Four years. I spent 4 years as a baby & toddler, then went to preschool and elementary school for 4 years before I spent 4 years in Hawaii. I spent 4 years in high school, and 4 years in college, and, now, today: 4 years in marriage.
It seems like every 4 years of my life marks a stage, milestone, where I move on to the Next Thing after the 4 years are up. I remember, after spending 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th grade in Indiana, I was so, so ready to move on. Putting down roots for more than 4 years was a foreign concept to me, and I was antsy. Alas, our family stayed put, and I finished out high school in Indiana, only to begin another 4-year odyssey.
It doesn't feel like it's been 4 years since our wedding. The time has flown. I know the next 4 years will hold even more adventures than the last 4 have, and I'm beyond excited to tackle them with Josh. In a way, I'm not as antsy to move on to the Next Thing as I have been at the end of past 4-year segments of my life, because I love our life as it is- but I am so ready to embrace what's coming, too. In 4 more years, our life will be totally different than how it is now, just as our life looks totally different than it did 4 years ago. I can't wait.
Engagement - Wedding - 1st Anniversary - 2nd Anniversary - 3rd Anniversary
This weekend we were in Chicago visiting my sister, and, as I posted the picture, I realized that Chicago is where it all started, with our engagement in January of 2005. Seems appropriate.