Our story starts ten years ago today. There was more before this, but ten years is a good place to start.
Ten years ago today it was cold and windy, and it had just snowed up in the mountains outside of Boise. We had rented a forest service cabin outside of Garden Valley. The cabin was seated gracefully between a river and a hot spring slope and pool. We set up a tent in the middle of a meadow and invited about 20 of our closest friends and loved ones to join us. We hired a friend with a mail order minister's license to make things legal. We wrote our vows, and we started our life together officially.
My memories of that day are all positive. The day held very little stress. I remember the sun breaking through the clouds just as we made our promises to love and cherish one another forever and always, a dress my Mom made for me, a cake made by a friend (and carried in the lap of my little sister Lindsay all the way from home), salmon brought and grilled by my Grandpa, tons and tons of beautiful flowers, Phil digging out the hot spring pool until the minute the service was to begin, the faces of friends truly happy to be there, and knowing that I was choosing the best partner I could ever hope for. This day ten years ago was full of promise and joy, and all the things I hoped for have come to be. Phil and I promised to love each other and to build a home full of books and learning and creativity. We promised to care for each other and grow a life that we could be proud of. So far we have. So far the life we have built together is better than I dreamed it could be, and I can't wait to see what the next 10 years will bring.
After we were married we decided that our honeymoon would be a trip around the country. We bought a 1964 Oasis travel trailer and a book called free campgrounds of the USA. We sold most of our belongings, loaded up the hillbilly rig, and set out on our first adventure. We traveled around for about 8 months, stopping along the way to visit friends and family, but mostly we spent that time together reading, cooking, practicing yoga, and taking in the sights and sounds of some of the most secluded and serene places in the united states. We finally landed in Arkansas where we bought our first home, I finished my BA, and we had our first child. After Hadley was born we decided it was time to head back west. We've been back in Idaho for five years now. To commemorate our first ten years together (and Father's Day) I made Phil this patchwork quilt. My first quilt. The girls helped with the painted blocks, which depict a very basic outline of the most important events in our life so far. The art is not the most beautiful, but the memories are fond and the story is precious and needs to be told.
Here's to ten beautiful, adventurous years, Phil.