Thursday, August 5, 2010

Has It Been That Long Already?

Newlyweds become oldyweds, and oldyweds are the reasons that families work.

Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun.
~Ecclesiastes 9:9, ESV

Highlights through our years:
  • 2000: our honeymoon :)
  • 2001: Benjamin - our first son and our ineptness (aka Attachment Parenting)
  • 2002: you started seminary
  • 2003: Lily Ann - our first daughter
  • 2004: our trip to Seattle (Ben: "But where's Attle? I want to see her!")
  • 2005: Abraham and Miriam - our first set of twins
  • 2006: our notorious trip to Florida - the breakdown(s) on I-95, the stinky water, the love bugs (ewww), and hiding morning sickness from relatives
  • 2007: Eden - our first chuckley baby -AND- our first family trip to Maine
  • 2008: Jonathan - our first kid to take 9 months to sit b/c he couldn't stop crawling -AND- you finished seminary!
  • 2009: our year in Montana
  • 2010: Gideon and Salem - our first set of twins born at term -AND- your ordination!!!
I'm realizing most of these years are peppered with the births of children. But it's not their momentous births that I remember so well (as you say, women forget what birth is like all too quickly). It's all the stuff in between - the thousands of tickles, kissed owies, nights on the porch after the children are in bed, gifts of iced coffee just when I most need them, Netflix or Hulu that I sleep through, midnight runs for pregnancy tests, 1 1/2 mile hikes that take all afternoon with children, late-night running in a quiet world, mad scrambles for the checkbook or the check or my keys or the cell phone or their shoes, homemade sleds, 5-day road trips, the wonder of a Redwood tree, stolen vehicles, 6-yr. olds and their reading lights, choruses of "broccoli, celery, gotta be ... Wedgie Tales!" - the way you carry on, carry me on, and carry our family on. Nothing has been too much for you. You've never said (out loud), "I don't want this...I hate this...why can't things be like they were before..." You've always embraced the day and helped me to smile at it, too.

I'm not sure that ten years qualifies us as "oldyweds," but I love the thought of being oldywed with you.

God has lavished goodness upon me through you. I love you.


  1. Congratulations you two!! God's blessing on the two of you as your grow to 'oldlyweds'!!

  2. Kathy, Mary, and Andrea,

    Thank you :)

    Aren't we all blessed to be in the Happy Wives Club?

  3. I remember when you started dating... and I remember you coming to thank me for NOT coming to "get the news on things" from you... and I remember thinking that you two matched each other so nicely.. I know it is a little late, but congratulations on making the first 10 years so fascinating to read about! Can't wait to see what happens with the next 50!


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