I can't hardly believe that it has been nearly 10 years since my life changed forever. It was a day that I had anticipated and planned my entire life. And it couldn't have been more perfect. A lot has changed since I became Mrs. Nash. I thought it would be fun to go back through the years and highlight parts of this crazy journey we call marriage. It has been the ride of a lifetime! There have been times I could barely hold on tight enough as the ride threw us for loops, but the wonderful part has been that seated next to me hand in grasp, has been my Dave. I am so thankful to have him as my partner, my other half, my best friend.
May 30, 2003: Our wedding day! The Temple was amazing, the reception was so much fun, and the start of our lives together was better than I could have asked for. As we rode off together on my 1959 Vespa scooter, I should have known it would be an adventure! We honeymooned on the gorgeous Mackinac Island in Lake Huron, MI. We got our first apartment in Taylorsville, Dave commuted to Provo for school, and I continued working at the UofU hospital in the OR while applying for PA school. And since I am trying to give an accurate account of ALL of our moves...our first one was 6 months into our marriage when upon an increase in rent we decided to move to Sandy and also began attending the Chinese ward in SLC.
2004: I was accepted to PA school and ended up deciding to stay here in Utah for that. Since leaving my job in the OR was mandatory for PA school, we decided to make the best of it! We left the day after my little brother's wedding for a summer back to our mission in Taiwan. It was so much fun being able to experience the country from a tourist perspective, but still have many wonderful friends to play card games and stay out late with. I returned in early August to begin PA school, and Dave came back a couple of weeks later to continue working at Nuskin and wrap up his undergrad degree at BYU.
2005: Mid-way through PA school, I found out I was expecting a baby. Jameson joined us on Christmas Eve 2005. We were so excited (and of course a little anxious) to become parents. Dave just soaked it up! Also another move. We purchased our first town home in Lehi and moved in right before Halloween. I swore I would never move while big and pregnant again!
2006: Dave's career at Nuskin came to a close as I graduated from PA school. I stayed in Utah long enough to pass my board exams and then packed up and moved to the most beautiful place I could have imagined; Olympia, Washington. We made a wonderful home there on a beautiful acre of property. Dave was working for Univera and I took my time finding a job!
2007: I began working at Mt. View Women's Center in Shelton, WA. While the job came with challenges, I learned to love it and have often wished I could go back! We thrived in Washington and built amazing relationships with some pretty incredible people. We were able to travel to Utah and Michigan that year! Our beautiful garden produced fruit and vegetables that we could have started our own farmer's market with. This was a very fulfilling year for us!
2008: Another prosperous year. My Niece Hanna was born to one of my dearest patients, and was placed just hours later in my sister's arms. We enjoyed having Hanna in our home for the first 2 weeks of her life before she could go home to Utah. I kidnapped Dave for his birthday and took him on a weekend getaway to the Oregon Coast where we decided it was time to add a child to our family. We were spoiled enough to make it back to Michigan and Utah again this year.
2009: We welcomed Gregson into our family! He was such a wonderful addition. Jameson was in love with him from the beginning. We had visitors from Utah and Michigan this year. We were able to see more of the beauty of the PNW! We had also gotten 2 mini Dachshunds and decided that we were going to breed them. Elliot and Ranger joined our family as well. This year came a change that I was not ready for and have questioned ever since...ANOTHER MOVE! This one back to Utah where Dave would be working with his best friend at his new start-up company. Back to the townhouse we went.
2010: The move had taken it's toll. 2010 was not our best year. Don't get me wrong, I went on my first cruise and we bought a beautiful home (AND MOVED AGAIN), but little did I know that Dave's work situation wasn't working out as well as he had hoped and we both desperately missed WA. Dave decided to start his own company. This was more difficult than we ever anticipated and by Christmas 2010, we didn't have 2 cents to rub together. It was a year of humility and personal growth! I also decided to change jobs in Oct. I wanted to be back in Women's health and an opportunity arose, so I jumped on it.
2011: ANOTHER move. We could no longer afford to stay in our big home with Dave's business still so new and my income not sufficient to carry us along. So many miracles and tender mercies we laid before us as we found renters for our home as well as a place to rent. We moved to Orem where my daily commute was cut significantly! We found our new place (about 1/4 of the size of our home) to be the perfect fit for us. We loved the neighborhood and ward. We started to feel happy again.
2012: We had wanted to adopt from China for a long time. We even applied to do it in 2010 just prior to Dave's change in jobs. We were unable to financially take on the task previously, so it was in 2012 that more miracles opened doors to allowing us to begin the process. I also was able to go to China on a CL/CP repair trip which was a highlight of my life. As summer drew close, we began to realize that it was time for us to take a leap that we had been talking about for years! Dave took a job in China and in August of 2012 we MOVED AGAIN! This time across the world to Shenzhen, China. The transition was much harder on our kids than we anticipated. During the adjustment phase, we were referred a gorgeous then 8 month old cl/cp baby girl and started making preparations to FINALLY bring Jade home.
2013: The highlight of this year so far was just that...bringing Jade home. We left our boys with some friends from the branch and Dave and I went to Xi'an, China to pick up this most amazing baby girl who stole our hearts! She has been a most wonderful addition to our family! But what do you know...things didn't work out with Dave's job in China and we nearly found ourselves moving again! Dave begins the eMBA program at HKU tomorrow, but no job has materialized yet. We are praying that one will. We are looking forward to a trip back to the US this summer where Jade will become a full blown American! We are also going to add another baby to our family as the year comes to a close.
Now if you aren't exhausted after all of this, then I may be making more of this ride than there really is! I am so thankful that Heavenly Father placed Dave and I together. I love to look back over my life and see the hand of the Lord working in such amazing ways! We have been so blessed with wonderful friends and family all along this journey! We wouldn't be where we are without all of you! Here's to 10 more years (but hopefully not 10 more moves!)
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