Yesterday Isaac and I celebrated three years of marriage. I still can’t believe it’s been 3 years since we stood in front of our family and friends and became husband and wife. While on one hand I feel like 30 years have gone by, on the other it feels like it only just happened. These years have been so full of love, laughter, inside jokes, snuggles, tears, joy, heartache and pain. I never knew I could love someone as much as I love Isaac, but somehow here we are three years into marriage and I love him now more than I ever have before. Marriage has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but at the same time it’s also been one of the most rewarding and amazing things. It’s hard to live side by side with another sinner, but by the grace of God each day is filled with new chances, forgiveness and grace.
So in keeping with last year’s anniversary post, Isaac and I want to share some of our favorite memories from Year Three. And I’m so glad we did this. As many of you know, my dad passed away from cancer in January. It was and still is the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through. Before sitting down with Isaac, I could barely think of two things to share today. All I saw was the pain of losing my dad. But the more we reminisced on this year, the more I saw all the good that also happened. Yes, this year was not my favorite, but SO many amazing things happened and I don’t want to forget them. So today I’m sharing our favorite memories from this year. Partly because it’s fun to look back at the past twelve months, but also so in the future I can remember all the good that happened in the middle of a difficult year.
Isaac getting a job!
This is one of my FAVORITE memories from this year! Isaac had been actively job searching for 8 months and we were both getting anxious about him ever finding one. Job searching, especially when you don’t have ANY job, is so so hard. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.
I don’t think I’ll ever forget the day I got the news. I was in the middle of teaching, and knew that he was supposed to hear back from the company that day. The minute I saw my phone light up with his name, I knew he had news. The first words out of his mouth were “Becca. They offered me a job!” and I lost it. Like 100% lost it. I was laughing, crying and couldn’t teach for the rest of the day. It was such an answer to our prayers, and I am SO thankful he not only enjoys his job but he also has some awesome coworkers. I couldn’t be prouder of him!
We found out I was pregnant!
Yet another life changing moment happened when I first saw those two lines on the pregnancy test in early December. This has been the highlight of our year, and honestly one of the things that has helped get us through these past six months. Being able to tell our parents about the baby, and knowing both my dad and grandpa knew before they passed away brought so much peace and joy in the middle of heartache. Our little man has helped fill some of the gaps these two amazing men left behind, and I can’t wait to tell him all about his grandpa and great grandpa.
Read about how we told our families here!
Finding out we were having a BOY!
So I won’t lie… Isaac wanted a boy and I wanted a girl. And it was hard at first accepting that we were going to be bringing a little man into the world. But y’all, I wouldn’t have it any other way now! I am so excited about James, and can’t wait to finally snuggle him up in my arms. I love having a big brother, and if we have more children (Lord willing) I’m happy he’ll get to be a big brother to them. Besides, I’ve heard boys love their mommas, and I hope that is true with James. ; )
Read about our gender reveal here!
Watching Becca Sue Photography BOOM
I still can’t believe how far my photography business has grown in the past year. It’s seriously a dream come true, and I could go on and on about how much I love it. But my favorite part about it is getting to shoot weddings with Isaac as my second shooter. He makes everything so much more fun, and I love getting to spend time with him, even if it IS because we’re working. I am currently on maternity leave, but can’t wait to start back up in October after having some time at home with James. It’s such a blessing knowing I am still able to work and bring in some money even after resigning from my teaching position!
Going on trips
We travelled quite a bit this year, and made so many great memories along the way. From Arkansas to Austin and Corpus to the Bay, I loved getting to go on so many trips before we have a baby to tote around with us. While the pregnancy definitely made traveling a bit of a challenge (helloooo swollen feet and giant pregnancy pillow), I wouldn’t have traded those trips for anything. I can’t wait to see what adventures Year Four will hold for us!
Moving into a HOUSE
Y’all. I cannot begin to tell you how much I absolutely LOVE our house. Getting out of an apartment has been one of the best decisions we’ve made this year (especially since our last one became a bit infested with roaches and don’t get me started on our loud upstairs neighbors!). I can’t wait to bring James home here, and it seriously feels like we’ve lived here forever, and not just a month. I’ll be doing a home tour soon, so stay tuned for that!
Our yearly anniversary pictures
I love pictures. I love the memories they hold, the special moments they capture, and being able to look back on them years from now to remember what life was like back then. So when we did our anniversary pictures this year, I decided to do something a little different. I actually set up my camera, tripod and remote clicker to take them ourselves, and did them in our new home. I feel like it showcases this moment in life perfectly. We’re happy. We’re looking forward to welcoming our son to the world in August. And we are in an amazing house that’s already so full of love. These are some of my favorite pictures I’ve ever taken, and I know I’ll be glad we spent an hour one Sunday morning struggling with the camera’s focus, getting the right angle and giving up on Lillie behaving in any of the pictures, because this is a moment in time we’ll never get back.
So as you can see, even in the middle of a hard year, there has been SO much good. I thank the Lord for that reminder and for the past three years I’ve been married to my best friend.