Happy Anniversary, Lovie

lovie and me moments after arriving at our reception.

Exactly four years ago from today, Lovie and I stood at the alter in front of Dr. William Barron in a small chapel inside Sequoyah Presbyterian Church and made a solemn oath before God and fifty of our closest friends and family members. To love, honor and cherish one another for the rest of our lives. With only Alli by our side, the three of us became one that day, completely unaware that we’d double the size of our family in thirteen scant months thanks to a triple blessing which no one could have ever predicted.

Simply put, I’m incredibly in love with my beautiful wife and my four wonderful children. I’m also genuinely humbled by the good fortune bestowed upon me and so thankful to have the opportunity to be the patriarch of our unique clan. None of it would have ever come to pass had the love of my life not uttered those two magical words while holding my sweaty hands and looking directly into my eyes with her beautiful, bright blue ones.

To pay homage, a quick recap of our marriage by the numbers:

13 — years of parenting. (9 w/ the trips and 4 with Pookie)
12 — total pounds of babies Lovie birthed on 9/29/07. (actually 12.4375, but I rounded down.)
11 — total weeks of bedrest.
10 — times per day I annoy Lovie.
9 — times per day I annoy myself.
8 — individual shoes our children require.
7 — times Lovie will ask me why I uploaded such a lame picture of us for this post.
6 — times I’ll tell her it was the only wedding pic I had on this computer. (I’ll be asleep the seventh time she asks me, therefore unable to respond.)
5 — weeks ofΒ hospitalized bedrest.
4 — gallons of milk we go through per week.
3 — glorious births.
2 — houses owned.
1 — crazy-ass dog.
0 — percentage chance we’ll ever get divorced.

Happy anniversary, Lovie! I love you so much!

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John Cave Osborne is a writer whose work has appeared on such sites as DisneyBaby, Babble, YahooShine, TLC and the Huffington Post. He was also referenced by Jezebel one time, but he’s pretty sure they were making fun of him. He and his wife, Caroline, live with their five children and spastic dog in Knoxville, TN. Nothing annoys him more than joke-heavy bios written in the third person, with the possible exception of Corey Feldman.

  • http://lifeofanewdad.blogspot.com Otter321

    Happy Anniversary to an awesome couple! I have been married longer than you. For some reason that doesn’t seem right. Anyway nice post by the numbers. Seven gallons of milk still has me reeling.

  • http://lifeofanewdad.blogspot.com Otter321

    Happy Anniversary to an awesome couple! I have been married longer than you. For some reason that doesn’t seem right. Anyway nice post by the numbers. Seven gallons of milk still has me reeling.

  • http://youthinkyoucanblog.wordpress.com Angelia Sims

    That is sooo sweet! Love number 0 the best. Blended families are very special and rewarding. Entering one makes for heart centered peeps. Congratulations to you both!!

  • http://youthinkyoucanblog.wordpress.com Angelia Sims

    That is sooo sweet! Love number 0 the best. Blended families are very special and rewarding. Entering one makes for heart centered peeps. Congratulations to you both!!

  • http://richmondzoo.blogspot.com Captain Dumbass

    Happy anniversary!

  • http://richmondzoo.blogspot.com Captain Dumbass

    Happy anniversary!

  • http://wwwjackbenimble.blogspot.com/ Jack

    I have one thing to say, Mazal Tov. If you don’t know what that means it is because you don’t have enough Jewish friends. The good news is we’re taking care of that. πŸ˜‰

    May you enjoy many more years of joy, happiness and love.

  • http://wwwjackbenimble.blogspot.com/ Jack

    I have one thing to say, Mazal Tov. If you don’t know what that means it is because you don’t have enough Jewish friends. The good news is we’re taking care of that. πŸ˜‰

    May you enjoy many more years of joy, happiness and love.

  • http://www.tempestbeauty.com Mandy

    Happy Anniversary! It’s a wonderful thing to celebrate. Looking forward to many happy updates in the future.

    BTW, I think you’re probably drastically underestimating how many times a day you annoy Lovie. heh!

  • http://www.tempestbeauty.com Mandy

    Happy Anniversary! It’s a wonderful thing to celebrate. Looking forward to many happy updates in the future.

    BTW, I think you’re probably drastically underestimating how many times a day you annoy Lovie. heh!

  • Meg

    You are grossly underestimating both “annoy” numbers! Happy Anniversary to two of my favorite people!

  • Meg

    You are grossly underestimating both “annoy” numbers! Happy Anniversary to two of my favorite people!

