Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A Decade in Review

I've seen this on a few blogs and thought it would be fun to join in.

I'm going to start with 1999, otherwise a lot wouldn't make sense.

1999- I left high school in early spring of 1999. I had terrible migraines and I was missing way too much school. I went through numerous tests, scans and meds. I enrolled in a correspondence home school program. I went to my boyfriend's senior prom held at the Carolina Panther's stadium. My 16th birthday was June 20th. Sometime around early June I was reunited with an older friend, Mic, and a few months later we were engaged and I was pregnant. We got married Nov 29th, 1999.
2000- Mic got out of the army in February. We moved to Charlotte. I gave birth to Seth on May 3rd. We moved to Beaumont, TX in July. I found out I was pregnant again in December.
2001- We moved back home to Charlotte in March. My Pawdaddy (mother's father) died suddenly from a cut on his head that wouldn't stop bleeding. Most likely caused by alcoholism. Joshua was born August 20th on my parents anniversary. We moved to Huntersville, NC a week later. We lived there for a little over a year. I worked at my church's daycare and loved it!
2002- I dabbled in Graphic Design and I loved it. My best friend Jessica and I took a road trip to Nashville and had a load of fun. The day after Thanksgiving we moved back to Beaumont, TX. I was very sad to be leaving my family. It was the last time I saw my father alive.
2003- My mom and Jessica took a road trip down to see us in Texas. The day they left I found out I was pregnant again. I was sure it would be a girl. My dad died on April 27th,just a few hours after I got there. He had complications from alcoholism, though if there had been full disclosure and a different night Dr. the outcome might have been different. I stayed a few days and flew back home where no one seemed to care much. Benjamin was born September 4th and spent 10 days in the NICU. He came home on an apnoea machine for 3 months. He didn't have any spells at home and was taken off in December. I was filled with the Holy Spirit this year too.
2004- January 6th, after missing for 5 days my brother-in-law was found. He had committed suicide. It was a very hard time to say the least. The next couple months were a blur. I was trying hard to help both Mic and his mother Sonja to get through this time. Mic and Sonja decided they wanted to attend Rhema Bible School in Oklahoma and we began saving for it. We were taken for an Internet scam and lost it all. My mom offered us help to still make the move. Sonja was admitted into the hospital soon after that and was in a coma for days. God was surely the only one who brought her back from that. In July we moved to Broken Arrow, OK. Mic and Sonja both attended school and I worked at a daycare.
2005- Mic and I took a trip to Cozumel, Mexico. It was kind of a disaster. He had a horrible stomach flu the whole week, our credit card was denied because we were out of the country, and it was near impossible to make a phone call to fix it. Our relationship began to decline and in June it was was almost non-existent. On my birthday, June 20th, he asked me to leave, to go live with my mom and step-dad. He had problems to fix and didn't want me around. I was naive and scared and I did. 2 weeks later I left and moved to NJ with my mom and Mike. Once I was gone I was able to look back and realize what an unhealthy relationship I was in. Control issues, money addictions, unhealed guilt, it was just sad. I found out our marriage had never been legal. (a much longer story I won't go into now) I decided to move on with mine and the kids life. In October I joined eHarmony.com. I was matched with Nathan in just a few days and it truly was a blessing! He began to visit us almost every weekend. He drove 5 hours each way for almost 8 months. We had a deep connection and both knew God had his hand in it.
2006- My ex-MIL Sonja, whom I loved, passed away in April. Nathan was medically discharged from the Army in May. We had a wonderful relationship but he was moving across the country back to Idaho. I was scared and silly enough to break-up with him but came to my senses just a month later. In July the boys and I joined him in Idaho. We were engaged a few months later. I was back to working at a daycare and pretty much loving life.
2007- We decided against a big wedding and had a small one February 17th. That would be the night Miss Lizzie was conceived. I found out about 2 weeks later I was pregnant. It was quite a shock, but we were thrilled. We bought our 1st house in April. Elizabeth made her way into the world October 29th. My best friend Jessica also got married to a man named Nathan on September 29th. The rest of the year was spent just loving life as a family of 6.
2008- I was a stay-at-home mom and not a lot was going on. A few trips up to Clarkston where Nathan's family lived. A summer trip to TN and NC to see family and friends. Lizzie had her 1st birthday party. My mom and Mike moved here from NJ. They lived right down the street. That was truly a prayer answered.
2009- The beginning of the year was pretty normal and boring. My mom and Mike moved in with us during the summer. It was nice to be together and share expenses. My dear friend Suzy passed away in July. She was 26 years young and was battling anorexia and bulimia. I miss her so much! Both Nathan and I had a hard time this year with depression. He had it first, then mine set in right as his lifted. Thank you God for getting us through that! We started attending a Spirit-filled church that is just awesome! Nathan changed his life around and started living completely for God. Not that he was so far gone, but now he is fully living each day to serve Him. He has been an example for me and others. I am on way, God is holding my hand and leading me back to Him. Christmas and New Years were wonderful. We spent them with our loved ones and are truly thankful for the BLESSED life God has given us.

I obviously forgot or left out certain things, but that pretty much sums it up. What a busy, busy decade! Here is to a calmer 10 years ahead of us!

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