16 years

On Friday Andy and I celebrated our 16 year wedding anniversary with a dinner out. As we sat, gazing deep into each other’s eyes (which proved difficult with steam from the fondue pot pouring in my face) we took a walk down memory lane. One by one we went through each year that we’ve had together. The first few years were easy, remembering where we lived and where we traveled; some things were hard and some were easy.

As we continued through the years, there was a whole time period somewhere between 2004 and 2007 where things got pretty hazy. I don’t remember much except that there was another child born, some moving, a whole lot of remodeling and many tears.

We’ve been through a lot over sixteen years and I’m happy to say that I still love him. Not only do I still love him, but I enjoy being with him more than anyone else. He makes me laugh and inspires me. He mellows me out when I need mellowing. He shows me what it means to love people. Hopefully I do some of the same for him. Our lives are good; not always easy, but good, and we have much to be thankful for.



All four kids…all day…three different schools

We have survived our very first week of all of our kids going to school. All day. That means I have 6 hours, 6 hours 25 minutes, to be exact, of time to myself. First time in 14 years and this is big.

Many people have asked, “What are you going to do with all your kids in school?” My go to response was, “I don’t know, I guess I’ll have to figure it out.” But then the reality hit that I still have to attend to all of my usual tasks that I took care of before I had all four kids in school all day. Can you believe it? There’s still roughly 20 loads of laundry to do each week, meals to plan, grocery shopping to do, a house to clean, bills to pay, doctor’s appointments to make, school forms to fill out, and errands to run. All of these chores didn’t magically disappear when I sent those sweet faces off to school. Can you believe it? I just don’t have to do all of these things with constant interruptions, and for that, I am very grateful.

Charlie started high school, Coleman; middle school, Judah; 3rd grade, and Josie; 1st grade. Three different schools with three different start times. They are just starting to get into the routine and all seem to be enjoying it so far. Remember, this is 4 days in, so check back in another month and things may not look so rosy.

Four days in and so far I haven’t watched one soap opera, eaten one bon-bon, or taken one nap. I feel like I’ve been gypped.

Freshman, 7th grade, 3rd grade, and 1st grade

The best I could get without completely embarrassing him.

Definitely too cool for school
The only ones who would allow one more photo

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