  • http://www.holymolytoledos.blogspot.com Susy

    Happy Anniversary ya’ll!!!! Woot woot!! love the number countdown. :) to many many many more!

  • http://www.holymolytoledos.blogspot.com Susy

    Happy Anniversary ya’ll!!!! Woot woot!! love the number countdown. :) to many many many more!

  • http://jugglingeric.blogspot.com Eric

    John, I saw a Dilbert comic strip from the other day which reminded me of you. It’s from monday or tuesday. Basically Dilbert gave a woman who was having triplets a book on how to do your part and decrease their carbon footprint telling them she’s killing us all.

    Not that I feel that way with my five kids, but I thought it was funny. Have a blessed anniversary and maybe next year 11 can be the number of times you drive Lovie crazy..

  • http://jugglingeric.blogspot.com Eric

    John, I saw a Dilbert comic strip from the other day which reminded me of you. It’s from monday or tuesday. Basically Dilbert gave a woman who was having triplets a book on how to do your part and decrease their carbon footprint telling them she’s killing us all.

    Not that I feel that way with my five kids, but I thought it was funny. Have a blessed anniversary and maybe next year 11 can be the number of times you drive Lovie crazy..

  • http://www.blogonkevin.blogspot.com always home and uncool

    Congrats and may Lovie continue to rock the red bikini forever more!

  • http://www.blogonkevin.blogspot.com always home and uncool

    Congrats and may Lovie continue to rock the red bikini forever more!

  • http://liayf.blogspot.com Seattledad

    Happy Anniversary JCO and Lovie.

  • http://liayf.blogspot.com Seattledad

    Happy Anniversary JCO and Lovie.

  • Patrick (yeah, that one)

    Happy anniversary to me dear friends who constantly amaze me with their willingness to acknowledge my (often annoying) existence! :-p

    Seriously, I am more than happy for you both. I hope that you two stay happily if occasionally frustratedly married forever. :-) Love the countdown, and tell Lovie that I think it’s a great picture. :-)

    Great days to you all, and as always thanks for letting us peek through this window into your lives. :-) Y’know, without calling the cops on us. :-p

  • Patrick (yeah, that one)

    Happy anniversary to me dear friends who constantly amaze me with their willingness to acknowledge my (often annoying) existence! :-p

    Seriously, I am more than happy for you both. I hope that you two stay happily if occasionally frustratedly married forever. :-) Love the countdown, and tell Lovie that I think it’s a great picture. :-)

    Great days to you all, and as always thanks for letting us peek through this window into your lives. :-) Y’know, without calling the cops on us. :-p

  • http://37paddington.blogspot.com Angella Lister

    Happy anniversary to you and lovie! This was a very good week to be married! We made 24 years this week, but my anniversary post is quite a bit different from yours, lol!

  • http://37paddington.blogspot.com Angella Lister

    Happy anniversary to you and lovie! This was a very good week to be married! We made 24 years this week, but my anniversary post is quite a bit different from yours, lol!

  • http://www.mytwinsforlife.blogspot.com Life is Like a Box of Chocolat

    Happy Anniversary! Such a sweet message to your wife. I like the list.

  • http://www.mytwinsforlife.blogspot.com Life is Like a Box of Chocolates

    Happy Anniversary! Such a sweet message to your wife. I like the list.

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  • PJ Mullen

    Who knew we’d both overachieved in the wife department on the exact same day! :)

    Happy anniversary to you both and all the best for many, many more.

  • PJ Mullen

    Who knew we’d both overachieved in the wife department on the exact same day! :)

    Happy anniversary to you both and all the best for many, many more.

  • http://ciarasramblingsandwhatnot.com ciara

    happy anniversary to you & lovie! hope you all had a great day :o)

  • http://ciarasramblingsandwhatnot.com ciara

    happy anniversary to you & lovie! hope you all had a great day :o)

  • http://surprisedmom.blogspot.com SurprisedMom

    Happy Anniversary to Lovie and You! I wish you many, many more years of happiness!

    (Sorry I’m a little late with this. I hope your day was spectacular!)

  • http://surprisedmom.blogspot.com SurprisedMom

    Happy Anniversary to Lovie and You! I wish you many, many more years of happiness!

    (Sorry I’m a little late with this. I hope your day was spectacular!)

  • Nicki

    Happy Anniversary, albeit late, to you both! Here’s to many more!

  • Nicki

    Happy Anniversary, albeit late, to you both! Here’s to many more!