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Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy Anniversary to Us - One Week Late

December 28th was our 11th wedding anniversary.  I had intended to post last week about how we spent our 10th anniversary last year.  But with the craziness of the holidays and spending time with family - I just didn't get it done.  So today I'm doing 2 posts - to make up for last week.

For our 10th anniversary - we made plans to go to Las Vegas to celebrate.  We bought our tickets and made arrangements in October (I believe it was) to spend 4 days there and meet up with 2 couples we knew from college.  We looked forward to the trip with such excitement.  


we found out the bad news about Karinne.

At first I decided I just couldn't possibly go to Vegas and pretend everything was okay when we had just found out our sweet baby wouldn't make it.  And Curt understood and began checking into canceling our trip and getting our money back.  Well - of course - it was too late to get a full refund and it seems like maybe we wouldn't have been able to get any of our money back.  So - we decided to still go.  And as it turned out, it was a blessing.   Not that we were able to take our minds off of the devastating news.  But that we were still able to celebrate 10 years of our marriage.  And to put off the real world - even if it was just for a few days.

We debated whether or not to tell our friends the sad news about the baby I was carrying.  On the one hand - it seemed like a big lie to not tell them.  And yet - we SO did not want to put a black cloud over everyone's trip.  In the end we decided to keep quiet.  And we were so glad that we did.  We were able to have a genuinely good time with our friends and make special memories with them that would have been very difficult if they had known.

One of the best things that happened on the trip was that we got to witness our good friend Mindy receive a marriage proposal in front of the Bellagio Fountains.  She said yes!!  It was such a special moment I'm so glad to have been a part of!  And Mindy has shared with me that she was so happy to have been able to share that moment with us and to know Karinne was there for it too. 

The funniest memories from our trip were when we dressed up in some of our wedding attire and went out on a walkway over the strip for a few photos and laughs.  I really had to beg Curt to do this - by the way. =)

16 weeks pregnant - and I still fit into my wedding dress!  Pretty amazing huh?!  

It was really funny that passers-by thought we had just gotten married!  We have some pretty amusing video of the congrats and whistles we got.  And a funny photo of a group of college kids who asked to take a photo with us.  

Looking back on that trip from this viewpoint and what seems like a lifetime's worth of hindsight - I'm so glad we weren't able to cancel our trip to Vegas.  It's another special memory of Karinne's time with us that I'm glad we were able to share with her.  


  1. Happy Anniversary! I am glad that you have those memories of celebrating last year with Karrine, I can't believe you were sixteen weeks pregnant in that picture...that is crazy that you were that tiny!

    Little Karinne - you are such a blessing!

  3. Happy Wedding Anniversary! You and Curt have a lot to be thankful for and have developed into a beautiful and strong couple through all these years. All of your children are blessed to have you as parents and you have been blessed to have all of them.

    And as a life long friend of yours....I hate that you can still fit into your dress! Especially 16 weeks pregnant. :-) Love ya, Kara!!! You look just like you did in high school. Beautiful!

    Hopefully we can get together more in 2011!
    Happy New Year! Happy Anniversary!

  4. Happy anniversary! I love that Karinne got to go on your trip with you! How special is that? It is just one more way of making sweet memories. Yeah, can't even get my big toe in my wedding dress, muchless think about doing it @ 16 weeks pregnant. I am mucho impressed!

  5. Kara - I am so blessed that I got to share in your 10 year anniversary - it was a wonderful beginning of a new chapter in my life. And I will always remember Karinne and her parents for attending my engagement party!

    Love you!! - Mindy

  6. Happy Anniversary. May God continue to bless you. - Kathy W

  7. I Just wanted to send you some love and say happy anniversary (eventhough i'm a little late ;O)