Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Part of the whole new computer thing is transferring photos over from one to another...and man did I come across some that made me smile!

This is from summer 2004 at the National Youth Gathering (for church) in Orlando--I'm pretty sure it was literally hours before Justin asked me out. I say before only because I think we held hands for the rest of the trip from then on.

Just a few months after Justin and I started dating, I moved to PLU, where I was assigned Lisa as my roommate. I was kinda pissed because I had been told I wouldn't have a roommate and also because my first impression of her was that she was loud and obviously hadn't read any of the orientation info, which drove me crazy. I distinctly remember hearing her explain how she had forgotten some important paperwork to the person in charge and thinking 'Thank GOD I don't have to room with her!' Only, I did. And I'm so glad.

My year at PLU was good, even though I missed home (and Justin) a lot. Going there, I didn't anticipate making some amazing friends out of the deal, but I did.

After a year, I moved back to Southern Oregon, where I met another amazing friend, Kaitlin, who was dating one of Justin's best friends.

We had a lot of fun.

Justin spent a lot of time hanging out around the house while I did homework--I graduated in three years by taking a very heavy class-load each term, so I felt like I was always doing homework.

Then, at 19 and 20, we got married...which was something I never anticipated happening when we were so young, but again, I'm so glad it did.

Right after we got married, I CHOPPED off my hair. At first, I thought it was the greatest haircut ever, but I shortly thereafter realized that when my hair is short, I have to blowdry AND straighten it every day. If I didn't, I felt frumpy and gross. So, the haircut quickly became the biggest PITA ever!

Out of the whole marriage deal, I "inherited" some pretty amazing family, most of whom have become great friends as well, including Renee, who I love just like a sister.

Just a couple of weeks after getting married, we went to New Orleans to work on the Katrina relief effort. It's a trip that I remember as being both awful and incredible...ha!

Kait and I were pregnant at the same time, but these were just bowling balls, lol.


I truly am blessed beyond measure. Thanks for letting me get all sentimental today :)


  1. Oh my gosh, I love each and every one of these photos! Have you blogged about your wedding? I want to see it!

  2. These are so much fun! You guys are so cute in that first shot... what a great photo to have -the before we started dating photo.

  3. Awww... Happy Valentine's Day to you & your hubby!

  4. Haha I don't remember you ever telling me that you overheard me explaining that I didn't have my shit together! Hilarious!

  5. P.S. I love your short hair but SO know what you mean about it actually being a more high maintence!

  6. Okay, is the picture of us from your 21st? I'm trying to rack my brain and figure out when it was, and that's all I could come up with.... Ha!

    Also, I'm so glad that I was dating Jesse when I was and by default inherited you and Justin as friends/family ;) Love you guys!

    P.S. The first picture has got the be the most adorable thing I've ever seen. I must have looked at it a million times and it always makes me smile :)

  7. Oh my gosh, I love this! I feel like we should have a throwback link-up party, haha!

  8. Love looking at old photos! I like how your hubby (then almost boyfriend) is wearing a shirt representing my place of employment. Small world. :)

  9. O man, I will forever remember that trip, Justin was so nervous before he asked you out lol. You guys are adorable <3

  10. Yup, it's official. I love you forever and ever. Such a sweet post!


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