Happy 8 years of blogging! So, ya’ll. I’ve actually been blogging on WordPress for 8 years! WOW. I didn’t realize that. I’ve been blogging in general for about 12 years. A girl’s gotta write, I guess. I started over at LiveJournal. Do you guys remember that site? It was blogging before blogging a) got popular and b) became a profession. I started up a blog on Livejournal my Freshman year in college and that’s actually how I met my husband (when I was a Freshman, yep, but we were just friends back then)!
So I actually graduated from my second degree program in 2008, which is when I started my first WordPress blog over at lillight.wordpress.com.
Here are some major milestones I shared on my blog. First is one of my first weddings post-graduation, Kim from swim team’s wedding. (Where I hung out mostly with the other swimmers and my good friend Lynsey.
In July, of 2008 I was a paralegal intern with Colorado Legal Services (an internship I LOVED! I would’ve stayed forever if they could’ve paid me a little bit…) I made my first ever presentation on disability rights and services to the attorneys at CLS for their annual conference in Glenwood Springs. I loved it and I had so much fun! I also really enjoyed being able to teach. My favorite thing ever– teaching and disability rights.
In September of 2008, me and my college roommate Christi drove across the Rockies for the wedding of our other roommate, Casie, in Cortez, Colorado. It was about nine hours of driving and I came home with a horrible unidentified illness (they never identified it, just called it FUO Fever of Unidentified Origin). ANYWAY– the wedding was awesome and I am so glad I got to go even if I barely got to enjoy it!
I got my first real job. A paying position as a government contractor, but a job nonetheless in a very difficult recession.
A few months later, in June, I was a bridesmaid in a friend from high school’s wedding. I had bangs and flipped hair. I forgot how annoying those bangs were! And her colors were lavender and yellow.
Shortly after the summer, my hand-me-down-through-the-whole-family Oldsmobile started breaking weekly. We fixed four or five separate things and finally threw in the towel. (Also, I finally had enough savings from my new job to put a payment on my very first, very own Honda Civic).
Shortly after that, I took my first solo vacation — traveling to NYC to visit college roommate, Christi, this time in her new home of the Big Apple (actually Brooklyn, but she worked in Lower Manhattan).
In April of 2010, I was awarded the Quotation Award by the Fort Collins chapter of Quota International. This is an award for service by a non-chapter member to the club as a volunteer. I spent a lot of time photographing for them and volunteering whenever they had something going on.
In May of 2010, I met Wes for the first time — we’d been talking since 2002! We had our first date and then we dated long distance for three months. He moved to Colorado in August.
In September, he invited me to fly out to Seattle to meet his good friends and see the city while he attended the Penny Arcade Convention.
In October, I competed in my first triathlon after hiring a coach. The Fort Collins Club Sprint Triathlon was SO much easier this go round even though I froze and my bike was a heavy clunker.
In November, I went to Thanksgiving in Texas with him to meet the family. I met his mom’s side of the family at Thanksgiving dinner in Corsicana Texas, and he met my freshman college roommate and her husband at the Galleria in Houston.
By the spring we knew this was it. (Well, apparently, as I found out much later — both him AND my mom knew he was going to marry me when they met in August of that year. It took me about a year to figure it out).
We got engaged in April of 2011, (April 1st, actually, I kid you not). And we were married on September 25th, 2011.
My Becoming Brown blog chronicles our married life in Atlanta, GA. We loved our dog JJ. We added Nones to our family. JJ died last July, we added a new family member in Holes. Our cat is getting old and cranky. She stays in one room in the house and her arthritis is making it hard for her to jump and climb.
We took dance lessons our first year of marriage. And then life dissolved into the work my husband did for a living. He worked all the time. He loved his work and eventually it allowed him to accept a new job at a company in Baltimore, MD.
We traveled to Southeast Asia twice, Las Vegas once, Arkansas three times, NYC enough times we have lost track. We went through hard times — and we went through good times. We bought a truck, an Airstream, and now we are working on buying a house. We went to Dragon*Con all three years we lived in Atlanta.
We found a church. We joined a Sunday School class and Wes began teaching on Sundays– finding the calling he knows he will retire to. We grew really close to Wes’s Aunt and Uncle. Wes went with me to visit my family twice in Colorado and my family came out to Atlanta twice as well.
We have grown closer, fonder, happier, healthier, wiser, and smarter in our three years of marriage and I cannot wait to keep growing and keep sharing our love and our travels with all of you!