3 Things On Our 3rd Year Anniversary

At Home With The O'Neils - 3rd Anniversary

June 1, 2012 is a date that melts my heart.  It is the day that we vowed to be Husband and Wife.  I am so honored to be in this life and in a loving partnership with my best friend.  Chuck and I have been dating/married over a decade, and in October it will 13 years since our first date.  I am still amazed by all the good and bad we have experienced and how strong we have become because of it.

So as we celebrate our 3rd Anniversary and look forward to many, many more, I want to share 3 things with you, our friends.

3 Things I Love About Chuck

  • His hugs. They are all-encompassing, keep me safe, squish me against his chest and squeeze out all the bad I have had in the day.
  • Laid back attitude.  I am a constantly stressed, overachieving, Type A personality.  He balances me.  Nothing can really shake him and if it does, he bounces back pretty quickly.  He is my rock.  He keeps me grounded and sane.  He also has the ability to drive me insane but that is another post.
  • How he taught me to love myself.  When we met, I was young.  Just coming out of high school with a ton of insecurities, he quite literally taught me to smile.  Having braces for 7 years, I had grown insecure about my mouth.  We started dating 4 months after the braces came off.  He would always ask me to smile and show him my “pearly whites”.  I was so used to hiding my mouth that I refused to smile.  He banished that and other insecure habits.  He also taught me to love myself, by sharing with me what he saw and loved about me.

3 Things I Love About Being Married to Him

  • His unwavering dedication to those he loves.  When times were financially tough when I decided to start my business, he told me he would eat Mac and Cheese the rest of his life, if that is what it took took for me to reach my dreams and make me happy. .
  • Our language. Over the years we have developed a secret language that only the two of us know.  Born out of stories and moments that we shared and cherish and laughed over.  Funny words, words mashed together.  Secretly our own.
  • Someone in my corner.  No matter what he is right there, by my side, willing to fight life’s battles with me and for me.

3 Songs That Remind Me of Us

Lifehouse – Take Me Away – Our first dance wedding song.  We were dating for a short period of time when he claimed this as “our song” back in 2003.  It is even on the Jeannine’s 19th Birthday CD he made for me just a little over a month of dating.

Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud – I get teared up every time I hear this song and think of us. I cannot wait to grow old with Chuck.  Well I can wait to grow old, but I am happy that it will be with him.  Seeing my Paternal Grandfather take care of my Grandmother with Dementia and my Father in a similar situation, I have witnessed true love.  I have 100% faith that Chuck will be there for me whether I am with it or not.  Even when I gave him an out and told him, if I had a similar fate, I wanted him to live his life.  He told me he wouldn’t leave my side.

Edwin McCain – I Could Not Ask For More –  The words of this song speak to me.  I am so blessed to have found the love of my life at such a young age and to have experienced so much with him while we are still so young.  Not a day goes by that I don’t thank God for him.


3 Pictures of Us That I Love 

Chuck and Jeannine Salem Willows 2003

Yeah we were babies when we first started dating.  This was taken in August 2003 at the Salem Willows Amusement Park in Salem, MA.

At Home With The O'Neils Wedding Day

I love this moment right after we were announced Husband and Wife.  I love how candid this shot is, pure loving bliss.


This photo was taken on our honeymoon in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.  I love how symbolic it is, we will look out at our future, holding one another side by side.

3 Pieces of Marriage Advice

I want to share 3 pieces of valuable relationship advice that was given to me through the years.

  • Value your time together –  and apart.  It is quality over quantity of time spent together.  Make sure you have enough time for yourselves as a couple, your alone time and your time with friends.  It is all about finding the perfect balance.
  • Treasure what you have.  Love is like holding sand in the palms of your hands.  If you hold too tight it will slip through.  You need to cradle and cherish it.
  • Never go to bed without saying I love you.  Even if you are angry and have a fight that cannot be resolved in that moment, always make sure you let the other know that you still love them.

I know this was a super cheesy post, but if you haven’t figured it out already, I am crazy about this man.  Here is a little video of the past 13 years.  I am looking forward to many, many more.  Happy Anniversary my love!


Comments (14)

  1. Rachel G

    Happy Anniversary!!

  2. Joanna Clute

    I absolutely teared up reading this! happy anniversary:) So sweet seeing how much love there is between you two.

  3. Jeannine (Post author)

    Awww thanks Joanna! That means so much.

  4. sara

    Laid back attitude! That is absolutely my hubby and since I am very type A, it keeps me calm. He is the antacid and I am the heartburn…Lol Treasure what you have!!! Great advice an such a sweet post!

  5. Jeannine (Post author)

    Ha ha! I love the antacid and heartburn comment! That is perfect! I like to think, they keep us from having early heart attacks from stress and we keep them alive by reminding them to eat and the essentials of living. 🙂 Thanks for the comment. I am so blessed 🙂

  6. Theresa @DearCreatives

    Hope you had a happy anniversary! Love the photo of the two of you at your wedding.

  7. Jeannine (Post author)

    Aw thanks Theresa. We had a great time! We went out to breakfast, had a mini road trip and stayed over night, went to a fancy restaurant for dinner and then came home the next afternoon. It was a nice little getaway. 🙂

  8. Bev Feldman @ Linkouture

    Happy anniversary! Wow I can’t believe how many years you two have been together. Great marriage advice, especially about spending time together AND apart. We have lots of shared interests, but we also enjoy doing things on our own and with our friends. Here’s to many more years together for you two!

  9. Jeannine (Post author)

    Thanks Bev! It is crazy when you stop and think of how long we have been together. Time flies by so fast. We think about things that have happened in the past and are like “Wow that was 8 or 9 years ago”. It doesn’t feel like that at all. But I wouldn’t have it any other way and we are so lucky to have met one another so young. I love that you understand time together and apart. I explain that to people all the time and they don’t understand. For us it is essential to maintain that balance.

  10. Jeannine (Post author)

    Thank you Rachel!

  11. Pierced Wonderings

    How very sweet! We celebrated our third anniversary in April, and many of the things you say here apply to how I feel about my husband (particularly the laid back vs stress-ball personalities). Great post!

    Stopping by from Sharefest!

  12. Jeannine (Post author)

    Happy belated anniversary to you! Thanks for stopping by Jennifer! Have a great weekend!

  13. Tami

    What a beautiful tribute to your husband and marriage. Happy Anniversary! Wishing you many more happy, healthy and blessed years. 🙂

  14. Jeannine (Post author)

    Thanks for the sweet comment Tami! Here is to many, many wonderful years with my handsome guy!

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