Two Years, Two Kids, Two Homes; Two People Become One

On the 5th of July, 2010 we recited our vows and sang The First Noel, a Christmas carol in the heat of a summer day because that was the first song we sang together when she returned from Azerbaijan the previous December.

Pictures shot and cake eaten, we made our way down to Alabama for two months of JAG school before we settled in our permanent home in Wichita.  We met friends in Montgomery and took a couple of trips to the beach.  Just before we left, she smiled as she said, “I’ll be eating for two for the next nine months.”

But she only ate for two for eight-and-a-half months as Zach came three weeks early.  I struggled to get him into the car seat the first time, but we made it home to our Wichita duplex and his waiting nursery full of dad-assembled furniture.

And then he cooed, cried, crawled, and cooed again as we settled into family life and a work, home, work schedule.  We went to baseball games and presidential museums.  Zach grew fat in eight months.  We cut down a Christmas tree, sang The First Noel again, and she told me “I’ll be eating for two for the next eight-and-a-half months.”

Orders came down for Alaska.  The ultrasound showed a little girl.  And then we celebrated two years.  On the 5th of July, 2012.  And she sang The First Noel to Zach as he drifted off to sleep.

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About Jimmy

The stories herein are about a sentimental 80s child who cried at every showing of ET (the sad part where he was lying in the wash) and his families, then and now. His wife, son, parents, and siblings play their parts well. They have their exits and their entrances. Sometimes their exits are sad, but not as sad as ET.
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8 Responses to Two Years, Two Kids, Two Homes; Two People Become One

  1. inkline says:

    I think Zach likes it when we sing The First Noel together at bedtime.
    God has given us a wonderful two years together, babe. I do love you so very much.

  2. Cindy says:

    sweet!

  3. Maxi says:

    How blessed you and your family are to be together in love and happiness. May your days be long and your hearts be full.
    Blessings – Maxi

  4. Dianna says:

    Your posts always make me smile. And I do believe you’re the only male blog author that I follow. Congrats on the two years – and all the happiness you and your family have found! Zach’s going to be a wonderful big brother to that baby sister.

  5. What a sweet story! I have a little tear of joy for you & your family (I always cry at weddings and the births of babies!) Congratulations and hope your new life in Alaska is filled with happy memories. 🙂

  6. granbee says:

    What a perfect store to pose in front of in your new Alaska hometown–POLAR BEAR GIFTS! You have your very own snuggly bear of a little son! Such a blessing you three are to each other!

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