When I met Silas he was a 20 yr. old computer science student at the University of Oregon.
|Silas, circa 2006, right around the time we met.|
I was a 17 yr. old wannabe actress/musician/important person of any kind.
|Me, looking very 17. And very, I have to note, skinny.|
I was something of a lost soul. Not sure what I was supposed to be doing or even what I wanted to do. I had some goals here and there but they changed pretty frequently. For the most part I just kind of worked through life waiting for something to happen. Silas happened. And he changed everything.
|Silas and I on our wedding day. I had just turned 20. Silas was 23.|
Maybe someday I can explain how much better my life became when I married Silas. He moved me to the "big city" where I'd always wanted to live. I was suddenly exposed to so much that didn't exist in the 200 person town in Oregon where I had been living.
|Silas and I as newlyweds. This was the first time I ever tried bubble tea.|
I had finally found the perfect person to share my life with. Someone adventurous, funny, well read, and principled. Someone who wanted all the same things out of life as I did.
|Silas and I goofing off at a party. I was pretending to be him.|
One of those things, for both of us, was kids. And a year after we got married we had Gideon.
|The Sniders, on a visit back to Oregon, when Gideon was about 4 months old.|
And life kept getting better. Silas turned out to be the best father I've ever seen.
|Silas and Gideon on a trip to Erie around Gideon's first birthday.|
We're still best friends.
|Silas and I, summer 2011.|
We still goof off.
|One Grecian urn!|
Even though we're pretty much all grown up now.
Silas turned 26 yesterday.
|Pouring the champagne.|
I made the traditional Snider chocolate yogurt pound cake and I bought a $17 bottle of champagne to celebrate.
|NOM NOM NOM|
I know people think it's cliche to say that a person is the best thing that's ever happened to them.. but seriously. Silas is the best thing that's ever happened to me.
|The birthday boy|
I couldn't be more grateful he was born.