July 1, 2006 - We celebrated our FUN first year of marriage back at the resort we stayed at on our wedding night. I always think back on this year with such fondness. We had the best time figuring out this whole marriage thing - from staying up late playing old school Nintendo, to taking weekend trips to wherever we wanted to go! A great, joyous year.
July 1, 2007 - With two years of marriage under our belts, we were moving into the home we just built and medical school was starting in a month! Also, I had just accepted a job at the medical school. Things were exciting!
July 1, 2008 - Year 3! We always said we wanted to be married for at least 3 years before starting a family. We took an amazing anniversary trip to the Pacific Northwest/British Columbia in hopes that it would be the last trip as a family of 2.
July 1, 2009 - Four year anniversary, with a precious 1 month old baby in tow! We were high on life, and soaring on love! Darin was half way through medical school and we decided I would stay home with Levi. So much change this year, but so very exciting!
July 1, 2010 - 5 years!! Just trucking along with life. Nothing huge happened, and that's what made it so nice. We were living and loving life as our sweet little family of three, and our quiet life was just ... peaceful.
July 1, 2011 - Medical school graduation (!!!) happened a month before and while July 1st was our 6th year anniversary, it was also the start date of residency. Phew, that was a tough year. 1st year residency is a beast. BUT, a month later we had a super exciting announcement that kept me busy with all year!
July 1, 2012 - 7 years married and now a family of FOUR!! We welcomed our second bundle of precious baby boy a few months earlier and life felt perfect. Residency eased up, and we finally got to see more of Darin! A great, normal year navigating the path of parenthood.
July 1, 2013 - Eighth year with my guy and super excited that the end of this journey to become a doctor was almost over. Until .... we feel he's called to do a sports medicine fellowship. Cue fellowship hunting, interviewing, applying, and flying all over the U.S. trying to decide where God wanted us next. Crazy. Year.
July 1, 2014 - We wake up, kiss each other and say, "happy 9th anniversary!", and then we each hop in a car and drive across the country toward our new home in Erie, Pennsylvania. Residency graduation was a few weeks prior, and we sold our beloved first home. This was definitely an anniversary to remember. Excited and terrified, this was the biggest change in our lives to date. But, we were together. That's all we needed.
July 1, 2015 - Today. Ten years. What a year to remember! Our marriage blossomed to new levels this year as we leaned on one another through so much change. I can't express how grateful I am for having experienced it and through it all, seeing God's sovereign provision for us in each and every facet of our lives. Here we are again, preparing for another move across the country, and imminent change enveloping our lives. And yet again, I find myself holding Darin's hand and taking the leap of faith with perfect peace ... because I'm with him. There's no where else I'd rather be.
What a ride the first 10 were. Can't wait for the next! ❤️