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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

8 years

Hard to believe that another year of marriage is behind us, but today marks 8 years since Brian and I said, "I do." It's crazy to think of all that we've packed into these 8 years, but as I was pulling up pictures from each of the past anniversaries, I started thinking about what season of life we were in at each particular time:

Wedding Day - 2007
There was this minor shift occurring in our lives at the time known as "getting married, living together for the first time, moving to a new city, and starting new jobs." We didn't have a clue what we were doing, but we were blissfully ignorant of that!

1st Anniversary - 2008
We survived the first year AND we were both employed! What I remember most about this season was that we were just starting to (finally) make some couple friends. We didn't have many during our first year of marriage, and we quickly learned how valuable it was to have other people in our same life stage to encourage us, challenge us, and, most importantly, hang out with us.

2nd Anniversary - 2009
By this point, we were clearly old pros at this marriage thing, so we decided just a month later to start trying to get pregnant at the end of the year. We were fully prepared to have a babysitter lined up for our 3rd anniversary, since clearly our efforts would be successful immediately. HA. We had no idea what the next year years would entail.

3rd Anniversary - 2010
Phew. Celebrating this milestone was quite an accomplishment as year 3 was full of a lot of twists and turns. In addition to discovering our infertility issues, we also decided to help plant a brand new church, which meant leaving Brian's job as a youth minister... and the income that came with it. We also moved out of our (free) house and bought our own house for the first time. Meanwhile, I moved into a new and much busier role at work.

In this anniversary picture, we had just gotten back from a trip to Mexico with friends, hence the impressive tans. That same month, we found out the Olivers were pregnant and paid a visit to the fertility specialist for the first time. 

4th Anniversary - 2011
I feel like this picture is telling because we look a little exhausted (although we were probably just squinting), but still happy. We took a trip to Seattle and found out shortly thereafter that yet another round of fertility treatments was unsuccessful, resulting in a short but much-needed break. Brian also found a new job unlike anything he had done before (moving from ministry to finance) and started there full-time right before this trip.

5th Anniversary - 2012
Pretty sure this will always be one of my favorite anniversaries, because this was the day before our IVF egg retrieval, aka, the day Colby and Clara came to be (in a petri dish)! After enduring a few years of heart ache, it makes me so happy to look at this picture and know that at the time, we had NO idea just how wonderfully our lives would change in the coming year.

 6th Anniversary - 2013
While we did celebrate our 6th anniversary, we unfortunately took no pictures together to document the occasion. And I thought it was so very fitting that the only pictures I could find from that day were of these two little pumpkins (who happened to turn 4 months old the next day). This pretty much sums up what our 6th year was all about!
7th Anniversary - 2014
With 16-month-olds in tow, we moved houses the weekend before our 7th anniversary last year. It wasn't as glamorous as some of the past celebrations, but with all that God had given us up to that point, who could complain? In our 8th year of marriage, much has been the same, save for the fact that we've been navigating the exhausting waters of parenting toddlers. 

It's safe to say that some of the years were more joyful than others, but I can say with confidence that each milestone has found our marriage stronger and more full, and I'm so thankful God saw it fit to have Brian accompany me for all the ups and downs. Happy 8th anniversary, Brian- here's to many more!


the blogivers said...

Good anniversary post - well done! Wade and I were just talking last night about all the things we've dealt with in (almost) 9 years of marriage... since we talked about all of it, I don't have to write the blog post now, right?

Brittnie said...

I loved reading this. . . Crazy all the ups and downs over the years, but I am thankful you guys are stronger for it!

Beth said...

Happy anniversary to a fantastic couple!

Brittany said...

Happy Anniversary!!! Great recap and great pictures!

Terrie said...

Happy anniversary to my favorite son and my favorite daughter in law! May you have many, many, many more happy years ahead. Love you both so much.

Emily said...

This is such a happy story it brought tears to my eyes! (Literal, actual tears.)

Allena said...

Isn't it great when life is normal? Others might call it boring, but I love the anniversaries that just remind me how blissfully normal our lives are - normal doesn't happen for a lot of people, so I never forget to be thankful! Happy anniversary!

Erika said...

Aww I love this!! What a fun recap!! Happy 8th!

Aubrey said...

Happy Anniversary!!

Natasha said...

Happy (belated) anniversary! I loved this recap.