December 30, 2012

6 years of our holy family

Once upon a time, this girl
Her name is Bonnie, and she had great legs.  
and this boy
His name is Travis, and he was pretending to be the Karate Kid.
were good friends.

And then one day they realized they really liked each other.  A friend was in a musical and invited Travis to come.  Travis said he'd go when Hell froze over... which happened later that week when Bonnie said she'd love to see the musical for their first date.

Two weeks later, after watching

they sat on a couch and more or less said "I love you" for the first time and decided to get married.

Bonnie got her

and they looked over possible dates.  They settled on a date almost 7 months later, December 30th.  It was the Vigil of the Feast of the Holy Family and during the Octave of Christmas and on a holiday weekend.

They were told they were rushing and at times they were worried, but they were confident that God wanted them together.  So they went ahead and got hitched.

And they went on their Scottish honeymoon.
Where the adorable elderly tour guide thought it was more important to get feet in the picture than  the beautiful castle ruins behind them.
And then because

they had
Peter Mark
who they lost and still mourn.

But God blessed them with
and 16 months later

and 54 weeks later 

and 20 months later

And in the meantime they sold

so they could put a down payment on a house that looked like

and Travis worked really hard and made it look like

They had some ups
like the Behold Conference

and a Boston vacation
and downs along the way.
a stillborn and 7 weeks in the NICU

They got to know some new friends.
Venerable Sheen, pray for us!

And they enjoyed their super cute kids

And they lived happily ever after, laughing at each other's jokes, bickering, and him appreciating her ability to stay within budget (most of the time) and her appreciating his ability to work hard and still come in and play with the kids at the end of the day.

Happy Feast of the Holy Family to everyone!

Happy Anniversary to the love of my life!


  1. Happy Anniversary Bonnie! You have a beautiful family!! :)

  2. Oh Bonnie, this is just beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us! You should write a book.

  3. Happy anniversary you two! Such a fun way to tell your story, Bonnie ;)

  4. what a beautiful life story of love and joy ! Happy Anniversary!

  5. I love this! Happy Anniversary and Feast of the Holy Family!

  6. Congratulations!! Thanks be to God! :)

  7. you really do have a beautiful, holy family

  8. Thank you so much everyone! We had a great dinner date and instead of going to a movie decided to buy The Avengers and watch it at home.

    Our romance is only outdone by our frugality.

  9. Happy anniversary. I want to live closer to this holy family! It's all lovely.

  10. What a wonderful 6 years it has been. You are truly blessed. Love you.

  11. What an awesome wedding date and such a sweet story....Happy Anniversary!

  12. Cute! Happy Anniversary!

  13. Oh my gosh I am in love with this post! I just love the way you wrote it and all the pictures! I'm pinning it to my "Some of my Favorite Blog Posts by Others" board! :)

    Happy New Year!!!

    For Love of Cupcakes

  14. Bonnie, so sweet! Happy, Happy Anniversary. God grant you many happy, blessed years...

  15. New friends indeed! Happy Anniversary Bonnie! May the Lord continue to bless your marriage and family.

  16. How stinking sweet. What a beautiful picture of what God can do through a couple who loves Him and lives their lives following Him. Happy anniversary!! You have a beautiful family and a beautiful story! Thanks for sharing!

  17. This made me cry! How blessed you have been!

  18. Happy Anniversary you cute kids!

  19. This post is GREAT. You guys are awesome. And holy cow I am so impressed with your house!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (insert one thousand additional exclamation points)

    1. Thanks, Dwij! One of the reasons I was first attracted to your blog was because of the fixer-upper portion of it. I'm sure you and I could swap some stories of washing dishes in bathtubs or cardboard saloon doors stabled up in place of bathroom doors. Or maybe that's just me. :) But I'm sure you still have some great stories that I would love to hear!

  20. Beautiful post! Happy belated anniversary!

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