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The other day the photographer that photographed our vow renewal ceremony sent me 153 photos.

And after I stared at them and drank some coffee and sighed and stared at them some more and called my mother and danced and looked at the photographs for another hour and a half….

….I realized four things.

1.  I need to take more pictures on dirt roads.

2.  Randy Travis got it right all along.

3.  Getting married the second time was even more fun.

and

3.  In almost every single picture….

….I was smiling from ear to ear.

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There was giggling and dancing and laughing with joy leaping out of every corner of the day.

It was amazing.

All that smiling and smiling and….

…..smiling some more.

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I smiled as I stood next to the cutest pair of twinkling brown eyes I have ever seen.

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I smiled as I watched my daughters laugh out loud at the silliness of it all.

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I smiled as I watched two handsome sons standing tall and proud.

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I smiled and laughed out loud at this overwhelming display of sibling affection. 🙂

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I smiled with my maid of honor as we danced like we did at the first ceremony.

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And as I stood there in front of our friends and family who joined us in celebration of our marriage and listened as my husband sang his heart, suddenly all the  years just melted away and I realized how truly, truly blessed I am.

Blessed to be married to my best friend.

Blessed to walk hand in hand with him through this amazing journey we call life.

Blessed to have someone to share my hopes and dreams and laughter and all the yesterdays, todays and tomorrows.

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And on the steps of the chapel in front of a pair of brown eyes twinkling at me across the years, for just a moment I stopped smiling…..

….and I cried. 🙂

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I”m gonna love you forever

Forever and ever amen

As long as old men sit and talk about the weather

As long as old women sit and talk about old men

If you wonder how long I’ll be faithful

I’ll be happy to tell you again

I”m gonna love you forever and ever

Forever and ever

Amen

                                                                   ~Randy Travis

PS  All the photographs in this post were taken by the incredible Emily from Emily Megan Photography.

She caught the essence of the day on film and for that I will be forever grateful.

And she didn’t miss a smile. 🙂

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Comments

    1. Image for Marjorie Marjorie

      This is such a sweet post with beautiful smiling faces! Love the photos on the dirt road and by the rusty tin building. We had family photos with children and grandchildren on our 50th anniversary. Some of my favorite ones was by an old rusty tin building. Thank you for sharing your special day.

  1. Image for Mary Miller Mary Miller

    Kari-Ann, You look gorgeous! The fam is just precious. Best Wishes to you and yours and thank you for creating and sharing a beautiful moment with all of us who follow with lots of love! ....Girl.... that dress is divine! See you in Sweetwater in the spring... Mary

  2. Image for judy judy

    Congratulations to you! What a truly beautiful and meaningful celebration! The words to Randy's song and the scenery of the old farm, along with the good looking family that you have been blessed with, made it a joy to read this post! I was blessed by my visit and by the words you so lovingly shared. Thank you!

  3. Image for Pam Clark Pam Clark

    I literally said, "Finally!" out loud when I saw the post this morning. Thanks so much for sharing. You all look amazing and happy.

  4. Image for Debera Centofante Debera Centofante

    Thank you for sharing your precious moments with all of us......you are a gem that sparkles among your family and others......keep on!

  5. Image for Jules Jules

    Congratulations - what a gorgeous family and stunning photos. It is a delight to see such a celebration of marriage and family. Thank you for sharing with us

  6. Image for nana nana

    Sweetheart, Emily did an amazing job of truly capturing the moment - the joy and love emanate from the photos - it was a wonderful family event and we were so happy to be able to share with you. I know the next 25 years will be even better than the first 25 - I can testify using my own personal experiences. Love you

  7. Image for Umu Umu

    I have been secretly following your postings and this early morning before work I cried reading your post. My husband panic at first before laughing at me :). I truly enjoyed your insights. The pictures are beautiful and congratulations again to you and your family. The poem made my day as well.

  8. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Darn it I'm crying and I wasn't even there! I bet your cheeks hurt from all that smiling -- a truly beautiful day! The children and gorgeous and I love the way the girls did their hair -- I know I can be a little ummm well I think you know but the girls hair is parted in the opposite direction so that they look like mirror images and it is perfect!! Sigh!!!! I love a happy ending! Hugs! Have a wonderful day.

