My 3rd Anniversary!

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Today is my wedding anniversary! I have officially been married to my sweetheart Ben for 3 years! It has been such a fun journey, and I have collected so many precious moments with Ben. From drawing on the sidewalk with chalk to carving watermelons to visiting chocolate and ice-cream factories, to biking and disc golfing, to holding hands during church to eating Chinese takeout and watching movies, the many dates and moments that we have spent together have been so wonderful. It is such a blessing to have Ben in my life as my husband and eternal companion. Knowing that I will be able to be with him forever is so comforting, uplifting, and exciting! I love Ben! Here’s a trip down memory lane via photos:

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Here’s Ben and I when we were dating. In this picture, we were hiking up R Mountain, one of the local hiking trails in the Buttes near Rexburg. It was freezing outside, but I insisted on taking my shirt off, so you could see my awesome shirt. 🙂 This picture was taken March 26 2011.

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Here’s another fun date we did while dating -carving watermelons! It’s way fun, less messy, and a lot more tasty than carving pumpkins. Mainly Ben carved the watermelon, but I had fun eating the insides! This picture was taken May 27 2011.ann4

Here is Ben and I on our wedding day! Things were really hectic that day, as most weddings were. But Ben is always so good at making me laugh and loosen up. Doesn’t he look so handsome in his tuxedo? 🙂 This picture was taken July 29 2011.

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I can’t remember exactly what was going on this day, but I believe we had Sam and Lizzy, Ben’s brother and wife over for dinner. Here Ben was trying on my glasses and making me laugh. 🙂 It’s the little moments like these that are so priceless. This picture was taken in the fall of 2011.

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Here’s Ben and I on our first year anniversary! We had gone to visit my friends Chantelle and Ryan Reich, and Ryan took us all flying. I looked for a picture of all of us together, but I guess we didn’t take one. That day was so much fun! It was a great anniversary too. This picture was taken July 29, 2011.

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Ben and I went going mini-golfing with my parents for our first year anniversary! Again, I looked for a shot of all four of us, but I couldn’t find one. But, it was lots of fun! I love how well Ben gets along with my family. It really means a lot to me. 🙂 This picture was taken July 31, 2011.

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Here, Ben and I built a snowman together! I think Ben eventually soaked this snowman in orange Gatorade, in honor of Halloween. Rexburg tends to get snow earlier in the year than other parts of the country. It was a fun day together. Ben sure knows how to have fun! This picture was taken October 27, 2012.

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Here’s Ben and I on my 25th birthday! We had just gone through the Ethel M Chocolates factory, and I’m holding a bunch of gourmet chocolate bars in my hand. I think after this picture, we went on to check out the cactus factory in the complex. It was a super fun date, and was a great way to welcome in our new adventure in Las Vegas (Ben was on his first internship). This picture was taken May 2, 2013.

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Here, Ben and I were checking out some Native American cliff dwellings near the Grand Canyon. The name of the park was Walnut Canyon National Monument. This was a fun weekend trip that we took during Ben’s internship. It was really fun seeing these cliff dwellings, and thinking about the lives of the Native Americans who had lived here. This picture was taken June 15, 2013.

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And here’s us a year later! As you can tell, I’ve lost a little weight. 🙂 If you’ve been reading my blog regularly, you may have already seen this picture. We enjoyed a fun game of disc golfing at Terramont Park in the Woodlands. It was a fun game, although I could definitely use some improvement. I love spending time with Ben! This picture was taken July 18, 2014.

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A few days ago, Ben and I headed out to Louisiana for a quick anniversary trip. In this picture, we were at Steamboat Bill’s, and just about to eat our dinner. You can see my fried catfish in the bottom corner of the picture. 🙂 It was a fun date, trying new foods. This picture was taken July 25, 2011.

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And here is Ben and I together at the Sam Houston Jones State Park near Westlake, Louisiana. We had fun checking out the bayou and swampland. We saw lizards, dragonflies and lots of mosquitos, but no alligators (though we did see one at the visitor’s center). It was a fun trip, though it was brief.

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I really feel so fortunate to have Ben in my life, and to know that I can lean on him for support. With all of the fun adventures that Ben and I have had these past three years, I can’t wait to see what happens in the next year!

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My Husband, Soul Mate, and Best Friend

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As my two year anniversary draws nearer, I can’t help but feel a bit sentimental. I am so blessed to have Ben in my life, and I’m so happy that he is my husband. I figured I’d share our story of how we started dating, how Ben proposed and list some reasons why I am so in love with him. 🙂

Our Story

So, here’s the story about my amazing guy. His name is Ben Buchmiller, and he is just amazing. He is the perfect gentleman –he opens doors for me, kisses my hand and calls me his princess. He always speaks gently and respectfully to me, and whenever we have a conflict, we talk about it calmly. He’s pretty mellow and peaceful, and a quiet sort of guy. At the same time, he’s very friendly and always is reaching out to everyone around him. I wanted to marry a man with a kind face. Ben is that man. Ben truly is a disciple of Christ, and he helps me to be a better person. He is always serving other people, and he tries to be kind in every word he speaks. He’s from Southern California . He’s 23 –about ¾ of a year older than me.

We met through our church callings (we get chances to participate in different ways in our church, which is really fun). Ben and I were called as the home evening group leaders (each Monday, we have a kind of worship meeting, where we pray, sing, talk about the scriptures, and do something fun like bowling or card games). When I first met him, I thought he was cute, but a little quiet. We didn’t talk much at first, only about out callings. Before he even knew me, he offered to fix my car and I thought, wow, what a nice guy. He came over to my house once to look over a schedule for our home evening lessons and activities. He talked to me a bit, and I thought he was a super cool guy. But I was interested in a couple of other guys, so I didn’t think about it much.

A little later, I started noticing Ben more, which I found highly frustrating. He was such a nice guy, and so cute! I came home one day, and told my friend that Ben should just stop being so cute and nice, so my life would be easier. Then, my friends Danielle and Carree invited me to a temple trip. It was so wonderful –I love going to the temple. And lo and behold, Ben ended up coming with us (turns out he’s their home teacher). I kind of noticed Ben while I was there, and thought, “Well, there’s no harm in looking at him.” Afterwards, we went to Sam’s Club and Win Co, and I guess he was flirting with me, but I didn’t really pick up on it. On the car ride home, he ended up asking me on a sate to the school’s Valentine ’s Day dance. But then, we realized the dance had been the night before, so our plans ended up being cancelled. But he sat next to me at church and “escorted” me to Sunday School, even though he wasn’t in the same class.

Ben brought me a rose for Valentine’s Day –not just any rose –a peach rose (my favorite!)! When I looked into his eyes, I felt that I would regret it if I turned him down. So, I said yes to another date. That night, we went for a drive and just talked. It was very nice and very relaxing. The next day, we went to the Stake Valentine’s Dance (a different dance). But, I had a horrible headache, so we left early. So we went on another drive. We stopped at a playground and swung on the swing. Ben pointed out the constellations and told me I was beautiful. We talked a lot about our families, and our interests. Then, we went over to my sister Carrie’s house. We played games and had a lot of fun. I was super impressed by how kind he was to Carrie. After we left Carrie’s house, Ben asked me to be his girlfriend. It seemed a little soon, but I said yes. I figured I could always break up with him later. 😉 Well, the longer I dated Ben, the more I realized how perfect he was for me. Soon, I found myself falling in love with him. He treated me so well, and I felt so happy when I was with him (and I still do!)