Saw so many posts on Facebook this week with people reviewing their personal highlights of the decade, which got me to thinking about ours.
Michael and Scott moved to Omaha, Nebraska, when Scott accepted the call to become Senior Minister of the First Central Congregational Church. We bought a 1910 house and began remodeling projects.
In January we rolled one of our cars on the ice. In April we went to Italy for two weeks for the honeymoon we had delayed since 2009. Michael was elected to the Justice and Witness Ministries Board of the United Church of Christ. And Scott's grandfather died.
Michael started working at the Urban League of Nebraska. The Equality Ordinance was passed by the Omaha City Council. Our niece Zoe was born. We kayaked at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Lake Superior. Scott went to Paris with friends. And in November we were legally married on the Iowa side of the pedestrian bridge spanning the Missouri River.
We were foster parents. Enjoyed a trip to California that summer. Michael had his tonsils removed. Michael's grandmother died. And he traveled to Costa Rica with friends.
For Scott's fortieth birthday, we visited the Big Island of Hawaii. Scott attended the Yale Writer's Conference and began to work diligently on completing his book. That fall he began teaching in the philosophy department at Creighton University.
Sebastian was born! Marriage equality was achieved! We traveled to Costa Rica for Sara Salas's wedding (and our babymoon). Scott's stepfather, living with Alzheimer's, entered a nursing home.
Scott took a sabbatical. Michael's grandfather died. Scott and his sister took their mom to Ireland. Michael's mother was killed in a car accident.
Nash, a West Highland Terrier, joined our family for Sebastian's birthday. We took a family vacation to the Black Hills of South Dakota. Michael was elected to the national Board of Directors of the United Church of Christ. Scott's Mom moved in with us after receiving a cancer diagnosis.
Scott's Mom's surgery revealed no cancer, and she moved home. Michael began working at the Douglas County Election Commission. Sebastian started preschool and was ring-bearer for his godfather. Scott's memoir was published. Scott's stepfather died. Sebastian had an emergency appendectomy. Michael celebrated his fortieth birthday.
Scott delivered a TEDx Talk and was elected chair of the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Conference of the United Church of Christ. Sebastian appeared in his first dance recital, attended theatre and nature camps, competed in a triathlon, and otherwise flourished. We camped at a picturesque Iowa State Park overlooking the Mississippi River. And we celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary.