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

Monday, April 25, 2016

Tee Ball 2016: White Sox

This year is Nathaniel's second season of playing tee ball. And we are the Chicago White Sox! My husband is also the head coach and I don't think I am being biased when I say it's a better team this year. Hubs really focuses on teaching the fundamentals and making sure all the children follow them at all times. And when Nathaniel follows the basics, his hits go farther and throws are on point. Nathaniel still has his heart set on being a goal keeper in soccer but he begins to enjoy himself once on the baseball field.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Easter 2016

This year was Hubby's first Easter with us since Amelia joined our family. (It also fell on his 30th birthday!) We took the kids egg hunting and tagged team them by splitting--I went with Nathaniel at the 3-6 year olds and Dean went with Amelia at the 2 and under hunt. Nathaniel did awesome this year and got quite a bit for his loot. There were a lot of children present as it was the egg hunt for the entire town of Jacksonville. 

And I am super proud of Amelia. Per Hubs, Amelia only picked up two eggs. However, there was another younger child nearby crying because he wasn't able to get any. Amelia asked her Dada if she could give one of two eggs to the little boy. Amelia is only two years old but she is already teaching us about compassion, love and concern for others.
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