10 Years June 4, 2011

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It struck me tonight that this amazing journey God has brought me on began in large part 10 years ago. Ari and I went to the movies tonight and found ourselves in Alpharetta. On the way we passed through a very familiar intersection (Kimball Bridge Rd & Northpoint Parkway)…half a mile to the right lay his old apartment, where he lived when our courtship began. This Summer, 10 years ago, he had just moved in, and we had only been dating a month or so. I remember visiting his new place and being amazed by how well put together it was, considering it was a bachelor pad. (Ari’s knack for a well-designed home is evident even today…I don’t even get to have much say in how the house looks! ;)) I was at this apartment and hung out quite a bit, and it was here that our relationship blossomed, and at times was put to the greatest tests. Neither of us had been in a serious relationship before…and there is nothing like giving your heart to someone to expose all the ugliness inside, that you never even knew existed. There were many wonderful times…studying as he graded papers…laughing over silly shows…attempting to cook (like the time we used canned chicken to recreate Chinese stir-fry – ugh!!)…and scores of late night conversations trying to understand each other, admit our faults, and seeking God’s wisdom and heart to nurture the bond between two very broken people.

I knew from the start he was a keeper 🙂 But I couldn’t have imagined where we would be today. (With 3 kids to boot!) Ten years ago, there was the thrill of new love…a fluttery feeling with each glance or touch, the excitement to learn all about this amazing new person, counting down the minutes till we saw each other again. While that romance is still there, I’m so thankful that our relationship has evolved into a sacred commitment to love each other, serve one another, and love and honor God above all else. Because without God’s hand, as the puppy love faded, our faults and sins would have overwhelmed any good intentions or good will.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me, you can do nothing.” John 15:5




First Anniversary, Lake Tahoe


New York City, 2008




2009 – pretend these are two babies instead of just one 🙂


2010, St. Simons Island



Disney World

Filed under: Uncategorized — houseofyoung @ 4:31 am

I’m already overwhelmed at how behind I am in updating the blog! I’ll try to briefly recap the past few months, one post at a time.

April (Spring Break) – We went to Disney World! The trip was so much fun but exhausting, as Disney always in. We almost scared Taran away from the get-go. One of his first rides was Haunted Mansion, which he rode warily…I think it would have turned out fine if the ride didn’t get stuck at the end, while he was surrounded by spooky voices and ghostly images…needless to say, it ended in tears. Next we took him on *our* favorite ride, Splash Mountain. I felt guilty walking through the lines as Brer Rabbit cheerily sang his tune, assuring my suspicious son that it would be so much fun. To be honest, the ride scares the bejeebies out of me and Ari (we’re wimps), but that’s the fun of it. Taran actually did a great job and wasn’t in tears at the end like I expected.

Clare and Laurel LOVED meeting Mickey and friends. They hugged them like they were long-lost friends.


So funny!!

Here are some more pics from our trip:





And the best part of the vacation…