Wednesday, July 9, 2008

2 Year Recap

Most of you know that Caleb and my 2 year wedding anniversary is just around the corner (23rd). I thought it would be fun to show pictures and describe events starting with the engagment and ending where we are now: graduated!!

It all started in Biology class in 10th grade when Caleb and I sat next to each other for part of the year. I was "interested" in his best friend and he was...well, some say he was interested in me, he says he wasn't yet, either way something began to develop because of our time in that class. He saw every my every emotion in that class: stressing, crying, laughing, being spastic, sleeping, etc. I am surprised he didn't ask the teacher if he could move! I thought he was WAY too smart, and who knows what he thought of me. He gave me answers to extra credit questions to help me out...what a sweetie. Anyway, summer eventually came and a large group of us friends were all going on a mission's trip to Mexico through the school, including Caleb and I. This trip is what really brought us together! We didn't start "dating" until Valentine's day of our Junior year and from that point on, we never separated...well I DID break up with him for a week our Senior year and we were separated our Sophomore year of college due to distance...other than that our relationship kept growing.

It was March 4th, 2006 (3 days before his b-day) when Caleb James Louvier proposed to me on Alki Beach in West Seattle:

We had a speedy 4.5 months engagment then got married on July 23, 2006:

The first year was a rough one. We got sick a lot...more than either of us have ever gotten! Lots of hospital visits...yes, we're still paying off all those medical bills! It was a long year, but we did make it to our first anniversary!(Anniversary; out to eat at Bentley's in Salem, OR)

Our second year has gone MUCH better and we are more in love than ever! We had a great time getting close to friends and going to functions with them, like the Senior banquet:

(Caleb, me, Kayla, Aaron, Mallory, Josh, and the random head of a guy named Rick)

(With the hubby)

We all were so excited to graduate, but as the BIG day drew closer my heart started to melt a bit...I knew I wouldn't be seeing or hearing from many of these people I claimed as friends. Everyone was moving on....some were getting married over the summer, some were moving far away, some just weren't good at keeping in touch.
Caleb and I are very glad to be done with school...for's just difficult realize that now we have to face reality: real jobs (also known as careers), kids to come, thoughts of buying a house, saving money, paying off loans (mostly for school), starting a retirement plan, etc.

(With the babe...the cutest nephew ever!)

(Nats, the babe, me and Nickers! I am blessed to have siblings like these two...and a sweet, bubbly nephew!)

(Us at dinner with the fam, after graduation)

For now I feel like we are living the cliche American life...go to school for a million years, get married, go straight into your career, plan out your life til you die...I think I want to change things up a bit. I don't know how and I certainly don't know when, but I am going to start praying for ways. Maybe a little bit of traveling, maybe a month long mission's trip, maybe living in a different country for a year, maybe take up painting or something artsy...who knows. All I know is I want to live life to it's fullest, I want to serve God in all I do, and I want to be a light! we come!


Alicia said...

It was great to see your 2nd year of marriage in a nutshell...don't you just love blogging!

The Officer's said...

Hey Stephanie! i love the blog! was great seeing you a few weeks ago as well! Hope you are having a great summer and I look forward to seeing more blog updates on the two of you! :)

Laurena said...

Your blog is fabulous! What a great idea. I like being able to keep tabs on you two... :)