  9. Image for Amy W. Amy W.

    So Much Love.....and that Randy Travis tune was first introduced to me when my husband and I were dating! Love......so many great things and moments come from that word! Loved that you shared your special day with all of us! Congratulations and Wishing you both many more years of Wedded Bliss!!

  10. Image for Lisa Lisa

    Absolutely beautiful pictures! You look stunning! I love the dress you wore and the shoes and your hair! Congratulations!

  11. Image for Suzanne Suzanne

    Congratulations on your special day! The photos really captured the joy and happiness that you all share. Just beautiful! Suzanne Pieced Pastimes

  12. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    Miz karianne, those twinkling brown eyes have nothing on you, girl! Yes, he may be the sweetest ice cream sundae around, but you are the whipped cream AND the cherry on top! LOL Rock star....movie star....blog queen......and the "happiest girl in the whole USA" .....proof that dreams really do come true. Congratulations to you all. And if anyone wants to know what pure joy looks like....show them these pictures!

  13. Image for Tina Matteson Tina Matteson

    Such beautiful photos of a beautiful family! So glad you had this special day, and thank you for sharing it with us!

  14. Image for Nancy Nancy

    What a beautiful family you have and beautiful life. I know that your happiness comes from the Lord and it shows in all those smiles. Being married to your best friend is so important and special. I have been married to mine for over 50 years. We too give God the glory for our happy years together.

  15. Image for Janet Janet

    I am writing this as I wipe away tears. Beautiful family, handsome hubby, KariAnne...what can I say other than you were stunning. Your dress was to die for. Thank you so much for sharing your special day.

  16. Image for Jan @djthreads stitching adventures Jan @djthreads stitching adventures

    Amazing and beautiful! All over the country we are smiling and sharing tears of wonder and happiness! Thank you! Jan

  17. Image for Megan W. Megan W.

    It bears worth stating the obvious.....that the truly blessed are the children, for the gift they receive that will only flourish in all aspects of their life....is to witness within the walls of their safe haven, called Home, Love. Pure, simple, sometimes complicated, always forgiving pure love. You can see it with no words, by simply looking in each of your eye's. What a great looking family, because you wear it on your sleeves....

  18. Image for Sharon Sharon

    What a beautiful family! Yes you are blessed and thank you for sharing your special day. I forgot to mention you look absolutely beautiful. I saw a sign the other day ...happy girls are the prettiest..Amen Sharon from Dallas

  19. Image for ZoeAnn Yussman ZoeAnn Yussman

    KariAnne thank you for sharing your most special day with us. You are truly blessed with a wonderful family! May God Bless you with many many more years together!!

  20. Image for Linda Linda

    I got goosebumps! Thanks for sharing your family stories. . . Your children will someday be sharing them with their grandchildren. So the stories will go on and on. . .

  21. Image for Naomi Naomi

    Congrats on your vow renwal! You are truly blessed as you have stated and that's coming from a divorcee. I wished I had married my best friend, but I didn't. May the Lord continue to bless you, your marriage and your family. As always, you know how to make tears flow from these big brown eyes.

  22. Image for Patty Patty

    Your family is absolutely beautiful. It must have been a wonderful day. We will be married 44 years this year. Maybe when we hit 45 we will do it again.

  23. Image for Regena Fickes. Regena Fickes.

    So ok. I cry with laughter most times, but today I cried because it was so precious. A beautiful Christian family always makes me smile with joy. We may never meet in this life, but we will giggle and dance in the next. Bless you all.

  24. Image for Peggy Peggy

    OH KariAnne you look incredible and the photos are incredible and this whole thing is just so sweet! Thank you for sharing such a beautiful moment with us!!

  25. Image for Pat Pat

    What a wonderful day, we also shared out 50th wedding anniversary with our children and a picture in front of old building on its last leg in the middle of a field with old vines draped down. Most beautiful picture of our children and grandchildren, which we cherish so much. Love your posts.

