"Of course my initial reaction was, 'We're not married,'" she said. "It was an awful feeling."
Especially, she said, since they will be celebrating their seven-year anniversary Monday.
Balog said her mind was flooded with scenarios of what that could mean: Was she married? What would have happened if one of them had died during that time period? Were there legal ramifications for this?
Brazos County Clerk Karen McQueen said she's never heard of the mistake being made, but that there was a possibility it did and employees stepped up and fixed the problem on their own.
However, finding the mistake does trigger a review of files to ensure no other errors have been made, she said.
But the mistake doesn't change the marital status, she said. The couple is still married as long as it's filed with the county.
"We get them four to five years later that people forgot to bring in to begin with," she said.
"We hate it happened, but people make mistakes," she said. "Sometimes you have employees that are just not on top of things like they should be.”
Balog said was astonished and upset when she first found out. However, once the relief came, there were the jokes that came about with friends and family that "you still have time to reconsider," she said laughing.
But it's not a decision she would change, she said, adding she was happy the state would soon recognize her marriage.