera. Thanks for loving me where I am but also making me a better person every day.

Year 5 Highlights

1. Getting Eric to go to the dentist for the first time in five years.
2. Seeing my high school volleyball team take second place at state.
3. Completing the Alpha course with our life group at church.
4. Sending Christmas cards–one of my favorite things to do!
5. Becoming debt-free on Jan. 2!
6. Our company’s annual holiday party.
7. Putting our house up for sale.
8. Eric’s birthday trip to Kansas City!
9. Speaking at Ignition youth ministry about breakups.
10. Landing a couple modeling gigs.
11. My sister giving birth to Mylie Marie.
12. Visiting Austin, Texas, for the Texas Style Council Conference.
13. Participating in the 2011 Big Hair Ball.
14. Being sponsors for Mylie Marie’s baptism.
15. Raising $582 for our annual MS Walk!
16. Our company golf outing.
17. Our annual staycation.
18. Canceling cable!
19. Getting caught up in LOST.
20. Our road trip to Charleston, S.C.!
21. Our annual week-long vacation in Okoboji.
22. Finding out that we’re pregnant!
23. Camping with Eric’s dad and stepmom.
24. A delicious trip to the Iowa State Fair.
25. A long weekend trip to visit friends in Minneapolis.
26. Getting serious with our life group.
27. Celebrating my 28th birthday.

Blog Highlights

1. Reading every comment you leave on the blog.
2. Having readers in all 50 states and in more than 100 countries.
3. Being featured on Makeunder My Life, Today’s Letters, Fiscally Chic and Mary Sievers, CPA.
4. Responding to countless emails about marriage and faith.
5. Launching our new domain and blog design.
6. Sharing our fairytale story!
7. Celebrating our first blogiversary!
8. Announcing our pregnancy!

Favorite Concerts/Events

1. Dave Ramsey LIVE
2. Cirque du Soleil
3. Taylor Swift and Needtobreathe
4. Principal Golf Charity Classic
5. Tenth Avenue North at the Iowa State Fair
6. RENT at Minnesota State University, Mankato

Favorite YouTube Videos

1. Neature Walk
2. Keenan Cahill
3. Backin’ Up witness interview and song
4. Need More Dogs

Favorite Eats

1. Jethro’s BBQ
2. Eric’s famous grilled wings
3. Kelsey’s pizza sandwiches
4. Greek steak and spaghetti
5. Beanie weenie
6. Chicken spaghetti
7. Peach fizz
8. Kelsey’s favorite ice cream dessert!

Best Bargain

1. $1 clothing rack from Better Homes and Gardens yard sale

Anniversary Gifts

Looking Forward to Year 6 Because…

1. We’re expanding our family in March!
2. And finding out what we’re having in a few weeks!
3. Getting new iPhones!
4. We’re taking a trip next month to Washington, D.C.!
5. We’re going to a marriage retreat before the baby comes.
6. Hopefully selling our house and moving!


I love my husband, my kids and the Internet.

  1. Happy anniversary! I love your gifts for each other. Wishing you many blessings in your 6th year of marriage. It’ll be an exciting year for sure!

  2. Happy anniversary you two! It has been so much fun to be able to read along with the everyday adventures of your life. It may not always be perfect, but your marriage is an inspiration because you work at it together. No matter what comes up or what goes down, you two find a way to get through and you learn from it and you grow. But the best part is that you do it together. Lots of love and blessings to you today!!

  3. Happy anniversary! I’m glad I found you guys through your guest post on “Makeunder My Life.” And thanks for letting me share your post on “Fiscally Chic.” You two are doing great things here and my thoughts and prayers are with year as you go into your sixth year of marriage! It’s going to be a big year :)

  4. Happy Anniversary!!! I’m with you guys Neature Walk is HYSTERICAL

  5. Happy anniversary! What an exciting year you’ve had, and it sounds like it will be even more so next year! Especially with baby coming. I pray that God will continue to bless you and your family as you continue this journey together.

  6. Happy Anniversary!! What an amazing year you have had and what a wonderful one you have ahead!! Hope you have a fantastic day and weekend together! Love both of your blogs!!

  7. Happy Anniversary K&E!! I have become obsessed with WoW and the way you two have let all of your readers into your lives. You two are really an inspiration for a functional, loving relationship. Through your posts I have come to question and analyze my marriage because no marriage is perfect. It has truly been a joy to be a part of your lives, even if it’s through the internet. My God bless you both and your family in the years to come!

    P.S. Today is my 1st wedding anniversary:)

  8. happy anniversary you two!

  9. Happy Anniversary :)

  10. YEAAAAA! to all these things.

    you’re both amazing,
    and i happily celebrate your 5 years with you.

    { love love }

  11. barbi from bama October 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm


  12. Just wanted to say congrats!!!
    I just recently found your blog and I’m loving it:)
    Today is my 5 year anniversary too and I think we’re both having our first babies around the same time(we’re March 12th).
    Hope you guys have an amazing year!

  13. i already expressed this to eric in the lunch room at work but i do love those Toms! Congratulations on 5 years!

  14. Congrats on the big milestone! Here’s to many more :-)

  15. Happy Anniversary!!! The Lord’s blessing as you start a very exciting year!!!! My hubby and I celebrate our second wedding anniversary tomorrow! =)

  16. Freaky and cool:)
    Can’t wait to see when you go into labor!
    Best wishes to you guys!!!

  17. when do you get to find out what you are having?! our o.b. group does the ultrasound between 18 and 22 weeks. well, i had my last appointment at 17.5 WEEKS, which means i have to wait till almost 22 weeks for the ultrasound – boo :( can’t wait to hear what you are having, and i know you cant wait, either :)

    • Bummer, Cass! I’m so eager to hear what you’re having, too. We have our 18-week appointment tomorrow, so we should know more then. I asked at our 14-week when I could schedule it, and she told me they schedule them “around 20 weeks.” Of course in my mind I definitely want it on my 20th week! We have to actually go to the hospital for our ultrasounds since they don’t do them at the midwife clinic, so I’m hoping I can get it whenever I want even though I won’t see our midwife again until 22 weeks! Ha. I’m trying to not get my hopes up, but it’s hard! Especially since we are planning a gender reveal party and I’d like to tell family/friends when it will be!

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