Hi, Joy! I know I'm a day early, but I'm so excited to be going through this journey with you again, and you've been such an amazing friend and support to me! I am absolutely thrilled to be able to start your lodge for you and be the frist to say, Welcome to your Birth Lodge!!!
Welcome to your lodge Joy!!!
I canNOT wait to have a place to stalk, er, um, follow your journey!!!!
YAY!!! I can't believe it's Joy turn now too!
Joy, you have turned into a great friend even though I've never met you. You've offered me fantastic support as I've entered momhood and kept me entertained when I was bored in TX. I'm so excited to be following your newest journey!
Welcome to your lodge Joy!!!
These last 8 months sure have flown by! It feels like just yesterday we were starting our lodges for Odin & Teagan and now Odin is going to be a big brother!! Eeeeep! I've cherished having your friendship these last few years and I can't wait to celebrate your new addition with you.
Awww, thanks ladies. Seriously can't believe its lodge time already! How did this happen and didn't I just do this? Still totally in denial that there will indeed be a baby coming soon. Seems like its so far off still when in reality its just around the corner. Ahhh! Its all going to work out fine, just seems like a daunting task at the moment.
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
Welcome to your lodge Joy. I love lodges, so easy to stalk. I can't believe you are almost there and can't wait to see who has been baking away in there. I'll echo what the previous people have said in regards to you being a great support and friend since we all started out back in January/ Feburay 2010 waiting for our October 2010 bubbas
Welcome to your lodge, Joy! I look forward to reading your intro, getting to know you better (you're obviously very likable! ), and following your story!
Mara & Joel, 2009
So I'm cutting and pasting some from my intro and birth stories in my last lodge. Oh, if there were just more hours in each day for me to get everything done! I'm sure everyone knows how that is.
So I'm Joy (33) and DH is Wally or Walter (35). We met in 1999 while attending Chico State in CA. Fall semester we had a water polo class together and both played on a club team. I didn't even know who he was for weeks but he had an idea about who I was. I was dating a guy form the Rugby team at the time and also pledging a sorority and really just didn't notice all that was going on around me. About 6 months into the semester we had a carwash for our sorority and Wally brought his friend's truck to be washed, and then another friend's car, and that was probably the 1st time I really noticed him. A friend of mine at the time couldn't believe I didn't know who he was since we'd all been in the same class for weeks and laughed when I asked her who the cute guy was. A few more weeks followed without me giving him too much thought other than him saying hello when we passed on campus and me admiring how cute he was at those moments. As all things go when your barely 20 my BF and I at the time broke up just days before my sorority formal and as a pledge I had to bring a date to this event that I had already paid for and all. So of course I had a friend go scout out if the cute guy from water polo class was single or not before I asked him to my formal last minute. My friend reported back that he was single but that he was very liked by all the ladies and they had all told me to “take a number”. LOL. Of course that didn't stop me for some reason, I really just needed a date to the dance. The next day I decorated his apartment door with balloons and a big sign asking him to the formal. He called back later and said yes and we've been together ever since. I remember coming home from that dance that night and telling my roommates at the time that I was going to marry this guy. They of course all laughed and thought I was crazy but somehow I knew. It really was fate that brought us to the same place at the same time as I had only gone to that college for a year after struggling to earn money to go since my parents thought that college was a waste of time and refused to fund it. Even after getting a partial scholarship to USD the right out of high school. And he had been going to USD for a while but had transferred to Chico that semester to help out his brother whom struggles with a neurological disorder that progressively gets worse as he gets older.
Younger us. During our 1st year of dating at some Greek event. Not the best pic but I lack digital pics from that time in our lives...lol
Anyway we dated all those years. Even a year apart, with me finishing up in Chico and him going back to San Diego to start his career in business. Once I graduated I packed up and moved in with his family in Coronado until I started work (web design) and got a place of my own. Things of course change fast and 6 months later I went back to school to get my teaching credential and he found more stable work becoming a commercial electrician, so not where we saw ourselves going. In 2003 we got engaged. He proposed during a gondola ride around a part of Coronado called the Cays. With champagne, chocolate dipped strawberries, gondola guy singing, and followed by an awesome dinner at Lowes resort in Coronado. Even after nearly 5 years together was cute to see him so nervous and the proposal was perfect. We got married a year later on June 5, 2004 in Coronado. Big Catholic wedding with a full mass and we had our reception beach front at a cabana right next to the Hotel Del Coronado. It was beautiful. It is funny now to look back at the past 13 years and see how much we have both changed but how well we have grown together. I'll have to talk more about having babies next time!
Pic of our wedding in the church