April 13, 2012

Past, Present, and Future

This week I've been reflecting a lot.  Yesterday was an anniversary for me and Pat.  It isn't one we celebrate, but we like to at least acknowledge the day.  Yesterday was the 9 year anniversary of when we got engaged.  We were still in college.  I remember the joy and excitement of that night so well though.  I think I've blogged about it before.  You can read about that HERE.

It is funny to think of how much we've grown and changed since the night I said yes.  We were just naive college kids then.  I'm not saying we are all wise now, but I guess I feel confident enough to call us adults now.  We've survived 3 deployments, we have two little boys and a girl on the way, we've bought two houses and are getting ready to move again within the year.  We've learned to communicate, we've supported each other in the tough moments, and we're best friends.

I don't think I give Pat enough credit in real life or on my blog.  He has been my rock this year in so many ways.  The whole are we moving or are we not has been really hard these past few months.  When I am upset about all the unknowns and the challenges, I know I lash out.  Pat has managed to accept that and also calm me down.  For the first four or so months of this pregnancy when I was feeling sick, tired, and just extremely hormonally crazy, Pat took care of me and filled in with the kids whenever possible.  When I don't think I can make it anymore, Pat gives me the strength I need.  I don't mean to make this whole post a tribute to Pat, but he does deserve so much more gratitude than I give him.

I'm finally feeling like I can start getting excited for the future.  It's getting close enough and I finally feel like we are moving forward.  We got the baby bedding (more on that in a later post), we picked out the absolute perfect color to paint the nursery in the next house, and my in-laws are going to check out some open houses this weekend of houses we are interested in.  I know it's still early.  We don't put our house on the market until next month, and it's sale determines when we buy.  However, I just feel so happy that we are finally getting close to the dreams we've been hoping for for so long now.

I'm joining the Ultimate Blog Party 2012.  If you're stopping by from UBP 2012, I'd love for you to say hello so I can be sure to visit your blog too.  You can read all about me in the ABOUT section in the header.  Thanks for stopping by.
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PalouseMom said...

Hi Shelly - just saying hi! It was a year ago that I found your blog through the UBP! Happy "Anniversary"!! :)

Kelli said...

Hi Shelly! Thanks for the comment. It's nice to "meet" you here. :)

The New Normal said...

What a good husband :) He sounds like an incredible man to have by your side through the ups and downs! I'm glad you are getting excited about things!

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