Thursday, June 10, 2010

How long?

Today marks 10 years of marriage for Dana and I.  As I said on Facebook, it's been 10 crazy years.  I told him this morning I'd like to think the next 10 will be uneventful, but in another 10 years we will have two teenagers and two 10 year olds, and I imagine a food budget that is through the roof.

What has made the past 10 years crazy?  Let's just do a quick summary.  10 years ago we were living in Ellensburg, I was going to Central Washington University, we both worked full time (technically I was 35-37 hours a week, but close enough), and we managed a duplex complex.  Within 2 years we were living in Yakima, renting a small duplex, and both working full time. In another year we had a huge surprise, a baby on the way and we were house shopping.  Then there was another baby on the way, planned this time, and some major job changes for both Dana and I.  Then I had that little tubal ligation surgery, Dana began having surgeries on his eyes, surgeries on his knees and then another surprise baby came along, then in a few weeks it became a huge surprise.  Then Dana had his serious eye surgery, the boys were diagnosed with Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome, I had surgery to save the boys, and we began the weekly trips to Seattle.  Dana had his best job change yet, we doubled our number of children in one day, and we've all survived to this day.

But, you know what?  I wouldn't change any of it.  We've had joy and we've had pain.  There have been trials and tests, but being put through those has only made us stronger. 

I love my wonderful husband, and am looking forward to our night alone tomorrow.  We're going out to eat at Gasperetti's and we'll enjoy sleeping without any middle of the night wake-up calls or children climbing in between.  It's a simple pleasure, and one I'm excited about.


Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Congrats TJ! Here's to 10 more plus! Life is good!

Barb said...

I found you sometime before your surgery through Jennifer. In between the dust bunnies she mentioned you and TTTS. I immediately had to join in the prayers as my sister's twins also were TTTS 10-1/2 years ago, long before there was any surgery available to save them. When I told my sister about the surgery she was excited and amazed and also added her prayers for you and the boys. She also talked to some of her support group people about it. Many lives will be saved by that very surgery.

The fact that Kevin and Tommy both made it is truly a miracle. Tommy has a brain injury from lack of oxygen and some Autism issues but we are all grateful that he is very high-functioning, happy boy.

Happy Anniversary! Enjoy your dinner and evening uninterrupted!

Just Breathe said...

Happy anniversary.