The day I said “Oh yeah!”

Our Wedding Day {9-3-00}

I wore a white dress.

He wore a tux.

The minister asked me if I took this man as my husband…

And I said, “Oh yeah!” instead of “I do.”

Twelve years later {today} it still seems like the right response.

Do I know God brought us together? Oh yeah.

Has marriage been both more wonderful and harder {mostly because of me} than I could have imagined? Oh yeah.

Am I looking forward to the next twelve years? Oh yeah.

Mark and I have been through a lot–so much laughter, our share of tears, holidays and everydays, bike rides and trips, births and deaths, and lots of baked goods {my love language}.

He’s a good man who keeps his feet on the ground so I can have my head in the clouds.

I’m glad I said “yes” in my own way that day.

A recent anniversary

Yes to whatever came.

Yes to what God had planned.

Yes to the unknown.

I think that’s the way we’re meant to live. Not just saying “I do” with our will but saying “yes” with our hearts.

With all we are.

And all we’re yet to be.

What do you need to say “Oh yeah!” to today?



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  1. HappyvAnniversary to you both and may your love for each other continue to overflow in your lives.


    • Congratulagtions, Oh Yeah it gave me the urge to open myself to new opportunities and to find a true partner that we can OH Yeah together.. thank you

  2. OH YEAH! Love it! Happy anniversary and hope you have many years to celebrate together!

  3. Pam Kennington says:

    Happy Anniversary to a “Truly Amazing Woman” (loved your book) and her incredibly blessed husband of 12 years!1.You and mark where married 2 1/2 weeks after our daughter and son-in law 2000 was and is a special Year!

  4. That’s beautiful, Holley!

    Happy Anniversary to you and your husband!

    I wish ya’ll the BEST! :) And so does God? How do I know? Because He says so in Jeremiah 29:11. :)

  5. Denise Nakon says:

    Happy anniversary to you and your husband!

  6. Congratulations to a beautiful event created by, blessed by and watched over by God. When you decided to keep Him at the center of your marriage, come good times and bad, happy and sad… you are sure to have a long and beautiful life together. God can take the broken things and make them whole and take the trials and turn them to blessings and when we know that our marriage is like that of God’s love for the Church ~ we know that nothing man can do, or the world can affect us with, can detroy that love. Prayers for your marriage to continue to fill up your hearts, your homes and your lives with every good thing that God has to offer and that you will always remember to look to Him, no matter. God bless you both and Happy Anniversary every year for your whole life together. You are loved very much <3

  7. Happy Anniversary Mark & Holley!!! What a sweet story! : )

  8. Definitely saying YES to letting go! This weekend was brutal and I had to let go of a part of my life that I thought would work different. But God has given me the strength I prayed for, and today I have peace in my heart. What is better than that? :)

  9. Happy Anniversary! What a great story and encouragement to me in my marriage…thank you!

  10. Happy anniversary to you both! You look like a beautiful couple in love with Jesus!

  11. Happy Anniversary to you both! Wishing you many. many more years of happiness together! :)

  12. Holley, Happy Anniversary!! What a wonderful milestone :).

    I wanted to take the time to tell you how much I appreciated your video the other day about confidence. I have been thinking a lot about what you said. Confidence is not something I generally feel about myself, but as I listened to you, I began to hear God saying, “Be confident in who I made you…BE YOURSELF, because I deliberately made your personality, yes, even the part of you that doesn’t like to be in front of people and the part that is SO different from your girlfriend whom you admire in so many ways. I guess what I realized is that I can be confident and still be me, I don’t have to become my girlfriend whose confidence looks like someone who speaks in front of hundreds of people and who is a natural leader and gatherer of people.

    I will continue to ponder this, and to let my heart marinate in the truth of it. Thank you for taking the time to share the video! Your blog is a delight :).

  13. Happy Anniversary! I forgot today but I remember from last year that we both have THE SAME ANNIVERSARY. We are at 7 years today!

    We went to the beach…what did you guys do this year?

  14. Michelle Hanke says:

    Happy Anniversary! May God bless you with many more years together!

