Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Anniversary Day

Today, Derek and I celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary. I was just a baby when we met...15, and a baby when we married...21. I'm so thankful God brought Derek into my life at such a young age. We have had a wonderful 14 years together of being married and a wonderful 20 years of being best friends.

Here we are leaving our wedding July 2, 1994


Here we are on our honeymoon at Disney World. This was taken on July 4th.


This is me today wearing around my wedding veil. (Wow, I look tired. I guess 14 years and two children can do that to a girl. Ha!) I never got my wedding dress sealed (gasp!). I just knew if I ever had a daughter she wouldn't want to wear it. So, every year I have gotten my veil out on my anniversary and worn it around the house. Derek and I affectionately refer to it as the "anniversary hat." (I know what you are thinking, that I REALLY am a dork...ha!) Of course Ella Grace was all over it, too. :) As Derek watched her walking around, holding it on her head, he said, "That day will be here all too soon." He is so right! It seems just like yesterday for us.

Happy Anniversary, Der Bear. I love you. Thank you for being such a wonderful husband and more for being such an outstanding father.

19 comments:

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Happy Anniversary!!!

You look adorable in that veil.

Angela said...

Awww, this is so sweet! I love the pictures and that you put the veil on every anniversary. I think it is cute!

Megan L Hutchings said...

Wow!!! I cannot believe that it has been 14 years and you two are still madly in love ;). I truly hope I can say the same for Web and I in 2019 =)!

A couple of more things...

1) Web and I also went to Disney World for our anniversary ;)
2) I have that same shirt you are wearing with the veil on your head ;)!
3) I Love You!

Becky said...

Happy Anniversary!!! You two are the cutest and always look so happy in every picture. Girl, I will be in Little Rock today and I will be looking for a crazy lady at the mall running around with a veil on!! LOL

Kelly said...

Happy Anniversary!!!!

My dress is just hanging in my closet along with my veil. I get it out every once in a while. I think last year I put my dress on but no way it would zip this year. Even Scott pointed that out the other day. :-( ha!

The Garners said...

Happy Anniversary! Where did y'all meet? So cute that you wear the veil around on your anniversary!

I know what you mean about it being EG's wedding day before you know it. Lane made me cry at the last wedding we attended because he said something about Alexee getting married.

Laura said...

Happy Anniversary Leigh Ann & Derek!! I hope there are many more to come!!

Leigh Ann, you were just a beautiful bride and you still are even 14 years later!!

Wouldn't it have been neat if you had taken a picture of yourself in the veil every year? Fortunately, my mother took care of getting mine sealed.

Meredith said...

Happy Anniversary! I love your pictures! They are just so sweet! Russell and I have almost been married 1 year and we also went to Disney World on our honeymoon! FUN! I love that veil too! Have a wonderful Anniversary!

Heather said...

Happy anniversary! You look gorgeous in your "anniversary hat"! Have a great 4th of July weekend!

Faith said...

Awww! Happy Anniversary! I love that you wear your veil around!!! That is so cute! I may have to get out my tiara this year!

Betsy said...

Oh my gosh!! You look soooo pretty on your wedding day!! (And you STILL DO!!)

Congratulations!! Your story is so much like mine! We started dating at 15 and got married at 21!!

You should be proud of the hard work and love you've put into these 14 years!!!

Happy Anniversary!

Kara said...

Happy anniversary! We have something in common I also got married when I was 21. That seems so long ago! Your wedding pictures are so beautiful. Love, love, love that you wear your wedding veil on each anniversary! Great picture. Yall have a blessed 4th of July weekend.

Kara- John 3:30

Heather said...

Happy Anniversary! You are NOT a dork....that is such a fun idea. I think you look gorgeous!
Have a great evening!

Candy said...

Happy Anniversary!!! I love that you wear your veil every year. What a fun tradition!! :)

Meag said...

Oh LAH! I love this post! You are so beautiful... on your wedding day and now! I LOVE that you have a tradition of wearing your veil! That's priceless!!!! ;-) Sending lots of love your way! Can't wait to see you and Derek!!!!

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!!!

His Doorkeeper said...

I think that is the SWEETEST thing trying on your veil. I agree with Laura...you should make your picture every year with your veil. It would make a neat thing to give your children say when you and Derek celecbrate your 50th!

Happy anniversary and many more to come!

Lauren said...

You were such a beautiful bride! And now you're a beautiful mother! Happy Anniversary to you and Derek!

Katie said...

Happy Anniversary!

The tradition of the "anniversary hat" is too cute! I just love that! Big smiles!