Four by Four

Year One

Just married. Living in Chattanooga. Figuring out ourselves, each other, the future. Learning that being loved is sometimes harder than loving, that marriage is a whole lot of both fun and work. We were just glad to finally be together, on the same continent, facing job searches and dinner cooking and weekend adventures. We’d worked 40-hour weeks before, but this was different, somehow: life as real grown-ups.

Year Two

A time of transition, of setting our direction and working, together, to accomplish it.  This was a very in-between year; a period of looking forward but enjoying the present.

Year Three

Adventures abound! We moved to Asia. Settled in. Adjusted to new friends, new schedules, new challenges and joys. Remembered why we came back and the unique joys and challenges of life in the east. Explored our world together. I remember lots of laughter from this year. Growing pains, yes (aren’t there always?), but mostly shared food and wine and fellowship.

Year Four

The hardest, and maybe best, of all. We moved, again. Got a dog. Visited America (twice, actually) and then came home to Asia. This was the year, I think, when we really understood what it means to carry the other’s sorrows and to share each other’s joys. That it’s the two of us, in it for always, with each other.


Happy fourth anniversary to us. Here’s to many more to come.


10 Comments on “Four by Four”

  1. Erika says:

    Yes, to many, many more! Congratulations! I love these pictures, especially the expressions in year #2.

  2. David Farnsworth says:

    Congratulations on being married 4 years. Ya’ll are a wonderful couple. Thanks for sharing these 4 years with us.

    Love always,


  3. John says:

    Great post is honor of a great marriage!

  4. Tina Owens says:

    Happy Anniversary !!! May the… continue to be blessed as you grow together in the knowledge of…….. (….couldn’t remember if this is one to be cautious) Love you both!


  5. ally says:

    Nice recap! Hope you had a wonderful anniversary!

  6. Holley says:

    Love this! Happy Anniversary!

  7. Haley Strouth says:

    Happy Anniversary friends!!! Miss & love y’all!!!

  8. Jennie Brewer says:

    Sweet Beth!! Im so glad to have found your blog – I loved reading your words and getting a little glimpse into your lives in EA. Happy Anniversary to y’all!

  9. thegregs says:

    Thank you so much everyone for the sweet comments! And Jennie–it is so great to hear from you!!! Do you and Ben have two little ones now? I can’t believe how time has flown!

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