17 years, 6 months and 3 days

June 5, 2009 |  Category:   family life



Bet you couldn’t guess how long Mark and I have known each other. It’s our 7th wedding anniversary today, but we’ve been together, more or less, for the last 17 years. Talk about things that make you feel old. Mark was actually the first person that I came across when I moved from NYC to Olympia, Washington on January 2, 1992. After 3 years of art school at the Cooper Union, I called it quits and transferred out to a little school called the Evergreen State College the day after New Years Day in 1992. I had never even set foot in Washington before, but here I was, in a new place and I didn’t know a soul. Campus was completely empty because it was still winter break so the first day was spent alone, wandering around wondering where the hell I was, until I went to the school deli and saw some tall guy with long hair who was working there. I think I bought a sandwich from him. A week later, I saw him in my music/performance classes. After 3 more years of school, graduation, a 2 year move to Portland, 3 houses, a move to NYC (where HE moved without setting foot in NYC since he was 8), 4 apartments, 2 boroughs, grad school, a wedding, 2 kids, and 1 business later, here we are.

I was going through some photos and realized that there aren’t many of us together (found another one!). I’m always the one behind the camera, but here are a few from past years (Mark is gonna kill me for putting up the first one, but hey, it was the early 90s, Seattle grunge blah blah, what did you expect us to look like?)










The last decent family photo, 2008

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  • Joni June 5, 2009 at 2:14 am

    Happy anniversary! take more pictures and cherish the moments. Can you believe how time flies?

  • Omi June 5, 2009 at 2:23 am

    You have a beautiful family – happy anniversary – I love reading your blog!!

  • Basht June 5, 2009 at 4:21 am

    Awesome pics!
    your family is incredibly beautiful

  • selkie June 5, 2009 at 6:56 am

    Wishing you many happy healthy returns of the day…
    Fun to see the changes over the years!

  • Anna June 5, 2009 at 7:21 am

    I’m tearing up. This is so sweet and I don’t even know you.

  • sooki June 5, 2009 at 7:46 am

    happy anniversary and congrats on your 17 yrs of courtship!! sounds like your meeting was destiny. you have such a beautiful family!

  • bronwyn June 5, 2009 at 7:57 am

    What a sweet post. It’s funny, I met my husband in 1994 and we were just talking about how it can’t be possible that that was 15 years ago. How can we be that old? I really love the 1992 picture. Pictures from that time are the best. We all thought we looked so cool then. That is a lovely family photo too. Happy Anniversary!

  • Perideau Designs June 5, 2009 at 8:12 am

    You looked absolutely stunning at your wedding and look so happy together. What a beautiful family you have made. Congratulations and here’s to many more!

  • Mark June 5, 2009 at 8:15 am

    Nice Flannel!

  • unha June 5, 2009 at 8:48 am

    aw. this made me teary eyed. 17 years! wow.
    1992 photo is totally awesome. :)
    happy anniversary!

  • jennifer June 5, 2009 at 8:50 am

    love the photo timeline!

  • Yolande June 5, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Happy Anniversary and that is a beautiful family photo. Mia looks so much like Mark!

  • kathleen June 5, 2009 at 9:23 am

    awwww…how beautiful! congrats and here’s too many more years together! :)

  • nole @ oh so beautiful paper June 5, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Happy Anniversary! I just celebrated my first wedding anniversary and hope to be able to share as sweet a story and photo timeline as you’ve shared here. You have such a beautiful family – congratulations on your anniversary, and best wishes for many, many more!

  • mina June 5, 2009 at 9:55 am

    congratulations! what a cute pair that has become a beautiful couple! (p.s. i also like mia’s long hair!)

  • Mery June 5, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Happy Anniversary!!!! I celebrated my 7th anniversary last week too. What a beautiful family you are!!!!

