14 Years

posted by Momo Fali on August 23, 2011

Do you know how long 14 years is? It’s a long time. It’s longer than either of my children have been on this earth.

Let me give you some examples. In 1997:

– Titantic was released in theaters

– The first Harry Potter book was published

– Mother Teresa and Princess Diana died

– The Hale-Bopp comet came close enough to earth to make a group of people don their Nikes

And, my husband and I said, “I do.”

Fourteen years ago today, he saw a slender, well-coiffed, non-wrinkled, perky-boobed girl walking down the aisle. Today, he sees something very different. He sees tired, stressed and, decidedly, unperky. And, most nights, I don’t even make him dinner.

I have gone up two dress sizes and wear lounge pants most days. My hair is always up in a bun and I get headaches a lot. To be honest, I’m kind of a pain in the butt.

But, he keeps on loving me through it all. For better or for worse.

And, I keep loving him too.

Happy Anniversary, Dado Fali. Thank you for marrying me.


  • moosh in indy.

    Two dress sizes? That’s it?

    Oh, by the way…good job Dadofali…you done good.

    xoxo you two.

  • Melisa

    Aww! That’s really sweet. Happy anniversary to you two lovebirds!

    (Maybe you’ll get some rose petals on your bed tonight!)

  • Liz

    Happy Anniversary!!! We’re celebrating 21 years, this week.

    I mean, not you and me, but, you probably already knew that.

    [sound of crickets]

    Happy Anniversary!!!

    • Momo Fali

      Nope, I hear owls…because you’re a hoot!

  • Amanda

    Happy Anniversary, you two! How sweet. And I agree… 2 dress sizes is nothing.

  • Sunday

    Happy Anniversary! My husband and I are also celebrating 14 years today! And I also have gone up 2 (ok maybe 4) dress sizes since that day….sigh…

  • Amy

    We started dating in ’97, so I feel ya! It is far longer than I ever figured anyone would put up with me.

    I wonder if the hair buns have something to do with the headaches. I knew a woman who could NOT wear her hair in a ponytail (it was long and thick) because the weight of it gave her a headache. Just a thought.

    Happy Anniversary!!

  • Jessica

    Happy Anniversary! Many blessings to the both of you. If it’s any consolation, we’ve only been married ten years and no kids and I’m stuck in a rut of wearing my hair in a bun every day too. LOL

  • Tessica

    only two sizes….slay me…
    but anyways, CONGRATS and Happy Anniversary!

  • Tela

    I’m on the “only two sizes?!” boat, as well. Hell, I’m sailing it. With envy. Or something like that.

    Happy anniversary!

  • carrie

    Happy anniversary!

  • Avitable

    Congratulations! πŸ™‚

  • meleah rebeccah

    Happy 14th Anniversary!

  • BusyDad

    Also, I think I blogged back then.

    Congrats to both of you!! I believe the world is a better, funnier place because you found one another.

    • Julie

      It’s definitely a better place! Where would we be without all of her son’s stories??! He makes my day!

      • Momo Fali

        If I still had wedding cake, I wouldn’t smash it in your faces because you’re so nice.

  • Heather

    I needed to read this today. Congratulations, Momo & Dado Fali! Thanks for being an inspiration to me for marriage every day πŸ™‚ xo

  • lceel

    Congratulations. Keep on keepin’ on.

  • Angella

    Happy, happy anniversary!!

    (Did you get married when you were 15? You don’t look old enough to be married for 14 years, my friend. xoxo)

  • Tara R.

    Happy Anniversary!

  • Frelle

    Happy Anniversary!!

  • AmazingGreis

    Happy Anniversary! XOXO

    P.S. – I graduated high school in 1997. πŸ™‚

    • Momo Fali

      WHAT. EVER. You are a child.

  • anymommy

    Happiest of anniversaries to you both! It’s a beautiful love that gets through fourteen years and kids and stress and bone-tired.

    • Momo Fali

      And, two dress sizes.

  • Jill @BabyRabies

    Congrats to you!!

  • Sherry Carr-Smith

    That’s fantastic! Happy Anniversary!

  • mrsmouthy

    What? Princess Diana DIED? No one ever tells me anything. Oh, and happy anniversary, MomoFali.

  • Zak

    You both are awesome. 14 years is badass.


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  • Misty

    Seriously, only two? Jealous… i’ve gone up four and I can not seem to do a dang thing about it…

    oh i do miss perky boobs though. *sigh*

    happy anniversary!

  • Julie

    Congratulations! Marriage is one of God’s greatest gifts. Of course I would say that because I’m still a newlywed. πŸ˜‰ I can’t even begin to imagine what it will be like to look back on fourteen years of marriage. Love is grand! Again, congratulations on sticking together and loving each other in a time when thats the not the popular thing to do. I hope you have many, many more years of wedded bliss to come!

  • Vixen

    Happy Anniversary. Last week was our 29th and we both forgot. The only reason I can remember to tell you is because my girlfriend called and wished me a happy anniversary…at 6pm. My husband and I looked at each other and started laughing. Then we decided we could probably go out instead of eating the frozen salisbury steak we were planning on cooking.

    Hope yours was better, lol.

  • Headless Mom

    Awesome! Hope you’ve had a great day, er, um, evening?!

    Our anniversary is in November, same year, so I remember 1997 very well!

  • tracey - justanothermommy

    Happy Anniversary! We’re coming up on 14 years, too. I am decidedly less perky, as well.

  • Talina

    I wear PJ’s most days too πŸ˜› Hubby went up a few clothes sizes though… Well me too but I am growing a kid so that isn’t counted right?

    Happy anniversary to you guys πŸ™‚

  • Bean

    Aw! I love this post, Mo!!! I am just now seeing it. Happy Annivs, again!!

  • cb2112

    Boy, that makes me feel old…i rmember that day like it was last week…your wedding I mean, at least I think I remember it…

  • UP

    Congrats, it is great to remember why we fell in love, and more importantly, why we stay in love. Perkiness, prettiness, dress sizes, and six packs gone “stale” are just reminders to us that the real person we love is inside all that “mess”. And frankly, buns are HAWT! The librarian wore a bun, and she turned me on….to reading! Now, that’s sexy.


  • AlisonH

    Happy Anniversary! (A little late. And that’s the anniversary of one of my sisters, too.)

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