Friday, March 21, 2008

A Look to the Past

March 20, 1998 –– Ten years ago –– Matt and I graduated from college. Wow. It just seems so weird to type that number.
Yeah, we were sad looking.

Some days I look back and it seems like only yesterday. Other days it seems so long ago. (Okay this is sounding like a Beatles song. Maybe I am watching too much American Idol) So much has happened to us, good and bad, over the past 10 years.

Ten years ago, I never thought my life would be what it is today.
  • We have gotten married.
  • We have three kids. (Who would have thought... Alexis with three kids)
  • We have moved three times and lived in three different states.
  • We have dealt with kids broken bones, stitches, seizures, sleep apnea, specialists and a seriously ill child.
  • We have buried Matt's mom, his grandfather, his aunt, my great aunt and our daughter.
  • Matt took a job with Caterpillar and has been promoted four times.
  • I decided to become a SAHM and started my own freelancing business.
  • Matt has traveled all over the world –– Mexico, Canada, much of Europe, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Australia. Pretty cool for a farm boy from Green, Ohio.
  • We have watched friends and siblings and siblings-in-laws get married and have kids of their own.
  • We own a minivan, something I swore I would NEVER do. (Guess it goes with the three kids, huh?)
  • We have gotten a cell phone and gone high speed. (Just 15 years ago when I started college I learned what email and a CAT5e even was)
  • We definitely look much better (see photo above if you think differently)
  • And somehow we have managed to stay together, even though the odds were so stacked against us.
Time goes by so quickly that I cannot even imagine what the next 10 years hold. After all, in 10 years we will have a 22 year old, an 18 year old and a 14 year old. I am sure that no matter what it will exciting and full of lots of bumps and curves. And maybe, just maybe, if blogging still exists, I can tell you all about it.


30 Minute Mommy said...

Old photos are never kind! That was a great post. Isn't is great to look back and think about how far you've come. I have been doing that a lot lately.

Chel said...

What a fabulous testament to your marriage!! I love seeing examples of couples working well together.

Jennifer said...

sweet post!

Deborah said...

great post! can't wait to hear what the next 10 years holds for you...

btw, seeing that old picture of you, I can see that your older dd is an exact replica of you!!!

Johanna said...

what a great post! It is amazing how time changes everything. especially in these years when we are starting and building our families. thanks for sharing!

it's me, Val said...

I love this post, Alexis.

Alexis Jacobs said...

Thanks guys :)

lil ole' me..... said...

Wow- lots have happened in 10 years.
Love the picture!!!

I've also sworn to never own a mini van, but my husband is a HUGE fan of them. I think he would have gotten one before we had kids if I had given him the ok!! :)