Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thankful Thursday: Wedding Anniversary Edition

Today is our 10 year wedding anniversary.  I'm going to try to pick at least one thing from each year that I am thankful for in our marriage.

Year 1 (2005-2006): 
Thankful for a common faith foundation as we dealt with the death of my mom.
Thankful that Gary gave the `okay' to buy a house when we did; prices went up drastically after that.
Thankful that we were able to get pregnant with Kai Bear quite easily.

Year 2 (2006-2007):
Thankful that Gary was able to get Kai to fall asleep when I couldn't.
Thankful that Kai started sleeping through the night at 6 months; we had no idea how good we had it.

Year 3 (2007-2008): 
Thankful that we were able to travel through Mexico with our wonderfully Nerdy friends.
Thankful that Gary was very patient and understanding as I tried to chart our way to getting pregnant again.  
Thankful that after one year we got pregnant.
Thankful that I decided to take a risk and support his decision to start a photography business on the side.

{We went to `tell' oma that Kai was finally going to be a big brother.}

Year 4 (2008-2009):
Thankful for Gary's hands-on approach to parenting as we welcomed baby boy #2; Koen.
Thankful for his encouragement for me to continue playing football.

Year 5 (2009-2010):
Thankful that Gary was always up for a road trip.  This was our first one to Lethbridge, Alberta.
Thankful that he was so unbelievably helpful and supportive when I was diagnosed with Graves' Disease.  Gary would say that this was the hardest time in our marriage from his perspective. I was very sick.
Thankful that we were able to work together to come to the decision that health-wise I could not return to teaching.


Year 6 (2010-2011):
Thankful that Gary was on board with adopting child #3 as we went through the entire adoption process and waited a year for him/her.
Thankful that we could enjoy a family trip to Drumheller.

Year 7 (2011-2012)
Thankful that we were okay with shifting gears when we were not chosen for a local adoption.
Thankful that after an early miscarriage, we got pregnant with Nya Bear (and I was pregnant at the same time as my sisters).
Thankful for a wonderful family vacation to Oregon.

Year 8 (2012-2013)
Thankful for Gary's continuing help so much in the kid department.  He made meals, changed
diapers, and helped baby Nya get to sleep. He also kept the big brothers busy.
Thankful that he was kept safe when he got hit by a car while on a biking trip.
Thankful for being on the same page in regards to going to Ucluelet every single year for Spring Break.

Year 9 (2013-2014)
Thankful that we started the process of becoming foster parents.
Thankful that Gary supported my decisions for work which involved starting to substitute teach, stepping back from family/newborn photography and just doing limited weddings, and finally, trying to put a little more into this whole blogging thing.
Thankful that when I said `I think we should go to the Philippines', he said `Let's go!'.

Year 10 (2014-2015)
Thankful that we invested more time and energy into our marriage.
Thankful for a 4 day getaway to Las Vegas.
Thankful that we were both healthy on the plane ride home from Walt Disney World as they kids weren't and I couldn't have done it without him--the trip was amazing too ;)
Thankful for a wonderful 10 years of  marriage so far.

Phew. There are so many things to be thankful for and I just touched on a few.  Looking forward to seeing what the next 10 years bring!



  1. HAPPY 10TH ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!!!! What a great list of your first 10 years together (married). Neat to see how your photography skills have developed too :)

    1. Thanks, Kelly! It's times like these that I really wish I had used tags/labels in Lightroom. I just went through 10 years of blog posts and selected some photos :)

  2. Whoop! Whoop! Congratulations on your 10th Anniversary! I like all of the photos to accompany each year!
    I also liked realizing that I've been following your blog for a long time... Just before you had Koen!
    Hope you have an enjoyable day and that you get to have a delicious dinner together doing what you love, watching some netflix and having a beer :)

    1. Wow Kelsey, that's a long time to be reading! Thank you :) We're going to marriage class but hoping that we'll have a great dinner and some Netflix in there too!

  3. Happy Anniversary!! What a great ten years you've had. I love how you laid this post out. Your kitchen looks a million times better now.

    1. You are so right! It's amazing what new back splash and cupboards can do!

  4. Loved this! So Awesome! What a special way to do Thankful Thursday this week! Happy Anniversary!

  5. Happy Anniversary! A lot has happened in 10 years! I started following your blog in year 6.

    1. That's a long time ago, Carol! I always appreciate your faithful reading and commenting!

  6. This is a pretty awesome post! Happy Anniversary!

    1. Thank you, Terri! Are you guys coming up on 9 or 10?

  7. What a wonderful 10 years! Happy anniversary to you both!

  8. Anonymous11:06 PM

    Happy Anniversary! Blessings for many more! Great pictures, I really like the one for your post heading :0)