Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Last Ten Years

I've seen a few blogs and posts with people reviewing the past decade. 
Let's see what I've done and what I can remember!

I was dating a country boy and we'd been together for a while. 
I still lived with my parents & worked for a non profit.

2001: Twenty-one.
I moved out on my own with a fun roomie and started working for Budweiser.
I worked directly for the daughter of the Busch family. 
That was an experience!

I broke up with the boy and started on a trend of not making good decisions
I joined a site called (good decision, stupid site)

I met a lot of people online and started some friendships with folks I still am friends with today.

2002: Twenty-two.
Still on the "bad" trend, still frequenting the online forums of FTJ and still meeting people online.  Someone put something in my drink in a bar and avoided being who knows what by a group of guys because a random cop decided to walk me to my car. 
I decided to make some changes personally and decided to stop my behavior and put my trust in God
I stopped looking for that someone. I encountered a man by the name of Rob in a forum I visited daily.

He lived in CT and we started talking in the fall. 
I took out some money and bought a plane ticket to NY where he picked me up and we had a whirlwind weekend of fun and love. 
We fell in love immediately and knew we had to be together for life. 
We knew this was IT and we knew that God had a bigger plan for us.
Broke the news to my parents that I was in love with someone I met online (*gasp!*) ...

Flew to Dallas, TX for a meet-up with a group of close friends from FTJ.
(This was one of the most fun weekends in my life!)

One of my best friend from high school, Holly, died in a car accident on her way home for Christmas.

2003: Twenty-three.
Moved to Connecticut with Rob and his dog Noodles. 

Got to go to the New York Athletic Club and experience downtown NY in a neat way...
...and also got to attend my first Yankees game!

I worked for a local pharmacy as a Pharmacy Technician.
I got to go to the Adirondack Mountains and try to snowboard.

Rob asked me if I wanted to go "home" and we packed our stuff and moved to Florida.
We moved into an apartment and got Cassie to give Noodles a buddy.

2004: Twenty-four.
Rob and I got married on the beach in March. 
This is the smile, that I've never shown before....

Bought our first house and broke our backs renovating it.

Experienced a pregnancy loss & realized we wanted to start trying to have a child.

2005: Twenty-five.
Experienced another pregnancy loss.
Conceived our first child due in March 2006!
Sold and bought another home literally two houses down and across the street.
(Picture is from previous owners)

2006: Twenty six.
Doodle dunk was born March, 2006!

2007: Twenty seven.
We moved into a bigger home and rented our old home.
October, we lost Noodles to cancer.

Suffered another pregnancy loss.
Immediatly concieved again, due August 2008.
Welcomed Marlie into our home.

2008: Twenty eight.
We found out we were expecting another girl!  "Bug" was born late August.  Gosh, if I hadn't been the one pregnant with her, I wouldn't have even known she was mine :) This little munchkin looks just like her daddy.

2009: Twenty nine.
Much to our surprise, we found out we were expecting again when "Bug" was only 4.5 months old. 
Baby boy due September 2009! 
Spent the entire year reciving wonderful donor milk for Bug (milk dried up with the pregnancy.) 
Rob's sister got married to the best Bro-in-law ever. 
We welcomed "Little Brother" born late September 2009.

Whew... life has been quick, fast and furious. 
We have been blessed beyond our wildest dreams.
We end the decade as a family of five completely content and learning how to put God first in our lives.


  1. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading about your past decade, Melissa! And the pictures add so much!

  2. Melissa, loved the trip down memory lane with you, I hve a vested interest in this little family, Love Mimi Donna

  3. Just makes me smile! Thanks for sharing.

  4. What a decade! You seem to have really come into your own as a woman and definitely as a wife and mother!