Six Years

This Sunday my husband and I celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary. He surprised me with a trip to a dinner theater here in Ohio, and my parents took Arianna over night. Sister Act was the show and it was hilarious. The night was lovely. We ate too much and laughed really hard. It was nice to enjoy some time just the two of us.


The Ameri Brit Mom


Anniversary Bliss

The first week of June is always full of such bliss in our household. On June 4, my husband and I celebrate our wedding anniversary. June 6 is my mother’s birthday which we always commemorate with a mother-daughter lunch. And my birthday is today, June 7. (I’m 26!!!)

We are busy packing and preparing for our Chicago trip today because we leave first thing tomorrow. At some point between weighing suitcases and checking off the last things from our to-do list we will also be venturing out to the Columbus Zoo for a couple of hours. The zoo has become one of our family birthday traditions. I’m really excited to make some memories at the best zoo in the country today!

As excited as I am for my birthday festivities I’m still living in shadows of my anniversary weekend. It was so much fun!

June 4, 2016 was our fifth anniversary. My husband planned an entire day filled with some of our favorite things as well as some new activities. My parents watched our daughter for the whole day which freed my husband and I up to do some pretty awesome things.

First off, we drove to Columbus. For a really long time we’ve been saying that we would love to rent a bike and ride the Scioto Mile Trail which runs parallel to the Scioto River in downtown Columbus. We ended up riding close to four miles. This was so scenic and refreshing. It was also a blast!





Our next stop was a Barnes and Noble on the Ohio State University campus. We had a leisurely walk about the books. It’s been a while since we have had the ability to check out adult books in a bookstore without a toddler screaming to look at the kids books or play at the train table in the back.

Then we were off to dinner. We chose The Cheesecake Factory at Easton. It was delish!

Lastly, and most excitingly we participated in our first Wine and Canvas event. At Wine and Canvas professional artists walk you step-by-step through the painting process. Everyone is working on the same picture and there is a steady supply of “liquid courage” as they call it. This was so much fun and I was really pleased with the way that both of our canvases turned out.



It was so nice to enjoy a night out on the town with my husband doing things that we rarely get an opportunity to participate in with a child. I feel so lucky and blessed to have been married to such a great guy. And in less than 24 hours we kick off our Great Traveling Adventures of 2016!

I hope everyone else is having a great start to June!

The Ameri Brit Mom

Five Minute Friday: Haven

This week the topic for the Five Minute Friday link-up post is Haven. What is a link-up? Essentially a link-up is when you join other bloggers and write on a similar topic. You share your blog posts with one another and begin conversations via a host site. You can head over to Kate Motaung’s page to check out other entries from inspired bloggers. Here’s my five minutes of uninterrupted, unedited writing on this week’s topic:


According to the term haven is defined as, “any place of shelter and safety; refuge; asylum.”

For me I find safety and shelter in many places including the Lord, my family, and my friends, but today I am going to focus on the haven that I find in my husband, Sam.

Five years ago today I was a little twenty year-old about to become a wife. At exactly this moment I was surrounded by family as we set up the reception. Trying not to become a bridezilla I arranged each table exactly as I had envisioned it. I wanted everything about the following day to be just as I had always wanted.

As a young twenty year-old there weren’t many things in my life that I was yet sure of especially when it came to adulthood. Only a month earlier  I had graduated from college and landed my first teaching job. I was a newbie in the adult world. But the one thing I was and have always been sure about was that I wanted to grow up with Sam by my side. I never had a flutter of fear or uncertainty as long as he was part  of the picture.

And every day for the past five years he has been the strength I’ve needed.

We have celebrated so much joy together. We have suffered through loss and pain at each others’ sides. We have grown and moved and taken chances. And if I had the past five years to do all over again I wouldn’t change a thing.

On my fifth wedding anniversary I am so thankful for each of the days that I have been Sam’s wife. I’m blessed to share life and a family with such an amazing guy!

He is my haven.





Our Fourth Anniversary on the Fourth


Happy Fourth Anniversary to my perfect match 🙂

Four years ago today I married the man that I am in every way convinced was made for me. We are so distinctly different that only God could have brought us together and used our differences to make us a beautiful match. Every day he challenges me to be a better person. He helps me set and achieve goals and coaches me along the way. Sometimes only one person will get my sense of humor and he’s the man. He sees my strengths and weaknesses and loves me in spite of my flaws. I love my husband limitlessly and I am so glad that I have the opportunity to spend my life with him. He is my best friend.  One of the biggest things to happen to us over the last four years was the expansion of our young little family. I was terrified when I found out six months in to marriage that I was pregnant, but through everything my husband has stuck by my side, supported me, and been a perfect hands-on dad. Life has thrown us surprises, curve balls, and blessings and I can think of no one else I’d rather face those things with than him.

Marriage has been a fun journey and I am blessed to be called Mrs. Sisley.

I know it isn’t always easy to love a control freak, anxiety ridden, mother, but he does it well and makes me feel flawless.

Happy Anniversary!

Now for a photo journey through some of the biggest moments in our marriage thus far!