The Siberian American: Nine Years

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Nine Years

Nine years ago yesterday, I was having one of the biggest and most confusing conversations of my life. Our “defining the relationship” conversation started at around 11 p.m. and lasted till 3 a.m.

Freshman formal
It was all my fault. I didn’t come right out and say What are we? Instead, I began this long, convoluted story of how our college friends recently became official and asked Chris what he thought of that. I was so nervous to just come out and say it. Chris and I had both dated our best friends our senior year in high school, and the relationships had ended badly. We had gotten super close over the last month (you can read more about that here) and were both afraid to mess it up.

It’s the best risk we’ve ever taken. Before I met Christopher, I hadn’t even wanted a relationship, but I could quickly tell that this relationship was different from any I had been a part of in the past.

We said I love you quickly. We didn’t want to wait to get married until after college when we knew we were ready for marriage. (Such a bummer, though, because it meant we got married before Pinterest. ;)) One of these days, I will share about our wedding (I wanted to on our anniversary this year, but it turned out to be close to my surgery), but we got married the summer after our sophomore year in college.

Nine years ago, I had no idea what an adventure we were starting. If you had asked me then what I thought my life would be like today, the answer would be extremely different from reality. My life isn’t what I expected. It’s so much better, all thanks to that conversation nine years ago.

PS-I'm over on Ashley's blog today sharing five things you must do in one of my favorite cities in the world, Prague!


  1. Happy Nine Years! That picture is ADORABLE :)

  2. ahhh - I love love :)
    Happy 9 years!!

  3. awwwww happiest of anniversaries!! why wait when you know, right?

  4. Awe so cute! Sounds like the perfect love story. Now that you have Pinterest, you can start collecting ideas for vow renewals! :)

  5. Nine years!! You guys are so cute :) We're celebrating nine years next month!! That's crazy!
    Our defining conversation came after my parents said "ok" (since K is four years my senior and I was 17). We'd been hanging out for six months as "friends" and after my 17th b-day party my parents finally said we could date. The conversation went like this:
    K - So, are we together now?
    Me - Um, I guess so.

    HAHAHA :) Set the precedent for the whole relationship. Ha.

  6. Happy 9 years to you & Christopher!

  7. Happy 9 years! I love that you didn't want to wait to get married for any arbitrary timeline, you chose what worked best for you both!

  8. aw! and that is a milestone worth celebrating!!! Cheers to nine more~

  9. Happy 9 years! You guys are so cute!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  10. Aw! Happy 9 years to you both!! I think that convo is scary for anyone LOL! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  11. What a sweet story! Happy 9 years!! (Also, I can't imagine getting married during college--and not just because I was single the whole time HAHA--so kudos to you guys for diving right into married life. You knew what you wanted and just went for it--awesome!)

    1. Thanks, Jess! I won't lie-being married during college was really hard at times, but it was always worth it! :)

  12. Look how cute you babies look at your freshman formal :) Happy anniversary!

  13. So sweet and loving the throw back pic! Happy 9 Years <3
    Green Fashionista

  14. Look at how adorable you guys are in that picture! Awww! :)

    I love this! Happy 9 Years!

  15. Congrats and wishing you guys many more happy years!

  16. Congrats girl, sounds like you made the best decision :)!

  17. Wow! 9 years together!! I haven't even lived in one place for that long..! ;) Ooh, I love reading these stories!! You guys are too cute!!


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