Yesterday was also my 8-year anniversary at work, so last night I went back to look for a picture from my first day at the Foundation. I realized that thanks to digital cameras and social media, the last 7 years have been very well documented and we have clearly lived a very stable and predictable life here in Austin. I mean, the past 7 years have also been the most interesting and eventful in terms of these sweet little kiddos. Seeing them grown and change is worthy of documentation!
I don't have as many photos and don't often think about or tell the story of the 10 years prior. We were working minimum wage jobs, living in a tiny apartment, eating hamburger helper for dinner most nights. Chuck joined the military, we got married really young, moved to California, then he went to art school while I worked at an art supply store. Once he graduated, I went to college and he was diagnosed with cancer my senior year. He finished treatment, we started our careers, I learned how to cook, we traveled all around the US, went to Mexico and Europe and China (you know, not all at once, but we did a bit of traveling there for a few years!) before moving to Austin completely out of nowhere, without jobs or friends or family. Even when we had no money and few prospects, we were happy and hopeful and knew it would all work out. I could dig up some old photos and make this a completely retrospective blog post, but instead let me just say that it keeps getting better and better. So, here's to 17 years of marriage! And yes, typing that makes me feel really old.