Dr. Schwab asked me the other day how long Jase and I have been married. I fumbled and then said….uh, I’m not sure, a long time!? HA! Jase always knows, bless him, he does. Then he confessed that he takes Taryn’s age and adds one since she was our honeymoon baby. Well DUH! Why didn’t I think of that?!?! From now on, I’ll know, it’s embedded. I may not have known how long we have been married, but I do know how much we have been married. A lot. Intentional, yet difficult at times, it has not been an easy 7 years for us. Between hurricanes and moving and kids and adoptions and vaccine injuries and just all the other every day challenges of raising 3 children, two with extra needs and a moody teenager. But I wake up every single day knowing I have someone who is kind and loving at my side and in it with me. He’s been so supportive, hard working, dedicated, forgiving and accepting. Our days are not always easy, most are pretty damn challenging, yet we are happy. It’s a bit strange to think that during the most difficult year of our marriage, we also found a deeper level of happiness. During the hurt and worry and the stress of Teagan’s illness, we held on tighter than ever before, we had to. Our days may not be easy, as they once were, but easy wasn’t ever guaranteed. In the midst of it all, there are these beautiful and happy moments filled with laughter, inside jokes that come with the comfort of being married, and the light in Jason’s eyes that always grabs me. For the rest of today, we’ll dream of being in Hawaii, eating pineapple and lounging in the hammock together by the ocean. We’ll remember snorkeling and Ty swimming with the turtles, our incredibly peaceful and beautiful honeymoon alone. Ahhhh, now all those memories feel like yesterday….