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you're my person.



Three years ago today, I stood under a tree on a beautiful, cloudy day and told Josh I'd belong to him forever. 

Marriage is so much different than I would have expected. More challenging and deeper than I would have expected. More internal and less external. Before Josh and I got married, our relationship was so easy. We never argued and hardly disagreed. Since the day we got married, all of that has changed. And it wasn't that one or the other changed, we just got to know the real version of each other (and ourselves). Looking back now, our relationship back then seems so surface level compared to our relationship now. Some of our hardest conflicts are a result of the best thing that we could have ever done, and that's becoming vulnerable with each other. Opening up about our thoughts, insecurities, goals, dreams, failures, past, idea of future, all of it. I know, three years seems so trivial when you look at the large spectrum of life, and I don't want to be one of those people who act like they know the ins and outs of making a relationship work when we've barely made a dent in our marriage. But to see how much we've grown and how far we've come in such a short period of time gives me so much hope and excitement for the future. We're far from perfect and still drive each other mad some days, but we are one. I get to choose you, and I want to choose you. Not because it's easy or convenient, not because we're the perfect match, but because you're worth it. You're my person. Happy three years, my darling. 

“..I no longer believed in the idea of soul mates, or love at first sight. But I was beginning to believe that a very few times in your life, if you were lucky, you might meet someone who was exactly right for you. Not because he was perfect, or because you were, but because your combined flaws were arranged in a way that allowed two separate beings to hinge together.” ―Lisa Kleypas

*first photo taken by our talented friend, Colby Moore



37 comments:

  1. so beautifully written.

    xo.

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  2. That quote is so perfect. It truly is about work and patience with one another. Beautiful post!

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  3. This is so beautiful, Kinsey! What a lovely couple. x

    Laura,
    whenlaura.com

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  4. Congrats to you guys....this gives me hope that some day..I will meet someone special.. ;)
    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. Awww, this is so amazing! Congrats!

    Maggie
    www.unboundprocess.com

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  7. Oh this is beautiful. Love is lovely.

    http://juliettelaura.blogspot.com

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  8. Love this. My Oliver and I are coming up on two years married, six years together. I've had the same difficulty explaining marriage and the change in relationship to others, but the things you've mentioned here are spot on. Thank you for sharing these thoughts. They're similar to what I wrote on Valentine's Day :) Cheers!

    http://anchored-souls.blogspot.com/2014/02/what-i-know-about-love-so-far.html

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  9. Congratulations! This is the sweetest thing ever <3 Love each other!

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  10. I love this. Here's to three years and forever. Congratulations :)

    Gnossienne

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  11. These pictures are beautiful!

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  12. Happy Anniversary! As a marriage newb myself, I think I am started to have a lot of those same feelings. You described it beautifully and succinctly. :)

    Kate

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  13. I love this and the way you put it. My fiance and I are getting married next March and I so look forward to learning each other and loving each other in a deeper way.

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  14. These are very sweet, insightful words. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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  15. this is beautiful. your words are always so pure and honest. happy anniversary!
    Rebecca @ tr[i]b[e]cca

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  16. Happy Anniversary! You guys are adorable~

    xoxo, The Occasional Indulgence

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  17. A deeper relationship takes work, but it takes really aware and emotionally mature people to be grateful for the work, and for the closeness it brings. So happy to hear of your anniversary. Looking forward to celebrating ours in July. :)

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  18. What a beautiful post, happy 3 year anniversary.

    Meg | Meghan Silva's Blog

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  19. Beautiful! Love that first picture!

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  20. I love the way you phrased all that. it really is the perfect description of a progressing marriage. and I loved how real it was. beautiful and congratulations!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

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  21. How beautiful. Congratulations on your anniversary!

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  22. This is so beautiful.. Everything - the pictures, the text and the quote - is so inspiring and breathtaking.
    Congratulations for the beautiful three years!

    Hugs!

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  23. Love this sweet sentiment. Congrats on the 3 years, and here's to many more to come. Thank you for sharing!

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  24. so beautifully written. love this!

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  25. I agree with what everyone said here. Simply beautiful. Every word and picture.

    Love and Luck,

    Laurali Star

    http://www.thesecretsurprisinista.com

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  26. Have anniversary!!
    It's very true, once you start living with somebody 24/7 you do learn a lot more about them, even if you had disagreements and whatnot while dating, actually living with somebody is much different. But it's also so much more wonderful, being married to "your person." I love having the security of knowing that my husband will always be coming home to me after a long day, even if I'm in bed before he gets off work, I know that when I wake up, he'll be right there beside me. Tomorrow we "celebrate" 11 months of marriage and next month our first child is due to arrive. Marriage is such a blessing, congratulations <3

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  27. all of this. yes. can't wait to have it one day! happy three years!
    Lisa | c/oMKE

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  29. Congratulations on your 3 year!! And everything you said is so true, I couldn't agree more... My husband and I were married under a huge tree too, good choice :) We are coming up on our three year anniversary as well and I couldn't have said it better myself. Being so vulnerable to another person is hard and really painful at times, but it's that much more rewarding as we grow closer together and know one another on such a deeper level. I'd love to see more pictures or a video of your wedding! I just did a post on my wedding video on Monday!
    http://www.designlifediaries.com/2014/05/our-wedding-video.html

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  30. Wow this is so inspiring!!!! I hope I can also find someone who's really compatible with my personality and everything :) Happy 3 years :)

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  31. you two are adorable!! congrats on three years. xo

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