There have been so many trials endured, and milestones reached in the last nine years! Poor L - I don't know if he would have signed on if he'd known how much his peaceful life would be disrupted. But he's been a solid support and strength every step of the way - and in a few areas the trail got very thin and rocky.
A few of the events we've celebrated in the last nine years:
3 high school graduations. 1 son serving and completing a mission (like his older brother before him). 1 graduation from BYU Hawaii, 1 from Ohio State, 1 from Utah Valley University. 3 weddings. 3 grandchildren. 1 son-in-law accepted to medical school. Both of us have made it to our 50-year mark.
A few of the trials:
1 diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis. 1 brother's death. 1 child's brush with drug abuse, resulting in being institutionalized for several months, and still struggling to get his life back. Another child's divorce. 1 employment lay-off.
Things we're grateful for:
Good jobs. Good insurance. Health that's gotten under control. Friends. Family. The Gospel. Marriage, love, and partnership that lasts an eternity. Traveling the road ahead together.
Tonight we're going to go out and celebrate the event-packed last nine years, and toast to the adventures that still lie ahead. With any luck, and lots of love, there will be many.