Our Five Ring Circus: One Decade Down!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

One Decade Down!

Grant and I have officially been a couple for a decade! We started dating ten years ago, today!

There have been a lot of ups and downs. Luckily more ups than downs, but we've had our share of rough patches. When we got engaged, nobody expected us to last long, because we were so young, but here we are, still going strong!


Also, 7 years ago today, my nephew had a terrible car accident. He was literally dead-no pulse or heartbeat. Amazingly, he landed in the yard of a life flight EMT, who was able to revive him. That day, and the days following, were the hardest of my life. He did not have a good chance of living, and our entire family was devastated. He fought for his life, and is still with us.

Every year, on this date, I find myself thinking about that horrible day. As the events of that day come rushing back, I end up in tears. It is a miracle that he is still here today. I thank God every single day for giving him back to us.

I will happily take the constant teasing and abuse from him, because it means he is still here. He will always be bigger and stronger, but I will always be older and wiser! ;) Love you, Kel!


Back to ten years as couple! Ten years is L O N G time, so I thought it would be fun to reflect on the highlights of the past decade.

Grant and I met in the Garden of Eden. We were cast as Adam and Eve, in the musical, "The Apple Tree." We ended up engaged less than 2 months after we started dating. We married a year and a half later. Our wedding was a huge, beautiful, musical extravaganza, complete with a bagpiper and multiple soloists.

We honeymooned in Mexico. We have also taken a trip to Canada, and driven across the country to Texas. Many trips to Virginia, Michigan and several other states have been taken as well.

We watched my nephew fight for his life. We lost several important people in our lives. We lost pets.

During our relationship, we acquired four stray cats, 2 Great Danes, 2 ferrets, a rabbit, a guinea pig, a rat and some fish, in addition to the Chihuahua, horse and bird that I already had. Today, we just have the Chihuahua, 1 great Dane, 3 cats, and the horse. And Dylan's fish. I always forget about that fish.

Our first house was a cottage in the woods. Very interesting place, very strange neighbors. I have stories about that house, but we have some great memories of living there!

We found out our first (canine) baby was sick, and watched her die within a week. The night she died, we clung to each other, and cried. It was a very emotional time, considering we were in the process of buying our house, and trying to keep in a baby who wanted to come out way too early.

We have been in 10+ musicals and plays together. We were also in a horror film together.

We bought our current house when I was pregnant with Dylan. It happens to be the house that his grandparents built. Dylan's room is the room that Grant's dad and uncle shared.

We had two beautiful kids, and will most likely be welcoming another in a little over a year.


Looking back, I feel very blessed. Yes, we've had rough patches, but we made it through, even when it would have been easier to just give up. I have been with Grant for basically all of my adult life, and I wouldn't change anything.

One decade down, many more to go!


  1. Just catching up on my blog reading after having company all weekend. Congrats on 10 years! Sounds like it has been a good 10 years. I am glad your nephew made it! My hubby and I will be together for 9 years in May, cept we didn't get married until 2 years ago, kinda opposite you guys =) Here's to many many many more happy years to come!

  2. Wow! Ten years! What an adorable couple!

  3. I loved reading this. You guys are an amazing couple (and beautiful too). And how lucky for your nephew to wind up where someone can save him!


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