Today is our 5th wedding anniversary!! Thank you to my wonderful husband for making the past 5 years wonderful, exciting, challenging, and perfect. Love you.

I thought I would share “our story” with you all today in honor of our anniversary! Hopefully it causes a few laughs, a few ahhhhs, and a few smiles!

The Internet connection
One day while I supposed to be studying in my college dorm room at UW- Eau Claire. . . I was watching Oprah instead. And she had on the show that day the founders of a new internet dating site called “Great Boyfriends” (which I don’t think even exists anymore. . . ). The premise of the site was that all guys on the site were recommended by other girls, either friends or ex-girlfriends who think they are great guys but it just didn’t work out for whatever reason. So, to avoid studying, and being a single girl, I got on my laptop and checked it out. After looking around for a little while, I noticed this cute guy standing next to a tree. **I thought he might be cute, it wasn’t the best picture, so it was hard to tell. . . On this site, you could email the girl that had put him on the site. So, I emailed his friend Beth, and basically said, is he really a good guy? Which, of course, she replied YES! And then I decided to email him. Best. Decision. Ever. Smile

The first phone call
We chatted over emails for about a week, everything from favorite movie to how many pillows do you sleep with. And then, I gave him my phone number and he promised to call the following evening. Oh my goodness, I was sooo nervous. His voice was deeper than I was expecting, but otherwise, he sounded like the funny, nice guy that I had come to know over email. I think our first phone call lasted over an hour. I have the biggest cheesy grin on my face just thinking about it!

Our first date
A few phone calls later. .. he asked me out on a real first date. I was going to home from school for Easter weekend and we made plans to meet up for dinner and a movie that Saturday night. He called a friend and asked for a suggestion for a nice place to go near my parent’s place. And we met up at the restaurant (Sunset’s). He brought me a single red rose. (so cute!) It was a nice but hard first date. We had talked so much online and on the phone, we had already covered all normal first date material. So, there were some awkward pauses and silences while we figured out what to talk about, but, it was still nice and comfortable. I had the fish and chips and he had a chicken Cesar salad. I only remember that because I was sorta embarrassed that he got a salad and I totally didn’t. . . Then, we had time to kill before the movie, so I suggested we head back to my parent’s house for a few minutes. I know how much my Mom likes the leftover fish from Sunset’s, so I wanted to take the leftovers to her. What I didn’t count on, was for her to be in her PJs already! Thankfully, Scott took it all in stride and was a perfect gentleman meeting her. Although, I think she was totally embarrassed! The other reason I wanted to swing by my house, was to change cars. He had (and still does, although he’s trying to sell it) a mustang cobra convertible.


And I wanted to ride in it! So, we drove together to the movie. Winking smile We saw “Phone Booth”, which I don’t think is the best date movie ever, but it worked! Afterwards, we headed back to my parent’s house, where my little sister promptly launches into her latest drama and get’s Scott opinion on it. At one point, I went into my parent’s bedroom to say goodnight and Mom says, so how’s it going? And I said, eh, not sure yet. He’s sorta dorky. Which totally makes me laugh now! We ended up sitting on the couch, we watched another movie – Risky Business – again, a sorta questionable first date movie. . . and then a goodnight kiss –> such a gentleman!

We talked on the phone the next day and hung out the next night. . .

We dated for 5 years before getting married. Except for the first 4 months of dating, it was all long distance. Scott went to school at Purdue University that fall after we started dating.


I finished at UW- Eau Claire and then moved to Des Moines for medical school. With school and everything, it just wouldn’t have made sense to get married any sooner than we did. And I am glad that we had that time to get to know each other so well and I think that has served us so well during the 1st years of our marriage. During that dating time, we covered everything – kids, money, jobs, family, likes, dislikes, pet peeves, food, music, movies, and everything in between.

The Engagement Story
We had gone out for the day, to celebrate Scott’s birthday. We went to the James J Hill house, which is on Summit Ave (one of my favorite running places!), for a tour.

