Friday, May 22, 2009

Traveling through life together

Last Saturday the day of Tim's MDiv graduation finally arrived. It's been so interesting to look back over the past years to see where the Lord has brought us. In fact, Sunday May 24th is our 6 year anniversary.  It's hard to believe that 6 years ago we were just 23 years old,  fresh out of college, newly married, and moving to Virginia Beach. Tim went to seminary there for 3 years. Then we both taught and coached at Greenbrier Christian Academy. It was in Chesapeake, VA that we bought our first home, loved our first home,  and then sold our first home. We look back at those 4 years in Virginia with fond memories. We made so many great friends and had some really great times! 

I can hardly believe that this summer it will have been 2 years since we moved to the Chicago area for Tim to study at TEDS.

It was a bit of a hard transition, but we are so happy that we made the move. Tim has absolutely loved his study here at TEDS. He has been challenged intellectually and spiritually. Seminary has certainly been a challenge for our family, but we are thankful for God's continual grace and strength in both of our lives. God truly is good all the time. All of these challenges have made us who we are as individuals and as a couple. I wouldn't change a thing. Tim has written a very sweet blog in reflection of our past 6 years traveling through life together.  He is  a much better writer than I am.

I am so proud of Tim and how hard he has worked to get this degree and to graduate Summa. His hard work and intellectual prowess have been noticed and praised by professors here at TEDS. He took on a part-time job at the church and a part-time job at Starbucks just to help us pay the bills (Chicago is the 2nd most overpriced city to live in-just behind Los Angeles!) 

And yet, through all of his hard work and dedication, he has made time to spend with me and now with our little girl Madison. 

He truly is an amazing husband and father. Marriage isn't always easy. It's such hard work some days, but he has been willing to work hard with me to make it work. 

 I am glad that after 6 years, we have never given up- it has been worth it all to walk through life with my best friend by my side. Happy Anniversary babe. I Love you.


Karis said...

Julie, I am so happy for you guys! Congratulations to both of you! I loved reading both of your perspectives. Both were precious and made me reflective once again about many things including my role as a wife. Praise the Lord for the testimony you have through the seminary experience.

Tim, Kristen & Megan said...

Happy Anniversary! So neat to see how the Lord has led in your lives for the first 6 years. Thanks for the post...very sweet!

Don & Katrina Hines said...

Happy Anniversary Jules & Tim! Wow! It is crazy knowing that it's been 6 years! Great times! And congrats again on the graduation! So proud of you both!

Jon said...

Congrats guys...I know what a great feeling that is :) Maybe you can come for a quick vacation/visit at the beach - we'd love to see you!

(I was using my bro's computer)

Danielle said...

Happy Anniversary! You are a special couple. Best wishes for another very happy year!!

Jordan and Sue said...

6 years is such a milestone! We sure miss you guys here, but we're so happy at how God is working in you both. Congrats!!!