Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Nineteen Years and Counting

At the end of December Curt and I celebrated 19 years of marriage which blows my mind just a wee bit.  I remember our wedding day so vividly that it can't possibly have been nineteen years ago, yet it also feels like there really wasn't ever Life Before Curt.
Squinty Selfie due to sunlight.  I forgot what it feels like to squint into the sun.
As most of you know, we are 2.5 years into a three year graduate program.  God willing, Curt will graduate with a doctorate of Education Leadership in June of this year.  Doctoral school is not for the faint of heart.  It has been an exhausting and intense 2.5 years.  In short, my husband is SuperMan and he sleeps very little. I'm in awe of how God has sustained him, giving Curt strength and clarity of thought, focus, and energy that doesn't add up given how little he's sleeping and how much of himself and his brain power he's giving away each day.  Thank you Jesus for being everything we need for each day.

For our anniversary we rallied our Village, asked for help with our kids, and headed out of town for three days and two nights.  I can't tell you how much we needed time together without an agenda.  And rest.  For the love... we were T-I-R-E-D!

We stayed at Skamania Lodge, located on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge.  It was a Bucket List location for me and it did not disappoint. The lodge was still decorated for Christmas and the giant fireplace in the lobby was crackling every time we walked through.  Outdoors was a sunny, snowy winter wonderland.

Trails around the resort 
Handsome Husband
After dinner the first night we "hiked" the trail system around the resort, but we were woefully unprepared.  Curt had packed a pair of work boots, but all I had was running shoes.  It was pitch black and we didn't have headlamps so we used the flashlight on Curt's iPhone.  He went first, picking his way across the snowy trail and I followed his footsteps.  On the slippery downhill parts, I held on to the back of his coat and skied down the trail.  We laughed our heads off and had so much fun.
Views from the trail during the daylight

Day Two was supposed to be an Outdoor Adventure day.  We ran the trail we hiked the night before then headed out. We planned to hike to Falls Creek Falls, a stunning waterfall in the Wind River Recreation Area about 30 minutes from the lodge.  But the closer we got to the trailhead, the more snow we encountered.  The Forest Service road that leads back to the trailhead was barricaded closed and covered with a deep blanket of snow. We tried to "hike" through the deep snow, but we kept postholing.  It was not fun.  After less than a mile we turned around and decided to go relax at the lodge.  It was a great choice because we stumbled upon some beautiful photo ops on the way back.
Can you find Curt on "the road?"

copyright Jodi Stilp Photography LLC

Copyright Jodi Stilp Photography LLC
The spa at the resort was beautiful and featured an outdoor hot tub overlooking the gorge and the mountains. We sat in the outside hot tub for a long time, just soaking in the view and the experience. We took our books to a cozy niche' by a Christmas tree and read.  Ate a lot of good food. Too much good food.  It took a week to work off that Food Baby, but it was worth it.

God gave us beautiful sunshine and blue skies the entire time we were there - such a gift in this ridiculously gray and rainy winter.

We had time to just BE.  Together.  Rest.  Reconnect. We talked about what we learned this past year.  How we grew.  The high's. The low's.  We discussed marriage, parenting and personal goals for the upcoming year.

On the way home we stopped at The Bridge of Gods and Multnomah Falls to grab a few photos. It was a great way to finish our getaway and start the transition back to home.
Multnomah Falls - copyright Jodi Stilp Photography LLC

Multnomah Falls - copyright Jodi Stilp Photography LLC

Bridge of the Gods and one tiny Curt - copyright Jodi Stilp Photography LLC

If you are married, may I encourage you to invest in your spouse?  Get away together. Talk to each other.  Romance each other.  You won't be sorry and it's the best gift you can give your kids.  They take comfort in a strong and stable marriage.

Thanks Babe for an awesome adventure.  I am so grateful God gave me you.

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