Sweet Sixteen

by | Oct 2, 2015 | Happy Anniversary | 18 comments

Today is our 16th Wedding Anniversary! If you’d like, you can see some of our wedding photos in this post from last year.

I actually took most of these pictures last October 2nd as well, but I never had a chance to post them here on the blog… I had just finished praying the St. Therese novena (October 2nd is the eve of her traditional feast day) for a very special and specific family intention, and was wondering if dear St. Therese would send me a rose. Of course it couldn’t just be any rose – all the roses here on the blog and anniversary roses from my husband wouldn’t count, especially since he knew I was praying the novena – so I wasn’t sure how she’d find a way, but she always does!

I couldn’t believe it when I pulled this book out of the box in my closest, opened up the page to “Our Fifteenth Year” and then noticed the roses. Apparently the flower associated with 15th anniversary is the rose! It was just a little sign, but it reassured me that she would be interceding for our family once again.

Anyway, it’s hard to believe that another year has passed already! I thought it would be fun to finally share these pictures of Our Wedding Anniversary Memory Book and a little glimpse at our family’s past fifteen (now sixteen!) years. This beautiful book was a bridal shower gift from my Aunt Bridget and I have always loved pulling it out each year on our anniversary.

Our First Year – September 2000, In DC for my SIL’s wedding
Our Second Year – October 2001, Jet Boat Ride for our Anniversary
Our Third Year – Thanksgiving 2002
Our Fourth Year – Christmas 2003
Our Fifth Year – Easter 2004
Our Sixth Year – Christmas 2005
Our Seventh Year – Easter 2007
Our Eighth Year – October 2007
Our Ninth Year – December 2008
Our Tenth Year – My brothers wedding, summer of 2009
Our Eleventh Year – Visiting my husband’s parents, November 2010
Our Twelfth Year – October 2, 2011 and Christmas 2011
Our Thirteenth Year – Easter 2012
Our Fourteenth Year – Thanksgiving 2013
Our Fifteenth Year – December 2014
Unfortunately our memory book now skips from fifteenth anniversary to twentieth anniversary… There isn’t a page to add a favorite family picture from this past year! I’ll guess I’ll just have to add a couple favorites here. 😉 
Grand Teton National Park – 4th of July, 2015
Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park – July 2015
After eight days on the road… someone is letting off a little steam! 😉 
On our way to hike to Inspiration Point in the Grand Tetons… looking just a little bit older than we did back in 1999!
I’m looking forward to many more wonderful years with this loving husband of mine.   
Prayer of Married Persons to St. Joachim and St. Anne

O models of pious and virtuous married persons, St. Joachim and St. Anne! Through the wondrous blessing with which God gladdened your hearts when He chose you as the parents of the ever blessed Virgin, the mother of our Savior, obtain for us, we beseech you, the grace to desire nothing but virtue and piety; that, in fidelity and love, we may share each other’s joys and sorrows, and together with our children lead such a life as to insure our entrance into the kingdom of heaven! Amen.


  1. bernadetteosborne

    Happy anniversary, Jessica! I hope you and your husband have a very special day!, God bless! 🙂

    2015-10-02 23:46:26

  2. Tracy Bua Smith

    Happy anniversary! Beautiful album! Thank you for being a shining light with your lives and love in this crazy world! Enjoy your anniversary!

    2015-10-03 00:31:43

  3. Erin

    Just loved looking at all your pics, growing older and larger year by year, and a new baby every couple of years (or less:) What a lovely gift, wishing I'd had one and kept one. Sure we haven't taken photos every year. One of my goals one day though is to do a collection of yearly photos for a wall.

    2015-10-03 01:18:54

  4. Nicole

    Oh that is so sweet! This also my in laws anniversary (39 years today) and my second daughter's birthday (4 today), so a special day all around. It is a favorite feast day; what a neat day to pick:) Blessings for many more years. Thank you for your witness to faith filled and joyous family life!

    2015-10-03 01:19:49

  5. kimberlee

    Happy Anniversary! You two have been so richly blessed over the years! May God continue to abundantly bless all of you!

    2015-10-03 02:21:40

  6. Carla

    Great pictures!!! I love seeing the growth of the family! I recently looked at my engagement picture and this past years' family picture! It's amazing to see the differences! Especially the difference in my husband's grey hair! I love his greeting temples though even if he thinks it makes him look "old".

    2015-10-03 02:27:00

  7. Lisa C.

    Happy Anniversary! Beautiful couple and beautiful family! This year my husband and I celebrated our 26th anniversary! I wish you two many more happy years!

    2015-10-03 02:40:38

  8. Candy Hartmann

    Thanks for sharing. It is so heartwarming to see another child every other year!

    2015-10-03 03:18:25

  9. mary

    It is so fun to see your beautiful family grow through the years. Happy anniversary!

    2015-10-03 13:42:53

  10. Julie Fier

    Happy anniversary! I think my kids would like if I made one of these for them to look at. There was 9 anniversaries before we became parents so they rarely see pics from those years but I bet they would enjoy it!

    2015-10-03 13:57:51

  11. artangelgallery

    Congratulations, your family is beautiful. We are coming up on 5 years in November. 🙂

    2015-10-03 15:14:14

  12. Valerie

    May God continue to bless your marriage and family! What a beautiful journal!

    2015-10-03 15:23:08

  13. jbc2789

    Happy Anniversary! Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures!

    2015-10-03 18:00:57

  14. Amy

    My in-laws gave this book to us on our first anniversary! They had our names and wedding date printed on the cover, and it is something I treasure. This would be a beautiful wedding gift! We had the same problem with the book skipping from year 15 to 20. I "edited" the book to make year 20, years 16/17 so I could include pictures of our #7 born in year 16. Thank you for sharing your family with us. Your posts have inspired me in many ways the last couple years. Congratulations on your anniversary and may God bless your marriage and beautiful family!

    2015-10-03 20:02:23

  15. joyfilledfamily

    Praise God for your beautiful marriage and family. I will be praying for you in a special way this month. Ad Jesum per Mariam

    2015-10-04 00:55:07

  16. Guest

    Happy anniversary! God's continued blessings! The prayer is delightful!!

    2015-10-05 12:25:18

  17. Hope

    Happy Anniversary! We just celebrated our 16th in September. What a fun memory book–I would have never thought of keeping an album for just us. Maybe I'll go back and fill it in! 🙂

    2015-10-05 20:46:49

  18. Annette Tracy

    God bless your marriage! Happy wedding anniversary!

    2015-10-14 04:58:25


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