Sunday, January 8, 2012

7 Years...

 Caleb and I celebrated 7 years of marriage on January 2nd.  We also realized that we have been in a relationship for 9 years.  I was trying to figure out how to write a blog about Caleb without being super cheesy but I don't think that I can.  I am crazy about Caleb.  He is the perfect fit for me.  He is as calm as I am crazy.  He is as slow as I am fast.  He is patient and slow to speak and slow to become angry.  I am....well, maybe we don't need to go there.  I get excited about Caleb.  I love to call him in the middle of the day because I miss hanging out with him and telling him things that I think are interesting...which might just be that I saw a cool bird or ate a good sandwich for lunch.  I love to go on crazy dates and adventures.  I love that we try and get away on a kid-less vacation every year just to be together.  I love that we talk...a lot!  I love our friendship.  We both know a side of each other that no one else knows  I want to be able to look back on this post when we have been married for 17, and 27, and 57 years (in blog book form of course) and remember the things that we have always loved about each other.  I have some pictures from our wedding and past anniversaries over the years to share. 

Wedding Day.  Huge Flowers!

Cutting our cake on our first anniversary.  Caleb looks like a baby.
Somewhere in the Smoky Mountains with Shaun and Holly on Anniversary #2.

#3 Ava was 11 days old in this picture.  We look exhausted but we went to dinner anyway.

Bucca Di Beppo for #7


So yes, 2012 came.  We spent New Years in bed watching a movie and at midnight I looked at Caleb and said "Hey, wake up and give me a's a new year."  I am ready to see what 2012 will bring.  I think I should do a high-lights of 2011 was a busy year!

New changes on the horizon are that my current job with the GA Law Center will end in March.  When I say that I LOVE my job it's an understatement.  I love working with clients to prevent their homelessness.  I love everytime a person trusts me enough to sit down with me and share their story.  I pray that I will know the right resources to point people to so that they can have the best outcome possible.  I LOVE my job.  When I took this position, it was a 30 month contracted position.  At the time I thought, "30 months is a long time!"  Well, in adult world, it turns out it's not that long!  So a new chapter of work will begin in the spring for me.  I am not sure I am ready:). 

What will 2012 look like?  I have been thinking a lot about my hopes for this year.  We sat around and talked about hopes on Wednesday night at our weekly community dinner.  I loved hearing what people are hoping for in 2012.  Off the top of my head, I shared that I wanted to read more (this was a goal I came up with on New Year's when talking with some friends).  I also realized that to do that, I will have to change some current things in my life.  That led to hope #2...Be less chaotic!  I tend to fill life up.  Each moment has a plan and if that plan falls through, there is usually a back up plan.  Please don't think that this makes me an awesome "planner."  It doesn't.  It just means that we really like people and we like to do stuff so between those two things...chaos happens.  I don't want to change this much.  I love being active and having people around and traveling and dreaming of new ideas!  I just want to have more time to be still...more time to read...more time to sit on the floor and build towers with Ava and Jay...more time to share about the day with Caleb...more time to reflex on God and what He is doing all around me. 

So, I anticipate 2012!  I anticipate lots more dinners with friends and neighbors.  I anticipate lots of dates with my husband.  I anticipate Ava learning how to read.  I anticipate Jay walking.  I anticipate seeing kids I love graduate high-school.  I anticipate talking about God and his goodness with those around me.  I anticipate a new role for work.  I anticipate more neighbors moving into Pittsburgh.  I anticipate growing in depth with friends.  I anticipate growing in my love for Jesus.