June 12, 2014 by greenhouse04
Here’s ANOTHER post about our ten years of marriage! This one looks back to see where we were each year.
YEAR ZERO: Wedding!
On Saturday afternoon on June 12, 2004, I walked down a church aisle in Kansas toward the man waiting at the end, the love of my life. After saying our vows, we kissed for the very first time!
YEAR ONE: College Graduates!
After marrying, Mr. did an internship at a rural church in Kansas for the summer, then we finished our last year at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago together. For our first anniversary, we ate at a high-end American restaurant in Chicago, right next to the pond where we got engaged. Our total bill was over $150!
YEAR TWO: China!
Finished with college, we exercised our freedom and youth and went to China to teach English for a year. Our second anniversary was celebrated at a “Western” restaurant, eating “steak.”
YEAR THREE: Kansas!
We returned to my hometown in Kansas and Mr. got a job at Office Max and I did home health. We enjoyed our cozy little apartment and started trying for a family. In the midst of that, however, my appendix burst and left me “wallpapered” with scar tissue (to quote my fertility specialist).
YEAR FOUR: First Church!
Right around the time we celebrated our fourth anniversary, Mr. applied for his first pastoral position at a small church in rural Kansas. Two months later, we were asked to come and minister there! We’ve been there every since, and love it still.
YEAR FIVE: Big Decision
One month before our fifth anniversary, Mr. told me “Let’s do foster care.” We’d been praying and talking about what path to take to parenthood, and he was finally the one to make the decision. Hearing those words took away the stress I felt and gave me faith that this was the path God had for us.
YEAR SIX: Finally Parents
Our sixth anniversary found us four months into becoming foster parents to “Jake” and “Ellie”. Wow, what a lot of painful growing those months had seen!
YEAR SEVEN: A Family
We didn’t know it for sure then, but we were finally a family! We had welcomed “Eddie” and “Emma” into our home 8 months previously, and we were another 10 months away from adopting them.
Homeschooling Eddie, the addition of Baby M… each year seems to bring new adventures. I wonder what our eleventh year will bring?