almost ten years old {suggestions, please}.

A big day is a comin'. 
Big indeed and I am excited.

Sean and I have been married TEN YEARS, next Friday, July 20th.
That's right.  I remember that day like it was last week. Most of it, at least.

Did you know that, on the afternoon of my wedding I ate Jack in the Box tacos?  Yeah, I was never one of those brides that insisted on losing weight for my wedding. I've always thought the concept was a little silly because everyone knows what you normally look like and everyone knows you are going to start cooking casseroles on day one of marriage {at least I did} or gain it all back on your honeymoon vacation.  Losing weight to me was just an unnecessary stress, really.  Then again, I have been to many a wedding where I thought, "Her arms look pretty toned. Maybe I should have done some Tae-Bo before our wedding.  Oh well."
ANYways.  Most unproductive tangent EVER.

Sean and I have been married 10 years and it's been good. Real good.
And I think the reason why is because we've both decided a few things.
First, the answer to our problems can be found in scripture EVERY time.
Secondly, we treat each other like we would want to be treated. 

And I often fail, yes I do, but I have a good husband who loves me, respects me, treats me like a lady and loves me like a woman and looks to the Lord for our choices.
But don't be fooled. We have had some rough patches and it was hard.  It will be hard again. How can we expect anything worth doing to not have some difficult seasons?  Obviously, we can't.

10 years has made him the man that I knew I would miss, if I hadn't picked him and he hadn't picked me.
There was a patch for awhile where we were dating other people.  Some things transpired and I had a sick feeling.  The sick feeling you get when you KNOW you screwed up and need to head in the other direction. I remember calling him and asking him to go to dinner with me (totally against my "rules for the lady") and he agreed.  When we met, I professed my undying love to him and told him I needed to be with him.  The last few years had been a mistake.
You want to know what he told me?

"Not right now.  I think I need some time to just be alone."

{Record screech}

It was in that moment that I realized how much I stood to lose.  Of course, I believe deeply that the Lord has things held in his hand and He determines our comings and our goings, but if I had any part in that desicion making, I knew that I wanted to be married to Sean and I knew that if I lost him, I would never be the same.

Thanks to the good Lords benevolence, Sean and I married and have truly had a great first ten years together.  There have been difficult moments I wish I could have handled differently, but that is ok.  That is learning and marriage is the classroom.

So, yes.
10 years next Friday and here is where you come in.

We are going out to dinner {I wish you knew how very excited I am for a night on the town} and I would really enjoy hearing any suggestions you may have, if you are familiar with the LA/OC county region of California.  We do have two resturants we really love dining at but also would love to try something new.  Even if it's a fun place to just get dessert or coffee.  We do have all evening, you know.

Really, I'm pretty thrilled to go on a date. Gone are the days where we ate out three times a week and didn't think a thing, when the bill came.  Those days were pretty awesome but I'm sure we enjoy it now because it doesn't happen as often. share any/all recommendations.

And a huge thank you hug from me.


  1. A few of our favorites are:

    370 Common in Laguna Beach -- their pork belly and burger are both amazing. And you can bring your own bottle of wine for no corkage fee!

    The Cellar in San Clemente -- they have an amazing fig butter crostini!! Also, their Carneros pinot noir is delish.

    Cucina Enoteca at the Irvine Spectrum -- you would love the decor (totally vintage and eclectic) and the food is yummy! One of my favorites is the honey-roasted eggplant and goat cheese pizza. And the cannoli are really good for dessert!

    Are you hungry yet? I am!! Congrats on 10 years! We celebrate our 6-year anniversary on July 22nd. :)

    1. This is what I am talking about!
      I love this and even if we don't get to go to all of these on Friday, these are going in my book to try. Each and every one! Thanks for taking the time to share them with us.

      And also...I want a goat cheese pizza now.....

    2. Mmmm, goat cheese pizza! I need to go there and try it asap :)

  2. Seasons 52 at South Coast is delish. Have you been there, yet?

    And I'm so happy for you guys! You're a couple that I really admire for so many reasons and I'm thankful that I've been able to hear you talk about marriage in authentic ways. It's a good example for dreamers like me!

    1. I haven't tried it, but only admired from a distance, when hitting up the mall. Hmmmm......dinner and shopping?!!!!!

    2. and....thank you for your kind words. I just read them to Sean and he thought it was so very nice of you to say that. It means a lot to me and I just know that you are going to be an amazing wife someday, Jen.
      And I'll be on the dance FLOOR first, at that wedding. Duh.

  3. Yay for date night! I don't have any suggestions since I don't live down there, but I'm sure it will be fabulous. :) John and I will celebrate 10 years next February. We were one of those crazy couples who met one day, talked about marriage the next week, and got married 4 months later, haha. And yes, there were hard times like you said, but we're better, stronger and more in love than ever. Can't wait to hear what you guys do out on the town! :)

    1. I don't think there is anything crazy about that at all! It's wonderful-and congratulations!!! <3

  4. yay! for 10 years. that's amazing. we're celebrating 5 years this saturday. and like you i to am so excited for a date night. we don't get those often, it's so sad so we're looking forward to it.

    1. Congrats friend! Where are you going to go?

  5. Congrats to you! We're celebrating 2 years on the 24th and will be having a date night next weekend as well. I'm so excited as well. Heather already listed all my suggestions...we're actually going to the cellar so I'm really excited!
    Hooray for long lasting love & marriage!

    1. Amber, you have to get the Fig Butter Crostini!! I dream of that thing.... and congrats to 2 years! :)

    2. I can't believe it's already been two years! That is so great! The Cellar sounds divine!

  6. First of all Tae-Bo is my favorite. Ha!
    Happy anniversary. I feel like if you make it to 10 you have got It made. We will celebrate our 14th in sept. god in the center is key fo sho.
    You have to go to King Taco. Ha!
    Wood and vine in Hollywood is really good check out their menu online.
    Have so much fun.

  7. I still remember working together 10 years ago and how giddy you were with your wedding day right around the corner!!! And something sooo hilarious comes to mind that I will have to share with you when I see you!! Congrats you two❤. God is good.

  8. I've wanted to go to "the edison" in LA really bad for a while now, but haven't made it. I've heard its really neat. its an old power plant that was remodeled into a 1920's themed lounge.

    also, if you're a garlic fan "the stinking rose".