Our Wedding Reception: May 27, 2006
Friday will mark five years since I walked down the aisle to marry my best friend. It’s so hard to believe how quickly five years have flown by. (And even harder to believe that this fall will mark 10 years since we met!)
We’ve had some not-so-exciting anniversary celebrations over the past four years. Year one, my mom planned a big family reunion for Memorial Day weekend. Years two and three we spent chasing tornados in central Kansas. Year four we spent moving to Iowa. This year, my parents will be in town for part of the holiday weekend. We plan to have a nice dinner out. It should be a great weekend, and hopefully much less hectic than the past four anniversaries!
This go around, rather than being super mushy about how much I love and adore Floyd (which I tend to do a lot), I thought I’d reflect on just a few of the things we’ve accomplished in our lives during the time we’ve been married.
-We both graduated college! For Floyd, especially, this was a major milestone. He was the first in his family to earn a bachelor’s degree.
- I got my first TV job! It was so tough at first, because I moved to Illinois and left Floyd in Missouri to finish his undergraduate classes. He would come up to visit on weekends, and I would cry my eyes out every time he left to go back to St. Louis. We did that for about three months. Good things that came of it: appreciation for the time we had together and our dog, Aleah. She entered our lives in October 2006 and was my companion on lonely nights.
-We moved… again! The second TV move took us to Kansas. Floyd got his first full-time teaching job. We grew so close to each other during our time there, primarily because we were so much further away from our family and friends. We had to start fresh. We made some of the best friends we’ll probably ever have when we were in Kansas, and our time there with those great friends helped us grow much closer to God. In fact, a few months before we moved, Floyd surprised me by getting baptized. It was an incredibly touching and emotional experience.
-We moved again.. times two! TV job three brought us here to Iowa. Floyd was lucky enough to fall into teaching positions here that he really enjoys, and I’ve loved nearly every minute of my time here at KWWL so far. Good friends from Kansas helped us move to our first Cedar Valley home in Cedar Falls, and family helped us move again when we purchased a townhome in Waterloo.
-I finished my master’s! After 2.5 years of working full time and going to school part time, I completed my Master of Arts degree. Floyd helped me de-stress every step of the way, and I credit his support for helping me to accomplish this fete.
-We’re making new friends and starting new chapters in Iowa! We’ve become active in a church here and in some civic organizations. And the biggest new chapter we’re publishing in year 5 of our marriage: becoming parents! Floyd has wanted to be a daddy for so long. I wanted to make sure the time was just right. And we couldn’t be happier to be in a place in our lives to be able to welcome a child. We just pray God leads us to raise up a child who will learn to love Him as much as we do!
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This post was written by kmashek on May 26, 2011