long short years ago, we tied the knot. 9 years on the 9th…isn’t that like our golden anniversary or something? Here’s one of my favorite pictures from our wedding:
On our early anniversary dinner a couple of weeks ago, we went through year by year and wrote down some of the most memorable events, good and bad, and things that changed us and made us who we are as a couple. It’s a good thing we had that nice dinner a few weeks ago, because tonight we’re having spaghetti here at home with the kids, which just screams of romance. Anyway, here are a few of the items on our list…
* Got married (duh) and went on our honeymoon, which included a hurricane while on a cruise ship. Good times.
* Our apartment, which we were so eager to leave…why was that again? Oh yes, because we really wanted to grow up.
* Buying a new couch with some wedding moolah, and hauling the old Goodwill one to the dumpster late one night (it weighed like 1407 pounds). Matt wanted to invest all of the wedding cash, and I won, saying that there was no way we were having company over if they had to sit on that couch.
* Finding our first church home here, West County Christian Church, where we met great friends like the Pribishes, the Swinigans, the Willmeths, the Greenes and the Smiths.
* Y2K! Ack! The sky is falling! Er, maybe not. Jeremy and Kelly, friends from Effingham who actually lived one apartment complex over from us in STL, came over on New Year’s Eve to play cards and smoke cigars (Kelly, didn’t we actually try to do that too? So gross.) The guys drank “chamorgan,” a drink undeserving of further explanation. They thought it was very funny.
* Rams win the Superbowl, and STL goes crazy! Fun parade downtown, though we vow to never attend a celebration like that in person again. It took like 13 hours to get back home. I may or may not be exaggerating.
* George W. Bush was elected – we stayed up half the night watching results, and finally went to bed when we realized we wouldn’t know anytime soon.
* I discovered ebay, and started selling everything that wasn’t nailed down in our apt.
* Started house hunting!
* Bought our first car as a married couple, a Chevy Malibu. It rocked (that’s a joke). We drove it straight to Branson (woo-hoo!) for our first anniversary.
* Matt got a new job (the bank he’s at currently). He started traveling with some regularity, which I hated. Lots of trips to Iowa.
* REALLY started house hunting, this time with a realtor. Bought our first home! It was so cute and we were really proud of it! I still miss that little house.
* I quit my job as a private therapist for a preschooler with autism.
* 9/11. I was unemployed. Finally got a job and started work on our second anniversary. It was a nightmare of a job, and I kept it for 6 months.
* LEAVES. SO MANY FREAKING LEAVES. We failed to notice that our cute new house with the nice yard had 5 oak trees that were probably 50 years old. All we did for two months was rake.
* We’re having a baby! Next thought for me: I have to push this thing out! Waaah! Oh, and I have to tell my new boss of one week that I’m having a baby. Cool.
* When I was 4 months pregnant, we got a new air conditioner at our house when ours broke. Matt calls it “the air conditioner from God” because our home warranty, which was about to expire, actually paid for the entire thing. If you’ve ever dealt with a home warranty, you know that they aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.
*We became parents! Luke was born in December.
* I transitioned to part-time at my job, we found a great babysitter, and I had a sweet gig for the next almost-4 years.
* Bought a new house! On my birthday of all days! Matt’s parents were here with us that day, when we were looking “just for fun.” I had doubts after moving, because I missed our old house/location so much.
* Our pastor was fired, and we decided to find a new church. It’s where we go now.
* Chicago trip for our anniversary.
* Pregnant again!
* Ugh. We bought a minivan. I couldn’t live without it now, though!
* Started small group with some of the greatest couples on earth, including the Stuarts and the Greenes.
* My mom was diagnosed with cancer.
* My brother Jake moved in with us, and stayed for about 3-4 months. We loved it!
* Luke had a bout of 6th Cranial Nerve Palsy, which totally freaked me out (especially in light of my mom’s new-at-the-time diagnosis) and led to him having to have a CT scan. Basically, his eye started turning inward one morning without any warning, and it stayed that way for a couple of weeks. Scary stuff. Everything was a-ok; it was caused by a virus.
* Matt’s dream comes true, when the Illini men’s basketball team makes it to the Final Four. HERE IN ST. LOUIS.
* Not second in importance to that, but two days after the championship game, Bennett was born!
* Matt turned 30, and I threw a surprise party for him. And he was really surprised!
* A new air conditioner at this house. ‘Cept this one wasn’t from God, it was from our own pocketbook.
* Whole Pals family trip to Dallas, where my cousin David got married.
* Pals family trip to Table Rock Lake…such a great time!
* Then, onto Lake Delavan, for the boys’ first trip up there, with all of the Diehl family (and our “getting to know you” game!). Another fun vacation!
* Another anniversary trip to Chicago for Matt and me; we stayed on Michigan Avenue one night, which was incredible.
* Cardinals win the World Series!
* My other brother, Zach, moved in with us, for about 6 months. Again, it was awesome.
* I became a SAHM.
* Pregnant again! Woo hoo!
* First ER trip with one of the boys for an injury – Bennett fell carrying a Disney “Cars” toy (Chick Hicks, who’s a bad guy anyway) and had to get his wound glued back together.
* Family retreat with church friends to Pinecrest, which was really fun.
* Another trip to Lake Delavan, too!
* Jack Henry was born!
* Started blogging.
* Remodeled our bathroom.
* Bought a Wii! Such fun. But, mama’s about to put the kibosh on all games that are sedentary. This is not going to go over well, especially with child #1.
* Started helping to facilitate the young marrieds group at our church.
* My mom passed away on July 7th, marking the end of a long, hard-fought battle.
* Much-needed vacation to the lake and The Dells.