On Labor Day weekend, Jonathan and I were finally able to celebrate our anniversaries-- yes that was supposed to be plural and with the emphasis on finally! Our first anniversary was celebrated in the hospital with a 2 day old, and our second anniversary had a dinosaur theme (Patrick's 1st B-day party)... so we finally set aside time to celebrate and do something fun together:

We took white water kayaking lessons!

It was such a blast to learn this new sport and to now be able to go out and do it ourselves. We spent one day learning how to roll (or I spent it trying to learn) and the second day we went out on the Tuckaseegee River in North Carolina. Our coach/guide, Roger Huff, did an excellent job. We learned so much and had a blast playing in the rapids. They were a fun 2 days!

Our 2 1/2 years of marriage have been the farthest thing from easy. We started our first 2 months of marriage living in Ecuador. Two months later, pregnancy hormones kicked in. Add moving 5 times, searching for jobs, and now potty training Patrick to add to the list, and you can see that happily ever after doesn't mean peace and serenity. We've clung to Him and to each other, and we can definitely say that God has been refining us and shaping us to be more like Christ. I'm so blessed to be married to a loving husband, a great Dada, and my fellow adventurer.


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