Tuesday, June 14, 2016

PAWsome Behavior

Yesterday, Nathaniel was awarded a Certificate of "PAW"some Behavior for the fourth quarter. He mentioned it to me a few weeks ago that his teacher submitted his name for the award for behaving and focusing on the tasks during music class when everyone else was being disruptive. I praised him for doing the right thing but I didn't expect that there would be an actual small ceremony for it. I am very glad that his hard work and good behavior are getting recognition other than from us.

Monday, June 13, 2016

White Sox: Team Pictures

Earlier this month, I volunteered to take Nathaniel's tee ball team and individual photos. I wasn't pleased with his soccer pictures last season and the same photographer offered to do them again this year. We let the family choose and they picked me! 

And what was Amelia doing while I was taking pictures? Play with sand, of course. The team mom kept an eye on her to make sure she was staying safe. But seriously, place this girl on a pile of dirt/sand and she will stay put. And you bet we bathe them outside that evening after letting them play with water for a while. Sooooo much sand.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Eighth Year Anniversary

This past year, we faced what probably is the most difficult and complicated situation in our married life thus far. And while we came out of it slightly stronger and more flawed, we had let each other further into our hearts than we had let anyone before. I know things he wishes he could hide. And he sees the things that I am ashamed of. It was like getting to know this completely new person even though we had shared a life together for more than a decade. It was both terrifying and relieving at the same time.

This was also the year I decided to face my own demons. Not because my husband wasn't enough. Trust me, with the help of God, he was more than enough. I would stare into this deep, dark, bottomless pit and knew it could swallow me whole. But I also knew deep inside that he could always pull me out. That I can rely on him to always be my anchor. However, it was time I remove the unwarranted burden I had placed upon him. If I wasn't careful, it could swallow us both.

And through all these struggles and difficult-to-live-with moments, my husband never yelled, pushed me too hard or leave. Instead, he granted me grace. Grace that I didn't deserve. He saw my imperfections. My flaws. And he understood how I saw myself: damaged goods. And yet, my husband chooses to love those faults as completely and wholly as he loves the good. He sees the whole me. And he still loves me. I never fully understood the verse, "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church..." (Ephesians 5:25) until this very moment.

This past year was about discovery and acceptance. Honesty and forgiveness. Grace and love. This year was about choosing each other and fighting for each other more than we have ever done before. And with God by our side, I am positive we can face whatever curveball life decides to throw us this coming new year.

Happy anniversary, love.

2008: Wedding Day
2009: First Year Anniversary
2010: Second Year Anniversary
2011: Third Year Anniversary
2012: Fourth Year Anniversary
2013: Fifth Year Anniversary
2014: Sixth Year Anniversary
2015: Seventh Year Anniversary
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