November 20, 2006 Myspace blog post

16 Years and Counting

Current mood:contemplative

Sixteen years ago this month, I was a junior at Gettysburg Area High School. Just 16 years old (soon to be 17 in December), I was young and naive and a bit insecure. One normal day would prove to be life-changing for me! I met Russ, the man who I would later marry and share more than 12 years (and counting) of marriage! I am thinking about this right now and it dawned on me…this man has now been a part of my life in one form or another for more than half my life! Wow!

It is amazing to look back over the years. There have been many good times, many bad times, many scary times, many difficult times, many moments of pure joy and even some moments of grief.

I remember when we first met that I was just shocked that a college guy…and a college junior at that…would pay me any attention. He was so CUTE! and so nice and was fun to talk to. That first time we must have talked for 2 hours. As we got to know each other, I discovered a sense of humor and a sense of faith, both of which attracted me to him and made him seem like “the one”. We didn’t start dating until January 1992, fourteen months after our first meeting. By then, however, I think I may have already loved him.

We dated for 2 1/2 years until finally one Saturday afternoon in July 1994, with our family and closest friends there to witness, he made me his bride! I think we were both walking on air!

In 1996 and again in 1998, we gave birth to two beautiful children! They were our pride and joy and we were so blessed to have them! So many good times and blessings!

There were the hard times too. He was there for me when my grandfather passed away. There were job difficulties and money issues. There were health issues involving our children and then health issues involving us. He was with me through a hysterectomy and later through another surgery. As some of these hard times hit and just kept hitting, we almost lost site of each other.

In March 2004, Russ was hurt when a ladder he was using malfunctioned. He nearly died. I cannot begin to describe the agony and emotional upset of that time! He was in the hospital for three weeks, but when he came home he wasn’t on his feet. I cared for him for quite a few weeks after his return home. This injury set off a period of surgery and pain and trial that would last from then until now. On October 6, Russ had a total right hip replacement. Hopefully this will end this trial period and Russ will finally be on his feet for the first time since 2004.

There is so very much I could write here, both good and bad, about all of the years since we met in November 1990. So many memories. So many dreams! I cannot imagine living my life separate from my husband. He is my best friend, my confindant, my helper, my make-me-laugh guy, my lover, my supporter, my history and my future.

I am so thankful for the years we have shared. I am so thankful for the ways in which Russ has made my life richer. I am thankful for the good and the bad times. I am definately looking forward to the future with my man!

Russ, I know you will read this…I love you and thank you for making the second half of my life so far so rich and full and so UN-boring!!!

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