Thirteen years ago today, I walked down the aisle towards Matthew and never looked back.

It all started with family and friends around as I got my hair did and my makeup done. Soon it was time to head to the church.

Me and Mel

Me and my Daddy.

Me and Daddy

I think I know which parent I look like.

Off we went.


I got into the white SUV we had rented.

Ready to go

This is one of my most favorite photos of myself. Ever.

While I was busy being a Princess, a certain young lad named Matthew was getting ready. If you look at the photos alone, it would appear that I married a twelve-year-old. (Though we both remain twelve at heart.)

Baby Honey

That would be the artist currently known as Honey.

In the meantime, I arrived at the church. Thanks to my Dad/Chauffeur/Bodyguard/Secret Service Agent.

Dad and I

I made it to the church in time.

I walked up the aisle to a teary Matthew. I whispered that he was not allowed to cry or I would be a weepy mess. We both sucked it up, sniffling and red-eyed.

Next thing I knew, we got to make out in front of everyone.

You may kiss…

We were announced as Mr. and Mrs. Dykstra.

Man and Wife

We had a bunch of photos taken by the “Professional Photographer”, most of which I dislike. This one is not so bad.

In the park

We then went to the reception and had a lovely dinner.


We cut cake. I thought that the crowd might like a sneak peek.


Keeping it classy, per usual.

Then the dip happened.


Thirteen years later and we’re still going strong. We’ve weathered storms and celebrated victories and cemented the commitment that we made on that cloudy Saturday. If you’d told me that we’d be sitting here with three kids, two dogs, two cats, and one hundred chickens, I’d have raised an eyebrow. If you’d told me that I’d be a pastor’s wife, I would have laughed until I wept. Yet here we are, and it’s one thousand times better than anything I could have dreamed up on my own.

Happy anniversary, Honey. Here’s to forever.


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  1. Kandi May 20, 2013 7:12 am edit

    Happy Anniversary!!

  2. mpotter May 20, 2013 9:04 am edit

    I’m so glad you have such good memories of your wedding day. That is important.
    (and envious)
    Even though it’s the wonderful marriage that counts most; that special day is special for a reason.

    Enjoy your special day today! and many more to come……….

  3. ememby May 20, 2013 9:42 am edit

    Happy anniversary – you guys are even cuter today than you were 13 years ago (which was dern cute)!

  4. Kristabella May 20, 2013 11:06 am edit

    Awww, Happy Anniversary!

  5. Tanis May 20, 2013 11:47 am edit

    Happy anniversary!!! You haven’t aged a day. Seriously. It’s enviable.

  6. Honey May 20, 2013 12:03 pm edit

    Happy anniversary babe! 13 amazing years! I love you!!

  7. Jen Wilson May 20, 2013 12:29 pm edit

    Happy Anniversary, you two!!

  8. Steph May 20, 2013 1:30 pm edit

    I love this!

  9. ChrisB May 20, 2013 3:15 pm edit

    Happy Lucky 13! I like your wedding hair do!

  10. Hannah May 20, 2013 4:52 pm edit

    Happy Anniversary! Congrats! x

  11. Elaine A. May 20, 2013 7:54 pm edit

    Aw, love all the pics! Thanks for sharing them. :)

    Happy Anniversary, you make a beautiful, wonderful couple!

  12. heidikins May 21, 2013 7:33 pm edit

    Congrats!! Happy Anniversary!


  13. hillary May 21, 2013 10:21 pm edit

    Love this. Love you. Happy Anniversary xoxo

  14. Kami May 22, 2013 10:46 am edit

    Happy Anniversary and here’s to many many more!

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