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Ten Years Ago Today

Ten years ago today, a father walked his daughter down the aisle in his backyard.

Ten Years Ago Today

The cutest little flower girl led the way with rose petals.

Ten Years Ago Today

With her sister by her side,

Ten Years Ago Today

the girl locked hands with the boy,

Ten Years Ago Today

and they sealed many promises with a kiss.

Ten Years Ago Today

That day, the boy welcomed not just one, but two girls into his life.

Ten Years Ago Today

This made the girl love the boy even more.

Ten Years Ago Today

On a hot August day, two young kids walked away, ready to take on the world.

Ten Years Ago Today

Ten years passed.
Better happened. Worse happened.
They were richer. They were poorer.
There was sickness. There was health.
But the boy and girl never gave up.

Ten Years Ago Today

Ten years later, two young kids still walk hand in hand, taking on the world.

Ten Years Ago Today

All photos courtesy of Bill Sharp and Kathryn Stevens
August 11, 2003

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  • Lisa Michele Burns
    May 1, 2017 at 5:37 AM

    I totally came here to read your new blog post but how did I miss this one!? Seriously cute! So much happiness and love in these photos :)

    • Sarah Shumate
      May 2, 2017 at 8:04 PM

      Aww, I’m glad you read this one. It’s still one of my favorites, and one of my favorite days, of course. :) We’re almost at 14 years now!

  • Mel Larcombe
    September 2, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Congratulations, beautiful story, we had our 11yr anniversary this year and I feel the same about my hubby! Thanks for sharing x

  • Mrs. Match
    August 21, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    love love love this! Happy 10 years to you both. I love that he accepted Lex as his own. He is a good man!

  • rorybore
    August 21, 2013 at 4:01 AM


  • Natalie
    August 20, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Awww I love these photos! Happy belated anniversary!

  • Ashlee - I'll Love You Forever
    August 19, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Happy Anniversary!!!! LOVE the photos!!

  • Marie
    August 16, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    Sarah!!!!!! I’ve missed you and I need to get reading and catch up on past posts. I have had one busy summer, in the best way possible! Congrats on 10 years of bliss, trials, and everything in between. You are beautiful then and now.

  • Tina @ Girl-Meets-Globe
    August 14, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    Happy Anniversary to you too!! Hope you’re enjoying your time away!! And now how old were YOU when you got married?? ;)

  • Sara Louise
    August 13, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Oh wow! That made my heart melt :)

  • Tammy Chrzan
    August 13, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Happy Anniversary my friend!
    I totally get the ups and downs, but you two are doing it!!
    Look at your now! Living the life most can only dream about!
    You’re rockin it!
    By the way, you’re simply gorgeous girl!

  • Rebecca
    August 13, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    what a sweet story and gorgeous photos! You both are so cute and Lexie is adorable! Congrats on your 10 year journey with many more adventures to come!

  • Stacie Stamper
    August 13, 2013 at 5:44 AM

    Love the way you told your story! Happy Anniversary!

  • Nicole
    August 13, 2013 at 3:43 AM

    That was probably the sweetest anniversary post I’ve ever read! Preggo here is tearing up! And I’m pretty sure we need to see more pictures of Lexie as a baby! She is adorable!!

  • stephanie
    August 13, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    This made me cry! What a sweet post, happy ten years!!

  • Kerry
    August 13, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    This was a beautiful post with gorgeous pictures!!
    Happy 10th Wedding Anniversary you two, oh look how young you both were!!
    Your wedding looked so lovely and you both still look as happy (and as young) as you did back then!
    I bet you can’t believe ten years have passed by!!?
    Wishing you a thousand more…lots of love xoxo

  • Gina
    August 12, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Such a beautiful post. Happy Anniversary!

  • Ashley | Domestic Fashionista
    August 12, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    You were such a baby!!! These are so sweet! Congrats on 10 years!!!

  • Emmymom
    August 12, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Happy Happy Anniversary!! You practically look just the same! Though Lexy has changed a lot ;)

  • Autumn @ The Spirited Violet
    August 12, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    So exciting, congratulations! I love the photos!

  • T. Lennie
    August 12, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Beautiful :)

    Happy Anniversary!!!

  • Connie Weiss
    August 12, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    I love it!!

    Happy Anniversary!

  • Jen Mc
    August 12, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Congratulations and happy anniversary! You are blessed.

  • Alyx
    August 12, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    I love everything about this. Congrats on ten years, and here’s to many more!!

  • Anda Alexandra
    August 12, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    that is such a beautiful post :)