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A Big Adventure

10 years ago today I started out on a trip to begin the biggest adventure of my life… Marriage.

We left for Las Vegas on Wednesday March 26th. My red Pontiac Grand Am was packed tight with wedding decorations, luggage, tons of road snacks and laying gently on the very top my wedding dress. It was only 3 short days away from our wedding day.

I was so excited to start that road trip to start the biggest adventure of my life.

I didn’t know then how hard the road ahead of us was going to be at times. I wasn’t thinking about endometriosis and infertility at that time those words had never crossed my mind. I also didn’t know how great this adventure was going to be. I didn’t comprehend what it was going to be like ten years later when the same person can still make me laugh with just a look. I didn’t truly understand what it meant to have someone love me at my worst times.

Needless to say that drive was just the beginning. I am so glad we are still traveling in the same direction together.

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It’s fall in Wisconsin. The air is crisp, the colors are changing, and this weekend the sun was shining although the temperature was cool.

Fall is my absolute favorite season. I love EVERYTHING about fall. I love snuggling up on the couch with a warm blanket, I love the sound of crunchy leaves under my feet, I love hot cocoa, sweatshirts & jeans, Carmel apples and apple pie. I love fall television premiers, wearing cute boots, reading in front of the fire, going to the pumpkin patch.

I also love getting our annual fall family picture taken. Seeing new photos on my mantel makes me smile all winter long. And I think we got a great one this year!

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I’m so happy with how they turned out and I’m even more excited about all the exciting fall things we have planned in the weeks to come!

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Parks

Sometimes after a long week of work I find myself craving time with my family. It sometimes seems like the weekends are full of catch-up, catching up on laundry, on cleaning, on errands and instead of relaxing we just rush right through the motions.

This weekend Scott and I made an effort to spend quality time together with each other and Kahlan. To Kahlan quality time means playing at a park so we did that…

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A lot…

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We chased her, went down slides with her and pushed her on the swings…

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Scott had fun with this puzzle thing…

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And somehow the house still got clean, the laundry still got done and the errands got completed. But best of all my little girl had this smile on her face for the entire weekend…

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Sometimes I look at my little family and realize I have everything I could ever ask for. All my wishes have come true.

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I was young and so in love when I married you, nine years ago today. I never doubted my love for you or your love for me. I knew without a doubt that we could conquer any storm.

I was so young and so in love, I couldn’t imagine the difficulties that would come our way. Nine years ago I stood next to you, so happy to finally be married to you. I remember you kissing me on the forehead on our wedding day and knowing you would always keep me safe.

Before we even said “I do” we had talked about our children. We had spent hours picking out their names. We had no idea how hard it would be for us to have the child of our dreams. We had no idea how the emotional aspects of infertility would form a bond between us that can never be broken.

You were the only person who ever truly understood what it was like for me to not being able to give you a child. You were the person who held me when I cried a million tears and you were the person who comforted me when there were no more tears left to cry. And as desperately as you wanted children you made sure that I always knew I would always be enough if our wish didn’t come true. In those years of struggle, depression, and anxiety you became my rock. You were my stronghold. You were the reason that I got up everyday and kept trying to put one foot in front of the other and hold on as the emotions of our journey tried to pull me under to a place where I could no longer see the sun.

I loved you so much when I was young, I love you even more now that we have weathered some of life’s storms together. I dream of us growing old together, I dream of us dancing at our daughter’s wedding and holding our first grandchild. I know our love for each other will last for more than this lifetime. I know that you will always be my true love.

I knew on the day that I married you that I was the luckiest girl in the world and today, nine years later I know that marrying you was and is the best decision I have ever made. I love you so much Scott Alan, thank you for loving me even through the impossible times.

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Scott and I had an amazing weekend away together while my parents watched Kahlan.  Sometimes it is nice to get away and just be a couple instead of being parents 24/7.  We were amazed at how quiet our weekend was.  Our little girl chatters nonstop from the moment she wakes up until the moment she falls asleep, it was kind of nice to be able to hear each other without shouting over her for a day.

We had so much fun.  We went to a movie.  The Hunger Games… huge fan!  We went out to eat and I had a drink (never happens!) and it was so good.  We went shopping and looked for stuff for just the two of us and Scott spoiled me with more charms for my bracelet.  It was such a great weekend.

And of course since Kahlan was with Grandma and Poppy she had an amazing weekend too.  She was spoiled all weekend long.  She got to go to the park.  She got to go in a ride in Grandma’s car.  Grandma made her her favorite meal… brats! for dinner.  And she got much needed cuddles from Grandma.

The only part about going away for the whole weekend is how fast it goes.  I can’t believe how fast it went and now it is over and we are back to the grind.  Some Mondays are harder than others.

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Today will be a day of firsts…

My first day at my new job.

Kahlan’s first day of full time daycare.

Scott’s first week on a normal work schedule since the end of my maternity leave.

The first time I have felt hopeful about my career in a long time.

Our first family dinner at the dinner table after both of us have worked all day.

Our longest day apart from each other.

I’m nervous, I’m excited, I’m hopeful.

So here’s to a day of firsts… I can’t wait to start this new chapter.

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