Thursday, March 13, 2008


Yes, it's true...on this very day nine years ago, I married the love of my life. It was a very cold March day, but fun nonetheless.

Tony and I have fun and frightful memories of our wedding day. We were blessed to have two pastors marry us, Pastor Dave (long-time pastor and friend) and Pastor Rob (long time youth pastor, friend, and counselor). After crying all the way through the rehearsal ceremony (Pastor Rob said that was OK!) I made it through without crying during the real one. (If you don't count when I walked down the aisle with my dad!)

Other than the tears during rehearsal, everything else the night before was wonderful! The yummy food (thanks Belinda!) and the fun Newlywed game (thanks Kyna)! I couldn't have asked for more!

As for our wedding day, our family and friends were there to help us celebrate and we appreciated that so much! The ceremony was fun! Little Dallas (who isn't so little any more) kind of hop/skipped down the aisle as the flower girl. She'd drop a petal and then delicately hop over it. Too cute!

It was also a riot to speed off after the ceremony in mom and dad's Monte Carlo and run through McDonald's drive-thru. (Thanks Mom and Dad--oh, and Robby for driving!)

I do have to thank my bridesmaids too. You girls were so brave to wear those flower-child headbands, and empire style dresses! You rock!!!

Thanks to our parents who endured all the planning and stress. Vegas was a much better idea!

There WERE two frightful parts to that wedding day. Wait, frightful might not be the most accurate adjective. Maybe irritating. The first was that our photographer was really more of a portrait photog, so it took her a blue MILLION years to take our pictures. Note to self, research photogs before getting married again (hehe, kidding honey!) Seriously, we were so late to the reception, my dad was hot, and our guests were leaving!!!

The second was when that, man of God, Pastor Rob, pulled a practical joke on me! He came to me just minutes before the ceremony and said that he was looking at the marriage certificate and found a mistake. He said they had misspelled my middle name (for those of you who know it, you know WHY this would be common). Between my nerves and personality, I immediately became panicked! I said, "Well, what do we do? Does it matter? Can we get it changed?" He calmly replied that no, we couldn't change it because the courthouse was closed on Saturdays. He said we could go through with the ceremony, but we wouldn't legally be married until it was corrected.

I think at this point, he saw the color drain from my freshly made-up face and the tears start to well-up in my eyes. It was at this point he said, "GOTCHA!" and I nearly fainted! Oh, Rob, you won't know when or where, but I WILL get you back!

All of the memories aside, this day, as hectic and dramatic as it was, was the best day of my life. It was the day I truly married my best friend. I am more in love with Tony today than I ever was.



You endured my moods and craziness all through high school. You worked hard throughout college to help establish our lives. You had a plan: college, house, marriage, family. Your plan worked. We grew, and grew-up together. I cannot imagine life without you.

I admire you for your integrity, your love of God, family, and friends. I respect you for your hard work and determination to be the best husband, father/Baba, son, friend, and employee you can be, and for just being you. You challenge me to do and be my best. I want to make you proud. Thank you for sharing the last nine years with me. I am so blessed to be your wife. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

I love you.




IzzyBeth said...

AWWWWWWW. You made me cry.


But . . . where are the wedding pictures? I want to see those bridesmaids outfits! :-)

Anonymous said...

OH IZZYBETH! Let me tell you about those dresses! I (Kristy) had one wedding guest ask me when I was due. Due for what? Yeah--every last one of us--even the skinny girls (obviously not me)--looked pregnant. Too funny! Needless to say...that was one of those bridesmaids dresses I didn't save for another formal occasion! But a great time and a beautiful wedding. Such a wonderful day!

(So nice, I married my sweetie on the same date!)

Happy Anniversary Rett and Tony!

Anonymous said...

Ummm, I (missy) was pregnant...remember I was 5 or 6 months along with Jarrett. I had to sit down during the ceremony cause I was about to pass was VERY hot in the church that day. I can't beleive it has been 9 years!! Congrats!!!

love you both....Missy

Anonymous said...

You made me cry, it is to early in the morning to cry. Congratulations on 9 wonderful years. Best wishes for 9999999 more! Just kidding, I don't think I would want to live that long, everything would be severly wrinkled!! :( Happy Anniversary you two crazy kids!!


Anonymous said...

I remember the "HALLELUJAH"
when Mr and Mrs Anthony Foster were announced. It was a great wedding, it was a fun wedding.
Your letter to Tony is priceless it made his mother cry. I am so blessed to have a special daughter-in-law, what I really mean is friend, actually I have two special friends.
God has blessed my sons is such a special way. We love you!
Mom (kyna)

Josh and Cammie Delph said...

Seems like you had a beautiful soloist that day.... I will never forget that day! It's one of my fondest memories! Congratulations!! You've now been married longer than you dated! How does THAT feel? I love you both. Rett, you've been a part of our family for so long that I forget what it was like before you came along!

Michele aka LoisLane said...

Happy Anniversary Tony & Rett!! I loved your letter, it was so sweet. Hope you both have many, many more happy anniversaries!

Anonymous said...

Rett & Tony,

Happy Anniversary! The letter was so sweet!
Mike & I have will be married 34 years in June!
You both are truly blessed.

Aunt Karla