I have been married for FIVE years!
Yesterday morning at breakfast we were talking about how different our life looks now. And how it probably isn't exactly what we imagined 5 years ago. On the not-meeting-par side of things, I definitely thought we would have more money. And neither of us ever imagined we would live in a town smaller than where we grew up. I probably thought we would have at least one more kid but I'm sure Hubby thought we wouldn't even have Miss A yet. haha. I saw myself not working at all (possibly volunteering, but not working). On that note, I NEVER, EVER thought I would be teaching sex ed (yikes!). And I definitely pictured a house with pictures on the walls (currently, the only room we have decorated is the nursery...and it is super cute!).
But there are so many things that are better than we could have ever imagined. Having all of my family in one place (one house in fact) is super unexpected (especially the addition of a sister-in-law). We both love the jobs that we have - especially because I'm getting paid to work at a place where I very easily could have ended up volunteering! I never thought I would enjoy talking to junior high and high school students about sexual integrity - but every time I leave that classroom, I am glowing from the inside out. God somehow managed to allow me to have my dream job (behind the scenes at a non-profit) AND allowed me to be a *mostly* stay-at-home mom. But more importantly, we absolutely love being parents - more than I ever thought possible. I think that is the biggest unexpected curve ball - how much you love your kids. Even if I had known 5 years ago that she would be a reality today, I couldn't have anticipated the joy that overflows from my heart as I kiss her goodnight. 5 years ago, I could have never dreamt up the journey that brought Hubby and I here today. I have seen us both grow in phenomenal ways - usually by looking back.
God brought us together. He brought us here. I'm sure he had a good laugh at our 5 year "plans." What He gave us was so much better than what we ever asked for, so much better than we ever imagined. I can't wait to see where the next 5 years takes us.
So with that being said....here's a fun guess:
In 5 years we will have at least 2 more kids (maybe more).
We will have finished our bedroom suite and painted every wall in this house.
I will be homeschooling Miss A. Or unschooling. Maybe.
My walls will be decorated.....maybe......
We still won't get the whole "parenting" thing but we will love it and have fun in the middle of the mess.
Justin and I will be growing even more. Closer together, closer to God.
Outside of those hypothetical ponderings - only God can know.
But I can't wait to see what He has in store.
So far, so beyond good.