10 Years Ago…

It was a cloudy, scattered rain showers kind of day.  I spent the day in preparation and arrived at the art museum early in the evening for outdoor pictures.  I remember laughing and smiling and hoping for the clouds to stay in the distance for just another hour or so.  The music began at 7, a string trio that sat inside the restaurant because of the rain threat, and oh how lovely it was!   I walked down the garden path at 7:30 to my Soul Mate and said, “I do!”

We greeted the last guest in the receiving line as the skies opened up in thunderstorms for the rest of the night.  We ate good food, drank good wine, danced, and thoroughly enjoyed the celebration with our family and friends.

The next day, we jetted off to Paris for our honeymoon (on a strict budget, lol.)

9 Years Ago…

James was working full-time and in school full-time.  I worked as a chemist and hated my job.  I loved coming home to my husband and our sweet little black puppy dog.

8 Years Ago…

We celebrated our newly expanded family.  Alex was born in April and brought so much joy into our lives!   I changed jobs so I could work from home as a medical transcriptionist while tending to the needs of our little one.

7 Years Ago…

James graduated with a BA in Political Science magna-cum-laude.  He took the LSATs and was headed to law school.  We enjoyed the summer off from school and spending time together as a family.

6 Years Ago…

We had made our roots in North Carolina and had the first year of law school behind us.  We weathered a cold winter with an ice-storm that left us without heat or electricity for 11 days.  James studied for his first round of law school finals by candlelight at the kitchen table.  We loved taking weekend trips to the beach and shopping at various farmer’s markets.

5 Years Ago…

Our family grew again with Jackson being born in September.  We moved across town from the apartment to a duplex that was closer to campus a mere month or so before his arrival.  James loved that little duplex.  We had crazy neighbors, big scary bugs, and a beautiful family of deer that munched the grass in the front yard every morning.

4 Years Ago…

James graduated from University of North Carolina School of Law!  What an accomplishment!  He carried Alex across the stage when he received his degree.  James spent the summer working with a local lawyer and studying for the BAR.  I quit my medical transcription job to fully embrace being a stay-at-home-mom.  I coached little league soccer with Jackson in a carrier on my back and chauffeured Alex to playschool and James to work everyday.

3 Years Ago…

We lived in Texas for a short time.  James took a job in sales and we treasured all the time we were able to spend with his side of the family.  We embraced our faith and were confirmed in the Catholic Church.  I began homeschooling Alex.

2 Years Ago…

We found ourselves back home again in Indiana.  James found a better job teaching legal research at 3 nearby universities.  We welcomed our 3rd blessing, Isabella.  James caught her at  the foot of our bed in the apartment after a very short labor.

1 Year Ago…

We began to truly embrace family. We moved out the apartment into a great house with a yard.  We mourned the loss of grandparents.  We began appreciating all the simple things in life that really mean the most.    We’ve enjoyed sharing our hobbies together as a family with James focusing on bushcraft and the great outdoors and me focusing on the domestic arts of sewing, knitting, and baking.

And NOW…

We’re celebrating 10 years, not only as husband and wife, but also as a family.  We’re preparing to welcome our 4th blessing this autumn and look forward to what the next 10 years have in store for us.  To think, it all started with a note passed in the hallway at school when I was merely 13 years old!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY JAMES!!!

I LOVE YOU!


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