I got this idea from my sister D, so I thought we’d reflect on just how much happened in our lives last decade. God is so good to us and continues to provide. It’s interesting to see how he provides for everything, in His timing.
2000-J and I hadn’t met yet. He was attending Colorado State University and working for Dimension 2000. J accepted Christ in February of 2000 and was baptized in the Poudre River. (Intense huh? He says it was really cold.) I was attending High School and working at a local restaurant.
2001-J was still attending CSU and I was still in HS. I had the opportunity to travel to England and Scotland in August with my school’s Drama department for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
2002-J was still attending CSU. I graduated from HS in May and started attending CSU in August. J and I actually met for the first time in the fall of 2002 at a broomball event with the Navigators. Although we met, it didn’t change our lives and we went on with our lives separately until the Lord brought us together a few years down the road. During the summer my parents took me to South Dakota for my “Graduation” trip!
2003-J and I were both attending CSU. During the summer of 2003, J worked on a Rover Sat. Project. I got to go to Yellowstone with my parents and Grandma K.
2004-J and I were still attending CSU. In January I started as a Resident Assistant, then I was also an RA for Preview during the summer. I got to go to Montana and Canada with my parents during the summer. I also returned as an RA in the Fall. In May of 2004 J graduated with a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He got a job offer from Ratheon but turned it down to pursue his graduate studies. That summer, just after J started doing research he came down with mono and had to move home with his parents for a few weeks. He did recover just in time for his family to take a trip to Costa Rica though. In the Fall he started taking Graduate classes and teaching labs.
2005-J was continuing with his Graduate classes, research and teaching. I was still working on my undergrad at CSU. In the spring I was an RA in the Towers and then in the fall I became an RA in Allison Hall.
2006-J and I were still both attending CSU. I was an RA in Allison spring semester. Then I worked as an Engineering Intern for the Colorado Department of Transportation during the summer. I had a great time and got to spend most of my summer in Estes Park on a project just East of the entrance to RMNP. I bought my Explorer in June. In the Fall I moved off campus with a couple of friends. In August, I got to go to Hawaii with my mom and dad. J bought his Jeep in October, right around the time his best friend moved to California.
2007-J and I were still attending CSU. I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts degree in Music in May and went to work for CDOT for the next six months. J graduated with his Masters degree in Electrical Engineering and went on to work on his PhD. He got his first paper published in July of 2007. J and I were matched by Eharmony around the 10th of July. We had our first date on July 25, 2007. Then J proposed October 20th, 2007, and the wedding planning started. My parents and I went on vacation to Disney World in November.
2008-J was still at work on his PhD and I was working as a Library Assistant at a High School until May. We got married on June 7th, 2008 and went on a honeymoon to a few great towns in the mountains of Colorado. We lived in Married Student Housing for our first year of marriage. I worked for our brother-in-law J for about six months until I found a job in Fort Collins. In October of 2008, we became members of our Church in Fort Collins. We were really happy to find a Church together and really get involved.
2009-J was still working on his PhD and I worked at a local Coffee Shop until the end of July. In May of 2009, we took an Anniversary trip to Yellowstone National Park and had a great time. In May we also moved to Cunningham corner and adopted a little black Bombay cat, we named Cinderella. After I quit the Coffee shop, I started substitute teaching for Fort Collins, Windsor and Greeley schools.
Ok, I got done writing this and realized I didn’t put a few things in, like becoming an Aunt. I may have missed a few other things that happened throughout the years too, but this is what I could think of off the top of my head. We are so thankful for each other, our families and our lives that God so richly blesses us through!