  15. Sandy Sawatzky says:

    Holley, Happy Anniversary, This is Jim and My 40th to Sept 3. We have a few yers on you but, feel the same way, we are noth saying oh yeah! After a blind date and married 3 months later we said oh yeah. And 40years later the same thing. God Bless you and keep you, and love you. As He has given, all His love to us so we could love each other.
    In Him

  16. Happy anniversary to the two of you! Thanks for sharing and always being a blessings to us!

  17. Happy Anniversary to you dear Holley and Mark!!!You have both heard the Lord and transformed your lives to be a blessing..across many borders…truly He has expanded your horizons because of your genuine love!!Till we meet on Heavenly shores…Stay blessed!!

  18. Diane E. Dodd says:

    So sweet! I love your heart-expressed feelings. Happy Anniversary.

  19. Christina Baker says:

    Congratulations Holley & Mark :) Continued blessings

  20. Hi, and Happy Anniversary…you two look like such a wonderful couple.
    I would love to say, “o yeah” to a new job and starting a new life…whatever is in
    God’s plan for my family and myself. Thank you for sharing this,,,
    God bless you both.

  21. Paula Vasko says:

    Happiest of Anniversaries to you and your husband, Holley. May you celebrate many, many more!


  22. Happy Anniversary Mark and Holley! Here’s to another 12 — or 24 or 36 or 48 or…!

  23. Happy anniversary. We celebrated our 62nd on June 3rd of this year.
    Still don’t know where those years go, but they have been very happy ones.

  24. Hey Holley, Happy Anniversary to you and Mark!! Yes, marriage indeed is a heart thing, not just a saying-it-with-your lips thing —just like our love for Jesus, a heart thing! Keep on smiling!

  25. Karen Wilson says:

    I loved this! And so true! My husband and I will soon be celebrating 40 years…and it’s been quite a ride. But God has loved us through all of it…the good, the bad, the ugly, and the very beautiful. Life just gets sweeter all the time. I like the words to the song, “Cherish the Treasure” by Steve Green….

  26. That’s truly wonderful, Holley. I pray to God many a man and woman will have such beautiful things to say about each other and their marriage. Happy anniversary and may you continue to live in God’s love. God bless you!

  27. September 3, 1966 I married my high-school sweetheart. Yesterday would have been our 46th wedding anniversary. My partner, protector and provider died on August 18, 2012. I will miss him for the rest of my life. May your blessings be as abundant as ours. Nancy

  28. Happy Anniversary! Thanks for the reminder to look at any situation with “Oh, yeah!” attitude.

  29. Marty Morgan says:

    Hapy Anniversary to you both & continued God’s blessings for many more wonderful years to saying OH YEAH!! Thank you for sharing your’s & Mark’s life with us. God bless. Marty

  30. Woohoo! Congratulations on your 12th wedding anniversary!

    And many many more to come for both you and Mark and blessings of seed for future generations!

    Glory to God 4EVER!

  31. Oh Yeah; you make my day with all of the goodness you share. Oh Yeah, happy anniversary to many more years of God’s blessings on both of you. Oh Yeah; you provide a wonderful pick-me-up each time I find you on my email list!

  32. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Best wishes and may abundant blessings be both of yours for years and years to come.
    I said, “Oh yeah” to my husband (my crush) 33 years ago and I’d say it again today, only louder!!
    The other thing I’d love to say, “Oh yeah”, to today is LIFE! Life to outside of my house, to having friends, to being able to attend Sunday Mass with my husband, to go shopping or out to lunch…all of that great stuff. I can manage to go to my Dr. appt. every 3 weeks, only if my husband (Adam) takes me. My doctor is 120 miles away. My hair stylist for the past 24 years schedules my appt. when she is the last one out of the studio on Wed. nights, so there is no one else there. Adam has to take me. I stopped driving about two years ago. I was diagnosed with sever chronic depression over 25 years ago and it has manifested itself over time into a severe social anxiety disorder. I know the Lord has His reasons for giving this cross to me and I don’t ever question, “Why me?” I pray many times a day that He continues to give me the strength to complete His challenge and help me to heal myself along the way. So still I say, “Oh yeah” to my God while praying to soon say, “Oh yeah” to life.

  33. Happy Anniversary! It is so refreshing to hear you express such loving thoughts concerning your marriage!

    Isn’t it great to be married to your best friend! Knowing Jesus makes everything so much better!

    P.S. I thank the Lord every day for arranging my lovely, fun-filled marriage to John, my best friend… and we just celebrated our 50th!

  34. Hi, Holley! I really appreciate this devotion, especially this phrase “…the way we’re meant to live. Not just saying “I do” with our will but saying “yes” with our hearts. Amen, sister. God bless you richly! I am glad I said “yes” to my man of 26 years. Praise God!

