Life seems to be pretty sweet for the original Bachelorette, Trista Sutter.
In 2003, Trista met her future husband, Ryan Sutter, 40, on the first season of the hit ABC reality show 'The Bachelorette' and the couple wed in a lavish, televised ceremony that December.
"I went on ‘The Bachelorette’ because I wanted to have fun — and it was! It was a life-changing experience for me," Trista, 42, said of starring on the show in an exclusive interview with 'Closer.'
Trista and Ryan on 'The Bachelorette' in 2003. (Photo Credit: Getty)
"I’m proud of [how] we met. I love what we have [the show] as our history. I feel like we were just meant to be," she added.
Since then, the couple — who have been married for 11 years! — have welcomed two children, a son Max, 7, and a daughter, Blakesley, 5, and relocated their family to Vail, Colo.
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"Every year we love each other more. We’ve been through hard times, where we’re not getting along and life is rough. But every year we realize how lucky we are that we’ve been able to be together this long," Trista told 'Closer.'
Trista, Ryan, Max and Blakesley. (Photo Credit: Morgan Matters)
"I love seeing him as a dad. I’m just so proud of him. He’s my favorite person. So to be able to see his children cherish him as much as I do is really special," she said.
The busy wife and mom-of-two is currently promoting the new paperback version of her book, 'Happily Ever After: The Life-Changing Power of a Grateful Heart,' which hit bookstores on Tuesday, Dec. 30.
"I’m really excited to be able to continue the conversation about gratitude," she said of the book's rerelease. "I'm very proud of it and am excited to leave it as a legacy for my kids."
To purchase a copy of Trista's book, click here.
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