4 years! I feel like this is a milestone when it isn't, just seems like we are no longer considered newly weds, we crossed over a hump or something......nothing compared to these guys who celebrated 53 years of marriage on the 4th as well!
Yes, we got married on Tyler's grandparents' anniversary and also both of their birthdays!! Isn't that precious...to share your birthday and anniversary! For that reason, we had no problem chosing June 4th, which fell on a Saturday in 2005. We knew that their precedence of marriage and commentment could only help us!
Now we have our little man, as Tyler calls him. Children are definitely a marriage tester, in my opinoin. Sleep deprivation, tight budget, and not to mention the fact that you both gain too many pounds during the pregnancy, all of these test your patience and love. We made it through and I know God was right there with us! His amazing patience and love for us carries us through those trials of life.
Tomorrow we leave for Hurricane, West Virginia to go on our first mission trip as a family. Garyn is going, if you didn't catch that. I am very excited to see how God works on this trip in us and through us. There are so many unknowns, I think God has gotten exactly what he wants through those unknowns, our full trust and submission.
1)We are staying on a campground in rented pop up campers--we have no idea what they look like or offer in terms of space/beds
2) We are having VBS/kids day-camp for an unknown amount of kids--could be 30-150-??
3)The 37 people that are going include about 16 kids, 8 that are 5 and under including Garyn. We are a little miffed about how much we moms will actually be able to help while taking care of our own.
4) We, Tyler and I, have not planned any of this trip as in what all we will be doing, eating, where we are sleeping, etc. I mean we won't even have our own vehicle! And as a teenager that was not scary, but now as parents, that has been the hardest part for us. Giving up control.
It is nice, though, to just pack.......and we packed a lot not knowing our amenities and daily scheldule. 2 large bags plus 2 small bags. We had to bring our own towels, sheets, blankets, pillows, as well as our clothes and such. So pray for us and the others on our trip. We are helping a church that a missionary couple just started a year or so ago. Next Saturday is when we return.
Garyn is getting bigger, this summer he will be 2!! I can't believe how much he has been changing here resently. He is talking a lot more and is starting to lose that baby look! Getting lots of independence, too. Wants to feed himself, buckle himself in the car, put his shoes on....which he can not do any of these very well yet. He says "No" to me a lot.....time outs and spankings are becoming more frequent.
I must go now....I still have a few toys, snacks and books to pack for our 6-7 hour bus ride tomorrow.