Ten Years

Mama Kat, with one of her Writer’s Workshop prompts this week, has inspired me to share a photo taken ten years ago.

1. Find a photo of yourself taken ten years ago and display it on your blog along with a current photo. How have you changed since the day that photo was taken?

This photo was taken on our third anniversary, 02/02/05.


And this one was taken a couple of weeks ago on Motor Man’s birthday.

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So aside from the inevitable physical changes (the most obvious one being more wrinkles),  how else have I changed in the past ten years?

This is a bit tricky, in that I tend to think of  changes in my life as opposed to how I’ve changed.  So, I may stray from the subject just a bit.

Many things are the same:  I’m just as happy now as I was then, and Motor Man and I still enjoy every day.

I think each year that’s passed has given me a little more self-confidence. Motor Man’s mission ever since we’ve been together has been to help me be a less intimidated, more out-going person, and I can say that he’s been successful. Life is much more fun than when I was so timid and scared of everything. (I guess you CAN teach an old dog new tricks.)

In other words, I speak up now more than I did ten years ago.

Since that first photo, I’ve become a  blogger, and I have that to thank for many new friendships.

I’ve also renewed some old friendships, many because of Facebook. I know it has its critics, but I’m a fan.

In the past ten years, I’ve learned to never pass up the chance to take a photo. (Or ten.) When I was much younger, I shied away from having my picture taken; now I take advantage of those opportunities, too, especially photos of me with the ones I love.

I’ve said good-bye to several family members and friends in these last ten years, and although we know it’s part of life, that knowledge doesn’t make it one bit easier.

So, how about you?  How have you changed in the past ten years?

Mama’s Losin’ It

 ~These Days Of Mine~








22 responses to “Ten Years

  1. Great photos of you two sweet love birds. Wonderful thoughts and may the next ten years be filled with joy and good health. 🙂

  2. I can’t see that you and JR have changed that much in appearance. But I do know that you’ve been good for each other!

  3. Wonderful! The love you share radiates through both pictures .. 🙂

    Hmm — great question. How have I changed? I have to ponder on that but the quickest thought is I became a Grandmother and those 2 little souls rocked my world 🙂


  4. Great pictures, Dianna! I think I’m happier and healthier now than I was ten years ago, thanks to a new medication and a lot of praying.

  5. I think social media i.e. Facebook, WordPress, etc. has helped boost my self-confidence. Who would have thought? And I had balked so in the beginning. I’ve published my first book with another one soon to come and there are many more in the scheme of things. So yes, I’ve changed. A lot! Lovely pictures…You both look so happy! 😉

  6. Life changes so fast. I think this is a really great project to do and reflect back.

    Mersad Donko Photography

  7. Our friendship started over 13 years ago and you are still just as sweet and caring now as you were then. Love you.

  8. The two of you look so good together – love the two pictures. I too, have become a Grandma in the past 10 years, and that has been AWESOME! My husband retired, and that has been wonderful for him – me too! Anything good for him is good for me. Some sad moments that make me reflect on good memories.

  9. Great photos of you and MM “then” and “now” and while all of us have aged, one thing stays the same – big smiles and obvious “happy” !! I’ve changed a lot……publishing a book put me in the limelight for the first time in my life and while I enjoyed it, I enjoy the NOW which is just taking each day as it comes and making it the best that I can. I value my time more…..I may be feeling my age these days but that isn’t stopping me. I also value the few family members I have left AND all of my friends more than ever before.

    Hugs, Pam

  10. what a great post Diana, you look fabulous, I think this is so in every picture you post of you!! And what a great picture of you both 10 years ago and more recent. Yours is a great blog, love your stunning photography every post, thanks for all your hard work and growth too!!

  11. Both of those pictures are so sweet.

    Changed? Well, if I’ve changed at all in ten years, other than the obvious outward apperances, I’d have to say: Assertiveness. I’ve learned to be more assertive. 🙂

  12. One thing is constant in your photos — your love for one another. You can just see it. 🙂 The past 10 years have been big game changers for me in so many ways which is giving me pause for thought.

  13. Great post! Change is a constant in my life and I embrace the renewal it brings (not so much the chaos, but they come together).

  14. Great post …. & I do think Motor Man’s been -somewhat- successful in his quest ! ; )

  15. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    I have to agree with everyone both pictures are full of love for each other.
    Changes in the last ten years…we both are retired which is such a blessing! We love being together all (most) of the time. Enjoying life one wonderful day at a time. We have lost a few family members on both sides, but we know they are with the Lord. Looking forward to another wonderful 10 years and wish the same for you and JR ❤

  16. You are both still smiling and looking happy and healthy. I’d say you’ve changed very little. Me? In ten years? Wrinkles – sure, but a lot of good stuff as far as writing more, getting published, having a new daughter-in-law. Of course there have been losses, my mother being one. But…inevitable I suppose. I hope you are still smiling as big in the next ten year picture and I bet you will be.

  17. Enormously. It’s been ten years since my daughter’s illness and, of course, it changed everything. But on a lighter note, you look terrific. Ten years have been very gentle on you both.

  18. I still don’t know if I’d call myself a fan of social media, but it does indeed have its merits. I have also made great friendships and gained confidence through blogging – something I never dreamed I’d be doing!
    Love both of your photos – definitely what has remained the same is the love and happiness between you!

  19. Dianna, love the two photos! I can honestly say I don’t see much aging going on, so you must be doing something right. Like you, I’ve grown and changed so much in the past ten years…moved from kids at home to empty nest, and blogging has been a rich experience for me also…lots of other changes, some not so positive…amazing to think what a difference a decade makes, isn’t it? Thank you for sharing! ~ Sheila

  20. Ha! I can’t even remember ten years ago! LOL Ten years ago, our third granddaughter had just been born. You two look great. I admire your photos together. That’s something we need to work on.

  21. I love that we become more confident and assertive with time. You don’t look like you’ve changed a bit!

  22. I see two wonderful people that have changed very little in their happiness in 10 years! Congratulations in how much you have bloomed!!!

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