Sometimes you got through 25 years of life not knowing that your partner for life is right in front of your face.

fall of 1997

fall of 1997

You don’t know that the friend you have relied on for years and years to make you laugh and to listen to your fears was meant to do just that for the rest of your life.

Pointing is Groovy

June 18, 2005

‘Til death do you part.

June 18, 2012

June 18, 2012

Some things have not changed at all since we met.

We still laugh at the most inappropriate things ever.

We still feel most comfortable being sad around each other.

We still have the same friend group we did in middle/high school…they just live all over the USA.

My brothers even still call you “Curly”.

We still love Pearl Jam.

But some things are different.

January 1, 2013

January 1, 2013

We are adults now and have to think about things like budgets.

We drink wine occasionally instead of cheap beer always.

We made babies.

We argue sometimes.

We’ve gained weight.

Fall 2012

Fall 2012

That’s really about it.

Oh, and we have more love than we had all those years ago.

Actually, we have more love today than we had yesterday.

Because that’s how it goes when you unexpectedly fall in love with your best friend.

Each day you are amazed that this is the person you married…

and that you love him more than you did ever before this moment.

Happy 8th anniversary to us.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. A very very happy anniversary to you!

  2. Happy 8th Anniversary to you two!!!

  3. Happy Anniversary and what a wonderful story.

  4. Have a wonderful time celebrating! Happy Anniversary Katie & Cort!

  5. Happy Anniversary!

  6. happy happy anniversary you two…you make love REAL and HONEST…wishing you a lifetime of love and laughter.

    I loved all the pictures and your words were PERFECT. A true love celebration.


  7. Happy Anniversary!! I hope you are blessed with many more years together!! You are adorable together and have two very handsome lol boys!! Hope ur day is wonderful!!!

  8. Oh Katie. So beautiful. Your words and your life together. Happy Anniversary to you two cute kids! xo

  9. Happy Anniversary!

  10. If the Sluiter Love Story could have a fan club, I’d be president.

    Hooray, you!

    And cheers to enduring love.

  11. Congratulations on 8 wonderful years of marriage! I know that you’ll have many more happy years together too.

  12. Wishing you 80 years more! Happy Anniversary.

  13. I loooooooove this. I’m a big ole sap at heart. Happy Eight – you guys look great.

    (My version of Hallmark). 🙂

  14. Happy 8th :):) And to many more!!

  15. Happy happy! Awesome love letter and even awesomer love story.

  16. I always love reading the story of you two and how you came together. Marriage is hard, yo, but you two seem so strong, like one badass team. Happy anniversary!

  17. Happy anniversary! I love that wedding picture.

  18. Aww…cute! Happy anniversary!

  19. Happy Anniversary to one of the cutest couples I know

  20. Happy anniversary! This is a lovely ode to the two of you, marriage, and pure love!

  21. Happy Anniversary! That was totally sweet!

  22. Look at you. As a blonde! I would have never been able to picture you with blonde hair. Happy anniversary!

  23. Look at you blonde! I likes it (but I like it dark too, so…) Happy anniversary! June is a big month for weddings, my goodness. Here’s to many, many more years of all the things that make a marriage work. I’m talking about vodka. It takes vodka.