Today is November 11th, and it’s also my wedding anniversary! Shelby and I have been married for 10 years today. I can’t believe it. Time goes by SO VERY FAST. I guess this is a little bit about what we’ve been up to these last 10 years:
Shelby and I met in college. We were both in the marching band. We were dating other people when we met, but the stars aligned and somehow we were both single.. and we just clicked. If God has a plan, He makes it work out! We dated for about a year, and then Shelby joined the Navy and shipped off to boot camp. We were engaged before he left, and had plans to get married later the next year. After he graduated from bootcamp, we started to realize what the military was like, and how important it was for us to be married – for the purpose of orders and duty stations. He graduated bootcamp on October 13, 2006 and we were married on November 11, 2006. (We picked 11/11/06 because he was able to be off work because of Veteran’s Day) It all happened very fast, but we were happy and excited to get married.
I didn’t graduate college until December, so during that time apart Shelby was stationed in Virginia Beach, VA. After I graduated, I joined him in Virginia and we lived there for approximately 6 months. It was our first apartment, first time “on our own”, my first time away from home.. it was an experience! ha! I messed up so many dinners, but he still ate them. He ate them even when I wouldn’t eat them..haha. I remember being so stressed out about everything needing to work out JUST RIGHT. So thankful I’ve calmed down a little since then.
We left Virginia Beach and moved to Jacksonville, FL. We lived there for 3 years. I had my first “real” job out of college there, we had our first anniversary there, our first baby there, we made lots of great memories there. We really enjoyed living in Jacksonville, and we were so sad to leave. I made my first military friends there, and I’m still friends with those girls today! I think because we had a lot of our firsts there, our firsts as a family, that it felt like our home for quite a while after we left.
After we left Jacksonville, we moved to Honolulu, HI. We lived in Hawaii for 4 years. We saw so many amazing things, experienced so many amazing things, and made so many amazing memories and friends there. Kate was born there, and while we lived there I was able to be a stay at home mom, which I loved. We lived in Hawaii longer than we’ve lived anywhere else so far, and I don’t know if I can speak for both of us, but I really really really missed Hawaii when we left. Tristan was so young when we moved there, that living in Hawaii was all he really knew.. and the same for Kate. It was such a special time, and it’s something we couldn’t have done without the military, so I’m very thankful for those 4 years!
Shelby decided to follow his dreams and go back to school. So, a little over 2 years ago we left Hawaii and moved to Mississippi. (are you keeping track? haha) This move was hard for us. We had to change so many things about the way we lived our lives, and although we were closer to family than we were living in Hawaii, we were still far from all our friends and all our family. It was a hard transition for sure, but it has been all part of God’s plan! Now that we are 2 years in to our “4 year tour” of Mississippi, we are feeling confident in our plans and our life.. and things feel so much better! We had quite a few first here too. Tristan started Kindergarten here, Kate started pre-school here, Shelby had to go BACK to school and get into that mentality, I started a wonderful job at a University that I never thought would happen, I started working towards my Master’s Degree, and we’ve truly made so many great memories in the short time we’ve been here! Shelby just finished up a 6 month internship in Seattle, Wa.. and during that time we were separated as a family, but we are so thankful to be back together and to work towards making the next 10 years some of the best years of our lives!
This is obviously the abbreviated version, but we’ve literally been all over the place, we’ve seen and done so many things, and through it all we’ve stayed together and every year I feel like we grow stronger and stronger as a couple. We have grown up so much in the last 10 years. I look back at who I was at 22 years old, and I wonder how on earth I did the things I did. 22 years old seems so young to me now. I’m thankful to my parents for preparing me so well to go out into the world and to survive on my own.
I’m so thankful for the life God has blessed us with. I’m so thankful for the trials we went through, and so thankful for the gifts He’s given us in our children. Our life has not been easy really, especially when I’m thinking back to what we’ve done the last 10 years, but somehow we’ve made it through the other side. There are definitely different seasons of marriage, and we’ve survived those too. I know there are more seasons to come. I’m so proud of us for making it this far, and for working so hard, and for hitting each season of this marriage and our lives without skipping too many beats. We never anticipate anything will be easy, and I’m so thankful we have never given up along the way!
I’m so proud to say that today I’m celebrating my TEN YEAR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY. I remember looking back to our first year of marriage and ten years looked so far away. Well, we’re here now!
I love you, Shelby! Thank you for putting up with me these last 10 years!