Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The story of us



Ten years ago Josh and I made a choice.  We chose each other.  And we've continued to choose each other every day since then.


I wish I had more pictures to help tell our story but I didn't get into photography until later, so bear with me.

Josh and I met in June of 2005 at his sister's graduation open house.  Because of our age difference and our different stages in life, I had never met him despite my friendship with his sister.  When I told him I would be attending BYU in the fall, he said he would look me up and take me for a motorcycle ride.  Yeah, sure, I thought.  

Well, it just so happened that in November of that same year we bumped into each other on campus and he made good on that motorcycle ride.  That was our first date.
This is why there's a special place in our hearts for motorcycle rides :)
 
 

I've mentioned before that we moved a lot.  Here's why:

Our married life began in Florida.  Josh had signed up to sell security systems for the summer.  We packed only the things that could fit in our car.  I lasted about 6 weeks before homesickness took over.  Sales wasn't working out for Josh and sitting at home all day by myself wasn't working out for me, so we ditched the job and spent the remainder of the summer living with Josh's parents in Michigan.  God bless them.


When the summer was over we drove back to Utah so I could continue my education at BYU. We lived in a 3-bedroom condo that was owned by Josh's good friend.  We had NO idea just how good we had it!  
 

When the rent was raised {it was still a huge steal...we were just broke}, we moved up the road to a 2-bedroom place.  This would be our home for the remainder of our time in Utah.  It was around this time that Josh discovered his niche in IT.

 

After graduation we moved "home" to Michigan where we lived with my parents for a little over a year.  God bless them.  Living there turned out to be a huge blessing for many reasons.  Josh was able to work remotely and I... well, I did my best to endure well through a difficult pregnancy.

Just before Summer was born, we scraped up enough money to get our own apartment.  Josh was still able to work remotely but he began traveling more and more.  Those were some tough times, for both of us.


Our humble abode was affordable for a good reason: it was in the 'hood.  And sometimes it was scary.  So after our one-year lease was up, we moved into a duplex that some friends had bought.  Josh continued to travel...until he lost his job.  That was a stressful and nerve-wracking time but we experienced many blessings too.  I had a part-time job where I was able to work extra hours.  The duplex next to us was empty and in need of remodeling, so our friends basically employed us to fix it up.  Everyone was healthy.  We had friends and family close by.  We have fond memories of that place.


Thankfully, Josh wasn't without a job for long but it required us to move to Carmel, Indiana.  We took a huge leap of faith and left "home."  We had no idea the blessings that would come our way. 


In Carmel, we lived for 2 years in an apartment complex, then another 2 years just up the street in 2 different town homes.  By this time we were practically moving professionals!  But at each place we lived, we knew it was right for our family and we always seemed to meet the most wonderful people.


Now, 10 years later, we're homeowners in Fishers.  I could write an entire blog post about some of the life lessons we've learned along the way.  In fact, someday I might.  But for now I'll say this: 

"I still remember the days I prayed for the things I have now."
- unknown
 There were times when life was so, so hard.  But I had my best friend by my side the whole time.


He became my biggest cheerleader, and I became his.  We learned to work hard, sacrifice, and plan.


And we learned how to love.  Not only each other, but the children who joined our family and are equal parts US.


So in honor of our 10th anniversary, here are 10 things that I have learned about Josh over the years that I absolutely LOVE:

1. He is selfless, sometimes to a fault.  He's always willing to put others first.
2. He is funny!  Not a day goes by that he doesn't make me laugh. 
3. He is an amazing dad.


4. He is a hard worker.
5. He prays every morning and night.  Always.
6. He's loyal.  He's vocal about the fact that I'm his favorite person and he has my back.
7. He's affectionate.  {Notice that Summer isn't even fazed by this...}


8. He's domestic.  I love that he can cook, clean, and take care of the kids just as well as I can.
9. He's a great listener.
10. He's thoughtful.  And creative.  And sweet.


Ten years down.  An eternity to go :)


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