October 3, 2016

This post is a wee bit overdue. On August 24th we celebrated five years of marriage, and spent the day in Utah buying a car and hurriedly eating dinner in Salt Lake City. It seemed fitting since that was the city in which we met, fell in love, and lived for a few years.

It’s very near and dear to our hearts.

Five years has flown by. When I think about way back then ( 😉 ) or look at pictures, I’m always a little taken aback by how young we were.

We were so young. 

We knew nothing, we had been no where, and we only had vague imaginings of what we wanted for the future. And to top it off, we had only known each other for less than a year.



I feel like if I knew then what I know now about relationships, marriage, and how crazy people you think you know can actually be, I seriously doubt I would have married Zach so quickly, simply because I would have been afraid of what could happen.

And it honestly amazes me that after randomly meeting him, and then verrrrry quickly deciding we wanted to spend forever together, that he’s a legitimately superb human being. I lucked out beyond belief. And it’s scary.

Throughout these five years I have been impressed time and time again by him. We started off in a tiny studio apartment in West Valley City (aka an actually terrifying place to live) and he worked his ass off installing gutters around the valley to get us out of there in 2 1/2 months. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t just sit around watching tv while he was out slaving away. But there are only so many jobs a girl under 21 with no degree can get. I did okay though.

He hated the job. But he did it come rain, snow, sweltering heat, you name it, until we figured out what he really wanted to do.

And then we moved to Washington and he worked his ass off in the academy, and then in the field. He continues to climb and excel at everything he does. He has one of the best work ethics I’ve ever seen, and I’m so grateful because I am able to stay home with our daughter if I want.

He is so kind to me. He always organizes cute little things for my birthday, and puts up with all my outdoorsy requests. And omg when I was pregnant, he was the sweetest person to ever exist!

Which brings me to my next point, being that he’s a phenomenal father. I always knew he was good with kids, which is necessary since I am not a fan. But seeing the love he has for our Lucy enhances that to a whole new level. And she loves her daddy. They are best buds!

Also, did I mention he’s hot AF? My roommates always called him “classically handsome” and I was like “yeah, but did you see that 8-pack tho?”

In the past five years we have built our lives together, and accomplished so much. I’ve gone back to school to finish my degree in Web Design & Development, and he’s going back to finish his Criminal Justice degree. He is not only a Trooper, but also a Collision Tech Specialist, Rapid Deployment Force member, and a Technical Flight Officer.
We are almost completely out of debt, save our car, and will be rid of car debt within three years. At which point we will be buying/building a home!
We have an amazing daughter, who brings us even closer together and (cliche as it may be) lights up our life.

It has been a fantastic five years, and there are so many wonderful years ahead. I can’t wait. 

Annnd here’s a romantic Spotify playlist for ya 🙂

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  • Reply Lauren Rogers October 4, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Such a beautiful post!! You and Zach are so cute, and I’ve always admired how in love you two seem to be. I’m also obsessed with all of your photos and your new website design.
    Lauren Rogers

    • Reply haleigh October 6, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      Thanks so much Lauren! Hahah well we are pretty in love 😉
      I’m glad you said that about my photos. Today one of Zach’s coworkers said to him “I can’t imagine the living hell your life is being in a constant photoshoot” hahahah I was like whatever man, DEAL WITH IT.

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