Fifteen years ago today, a boy and a girl went to a high school football game together. It was their first date.

1997 - Dan and Jen - Photobooth

One year later, they started college together.

2000 - Cheerleading - Basketball - Jen and Dan

Four years later, they graduated.

2001-05-19 Graduation - Dan and Jen kiss

A year after that, they got married.

Dans Wedding 029

Two years later, they bought their first house.

2004-04-23 House - Front

Three years later, they had a baby.

proud papa

Margaret "Maggie" Elise Lyker

Mommy and Maggie

Two years after that, they moved to a new house.

Our House

One year later, another baby arrived.

holding baby sister

Audrey Lynn

And now, a year later, we’re hitting fifteen years. Nearly half of our lives, spent together. I love him. I love our life. I love our girls.

And you know- we still love football :)



  1. Kris

    September 20, 2011 9:44 am

    Awesome! Congrats on 15 wonderful years together! :)

  2. Wendy

    September 20, 2011 9:58 am

    Congratulations! You two totally look the same from 15 years ago!

  3. Meghan

    September 20, 2011 10:10 am

    So cute!! Such an inspiration to see a couple so happy after that many years (and with small children)!!

  4. keli

    September 20, 2011 10:29 am

    happy anniversary!!! 15 years is a LONG time! i’m not sure i can hold out with ken that long. HA

  5. HereWeGoAJen

    September 20, 2011 10:33 am

    Happy first date anniversary! Matt and I have been together for fifteen years too.

  6. bessie.viola

    September 20, 2011 10:39 am

    This is SO cute! I love it… 15 years is such a milestone. Congratulations!

  7. Nichole

    September 20, 2011 10:42 am

    so cute!! and you both still look the same as in 1996!! lucky!!

  8. tyler aiken

    September 20, 2011 11:43 am

    funny how Dan hasn’t aged a day… :)

  9. Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks

    September 20, 2011 12:24 pm

    I love your love story! And the circularity around football is awesome! Happy happy!!!

    • Jen

      September 20, 2011 9:16 pm

      ha yeah that was a total accident- I was trying to find the most recent picture of all of us (there are not many, unfortunately!) and that was it :)

  10. Sunshine

    September 20, 2011 12:37 pm

    Love it. :)

  11. Nicole

    September 20, 2011 5:10 pm

    Fabulous! I love it. Still can’t get over the new house though. It’s amazing!

  12. Stefanie

    September 20, 2011 5:46 pm

    Congrats, Jen and Dan!!! It’s been 10 years for us and while it wasn’t our first date, we officially hung out together at a high school football game for the very first time. :)

  13. Jesabes

    September 20, 2011 6:51 pm

    Happy Anniversary! I always forget our first-date anniversary. I have a hard enough time remembering the wedding one!

  14. Dave (Scrumpy Daddy)

    September 20, 2011 10:54 pm

    :-) Perfect.

    Congrats on those 15 years!

  15. Elizabeth

    September 20, 2011 11:24 pm

    What a delightful 15 years! Congrats!

  16. Melissa

    September 21, 2011 8:15 am

    I agree with everyone else, you guys haven’t aged. :) Here’s to the next fun-filled fifteen years, and beyond!

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