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The Birthday-versary May 3, 2011

Filed under: Jason,looking back,Matthew — Elizabeth @ 3:42 PM

Eight years ago, I married my best friend.  It was a day much warmer than today that started out with storms, but ended with sunlight.  Actually, it ended with cake and champagne and karaoke.  It was a good day.

Eight years ago, I doubt we could have imagined our life as it is now.

Eight years ago, I thought driving a Saab was a priority.  (Now I covet minivans)

Eight years ago, we had 2 dogs, 2 cats and lived 2 blocks from the beach.

Eight years ago, we were different people.


Four years ago, on the other side of the world, a baby was born.  The baby was born to a woman that we don’t know.  Her face, her personality–we have no clue, although I imagine we see glimpses of her everyday.  She gave birth to a child that would later be our son.

Four years ago, South Korea was not on my personal radar.

Four years ago, I wasn’t even sure we would adopt.

Four years ago, I was consumed with being the mother of a 6-month old baby named Isaac.

Four years ago, I had never even heard of bulgogi.

But our youngest son was born that day.


Tonight we will celebrate it all–another year older for Matthew and another year together for his parents.  Bulgogi for dinner.  Something I am rather good at preparing, and to think, 4 years ago, I had never heard of it.  Cake–gluten free cake, at that.  We will celebrate family.  Family around our table and family around the globe–known and unknown.  We will celebrate surprises.  Like saving for a minivan and finding your family in the most unexpected places.

Oh, you naive lovebirds, how could you ever have guessed it would be this good?


13 Responses to “The Birthday-versary”

  1. Kristen Says:

    This post brought tears to my eyes.

    Marriage and family change us in ways we never imagine – enjoy your day celebrating your beautiful family!

  2. Tracy Says:

    What a wonderful day full of celebration. So cool to see how our lives evolve over the years. I always wanted a big family… never thought it would be growing the way it is. BUT I love it.

  3. Jenny Says:

    tears…happy anniversary and happy birthday Matthew!

    I wore the same gloves at my wedding…childhood dream come true 🙂

  4. Christy Says:

    Congratulations and happy birthday Matthew! Beautiful post!

  5. deb jacobs Says:

    happy birthday matthew and happy anniversary elizabeth and j ason!!! you are such wonderful people. i am so proud to call you my friends=) have a wonderful day!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox
    love you bunches

  6. Yvonne Says:

    God works in amazing ways! Happy day to all of you! And let me know how the cake came out 🙂

  7. Congratulations! What a great day for your family. How neat that Matthew’s birthday is your anniversary. I fully embrace my mini van, even though there was a time when I thought I’d never own one! Life changes, and now I’m so thankful that I can fill a mini van!

  8. What a happy happy day! I hope your celebration was just amazing.
    And only 8 years? You babies! 😉
    Congratulations on 8 wonderful years, and happy birthday to Matthew! My four be an amazing year for him and your family!

  9. claudia Says:

    How lovely! Congratulations on this very happy day 🙂

  10. JoJo Says:

    What a great day for your family!!

  11. Grace Says:

    so beautiful. and so much to celebrate.
    happy birthday to your sweet boy.

  12. Melissa Says:

    Beautifully said!

  13. Kelly Says:

    Awww, how lovely. I’m teary-eyed just reading this. Happy happy birthday and anniversary!!

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