three months down…

only 204 months to go, at least.

and for some reason i am thinking that’s all this post needs. it sort of speaks for itself. especially if you live nearby and see us and the kids frequently.

no complaining, it’s just a long road. one that some days seems like it will take longer than 204 months. and one that on other days seems like it’s going to be traveled way too quickly.

none the less, it’s our road, and no matter what obstacles we run into, we know the journey will be great.

could it get any better than this?

it used to be cool when a guy would slip you a note in 7th grade. or take you to a movie and look silly while he was trying to figure out how to hold your hand without making it obvious that he was trying to figure out how to hold your hand. now after 5 years of marriage, it’s really cool when your husband writes a post about you on his blog. so, i have to direct you here. he’s just great!

and we had a great night away last night. the poor people that we are now, we were only able to travel to a hotel 7 minutes from home, but it really did feel like a trip far off somewhere. we ate dinner out, went swimming in the hotel pool, and went out for ice cream. we slept in and had a good hotel breakfast. we watched a family with 5 children eating together and we were thankful for the break from our 3. you always hear people say getting away every once in a while is a very good thing and now we can testify to that. it’s only been 3 months, but the break was needed already.

and, we needed time to be just us.

and we had a really good time.

thanks baby.

looking forward to next year!

happy anniversary

five years.

five years ago today, josh and i got married.

five years.

it’s almost hard to believe.

ten years.

ten years ago, josh graduated from high school.

the reunion is tomorrow. not dreading it, but not looking forward to it much either.

three months.

on Sunday, it will be three months since the kids came home.

the five years and the three months really jump out at me. our marriage is stronger now, we are closer now, than we’ve been before. in some ways that’s surprising because the last three years have been the most challenging. full of challenges that would drive some marriages apart. thankfully though, the Lord has used all of our trials, to build us up.

our daughter and i spent some time watching our wedding video recently. my eyes filled with tears as i listened to the pastors talk about how God brought us together for a purpose. how He has a plan we can’t see, but He will use us to build His Kingdom. how He created us invidually, and how He made us into a couple, to bring Him glory. and i watched the video with my daughter. five years ago i could have never imagined where we would be. i always wanted to be a mother, but never dreamed of it happening the way it has.

and i never could have imagined the way God has chosen to use us in other areas of life as well. He has provided us with amazing opportunities to be involved in work for His Kingdom. and He has shown us together that living this life for Him is what life is all about.

and He has given me a best friend in my spouse. i wasn’t sure in the beginning if i’d literally be able to say that someday. today i can say it for sure. our marriage is good and strong and safe and fun and stable and growing. and i couldn’t ask for me.

thank you josh for five great years. i am looking forward to the next five. and the five after that, and the five after that, and on and on.

happy anniversary.

i love you.

the birthday club

i turned 30 on june 23rd of this year. i felt 30 that day, maybe even a few days before that. but, today, i feel completely 30. my friend anne is 30 today. she is one of my best friends from jr. high and high school.

there were four of us. anne, alyssa, rachel, and me. we are all 30 now. and for some reason, as of today, 30 feels complete to me. there’s just something about knowing we’ve all reached the same milestone.

happy birthday annie. 30. can you believe it?