Looking Back

I’ve often shared Looking Forward posts on this blog, but I thought that I would do a looking back post today because this first week of March has been significant for us over the last few years…

Three Years Ago 

Life was good and at the time I would have described it as “perfect”. We were both working jobs we enjoyed a lot, even though admittedly we did not have a lot of extra money. We spent our weekends going to the gym together, going for brunch or going for hikes and trail runs and we spent all of our disposable income on traveling. We were gearing up to head to Maui in a month and after three years of being married we were finally ready to start trying for a family!

Two Years Ago 

After a tumultuous year that included Eric being laid off from his job twice and our infertility diagnosis we made the huge, huge, HUGE decision to rent out our house, for me to quit my job and for us to move back to our hometown for new career opportunities. Still to this day the hardest decision we’ve ever made. And while I will never regret this decision because of what came afterwards, I will always miss aspects of our life down there. Especially the amazing friends we had.

One Year Ago 

At this time a year ago we had just found out we were 4 weeks pregnant. We also took possession of our house that week. It was the start of a very anxious filled several weeks as we’d waited so long for this pregnancy and early pregnancy is a scary time as you know the chances of something going wrong or losing the baby are very high. I was also insanely sick.


I’m 4 months into my 1 year maternity leave with our amazing, adorable, hilarious, fun baby girl. She absolutely lights up our life. Eric just started a new job where he will only work 8 hour shifts 5 days per week instead of the 12 hour shifts, 14 days straight he has been working for almost two years. This new schedule has just started this week, but we’re already so excited for the extra time we will have together as a family and I am excited that he will be able to participate so much more fully in parenting even on the days he is working.


There have been many trials and tribulations for us over the last three years, and life certainly isn’t perfect. But it’s also not about having a perfect life anyways. The messy parts can lead to something beautiful, they did for us. And I wouldn’t change the journey for anything!

What were you doing three years ago, two years ago and one year ago at this time?

What are you doing today?

How does your life look different? 

PS: Wishing my brother a very happy 25th birthday today! Also send him all your good thoughts today as he heads out on his Appalachian Trail hike – today is day 1 of his hike!

5 Responses

  1. Stevie says:

    I love this post so much! Amazing how much can change in just a few short years. Olivia is so adorable, and keeps getting more adorable which seems impossible. So happy for you!

    Three years ago today we were settling into a new apartment in Seattle, in the most wonderful neighborhood close to many friends.

    Two years ago we were deep into planning a trip to New Orleans!

    One year ago we were settling into our 100 year old house that we purchased, in a new-to-us area outside of Seattle. We were excited about owning our first home and thinking about all the projects we wanted to do, but we were LONELY. We still worked in the city and saw our friends occasionally after work, but didn’t know anyone in our new town and coming home each day was hard. Everything was new and different. It was also a really long, dark, wet winter last year and we struggled a lot.

    Today we are coming out of a super fun long weekend getaway with a group of friends that we’ve met since we moved into our house, tackling home projects like a boss, and looking forward to the year ahead of us!

  2. Kara says:

    It’s amazing how much life can change over a seemingly short period of time! For me, three years seems like forever ago!

    I *think* three years ago I was either wrapping up or had just wrapped up my temporary position at the university and was counting down the weeks until Norah was due! I really don’t have any idea what I was doing two or one year ago – it’s all a blur for the most part but I was likely just hanging out with Norah at home!

    Today I’m working towards completing my schooling with the plan to go back to work in the near future. As much as I’ve loved being able to stay home with the girls I really do miss working and the social aspect that comes with it.

  3. Lisa of Lisa’s Yarns says:

    I love this post, too! So very happy your life is where it is at today!

    3 years ago I had been back from Charlotte for about a year. I was working in a job that was not s good fit and was so unhappy. But everything else in life was great. 2 years ago, nothing really stands out! I feel like the first few years after Charlotte are kind of a blur. Oh, I was having a lot of hip pain and would find out I needed surgery in May. And I decided to move in with Phil which was a hard decision as i was opposed to living together before we were engaged. Last year I was planning our wedding. I did so many DIY projects in March! Now I am in the sleep deprived days of having a newborn but so very happy. I can’t believe how having Paul has made me love Phil even more! I never would have guessed we would have a baby after just 9 months of marriage!! We are so very lucky.

  4. Stephany says:

    March has seriously been a big month for you guys and I am so excited that Eric has a new job where he can be home more! That must feel so awesome for you!!

    Let’s see… three years ago I was getting ready to spend a long weekend in Savannah and so looking forward to it. Two years ago, I had been ghosted by a guy that I was so excited about and really thought I had a future with (we’d been on a few dates and he just didn’t show up for one of our dates, $&*(#@)#&(*%), so I was really, really upset. A year ago, I had just joined a gym and was enjoying working out again! And today, I’m grieving the loss of my beloved Dutch and trying to move forward without his sweet presence in my life. A lot of ups and downs, that’s for sure.

  5. That is such wonderful news that Eric took a new job with way better hours!!!! Yay!!!

    Looking back … six years ago yesterday, Christopher and I first met (again) at his brother’s wedding. We had gone to the same elementary and high school, but didn’t really talk or know each other, since I was friends with his older brother, not him. I wouldn’t have believed it that night if someone would have told me I’d be married to him just under three years later!

    Life takes some interesting turns sometimes, but I couldn’t be happier where it has brought me <3

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