Pardon me while I’m nostalgic today! I realized that this is the 10th summer that Paul and I have spent together, and I thought it would be fun to look back through the pictures from those summers.
We actually met in the summer of 2002. Both of us worked in the kitchen at The Wilds camp, but a four year age gap is a little different when you’re 17 and 21. It wasn’t until we reconnected in January 2010 that sparks flew both ways (I always thought he was cute).
By the 3rd date we were hooked! We got married in December of that year, so although we weren’t married in the summer of 2010 we were definitely together. 🙂 I went back through my pictures and dug through Facebook to find one picture from each summer. Here it is!
2010 – ah young love 🙂
2011 – the first year of marriage
2012 – we were saving up to buy our first house and didn’t do much! I wish I hadn’t filtered this early Instagram picture but it’s the best one I could find.
2013 – at the Greenville Little Theatre that one time we were cultural 🙂
2014 – July 4th in Asheville
2015 – July 4th at Chick Fil A (apparently wearing the same outfits from last year!)
2016 – in our Sunday best
2017 – Gatlinburg with my family
2018 – Road trip to Atlantic City
Thank goodness for better cameras in our phones, right? We’ve grown, we’ve gained weight and lost weight, we’ve laughed and cried, we’ve loved and struggled to love.
These pictures remind me that God gives joy when life is hard. They remind me that God doesn’t change even when circumstances and people change. Summer doesn’t last forever – trials don’t last forever, either.
If you’re in a hard season of life that feels endlessly painful and sad, look to God. Open your Bible to the Psalms and praise Him along with David (who had his share of hard seasons, too). “Praise on our lips takes care of the sorrow in our hearts.” (quote from the RefreshHer broadcast last Saturday)
Now, to find the perfect photo for year #10! 🙂