Blog : marriage

12 years of lovin, learning, growing, overcoming & celebrating life together! I’m humbled and grateful to my core that I get to adventure through this life with Scott! It’s crazy what you can overcome when you choose not to blame each other for hard stuff or hold hurtful moments against each other… but also admit when you’re wrong and do the hard work to become the best spouse you can be. We are far from perfect but I can proudly say that we’ve chosen to love, forgive & grow together through things that could have destroyed us. We’ve celebrated births and cried together over losing 3 babies, we’ve lost jobs and gotten raises, struggled to get by & bought a house, we’ve moved across the country twice, we’ve had fights & prayed through them and we have relentlessly loved each other and daily decide that together & happy is all that we want! Happy 12th anniversary @scottjfitzpatrick You’re my favorite human in all the world!.
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We’ve done it!! Eleven years!! Honestly, This guy deserves so much more than an Instagram highlight shout out, he deserve my time and attention. He deserves quiet nights in with my phone turned off and my heart & mind wildly connected to his. He deserves to see me and know me in all of my forms and to be honored for the vast sacrifices he has made to help our family flourish! He protects me physically, mentally, emotionally & invests in my spirit. He challenges me to see my own strengths, to really understand & identify them so that my confidence grows. He guards my mind and remains faithful & transparent. He and I really are better together, but we’ve had so many opportunities to cave and throw in the towel – haven’t we all?! We’ve had to work through some (very) hard situations, we’ve fought & the couch gained a body for the night. We’ve had upsets and disagreements with the best of them but he STILL chooses to love me & hear me. He’s my ultimate person, the one who tells me every day how beautiful I am. I’m grateful and humbled that he is mine. 📷 @kaleighdsimmonsphoto

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I’ll love you forever. Tomorrow I’m 32 years old & 8 days later we cheers to ELEVEN years as Mr. & Mrs. ✨
When I reflect on my life so far I’m humbled that I’ve been so fortunate. Life is messy, it’s hard & full of exhausting battles BUT battles can be won, messes can be cleaned up and hard things take work but get easier with time, understanding and patience. I’m so loved, I’ve never doubted that for a moment in my life – that’s something I have never taken for granted. As I get older I really understand that love offers a safe place – for you, for the refugee, for the abused & broken. A place where we are reminded that we are worthy of being loved. We get broken in relationship but we can also heal in relationship where love is pure. I have learned that love DOES – love isn’t silent, it doesn’t see a hurting person & turn away. Love believes the best, it makes a way for broken people, it offers hope. Pure love has the power to rebuild our brokenness. The way Scott loves me is something he chose to do, he chose to be intuitive & aware of my heart and love me in a way that I’m grateful for every single day.

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Last night I heard a random beeping in our house around 3am. I raised my head, wide eyed & assumed someone was lurking in the hall, naturally. They silently cracked open a very locked window, I know it!! (I can’t be the only one who jumps to these extremes, tell me I’m right & put my mind at ease!) I rested my arm on my husband and before I could say, “I hear a beep!” he was feeling my arm up & down as if searching for an ailment and instantly asked me if I was ok. In the moment I shook him off & said, “a beep!!” It wasn’t until my heart stopped racing and he identified the culprit (a dying microphone, thanks kids. Glad you slept though it 🙄) that I thought about his reaction to laying my arm on him in his sleep.
His innate, immediate & sincere concern for my well being had my head reeling with gratitude for him. I’m Olivia & I suffer from being a really deep thinker – the kinda gal that has a single eye opening moment that sends me into the depths of exploring Gods existence in my life. He was there in that moment, wrapped up in the man I love who instantly showed me my value to him without having to express it in mushy words.
I’ve felt this strange feeling of isolation and misunderstanding recently & what I realized in that brief beeping (no, do not insert a swear word there!) moment, was that Scott sees me & feels for me even in his most groggy form. That his heart has made room for me that holds me so closely I couldn’t be alone even if I tried. Marriage is a beast of frustrations, mountains to climb & the deepest, truest place of acceptance that I have ever known. Cheers to my husband, today & everyday for being my closest, most dearest & most loyal companion. 📷 @kaleighdsimmonsphoto

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Dating (then engaged & married, then kid, then kid & then kid… whew) this guy since 2005 & I love him more deeply, more adventurously then I did on day 1! Here’s a little shout out to my man because he has loved me without fail since the moment we made a commitment to each other. He’s said, “I believe in you” with every new idea I’ve pursued, he’s loved me through some of the most emotional seasons of my life & has remained my safe place at every moment. He is a really great husband, you guys. He’s my friend, my greatest inspiration & he will always have all of my heart! .
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TEN YEARS today!! Being married to him is exciting, hilarious, relaxing & I am so grateful after 10 years of challenges, victories, 3 kids & countless adventures that we are literally more in love now then the day we said I do – and that’s hard to beat! Cheers to 10 years!! .
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Right where I belong. 😍
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This is the look the hubs gets when he decides to crack a joke and my food hasn’t arrived yet. I was hangry, it’s true. So, a glare it is for you my love. Sorrrry! He didn’t get a picture after I ate, if he had it would have been my head thrown back 2 feet and belly laughing. It would have been ugly kids!! But joyful none the less! Ps. If you live in GR head to Butchers Union, you’ll thank me! The sangria is booommmb & the food… yaaaassss!! #goingon10years ———————————–#marriage #westilldate #fashionstylist #fashionpost #hat #grandrapids #michigan #sassy #hangry #smallbusiness #girlboss #goforit #dreamchaser #personalstylist

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