  26. Image for Michelle Rudis Michelle Rudis

    Well played and well said. Never dreamed I'd cry when I got to the end of your post but I did. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Image for Rhoni Ann Rhoni Ann

    Simply Amazing!! You nailed it with all the smiles, not only on your face but those on your families as well. Like Patty said in the comment above, 'You made my Heart Smile'

  28. Image for Cindy Brown Cindy Brown

    What a happy day! And what a fabulous family. Just think of what you are teaching your children through this wonderful love affair you have with your husband! Just love the pictures and would love to sit with you going through each and every one of them!

    1. Image for Connie Callahan Connie Callahan

      Your family was beautiful. You are so blessed. My husband went home to be with the Lord 15 years ago at age 52. There is not a day that goes by that my heart does not long for him. Life goes on and we make the best of it. I love life, even being alone. I live it to the fullest. I know you do also. I love your blog. You have given me something exciting to do every day and that is read your blog. By the way, I went & bought me some red lipstick. It does not look as good as it does on you. It sort makes me look like a borderline you know what. Enjoy your family every day, your never know when things may change. God bless you and yours. Connie

  29. Image for Shirley@housepitalitydesigns Shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    What an incredibly magical and enchanting day for you and your family....the photos are so beautiful...I love them all, and that one with the kids on the pickup truck is so very cute!....and then there is the one with them "horsing around"....You are truly blessed with such a wonderful husband and children...May you have many, many, many more happily ever afters!!!....

  30. Image for Holli Holli

    KariAnne, I have been following your website for a little while now. You have a beautiful home...and most importantly a beautiful family. Thanks for sharing that side of your life! The pictures are wonderful -you all clean up well :) Congratulations!

  31. Image for Becky Becky

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful family. You look amazing and so happy! Your dress was beautiful too. What a special day for your family. I have a wonderful husband of 32 years and three great kids and four sweet grandchildren that I am so thankful to have too. Thanks for the reminder to count our blessings.

  32. Image for Stephanie Brown Stephanie Brown

    Oh my sweetheart love the words, pics, YOU!, and Randy Travis!! Perfect song from Our wedding memories of 1987 too! Your dress is amazing!!! I am also Blessed to Feel Like Cinderella as dreams all coming true too! But will fuss with you about one thing.... I think I might have a guy that matches yours as far as beautiful brown twinkling eyes!! You met him haha. Just teasing wonderful memory shared and keeping. Going to be a wonderful year!!!!!!

  33. Image for Roberta Sutton Roberta Sutton

    My husband and I were married 30 years ago...today! And because of bad weather...I was unable to even get out to buy a card...so I decided to steal your beautiful sentiment from Randy Travis....and make a lovely card with those truer than true words...because that is also my truth! My man is one in a million and I am a very lucky woman...and I can only hope for another 30 years....to show him how much he means to me! So happy for both of us...thanks so much for sharing...you always make my day...Bless you...xxx

  34. Image for Regina Regina

    How precious are these photos? Almost as precious as the one posting them. :) Thank you for sharing your day with us!! Beautiful!!

  35. Image for NormaJean NormaJean

    KariAnne Thanks for allowing us a peek into your "happily ever-after" world. People need to see that marriages can be lasting and beautiful! Don and I are moving swiftly toward year 54! Those years have not all been without trials, but they have all been filled with hope, love, trust and firmly rooted in the Lord! ((Hugs))

  36. Image for Julia Julia

    Karianne - from the photos I saw you were not smiling - you were glowing! Thanks for sharing that special day with us.

  37. Image for Shirley T Shirley T

    So much love in the pictures and how it shows. It is special to be married to your best friend. I am married to mine also. Thanks for sharing your special day with us. You are beautiful inside and out with such a special heart. Blessings for many more years of happiness.

  38. Image for Sue at Blu Sue at Blu

    Oh KariAnne! Thanks for sharing this beautiful family event. I can tell by all of the beautiful smiles what a wonderful day it was! Say hi to Superman for me! Your beautiful family reflects your vibrant personality and beautiful heart!

  39. Image for Kitty Kitty

    You don't know me and I almost didn't leave a comment. However, your willingness and generosity to share such an intimate portrait of your family and their abundance of love inspired me to join with all the others who wish you everything you've ever dreamed of having. It would appear that you already have it. Blessings on all of you.

