Today Chad and I celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. We met 11 years ago this coming summer and became friends. Soon before I knew it he was one of my best friends, and then I got smart and decided I wanted the nice guy. I'd been with the bad boys, the jerks, etc...it was time to try out the nice guy and I couldn't have made a better decision!
We dated for 4 short months and then got married. After just a month he asked me to marry him and I said yes! 4 months after we said I do we found out we were pregnant. We welcomed our daughter just 4 days after our 1st anniversary. A year after that our daughter was dx with leukemia and 14 months after that we were burying our precious little girl. Then we found out we were expecting our 1st son, who came right before our 4th anniversary. Chad went through his 2nd deployment of our marriage when Jacob was 6 months old (his 1st was when Jordyn was a baby). Two years and 9 months after Jacob was born, Jackson joined our family and 5 months later Chad was off to Iraq for the 1st time. We moved to Germany and off he was to Iraq again. Here we are 10 yrs later....expecting our 4th child and celebrating 10 yrs.
Our life has been one of ups and downs, but I can tell you there is no one else in this world that I'd ever want to spend those ups and downs with. He's everything to me. I've had to do a lot of giving as has Chad. I've had to do a lot of changing, as has Chad. I've watched our relationship grow from something that was primarily very immature to something that I'm so proud of. I've grown in my relationship with Christ and it's been a joy to see Chad's relationship grow as well with Christ. We went from putting ourselves first to putting GOD first.
I look forward to spending the next 50 years with Chad. I look forward to growing old with him. I am so blessed to have Chad as my husband and so blessed that he wants me to be his wife.