Thursday, July 08, 2010

Where We Were

1 Year Ago: Sitting at the Blacksmith Restaurant, contemplating what it would be like to have 2 boys in our family.

2 Years Ago: Finally feeling "in the groove" as parents and so appreciative of the wonderful community of friends we enjoy in Bend.

3 Years Ago: Just home from the hospital with tiny, baby Owen (and I think take-out pizza). We had no idea how the energy in our home would forever be changed.

4 Years Ago: Recently returned from a much anticipated trip to Belize; talking about starting a family.

5 Years Ago: Just moved to Bend and then promptly returning to Washington. I spent the evening at Carole's Wedding Rehersal and Scott was at Brian's Bachelor Party.

6 Years Ago: Really settled and enjoying our house, friends, and community in Seattle. Thrilled that Scott had recently escaped a very draining job and exploring if we could work for the same company (ultimately not a sweet idea, but the commute was much more enjoyable!)

7 Years Ago: "Enjoying" one very lame celebratory dinner that still brings us laughs today. Quickly getting over it because we were in Hawaii for a week for Sheri's wedding. Preparing to scour the pet shelters when we got home for our first dog - Hudson!

8 Years Ago: New homeowners. Just brought home the tiniest kitten (Cisco), who was small enough to walk under our couch. Occassionally feeling overwhelmed by the responsiblity of caring for that little creature. (Overwhelmed by a cat - seriously? I guess times have changed.) Within a month, recruiting a friend for that fast growing kitty - Pippin.

9 Years Ago: Taking advantage of the long 4th of July weekend to spend some time in... Canada. Summer vacation on the cheap in Whistler.

10 Years Ago: Bundles of nerves, mountains of excitement, oodles of optimism, and the stunned look of two "kids" seeing each other on either end of a chruch aisle. We stood before more family and friends than will ever be gathered in one place and committed to tackle the adventure of life together.

Life is not easy. Marriage is not easy. Parenting is not easy. But the victories are sweeter when you have someone to share them with. Whether we're celebrating major milestones, wrestling with major decisions, struggling to find our footing, laughing at the absurdity of it all, or collapsing in exhaustion at the end of the day... there's nobody I'd rather be facing life's challenges with. I love you babe!

Let's give this marriage thing a shot for another 10 years.

P.S. Today: Preparing for lovely dinner out, contemplaing what's next for each of us and our family, and looking forward to a kid-free week in Mexico come September.


Peg said...

Wow A & S - so happy to have prayed and cheered along the way. How CAN it be 10 years? Yeeesh.

Katie said...

Wow - I can't believe it has been 10 years!! I kept waiting for the next number to be the wedding day...starting at around 6 years ago. How time flies. Congratulations!!!

Anonymous said...

Ten years already, that sure makes me feel old - it makes me reflect on my last ten years - we've added a daughter-in-law, son-in-law, FOUR grandbabies, moved into two new houses (no more), and bought our river house - wow, lots happens in ten years. Uncle Tommy and I celebrated 36 years of marriage this year - CONGRATULATIONS on 10 great years and wonderful memories to both of you. Aunt Tracey

angie said...

congratulations!! you've done well..a great husband, cute family,and a good life. :)

Carrie and Brandon said...

Congrats on 10 years~ I loved your list! We should all make these sorts of lists of things we're thankful for, things we remember~ just to remind ourselves of all the goodness we've experienced. And what a coincidence...Brandon and I are looking forward to a kid-free week in Mexico in October!! :-)

Katie said...

10 years already?! Congrats to you both! I remember what a beautiful wedding yours was and how much fun I had at the reception. Hard to believe that was 10 years ago! Such a great list and so nice to reflect back to celebrate hardships and success! Ya'll have come a long way together in 10 years! Have fun in Mexico in Sept. I am jealous - Jeremy and I would love to get away from it all for a little while!!

Carmen Goetschius said...

I'm a little teared up... What a lovely post. So glad to be one amongst many who are inspired and cheered by this lovely, growing family. xoxoxo

Congratulations on the first 10 years. Excited to see what the next 10 will hold!