It wasn’t until I read Lindsey’s post that I realized that a decade had just gone by. Amazing how life has changed in ten years. I thought about significant events:
2 1/2 years of marriage turned into 13 1/2
Understood how you could love someone more than yourself
A new mother of one to a more “seasoned” mother of 4
Had four healthy pregnancies
No major illnesses
Understood why 12 teenage boys were good birth control
Apparently I’m a slow learner
Stayed up way too late every Saturday night waiting for the last kid to come in, praying there was no alcohol on his breathe or glazed pot eyes.
Potty-trained 4 children
Read a whole lot of parenting books
And People magazines
Only had 1 ER visit for a child and 1 for the husband
Traveled to Utah, Idaho, Nebraska, Florida, Maine, Vermont, NYC, Rhode Island, Boston
Changed a million diapers
Nursed 4 babies
Gave away all the baby stuff. And was sad.
Saw three children go to kindergarten and one to middle school
Had a child yell, “I hate you.”
Had children say, “I love you,” more.
Said good-bye to being a dorm parent for nine years!
Got a job teaching biology, then anatomy & physiology, then strength & conditioning
Many pig dissections 🙂
Just said good-bye to all those jobs but swore I’d be back
Bought our first home!
Learned how to garden, paint walls, fix a few things, install a tiled floor
Survived two flooded basements
Cried a lot
Had Nelson teach me how to play chess
Cope tried to teach me to knit
Brynne taught me how to like the spunkiest of children
Paige showed me why youngest children are spoiled
Learned that childhood won’t last and having a child sneak into my bed at night is the least of my worries.
Taught 3 children piano lessons
Learned how to cook, make bread
Learned how to grocery shop with four children in tow – happily 🙂
Began making chore charts
Phased out of newlywed to wife and mother for the long haul
Ran a lot of 5ks
Ran a marathon and a couple halfs
Saw my hair morph into many different styles
Tried many a hair gel 🙂
Frowned at many stubborn white hairs
Said good-bye to too many friends
Said hello to new ones
All of my siblings married. And I’m the luckiest sister-in-law in the world.
All my brothers and Gregor’s brothers served missions
Became a mini-van mom. Oh my gosh.
Went from a church branch to ward. Served in many callings.
Filled 10 scrapbooks
Gregor’s family was sealed for time and all eternity
Got a fish, chickens, and a dog
Parents moved from childhood home
Got a cell phone, a personal computer, started a blog
Began to really write
Had many a confidence crises’
Became more confident
Was part of a real birth
Coached many athletes and conditioned many sports teams
Saw Gregor coach, teach, work in admissions, and now director of athletics
Discovered Forbidden Chocolate
Nurtured children and began to see what my most fulfilling job in this life will be
The next ten:
Dating. Oh my gosh.
Out of control homework.
More piano lessons and violin and soccer and karate and skiing and…
Twin boys. that one’s for you G.
Money. Hopefully earned.
A job outside of children. What it will be I have no idea. But I have a hope.
A finished basement
A Proctor sabbatical (better happen buster!)
Travel to foreign lands: Spain, Venice, and Israel. Maybe Iowa too.
In ten years I will be 45 (gasp!) Gregor will be 47 (bigger gasp!) Cope will be 21 (falling over now) Nelson will be 19 (mission?) Brynne will be 16 (dating!) and Paige will 13 (oh boy.)
It goes at warp speed when you look back, doesn’t it?
Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you -John DePaola