Over the past 4 years we have had to demonstrate love to each other through each of these promises. These years have definitely not been a "breeze" but they HAVE shaped us and have created the marriage that we are still working on today -- and every day.
2010: Jesse finished his hardest leveling year in grad school. We made it through our first summer apart as a married couple as Jesse worked for the National Park Service at the Moses Cone Estate on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Boone, NC. We got our puppy, Maggie. We moved from our apartment into our first house together on Critz Street. I started my masters degree in Health Promotion. I changed jobs (again) to be an Admissions Counselor at Mississippi State University - one of the BEST jobs in the world with the BEST people. I ran a half marathon!
2012: We went on a "baby moon" in January to the lovely cabin where we stayed on our wedding night. We found out that Jesse was officially a Presidential Management Fellow! He got a call from the Chief Landscape Architect from the U.S. Forest Service about potentially working for them. He interviewed for and was offered a job as a landscape architect for the Forest Service on the 21st - the day before Turner's due date. Of course, he accepted! On the evening of the 22nd, my water broke and on the 23rd, we experienced one of the most amazing things in the world - HAVING A BABY. Whoa. I started yet another job: Mom. That should be enough for 2012, but no. That's not our style. Jesse and our friend Chris visited DC and found us an apartment. In May, Jesse graduated with a 4.0. Seriously, the guy is a genius. In May we went on a trip with Jesse's family to Hawaii. In June, we moved to Del Ray - in Alexandria, VA. We have since then been adjusting to the move, Jesse getting settled in his new job, and making this place our new home together. Oh, and Jesse went on business trips to Pheonix, Arizona and Amman, Jordan.
I love you Jesse and I am excited to see what 2013 and the beginning of our 5th year has in store for our family... one of these days I'm ready for life to slow down. ;)