After, we went to the St. Paul Cathedral to look around.

Originally we were going to try to take a tour, but they didn’t offer tours on the weekends. As we were walking out of the cathedral, onto the front steps, overlooking the capital and downtown St. Paul,

Scott says “Katie?”
“Ya, what?”
”Can you look at my hand?”
”Adam (his brother) and I were goofing around in the garage this morning and I cut my hand. I thought it was ok, but now it is really hurting.”
So, I am thinking, great, now we are going to have to go to the ER to get a tetanus shot and stitches, a great was to spend a beautiful spring day.
“When was your last tetanus shot?”
”Ummm, I don’t know.”
”Well, what did you cut your hand on?”
”A metal car part.”
At this point, I had grabbed his hand and dragged him down the stairs into the sunshine, so I could get a good look at it.
He had his right hand covered in bandage over the palm. (I have no idea how I didn’t notice the bandage all afternoon!)
I am giving him a hard time about having to go to the ER, how could he be so stupid, etc.
And then, the diamond in the ring catches the sunlight as I unwrapped his hand. 
And he got down on one knee. . .

Our Wedding Day
And we got married at 3:45pm on 06.07.08! Smile


It was a beautiful day. A little rain in the morning, but it cleared in time for pictures at the Lake and was a nice sunny day. Not too hot! And it was a great day. . . we had lots of friends and all of our families come out to support us and dance the night away.


I cannot believe it has been 5 years already! I am looking forward to the next 75 more!!

We are heading to Bradstreet Crafthouse for our anniversary dinner tomorrow night. I have never been, but the menu looks delicious!!

Check out our previous anniversaries here:
4 years
3 years


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25 Responses to 5!

  1. Oh I just love dating/engagement/wedding stories!! I definitely had a lot of “awwws” reading this 🙂 You’re going to LOVE Bradstreet! I would recommend getting a cocktail or two (they’re all SO good!) and sharing a bunch of their small plates. Happy Anniversary!!
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  2. Happy Anniversary! They do just keep getting better (working on 16 here).

    The Kidless Kronicles
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  3. Thanks for sharing your story with us and Happy Anniversary! My husband and I are celebrating our 10th anniversary this August. Absolutely love the wedding picture on the dock. Beautiful!
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  4. Did I already know that you were a UWEC grad?! If not, so cool!!!
    And congrats on 5 years!
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    • KT

      I’m not sure!! I loved it at UWEC, such a great school. Where did you go? And thank you. 🙂

  5. Happy Wedding Anniversary to you and your husband!! 🙂
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  6. Aww! Adorable. Thank goodness for Oprah, huh? Happy Anniversary 🙂
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  7. I love hearing happy Internet dating stories! Two of my past bosses met their husbands online after going through divorces (crazy coincidence that this has happened to 2 of the 4 bosses I have had in my entire life haha), and they are both so incredibly happy. Congratulations on celebrating 5 years together – that’s awesome! 🙂
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    • KT

      It seems like more and more people are meeting via the internet these days – that wasn’t exactly the case when Scott and I met!

  8. Patti Rupert

    Congrats. Can not believe it has been 5 years! Have a great weekend.
    PS. I always loved the date of your wedding

  9. What a great story! Happy Anniversary to the both of you and have a great night celebrating tomorrow night!
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    • KT

      Thanks – I am really looking forward to dinner. I have never been there before but have heard good things!

  10. That’s such a cute story! Congrats on five years of marriage!
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  11. I am so glad you shared that! I think I’ll do the same this year. It was so fun to read about how you met (and that you weren’t sure). 🙂
    Your wedding dress was gorgeous! I see pink in the train, correct?
    It sounds like you and Scott are very happily married and I am happy for you! 🙂
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  12. This post makes me so happy! I love hearing about love stories. Happy Anniversary to you two!!
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  13. What a sweet story!!!! Happy anniversary 🙂
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