  • Cadmiumgold June 5, 2009 at 10:08 am

    AWWWW!!! This is such a sweet post. It made me smile. Congratulations on 17 years 😀

  • Stella June 5, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Congratulations! That is so sweet and touching to see this through you two. :)

  • alicia June 5, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Happy Anniversary! As always, your photos are incredible. Such a beautiful family photo and I especially love the Seattle grunge! I met my hubby in 1990 (blind date–who knew?). Fast forward 7 yrs, we married and will soon celebrate a total of almost 20 yrs together….oh. my. god. It’s crazy, I look at your photos from the 90’s and think to myself, it’s no SO long ago.. and then it hits me how far back it actually IS! Wow- time does seriously fly. Wishing you guys many happy moments ahead! :-)

  • mindy June 5, 2009 at 11:10 am

    I just love your photos. I happened upon your website and love your photos–did I already say that?? I am in the process of having my website “created” and refer all photographers to your site when I need examples of what I want. (Sorry, I live too far away to hire you.) Nice, clean, simple–just what I want. Girls are adorable too!

  • Lois June 5, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Happy anniversary, Jenna! You and Mark have created such a lovely life and family, thank you for sharing with us. You guys are such an inspiration.

  • Lani June 5, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Wow! Time is flying. Congratulations on your anniversary. I remember the first time I saw you, from a distance, near Ralph’s. I thought, “This is the girl.” As in THE girl. I somehow knew. Thanks so much for the photo timeline.

  • amystery June 5, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Happy anniversary! I also met my partner of 14 years at Evergreen. :) I hope you have many happy years to come…..

  • Christie June 5, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Congratulations on your anniversary. I LOVE reading your blog. Both you & your husband are an inspiration to me and I wish you two all the best. You guys have a beautiful family. Thank you for sharing your story & pics. :)

  • Lelsy June 5, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Hi, this got me out of my lurking phase.

    Gosh, you make me hopeful.

    Congrats on your anniversary!

    This post was wonderful!

  • Tumus June 5, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    That is such a long time to know someone! I always joke that Chris and I have really already been married 5 years. We’ve been engaged for 2 of them LOL. Those are great pictures.
    Like you said you don’t have alot of you guys together, same here.

    many happy returns ^_^

  • paige June 5, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    the man officiating your wedding looks like a deadringer for my grandfather. beautiful blog. thanks.

  • Alicia June 5, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    As a child of divorce, I really admire couples who have been together for a long time, and it’s what I aspire to, so congratulations on your anniversary. I hope in 2023 I can look back and say the same thing.

  • wendy June 5, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    I loved this post and all the pictures – thanks so much for sharing! It’s so neat to see that you guys have gone through so much together, and to see how both have you have changed over the years. Beautiful.

  • heesun June 5, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    What an incredibly moving post. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. Your family is beautiful, so real.

  • patricia June 5, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Great photos! Thank you so much for sharing them. Congratulations to you and Mark.

  • Zooey June 6, 2009 at 3:17 am

    I too was a lurker, but this post really made me smile. Many many blessings to you and your wonderful family :)

  • mette/ungt blod June 6, 2009 at 11:19 am

    happy anniversary! i just love that 1992 photo! so much youth!

  • James June 6, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Congratulations! You guys are a beautiful couple in so many ways. :)

  • Lee June 6, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    What a gorgeous family! Love all the photos but especially that last one. And thanks for the reminder to take more photos with my sweetie. 😉

  • holly June 7, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Beautiful family picture

  • cicilia June 7, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    beautiful family. congrats! :)

  • Brenda June 7, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    What a lovely retrospect of a very lovely family. :)

  • Lecia/A Day that is Dessert June 8, 2009 at 12:28 am

    I am totally weepy!!! What a beautiful story, photos…. thank you for sharing this part of your life.

  • Fog and Thistle June 8, 2009 at 6:31 am

    Happy belated anniversary. I loved the trip through your timeline.

  • Alpa Patel June 8, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Congratulations lovely photos

  • maya June 9, 2009 at 2:49 am

    lovely. add me to your list of fans/kindred spirits. there’s so much familiar here. love that last decent family portrait. real.

  • RJ June 9, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    so sweet jenna.

  • catherine m. June 9, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    wow! congratulations! beautiful post!! great photos!

  • Megan June 11, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Beautiful photos, congrats on being together for so long! That is not easy to do. I also had a short stint in Olympia, WA for a year of study at Evergreen. I love that you met your hubby there!

  • lyann July 1, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Your pictures made me tear up. I love seeing happy couples. I guess because they are so rare.

  • monica August 11, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    beautiful couple!! what a lovely post!