I started dating Kyle nine years ago today. I was 17 years old and a totally different person than I am at 26. I was smaller (sigh, haha) and less stable and more dramatic and less sure of myself. I look at 17-year-olds now and think, ‘You’re such a little baby.’


If it doesn’t come across clearly in other posts, let it be known that I absolutely love my husband. I love him more now that I did nine years ago. And this post might come off as bragging, but I don’t know how to express my pride for him any other way. (And I think it’s really important to be proud of your significant other.)


Kyle is the kind of guy that would rather spend four years building a business than buy a lottery ticket and make a million that way. (Of course, we’d absolutely take a winning lottery ticket if you’ve got one…) He’s the kind of man that doesn’t shy away from crying babies. He’s the type that doesn’t stand for abuse- whether it’s a human or an animal. He hangs out with my grandpa and takes the time to go to breakfast with the men in his family. He prides himself on a perfectly grilled steak and wants to share his excess with those who really need it. He knows that sometimes I just need quiet time to get lost in a book, but he still badgers me to come and watch TV with him because he likes being in the same room as me.

circa. 2010
circa. 2010

He’s clever and kind, witty and hilarious, observant and thoughtful. He is my favorite human on the planet and I feel so lucky that I get to do life with him. We’re both stubborn and arrogant- we argue and get annoyed. He still hasn’t figure out the mystery of the clothing hamper or how to clean up his facial hair from the sink (and he gets annoyed that I bite my nails and leave my keys in the unlocked car), but I will have those fights over and over again, forever and ever- so long as they’re with him.



We’ve done a lot, but I know we’ve got so much more to do and see and experience. I’m so happy to co-pilot this life with Kyle. And if you’re looking to do life with another human I hope you find someone that compliments you as well as my husband does me. It makes life so sweet and full and fun ❤︎



28 thoughts on “Nine.

  1. everything with love October 21, 2016 / 9:41 am

    I cannot believe that you’ve been together since you were 17!! Just babies! And I have to tell you, I absolutely ADORE the way you talk about your husband. I agree, you gotta be proud about your spouse and you can just tell how in love you are with him with the way you talk about him and your relationship. Happy dating anniversary!


    • Louise October 25, 2016 / 8:11 pm

      I mean, he totally drives me nuts 😉 Especially after 9 years, haha. But it’s a small price to pay 🙂 Thank you!

      (And I just crept on your IG!! Congratulations on such a perfect little boy!!!)


  2. Heidi Crisp October 21, 2016 / 9:56 am

    This is so sweet! I always love reading about couples who started dating when they are young and their relationship just gets stronger and better as the years go by. 🙂 Happy anniversary!


    • Louise October 25, 2016 / 8:12 pm

      I think the best part is being able to look back and reflect on how much we’ve changed! We were such different people in 2007! So crazy!


  3. kathy @ more coffee, less talky October 21, 2016 / 10:01 am

    it’s funny how, when you look back, so much time has passed yet you can’t imagine passing those years without your partner. happy anniversary!


    • Louise October 25, 2016 / 8:14 pm

      I almost said something like that in the post but I just couldn’t word it right 🙂 It’s so true. It weirds me out that next year is a decade. Whaaa?? Ha. Thank you!


  4. Rebecca Jo October 21, 2016 / 10:17 am

    Oh my word – you two were babies.. (still are – but still, BABIES!!!)
    I love so much what you said – those silly fights over the hamper & all the simple things of life are going to happen – its who you want to have them with your whole life. I LOVE that idea!!!


    • Louise October 25, 2016 / 8:18 pm

      It blows my mind that 2017 brings TEN years together and K’s 30th birthday. I still feel like a baby most of the time but babies haven’t dated nine years. Haha! He’s a goon but I s’pose I’ll keep him forever 😉


    • Louise October 25, 2016 / 8:18 pm

      Thanks, Steph 🙂 He’s pretty great 85% percent of the time. Hahaha! Regardless, we do jive pretty well 😀


  5. Nadine October 21, 2016 / 11:31 am

    Awe look at the babies!!! Sounds like you have an awesome man! Happy nine years 🙂


  6. Elyse October 21, 2016 / 1:10 pm

    You two were babies! LOVE this post. He sounds like a great man and you compliment each other well!


    • Louise October 25, 2016 / 8:24 pm

      It’s funny that I look back on my youth as pre-Kyle and after dating K. Haha. We’ve gone through so much stuff (not necessarily bad stuff, just stuff). It’s entertaining to look back on for sure!


  7. Olya @ The Siberian American October 21, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    Happy nine years to you two! I agree-you have to be proud of your husband! I’m so glad you two compliment each other so well!


    • Louise October 25, 2016 / 8:25 pm

      Thanks, Olya 🙂 It’s nice to find someone that effortlessly makes you happy- even when you’re doing nothing at all!


  8. Mattie October 21, 2016 / 2:47 pm

    So sweet! You two are adorable–then and now! Also, 17 is SUCH a baby to me now! Michael haven’t been together nearly as long as you two (four years in July) and even since then I’ve grown up SO MUCH. I can’t believe it!!!


    • Louise October 25, 2016 / 8:27 pm

      Four years is a long time! And we met at a young age so our relationship progressed differently than folks that met a little later in life 🙂 K actually proposed on our 4 year anniversary! Haha! It’s MORE shocking to me that Oct. 21st marked FIVE YEARS since he proposed. Geez. Haha!


  9. texerinsydney October 21, 2016 / 10:19 pm

    Lovely post, Audrey. That 2007 photo is the cutest.


    • Louise October 25, 2016 / 8:28 pm

      Thank you 🙂 We were all dressed up to go to dinner. It was the night of my hs homecoming but I didn’t want to go so we got dressed up for dinner instead!


  10. shelldbell October 22, 2016 / 3:15 pm

    SO sweet. This is how we should all talk about our husbands ❤


    • Louise October 25, 2016 / 8:48 pm

      Thanks, Michelle! I’m not always singing his praises, lol. But I do try 😉


  11. Jenny @ Unremarkable Files October 24, 2016 / 1:21 pm

    Happy 9 years! Phillip and I met when I was 15 and it’s so much fun to have grown up together and be able to say, “Hey, remember so-and-so from high school?” We also had kids young (I was 21) and I love how it’s kind of always been us, as long as I can remember.


    • Louise October 25, 2016 / 8:54 pm

      We met in 2005 and my high school experience is interwoven with K, so we have a LOT of moments that we look back on and say, “Remember when…??” Haha, it’s so fun!


  12. simplyalexandra12 October 27, 2016 / 10:41 am

    Can you tell I am catching up on blog reading, commenting, etc.? – LOL! Happy anniversary to you! KC and I met back in 2007 as well. We’re on the same timeline as you guys. I think it’s strange that people don’t “get” young couples who have been together for so long… but for me, I wouldn’t have it any other way. 🙂 🙂 Congrats again!! 🙂 XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things


    • Louise October 30, 2016 / 10:12 pm

      Hahaha- no worries on catching up 😀 I don’t mind!
      Thank you! I love that we’re on the same timeline! I think that starting so young gives us a totally different perspective on relationships and dating. I over-analyze it ALL THE TIME. Especially since my brother met his wife and they were engaged, then married in less than two years. It’s all just so interesting how relationship happen 🙂


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