  40. Image for Dawn Dawn

    Wonderful family photos from a beautiful, special day! It is a blessing to married to our best friends, isn't it? Congrats on your vow renewal!!

  41. Image for Diana Lucas Diana Lucas

    Congratulations again! You have such a beautiful family and are so blessed. Thanks for sharing this incredible post with us.

  42. Image for Rita C at Panoply Rita C at Panoply

    Oh my gosh, Karianne, I was crying reading this! How beautiful! You, your family, the photos, the life together. I have only been following you recently, but are your girls identical twins? THey look so much like you, but your one son looks like your clone! Congratulations on your vow renewal, and now I'm off to read the rest of that story - I hope it's in the archives. :) Rita C at Panoply

  43. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    What a wonderful, beautiful day for you and your family! Gorgeous pictures...congratulations again to you and the guy with the twinkling eyes! ;)

  44. Image for Susan Susan

    What a beautiful family you have & I love the background, dirt roads, metal shed & lace. Your kids are so cute all decked out. And you looked beautiful & happy! Congratulations on renewing your vows , what a special day! Thanks for the good tune to hum the rest of the day! Love those "oldies" ( haha) from RT

  45. Image for bethanie bethanie

    Love these pictures Karianne! What a beautiful family! Gotta tell you, I've always been in love with Randy Travis, it aint no secret around here. I always tell my girls that he was my first love, but I broke up with him for their dad. "Forever and Ever Amen" was the first dance at my wedding 25 years ago. So so sad when he had a stroke last year. I sent him a card. But I digress...congratulations, sweet friend. Your beautiful family is blessed to have you as the leader of the pack!! xoxo

  46. Image for Lauren Shaver Lauren Shaver

    Yep. I definitely just cried over this post. You look stunning, and your family is beautiful! I'm going to give my husband an extra tight hug when he walks in the door from work just because this got me all lovey dovey. :)

  47. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Ah, I needed two tissues for this one! What a wonderful, lovely day, captured absolutely perfectly and authentically. Dance everyday, relish every moment, and thank you for sharing your beautiful photos!!! Hugs from the Bay Area, Michelle

  48. Image for Kathleen Kathleen

    The sheer Happiness of your CELEBRATION! is evident in each and every smile! Know that your kiddos will cherish your family's beautiful circle of love as they find their own future relationships ~ what a true Blessing that is. Thank you for sharing more of KariAnne with us, your readers ... you are very special, and very important, to us ... kathleen

  49. Image for Susan Hall Susan Hall

    Congratulations to you both! Your beautiful photos show just how in love and blessed that you are. Thank you for sharing with us ,have a fantastic 2015!

  50. Image for Sherry Sherry

    Absolutely beautiful! How blessed you are!!! Thank you so much for sharing these pics with us. I love the Randy Travis song too. I painted the lyrics on a bench and put it at the end of our bed. I'm an 80's girl and Randy Travis will always remind me of those times. Diggin up bones... LOL!

  51. Image for Gran Wood Gran Wood

    Love, Love, Love this post! So proud of my family and so proud of you for getting these pictures. It was a beautiful evening and now I will have plenty of pictures to remember it by. Love you all!

  52. Image for Carla Carla

    This post made my day!!!! Karianne, you ARE blessed beyond all!!!! What an incredible family, husband and LIFE!!!! I enjoy your posts but this one hit it right out of the ball field!!! God Bless!!!

  53. Image for Sandy Sandy

    How romantic to renew your vows with your children present. you all look radiant. You Look fabulous in the gorgeous dress you wore! The photographs are stunning! Such a beautiful family! Congratulations!

  54. Image for Kay Marshall Kay Marshall

    Loved, loved, loved your share of your special day. Your family is absolutely gorgeous and you radiated so much happiness! Congratulations! We renewed our wedding vows on our 10th wedding anniversary and were blessed to have our two daughters (ages 4 and 5) as our flower girls...so much fun and wonderful, wonderful memories.

  55. Image for Jenn Jenn

    Oh these pictures are so precious!! I think about you a lot and how admirable your relationship is. There is no doubt about the love and affection you two have for each other and it's SO inspiring. Truly! Love ya!!

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