Today Derek and I celebrate fours years of marriage. It's amazing to look back on this last year and see all the changes that have happened. We went from being a family of three to a family of four. Derek finished his undergrad and we moved to from North Carolina to Georgia. Derek started grad school. I went from blogging occasionally to turning it into a full-time job. Em has done nothing but surprise us day after day with how much she has progressed. Jay has grown into this little boy who is so caring, and so sweet. It's been a year of miracles, of good times, hard times, times of laughter, and times of tears- both happy, and sad. Most importantly, it's another year that we've been together, another year in the books for our family, and I can't wait to see what's in store for us over the next year.
I know that I don't talk a lot about Derek over here but I'm going to get a little sappy for a second. This man has worked and done school full time our entire marriage. He works so hard to provide the best life he can for me, and for our children. Everyday when he comes home from work he still has a smile on his face and turns into dad mode at the drop of a pin. He puts 100% into everything he does and it's a trait that I really love and admire about him.
He encourages me so much with this blog. Me working full-time wasn't something that we expected to happen, or that we expected that we would need to happen, but it's blessed us so much. We've been able to stay on top of most of Em's medical bills because of it which has been such a burden lifted off of our shoulders. Because my kids and being there for them during the day always comes first, it's meant that there have been a lot of late nights over here the past few months, and Derek is always right there encouraging me, and helping me to meet deadlines, even if it means he only gets a few hours of sleep before he has to leave for work in the morning.
Some may say getting engaged after dating for six weeks (we were besties for about 7 months before that), and then married three months later was a crazy decision, but it's the best decision that I've ever made in my entire life.