  35. So precious! Happy Anniversary and God bless both of you!!


  36. Greetings Holley,

    Happy Anniversary! I’m so happy for you and your husband! Praise our Lord Jesus Christ for His glorious life-giving gifts. I wish you love, joy, and peace each and every day.

    Lovingly, Patti

  37. Hi Holley,

    I love your newsletters and your recent one. Hope you enjoy your special day.
    Everything is so beautiful on the site. Also your wedding pic.
    Thanks so much for all of your great work.


  38. Love your messages, Holly. My husband and I are celebrating our 47th wedding anniversary today (9/4). Having this special person to share everything with has made the good times better and the bad times bearable.

  39. our 42nd wedding anniversary (11/14/70) is fast approaching in November. when we had our rehearsal for the ceremony, the minister who presided over our wedding said that the appropriate answer to the question,” Do you take this man as your husband?” was “I will” instead of “I do.” after reading this blog i thought again about possible responses to that question, and realized that “I will” is a way of expressing your willingness to trust this man enough to commit to staying with him the rest of your earthly life.

  40. I love that you responded that way! And I love your thoughts on saying yes with your heart. You two are adorable! Happy Anniversary, and much happiness for many years to come.

  41. Happy Anniversary, you fabulous girl! I love this story. :)

  42. Congratulations on the Anniversary of saying “Oh, Yeah!” Completely understand–have 21 years this past May. Love your blog, been reading a long time, first time to comment.
    Thank you!

  43. Hi Holley
    So so nice to see yours and Mark’s happy faces on that most precious day twelve years ago and even better to know that yours wasn’t simply ‘a wedding’ but it IS ‘a marriage!!’ My love to you both and l trust my God will bless you now – and ALWAYS!! Karin xx

  44. Beautiful wedding picture! :) Thank you for your message!

  45. Judy Baity says:

    Happy Anniversary! And Oh Yeah you two are looking good in your matching red.

  46. Happy Anniversary!! And many, many more…Oh, Yeah!!

  47. Congrats! You are one of the lucky ones. Me, not so. But we are where God put us for whatever reason!

  48. Happy Anniversary to you both and may God continue to bless you as you bless others.

  49. phyllis carey says:

    HI Holley im so happy so happy for you & pray you 12 more years of a blessed marrige love to you phyllis carey

  50. Ruth & family says:

    To see love in two hearts as connected as yours, is to celebrate a Christ centered marriage strengthened in time. ” Oh Yeah, Anniversary joys & blessings be upon you & Mark on your 12th year milestone! “

  51. Ruth & family says:

    To see love in two hearts as connected as yours, is to celebrate a Christ centered marriage strengthened in time. ” Oh Yeah, Anniversary joys & blessings be upon you & Mark on your 12th year milestone! “

  52. Debbie Trombley says:

    Blessings to you both on your anniversary! John and I can celebrate right along with you as our anniversary is September 3rd, 1976 – Yup, 36 years!!! We were a young military couple and chose Labor Day Weekend because it was the only time when he had 3 days in a row off in pilot training:) Our honeymoon was in Tupilo MS at a lake cabin that was so full of spiders that we high tailed it back to the base and spent the rest of our time in the bachelor officer’s quarters in his old room! I have to say that five years later we took a trip to Hawaii that was really amazing. It was worth the wait and the man that made it all happen is still the guy of my dreams!

  53. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO THE BOTH OF YOU!!! :) My husband and I are preparing to celebrate our 23rd ANNIVERSARY Sept. 9th!! I LOVED how you worded the YES….to whatever GOD has in store!! GOD is our sufficiency!! ALL GLORY TO GOD!! :) P.S. LOVE
    your blog….keep writing!!

