Thursday, March 25, 2010


So, you’re probably wondering what in the world we could be announcing today, March 25th, 2010. No…we are NOT pregnant again. (Although, I wouldn’t mind having about one million versions of Knox, because he is THE greatest thing ever!) But we do have another little announcement for our dearest friends and family!

We have FINALLY set a wedding date! Kurt and I are going to renew our vows on Sunday, September 5th, 2010 in front of our friends and family!

Wait… “renew” vows, you ask?

Don’t you have to actually exchange vows before you can renew them?

Well, yes, you do! And in fact, exactly one year ago today, we did just that!

SURPRISE! We are already married!!!! And TODAY is our first anniversary!

Last year, we got married here:

with a sweet pastor, Rev. Ron Headley. It was the sweetest day of my life: just the two of us – no crowds, no cameras, no pressure – vowing to love each other and to spend the rest of our lives together. It was perfect! (There are many other funny stories from the days leading up to this, so if you’re interested, we will gladly share them!)

But, wait…didn’t Kurt propose in July in Colorado?

Well, yes, again, he did! He, being the all-of-a-sudden romantic, sentimental guy, wanted to “do things right”. And instead of missing out on all of the fun parts of a surprise engagement, planning a wedding, etc., he (and I, too) still wanted to experience all of those things.

We did, however, want to keep our “marriage” a secret so that we could still have a wedding day and proclaim to the world (or just our closest friends and family) our love for one another and our lifelong commitment to each other and our growing family without the day itself losing its luster or meaning. It was HARD, believe me. I wanted to shout it from the rooftops that I had a husband – and not just any husband, but a handsome, wonderful husband that loves and adores me, that supports me in every detail of my life, and that challenges me to grow, spiritually, emotionally, and physically, each and every day. But, it was kind of fun keeping this a secret for so long…it was like our own little secret that we got to enjoy and cherish together, with no one else. It was weird, too, because random people knew we were married but not some of our closest friends! Our sweet realtor, Sharon, was among the first to know; my advisors and professors at UAB knew; and our newest church and bible study friends knew. So it was about time to just make our secret known to everyone – we felt like we were living a double life! And it feels GREAT to finally declare it to everyone!

We are still ironing out the details of our actual wedding day, but we do know a few things: it will be in Nashville; it will be on Sunday, September 5th, 2010; it will be extremely casual and fun, a reflection of our personalities; and it will glorify God! We plan to do a quick renewal service, and then we will treat everyone to dinner and just hang out and relax!

So, yea, nothing about our relationship has been done in the “traditional” way or in the “correct order”, per say. BUT, that does not mean that we have been missing out on God’s blessings, because He has been BLESSING us…beyond measure! And we are now looking forward to sharing all of it with you!!

Now, off to celebrate our anniversary! Well, not really…I have class tonight and a 15 page paper due on Saturday. Romantic, right?

Happy Anniversary, Kurt! I love you more and more every day, and I am so thankful to share this life with you. You are the most wonderful, patient, loving father, and an even better husband...better than I could have ever dreamed up!


  1. YAY! Congrats on your one year and on setting a wedding date! i cant wait to celebrate your marriage with you! WOO HOO! its in my calendar!

  2. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!! So excited about the vow renewal!! Oh, and funny story for you - you know the pillow you brought me the other day? Well, now Evey associates it with Knox and every time she sees it she hugs it and yells "Nah, Nah"! She is obsessed with it!

  3. I am so happy for you three! I love you so much Jill! Please let me know if I can help with the wedding! I actually despised wedding planning but maybe it will be fun to help someone else?? I just wanted my sweet husband so all the wedding details kinda drove me insane as you know! But the actual day will turn out glorious and how fun that our little ones will be running around then!!!

  4. Oh guys that makes me so happy!! I had wondered about all this but I am glad to know now!!! Happy Anniversary too! - Lindsey

  5. oh crap coach! I am literally in the rec crying! I'm so proud congratulations!!!!my heart is so overjoyed its ridiculous! Thank you for sharing you and Jill's wonderful gift with the world.:')