9 Years

On this very day nine years ago, I married my best friend.
Tab and I met in college (Arkansas State University).  We met my sophomore year while I was “talking” to his friend!  YIKES!  Yes, that’s totally how we met!  Fast forward two summers later…(I wasn’t talking to his friend anymore.  Thank goodness!) the summer before our senior year we saw each other at the apartment pool.  I invited him over to our apartment for tacos.  ha!  

We instantly hit it off and started talking marriage SOON.  That December Tab graduated and moved to Dallas for a real-big boy job!  We began the long distance thing for a couple months.

In February, he surprised me with a RING!!!  We got engaged and were married a few months later….on July 30, 2005.

We loaded up and started our journey in Arlington, TX.  I had to finish my last semester of student teaching and a college in Arlington agreed to work with ASU to evaluate me.

In the spring, we bought our first home in McKinney.  We pretty much looked ALL around the Dallas area and felt like God was saying, “McKinney!!”.  

I got my first real-big girl job teaching third grade.  Tab moved jobs to one a little closer to home.

I’m not going to lie.  Everything hasn’t been super rosy in the last nine years.  Marriage is HARD!  We’ve dealt with infertility, job issues, and lots of other things.  But…I’m so thankful THIS guy has been by my side. 

Since then…we’ve had three beautiful babies.  

We’ve been through several different jobs.

We’ve moved into a new house.

And…we’ve had an absolute blast doing it together!

Thankful I found a guy who is constantly seeking the Lord and His guidance!!  We couldn’t do it without our relationship with Christ.  There’s no way!

Love this guy and am so thankful I get to do life with him!

Happy Anniversary, Tab Slaughter!!!  
Here is to MANY MANY more!!

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  1. 7.30.14
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    I just love you guys so much!! Happy anniversary friends!! XOXO

  2. 7.30.14
    Kimm Atwood said:

    Happy anniversary !!!!

  3. 7.30.14
    Unknown said:

    Happy Anniversary!

  4. 7.30.14
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    ERIKA! I'm all teary! This was so much fun to read! Okay, so I've got to know, how "soon" is "soon"? Like you started talking marriage after a couple of months? A couple of weeks? And all of those pics and no wedding pics? Give us some wedding pics. The people want to see them! 🙂

    • 7.30.14
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Hahahaha!!! Probably two months?? Soon, right? And…how do I out wedding pics on my blog?? Take a pic of a pic?? Help!!

  5. 7.30.14
    Anonymous said:

    Happy Anniversary, girl! What a sweet post!

  6. 7.30.14
    Life in Bucklesberry said:

    Such a sweet post! Happy Anniversary to you both!! Prayers for many more years of blissful marriage!

  7. 7.30.14
    audra wray said:

    Such a sweet story!

  8. 7.30.14
    Andrea - Momfessionals said:

    So sweet!!! Love that you invited him over for tacos 🙂 Happy Anniversary!

  9. 7.30.14
    Angela Ellingson said:

    Such a sweet story. I think you look like Shay with the pink shirt and green shorts. 😉

  10. 7.30.14
    Unknown said:

    Happy anniversary!!

  11. 7.30.14
    Mama Bub said:

    Congratulations! Our nine year anniversary is next week (and today is the ten year anniversary of when we met!)

  12. 7.30.14
    V @ X-tremely V said:

    How sweet! Happy Anniversary to you both 🙂

  13. 7.30.14
    Brianna said:

    So precious! Happy, happy anniversary! Praying for many more years of joy and love for you two!


  14. 7.30.14
    Darcy said:

    Happy anniversary!

  15. 7.30.14
    Erika Slaughter said:

    Thanks so much girls!!!

  16. 7.30.14
    Mely H said:

    Awww Love this post Erika. I started reading your blog a few months ago and I love it 🙂 I just married 2 months ago and it's definitely an adjustment. I also realized Marriage is not rosy but it's worth it!

  17. 7.30.14
    Elaine Welte said:

    Congrats to you and Tab! I remember meeting him in college and knowing what a nice guy he was! Funny how our paths never crossed until now! Happy Anniversary!!!

  18. 7.30.14
    RebeccaLynn17 said:

    Happy Anniversary Erika & Tab!!! May this be your best one yet and all the others a in the future be even more blessed! Thank you for continuing to share your faith, God is good is picking our life partners! Have a great day and hope you guys do something fun! And yes the people want to see wedding pics, lol.

  19. 7.30.14
    Jenny said:

    Happy Anniversary! I love all the pictures… so sweet! You guys make a great looking couple. 🙂

  20. 7.31.14
    Jessica said:

    We share a wedding date! My husband and I were married 7-30-05 too! Hope you are getting a night off cooking, my hubby is traveling for work so it's frozen pizza with the kids. That's life:)

  21. 7.31.14
    Olivia at Joyfully Prudent said:

    Congrats Erika! Tacos…the way to a man's heart! Where did you teach 3rd grade? I may have asked you this already, but I can't remember.