My husband and I marked our 10th wedding anniversary last week. It passed with little fanfare, though we have promised dinner and movie to ourselves in the next week. What comes to mind when you celebrate an anniversary, of any kind? My mind streams a chaotic film of moments passed – the good, the hard, the insignificant, the defining. And what about the future? What do you think when you look ahead? We have do hopes for the future. There is anticipation at the good things ahead. But I can’t completely avoid my inclination to speculate on the hard things as well. What will the next 10 bring – cancer, loss, illness? In my mind, the future is as mixed as the present.
If only I kept a journal for marriage as I do for my son! Nevertheless, I created a short list of noteworthy events in the past 10 years of marriage. Like our lives, it is a bit disordered, unexpected, peppered with the good and the hard.
**Note: this list is by no means inclusive, nor does it include the unquantifiable moments, which are often the best. But this does help answer the question – what have we been doing the past 10 years??**
1 rental house
4 root canals
5 visits to Seaside, FL
1 life-altering diagnosis
2 tough mudders
2 mini marathons
2 pool liners
1 tree swing
6 family members passing
4 friends passing
12 family reunions
1 college degree
1 trip to Hawaii
4 couches (3 were hand-me-downs)
3 car accidents
~12 times Brian emptied Jen’s vomit bucket (a valuable number)
1 motorcycle (Brian sold to buy Jen’s engagement ring)
3 emergency room visits
What would make your list?
Blog Update! Upcoming posts in the works include:
- The Inadequacy of Words in Hard Times
- More from the Start with Bacon Food Series: Recipe for Light & Dark Peanut Butter Coconut Cups (no gluten/dairy/sugar/FODMAP)
I am especially excited about a series in the works – Courageous Conversations. This series will be a conversation with 4 different individuals experiencing physical brokenness in various ways, and how that brokenness has shaped their experience of God.
I so appreciate your interest in the stories here. And I welcome your feedback and ideas as we continue to grow and shape the blog in the coming months!