17 phone calls

As of this month, I am now 38 years old and have been married to my beloved for 17 years. Speaking of my beloved (because it’s more fun to avoid talking about how old I am and to instead focus on my anniversary) – do you want to know what Matt did for me on our special day?

He was out of town all weekend at a soccer retreat with the college team he helps coach, making it impossible for us to be together on our anniversary. (Don’t worry, the story gets better.)  We’d decided to celebrate later and I happily supported his decision to go be with the team. His cell phone broke while he was gone (no really, the story gets better), so he was unable to call without borrowing a phone and going to a little extra trouble. He called in the morning to wish me a happy anniversary, and then later in the evening when he had a moment. And that’s when the fun started.

No sooner had he and I hung up from our conversation that the phone rang again. It was one of the soccer girls, Isabelle, calling to wish me a Happy 17th Anniversary. I hung up with Isabelle and the phone rang again. It was Katie, another soccer player, calling to wish me a Happy Anniversary. Then Jen called. Then Jordan. Then Anna, then Macy, then Hannah, then Morgan. And so it went for 17 phone calls.

Yes, my husband had arranged for 17 soccer gals to call and wish me a Happy 17th Anniversary. It was the sweetest thing ever. The girls kept saying things like, “Coach Copp has been talking about you all day.” and “Thanks for sharing your husband with us this weekend.”  It totally made my night (and totally kept me from washing dishes because who can wash dishes when the phone rings 17 times in a row?).

And that is why I made him a peach cobbler when he got home with 17 peaches from our peach tree. (Okay, just kidding, I don’t really know how many peaches I used, but 17 peaches sounded more romantic.)


  1. Jennifer says

    What a great husband! Fun to read this – I am also 38, and my husband and I also celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary this month!


    lisa Reply:

    WoW!!! How fun…I am ALSO 38 and ALSO married 17 years and ALSO to a MATT!!!Very cool stuff!!


  2. Michelle Johnson says

    I just wanted to wish you a Happy Anniversary! I am 1 yr behind you in age and anniversaries and have 3 boys. It sure seems that with all the ups and down of marriage on the whole it gets better with every year. Each year I am amazed at how I can love him even more than the year before. I think you and I are are among the lucky ones who have found the man God intended for us to be with. May God bless you and Matt with many more anniversaries. :^)


  3. Tracy says

    Thanks for offering 20 off. Although I am a little bummed since I just
    ordered the abc curriculum on thurs or Friday last week. I am new to your website,
    And I am so excited about trying your recipes!!! Happy anniversay!


  4. Kati says

    Just wondering when the actual day was…My husband and I were married on August 13, 1994, and enjoyed our 17th anniversary this past weekend. (Though I am only 35…I was a YOUNG bride at 18. :)

    Have enjoyed your blog for several months. First comment. :)


    Laura Reply:

    Yep, that was our big day too!!!!! Very fun!


  5. Amy T says

    Happy Anniversary! And thanks for all the hard work you do in providing us with such a great & resourceful website. I can now refer to you by first name to my husband and he knows who I’m talking about!!!

    I hope your busy week goes according to plan. Good Luck!


  6. Colean says

    How wonderful! And thanks for the discount! I’ve been on the fence about the tortilla e-book and now I’m going to make the plunge!


  7. Katie says

    Thanks for the discount, Laura! I’ve been hemming and hawing over buying LYL…LTS, and this was just the push I needed! Congrats on the wedding anniversary!


  8. Cindra says

    ~?~ HaPpY 38th BirThDaY Laura!! ~?~ HaPpY 17th Anniversary!
    God bless your new b-day & anniv. year in a mighty way!
    Thank you for all your great work in providing wonderful & helpful information to all of us!


    Cindra Reply:

    The “?” was suppose to show up as a heart, ;)


  9. says

    What a sweet and creative Hubby you have!!!! Thanks for sharing this touching story with us. Although I am not married to a “Matt”, my Hubby and I have been together for 17 years also!!!! Best years of my life! Thanks for such a great blog. I really enjoy reading it everyday.


  10. Samantha says

    So I may be a bit behind ( 20 years old, married 9 months =] ) But congrats and happy birthday! =]

    I did however make 4 loaves of your honey wheat bread, now I just need to figure out how to combine honey and butter to make… honey butter =] I never get the right amount of each in there and its too sweet or you can’t taste it =[


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