Friday, May 28, 2010

5 Years of Marriage....

Today is our 5 year wedding anniversary. It seems like those 5 years just flew by, but then when you think of all that has happened in the last 5 years it's amazing how much has taken place. Just a few examples:

  • When we first got married we moved to an apartment until our house was done. Well as always our house was not done on time so we moved in with Chris's parents for a month and then finally into our house just before 2006.

  • Chris has finished his Bachelor's degree and now has completed his first year of PT School. Woo hoo, only 2 1/2 more to go!
  • Chris and I had the opportunity of working in the Temple Baptistery for a while together, which brought us many blessings and spiritual growing.

  • We have been blessed with two wonderful kids. Ethan was born in 2006 and Katelee was born in 2008. They have been a huge blessing in our lives. They truly allow us to have an eternal perspective as we can no longer envision our lives without them.

  • Ethan has had a Platelet Disorder that lasted about a year, but looking back at that time in our lives it sure seems longer than a year. Leaving from work to meet my mom at the Pediatric Oncologists office multiple times a month, sometimes multiple times weekly really took a toll on me. But now he has been cleared of this and it only crosses my mind when he isn't feeling well.

  • We have had multiple callings. Mine including Enrichment food coordinator, Relief Society Pianist (what a joke, those poor sisters must have needed a lesson in patience with me as the pianist), Ward Music Coordinator, Laural Advisor and now First Counselor in the YW. Chris's callings have included: Gospel Principles Sunday School Instructor (forever), Secretary in the Elders quorum, Counselor in the Elders quorum and now Elders Quorum president.

  • Ethan is already in Sunbeam, I know this sounds silly, but it makes me feel a little old! Katelee is already in nursery and I really enjoy Sunday School and YW again!

  • We have made many friends in our ward, the first two years or so we seemed to be social introverts and knew really no one. But now we have many friends at church which makes going so much more fun!

  • We have been in our new house long enough to do renovations, the major ones being putting in wood floors and fake grass!

  • After living in our house for over 4 years we finally bought some curtains, and they seem to add a nice touch that has been missing since we moved in!

  • Some random items. Since we have been married we have had a car stolen, had a car in a pretty big accident, purchased two cars together and sold Chris's favorite truck (which I don't miss one bit!)

Looking back it seems that we have been pretty busy! I have really enjoyed being married to Chris and am so thankful that we met each other. These five years have been full of ups and downs and I don't expect the next five to be any different. I love where we are in our lives right now. I'm enjoying the joys and pains(not so much) that come from having kids. I have truly learned to some extent how our pains and afflictions are really for our gain. I have gained a better appreciation for my kids by going through Ethan's many medical problems. I have been surrounded by wonderful people who have bigger struggles than I, and have grown from their fantastic examples. But most importantly I have been able to grow right along side my eternal companion and progress together! To some 5 years is not very long and in the eternal prospective it really isn't, but it has been 5 of my best years ever and I'm so thankful for that day in May when Chris and I were sealed together for Time and All Eternity. I love you babe!


Heidi said...

Happy Anniversary!!

The Benavidez Family said...

Yea!! Congratulations!!