  54. Becky Jones says:

    Hope you and Mark have many more years of beginng together. On 9-5-2012 we will celebrate our 53th anniversary. At presdent I am getting over breast cancer; going every day for treatments. We went into a store to do a little shopping and this lady was sitting there watching us come in and she ask how long had we be married because my husband held the door for me and we were holding hands. So love does last. I got the best one in the world. He is so good to me.
    So happy aniversary and have a great year.
    Becky and Bill

  55. Oh Yeah! Loved reading this Holly. You have a beautiful way of writing…and expressing from your heart. I said Oh Yeah” almost 45 years ago, and two grown daughters, and four grandchildren later, we are still saying “oh yeah”. There have been ups and downs, but more ups than downs… We still hold hands, still snuggle, laugh at each other, thrown pillows at one another, and we’re still in love even more than when we first got married. Amazing we only knew each other six weeks, and seven months later we were married, after being apart for four months. Had a tour of duty for two years after college graduation, and traveling around to climb the corporate ladder, and then to a place where we found the Lord together. Oh yeah! Where has the time gone? Even when the girls were little I often wondered is this going to last forever….the terrible twos, and hair pulling moments, and the tough times as teenagers, and then they grew up… and now have beautiful families of their own. It’s like we are gazing at a picture…. Oh Yeah we’d do it again…and again…heis my bestest friend, the one who tells me I look great when I feel so awful inside, the one who cracks a dry joke and I laugh and cry…. and vice versa..the one I come home to…fall into bed with every night…and reach out for him in the middle of the night just to make sure he is there… Oh yeah…. Thank you Lord! .

  56. I did not respond that way in 1965 when we married, but I would say, “Oh yeah!” today. Having recently celebrated our 47th anniversary we are still excited to wake up together each morning. The Lord has truly blessed us!

  57. Happy Anniversary! God bless you for many more!
    I have been saying “oh yeah” for 36! God is good.
    Love and prayers,

  58. Happy Anniversary! To you both…beautiful! thank you for sharing this bless story with us. God continue blessing you both and your family. Agape! :)

  59. Barbara Honea says:

    Happy Anniversary to you and Mark. Marriage, like life, has it’s mountain tops and
    valleys. Thanks for sharing part of your life with all of us. Your encouragement
    brings me to tears, makes me laugh, makes me think, and brings me closer to God.

  60. Congratulations! Too sweet. what a honey! God’s blessings on you both! May you be richly blessed! love kathy

  61. Happy Belated Anniversary, Holley! The best is STILL yet to come :-)

  62. Congratulations! It’s so refreshing to to celebrate a marriage that has conquered all! Thank you for sharing it with me; with all of us. xoxo

  63. Happy Anniversary, Holley and Mark. You are off to a great start. I’ve been married to my ‘best friend’ for 48 yrs. on the 11th of Sept. God is Good. He just continues to bless our family.
    This coming Sunday my husband Bob and I are leading a class at our church on “The Power of Prayer to Change a Marriage” by Stormie Ormartian, so we can continue to grow in our faith in God and relying on Him to make our marriage even better.
    Please pray for God’s leading this class and using us to share his will for our marriages.
    God Bless

  64. Happy Anniversary, Holley and Mark, I pray God will continue to bless you both with His unmerited favor. I ‘ve been married to my wonderful husband for 28 years Sept 8th. God has smiled upon us, with three beautiful kids and three awesome grandkids.

    P.S. I enjoy reading your words of encouragement, what a great gift God has given you.

    Love Brenda

  65. Wow! I love your words of encouragement, they truly are a blessing. So many times I find myself sharing them with my 17 year old daughter because I know she’ll be blessed by them too.
    Today I wanted to write not just to wish you & your hubby a Happy 12th Anniversary but to share some encouragement too – 9.6.86 is our day and we’ll be celebrating 26 years and 3 kids together – but again, I’ve been blown away by all the beautiful women who’ve taken time out to share their wonderful married stories of 20, 30, 40, 50+ years!! God is so great and faithful to give us the desires of our heart even when we don’t really know what that is. Having Jesus at the center of our lives and marriages is absolutely the best advice to any and all who journey down the road of marriage. Thank you for your faithfulness in sharing with all of us the gifts that our Lord has so graciously poured out on you. Much love and blessings be yours now and always.

  66. There has come winter :(

  67. Holley,
    You are so cute inside and out.
    Oh yeah…Happy Anniversay and many, many more years to come.
    My husband and I have been married for 37 years and I would pick him all over again. I feel so blessed to be married to a Christian man; and like you we have shared our joys, tears, parenting, frustrations, fears, deaths, and births and we are still here for each other through God’s grace and mercy. Continued Blessings, Nancy

  68. So cute Holley! I love it! I know how you feel, I feel the same excitement and love for my husband, and I hope it continues on and on for us both! It is so good to know that you are inside of God’s will, there is no better place in the world to be! :-) Happy Anniversary and thank you for sharing your beautiful heart and beautiful pictures with us! Much love,

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