Wednesday, January 9, 2013


i can totally remember back in the day when i was a very young wife(married at 18), looking at people who were celebrating 15 year anniversaries and thinking how LONG of a time it was to be together.
at that time, it seemed like an eternity away for us.
i was looking towards our five year thinking THAT was an accomplishment.
of course it was, but then...

 i blinked.

and here we are.

fifteen years in, overwhelmed with God's goodness and mercy each and every day.
praying that i can absorb even an ounce of it and pay it forward to my husband, my children and others.

i would do it all over again in a heartbeat, but with much more wisdom and purpose.

I, Mary, take thee, Nathan, to be my wedded husband

to have and to hold from this day forward

for better, for worse

for richer, for poorer

in sickness and in health

to love and to cherish

until death do us part.

we've been on the mountaintop.
and we've been in the valley.
i suspect we will be there again, but by the grace of God we will do it together.
there's no one else i'd rather be spending this one crazy life with than you, Mr. Krause.

happy anniversary.



  1. just got a little teary reading this. love your love for him...and love the sweet pics of your family! happy anniversary!!

  2. amazing, mary. we celebrated our 10th in october, but there was (is) going on in our lives we barely took time to recognize it. you guys are an inspiration. i love this post. happy day to you both!!

  3. Happy Anniversary! You guys are so beautiful! You are teaching your children so much about what a marriage should be! Love you friend! Hope you get to squeeze in a hot date!

  4. Happy Anniversary! We just celebrated 11 on Saturday! BOy how time flies! That chalkboard is amazing! Girl! Mad talent on the chalking! Whoot Whoot! ;)


  5. happy anniversary! we will celebrate 10 years in july....and the mister mentioned last night that maybe we could get away...out of town...without the littles. ;) something to look forward too. :) love the chalkboard and the photos! hugs!

  6. happy anniversary! you make such a cute couple and together you both
    have some good lookin' children!
    i love the chalkboard, i may have to copy/steal this idea for our anniversary.
    only problem is that you are much more creative :) xoxo

  7. Such beautiful pictures and I love the chalkboard remembering! Congrats.


  8. oh how precious is this!!
    I adore your photos..seriously
    15 years is a lot of work isn't it?
    praying 15 more years of bountiful blessings
    love you friend

  9. Happy (belated) anniversary! 15 years sure is an accomplishment! We just celebrated 13 last month and it made me feel like we've gotten the hang of this (maybe). Not that it's easy, mind you.
    That chalkboard you made was fantastic! I'm glad you had a special but not out of the ordinary kind of day!

  10. Beautiful!!!

    xo my friend..

  11. Awww... I LOVE this. What a precious idea. All of it.. the words, the photos and the sweet chalkboard.

  12. beautiful. really.

    my husband and i have been married for 16yrs, and two weeks ago began mentoring 3 young married couples. mentoring them is causing us to see how far the LORD has brought us these 16 years.

    grateful for His glory in your married life, too!

  13. You family is absolutely beautiful! Love the style of your blog. :)

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