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5 Year Reunion

22 August 2014

**As a disclaimer--Grace is not writing this post I (Simon) am.  This might be one to just skim the pictures...**


I wish Throw Back Friday had caught on because it would have made writing this post (or at least coming up with the title) much easier.  Instead I'm having to go with the "5 year reunion" because 5 years ago today this happened:

 (wedding)

Five years isn't a short amount of time.  Pre-Facebook, 5 years was long enough to warrant a class reunion to check in on how much everyone had changed and what they were up to.  I'm guessing that those reunions would bring an odd mixture of feelings--how much things are different and yet how strangely similar.

Before deciding to hack my way onto the blog I was struck with similar thoughts about our first five years as Man+Wife.  The last five years with Julia, a move, residency, Sebastian, residency, trips, dates, Theo, no more dates (jk), holidays, interviews, and Phoebe have certainly shaped us and changed us as a couple. 

 recycled from 7/4

Yet, despite all these changes and experiences, in many ways we are still those same people and that same couple from 8/22/2009.  Grace still manages to wow me with her quick wit and quiet thoughtfulness.  She is still loyal to a fault and an awesome conversationalist.


also-still beautiful

My last thought about reunions was that they could sometimes be occasions for sadness or disappointment by serving as a reminder of dashed hopes or unrealized dreams.  In this little scenario, however, the opposite is true.  Thinking back over our years together makes me realize that things are exactly as I would have wanted them.  Not because they have always been perfect, but because they have been shared with the perfect person.



 Happy Anniversary Gracer!



76 comments:

  1. this is so sweet. as an unabashed stalker for the last... months, i feel creepy saying you're both adorable, but there's no way around it.

    happy anniversary to you two!

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  2. and, i just happened to look at feedly right as it posted. i swear i'm not a creepy stalker refreshing my feed every ten seconds so i can pounce on a new post. promise. (:

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  3. sooo sweet. happy anniversary!!

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  4. Happy Anniversary! What a beautifully fruitful marriage you two have!

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  5. Aww, I am all teary eyed. Happy anniversary!

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  6. This man is yanking around my pregnancy hormones like a chain, dude. You got a keeper! ;) Happy anniversary!

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  7. whaaaat a gooood husband!!!! happy 5 years, simon and grace!!

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  8. Happy Anniversary! Hope you can go and celebrate...

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  9. Bravo, Simon! Happy anniversary, you two!

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  10. So sweet. Happy Anniversary! and agreed, Grace is stunning.
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  11. What a great post!!! Happy anniversary:) can't wait to see you guys soon! xo

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  12. Here's to many more, happy and healthy.

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  13. I die! So sweet! Happy 5 years.

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  14. So sweet Simon! Happy Anniversary guys!!!

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  15. ahh not to be unloyal to Grace but I nearly cried reading this!!! So beautiful!!! Happy Anniversary!!!

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  16. Ahhhh! You are killing me with this gesture! How thoughtful. May God bless y'all with many more years of wedded bliss. This was one great installment of Simon Says!

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  17. Goosebumps all over. Happy Anniversary, guys!

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  18. this is adorable, happy anniversary to you two! (also, alternate title name; flashback friday?)

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  19. y'all. this is too cute! happy anniversary!

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  20. Awww :) You got a winner, Grace!

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  21. What a catch he is, that Simon. Happy Anniversary!!

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  23. You guys are awesome. And Grace you are gorgeous!!

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  24. Uhh where the heck do I find myself a Simon?

    Happy Anniversary!

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  25. p.s. that's not to say that you're not gorgeous too. but my husband wouldn't like it if i went around saying things like that.

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  26. So sweet! Happy Anniversary!!

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  27. I've been loving your blog for a while now sans commenting. Happy anniversary! My husband and I are also coming up on 5 in a few weeks but no kids, on the way, and he starts med school this week. Props to prolific progeny!

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  28. What a sweet tribute! Happy Anniversary!

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  29. Awe such a sweet "guest" post!!! Happy Anniversary you two!

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  30. Well. That last line made me tear up. Happy anniversary!

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  31. Ok well...this is adorable. So cute. So sweet. Happy anniversary y'all!

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  32. Oh the happy years from reading this post. You both married keepers!

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  33. So sweet. Happy Anniversary! Date night is a must. Enjoy the kids and enjoy each other!

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  34. What an awesome post. Happy Anniversary, Pattons!

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  35. So, SO sweet that Simon is! Happy 5 years! And you two are quite the stunners in your wedding pictures there....hotness!

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  36. That is so sweet!!! Way better than a Hallmark card. :)

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  37. So very sweet! Happy Anniversary!

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  38. Geeeez! Way to make me tear up, Simon. Thanks for letting us have a snippet (or two or a thousand) into your marriage and family. It's lovely to be able to see and take encouragement from such a couple as yourselves.

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  39. Way to go Simon, made me cry into my burrito bowl at work!
    Happy anniversary you two!

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  40. Stop it. Love that first photo. Great choices as a blogger, S.

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  41. Nice job, Simon. And HAPPY 5TH ANNIVERSARY! That's right, I used caps.

    Today is also my 5th anniversary- I say it was a very good day to be married. :-)

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  42. Oh well done, Simon. Well done indeed.

    Happy anniversary, you crazy kids!

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  43. Well, this is incredibly sweet. Good job, Simon! And congratulations you guys on 5 years.

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  44. The two of you and your family are just ridiculously cute and heartwarming. Happy anniversary!

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  45. So, so sweet. Happy anniversary!!

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  46. ALL THE LOVES FOR THE PATTONS! Caps were super necessary to show you how enthusiastic I am about Simon's sweet sweet sweet guest post.

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  47. This is so sweet and makes me teary eyed! Happy Anniversary!

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  48. Happy Anniversary to you both!

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  49. Oh my gosh, what a BEAUTIFUL post! He's a keeper, Grace! Simon, you are so brave and FANTASTIC to hack the blog and share your thoughts with Grace's followers. You have just made everyone who reads this think you are a great catch (which Grace knows that you are!). Happy Anniversary, you two! Can't wait to see what the next 5 years brings to you!

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  50. This is so sweet :) happy anniversary!!

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  51. Wow, what a sweet & thoughtful post! Happy Anniversary to you both...I hope you manage to find someone to watch the kidlets so you can have a Date Night!

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  52. This is so incredibly sweet! Happy anniversary!
    (Now I'm going to go home and ask my husband how he would describe our last three years of marriage - ha!)

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  53. Aw how beautiful Simon! Happy Anniversary to you both.

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  54. Happy Anniversary Simeace!! Hope your out together having an adult beverage.

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  55. Awwwh! Happy Anniversary you two love birds!

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  56. Happy Anniversary! Sooooo sweet.

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  57. Aww, isn't this the cutest thing ever?!

    xx Kelly
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  58. You look so beautiful in your wedding day! :)

    Happy anniversary!

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  59. my heart just melted. You guys make the world a brighter place.

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  60. Simon, what a great husband you are and what a beautiful marriage you two share! God bless you abundantly, for ever & ever, Amen :)

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  61. This is so sweet! You are both lucky to have each other and those beautiful babies of yours! Congrats on the past 5 years and here is to many more!

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  62. Love this! Happy belated anniversary!

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  63. simon, you're an awesome husband who clearly thinks his wife is the bee knees :)

    happy belated anniversary to you both!!!

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  64. Sitting here during a middle-of-night feeding and ....TEARS! Your love for one another is undeniably beautiful and just what Christ calls is to be in marriages. Thanks for sharing those sweet thoughts. You both are such great writers! Happy Anniversary!

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