Sunday, September 28, 2014

month 11.5: the sweetest thing

god i love you. 
my affections run deep and the laughter, even deeper. 

it's been a pretty busy month (and a half), and i'm finally taking a deep breath to soak you in. 

we jumped from missoula, to france, to ennis, to the tetons, back to missoula, and then a week of hosting my sister, two girls, and momma. PHEW! 

we went to jb & nino's wedding (OMG, THE BEST FRENCH WEDDING EVER); we spent time with paula and i got to meet your entire french family; we roamed around paris and ate our hearts out; came back to ennis and prepared for our teton crest backpacking trip with mary, then backpacked for five days in an icy-cold paradise that ended in a true white sandy beach paradise; popped back to missoula to do three days of intense apartment hunting and secure a beautiful new abode; you turned 30!!!; then immediately afterward, hosted my sister, mom, and two nieces for a week.

i witnessed your incredible patience, your deep affections for a little someone (ly-di-a!!!), your love for all things jane austen, your physical abilities to (rather easily) climb passes and jump into glacial lakes, your insightful reflections on our experiences and interactions between us and with others, and your ability to keep in touch with people (i didn't realize you were so good at that), and oooooh yeah....your love of the radish kimchi my mom made (it was absolutely delightful to see you eat your heart out with spicy fermented kimchi love). 

and at the end of all of this activity, i felt joyful and fulfilled to be simply right next to you, watching mansfield park (which was far worse than the uk version mini-series of pride & prejudice). haha.

you are my happy place. you are my safe space. you are my deep sigh of relief. 

you are the sweetest thing.
happy 11.5 months of marriage my love.

Monday, August 18, 2014

zero waste home adventures: 3 months strong

before we left on our bike tour this past may, we had a mad load of things to do that we waited to do until the last hours of the day. one of those things included a visit to the disposal site (aka: dump). 

you guys, with our zero waste efforts, we were able to go for THREE MONTHS without taking out our trash! originally, i was aiming to double our first feat of one month without taking out the trash, so going for three months was a pleasant surprise. our next challenge is to go six months without having to take out our waste! *gulp*

the dark mystery man pictured here is samuel. i told him to smile holding our bag of waste, late at night in the freezing cold (i think there were snow flurries earlier), before we had to drive one hour to bozeman where we'd sleep for a couple hours before heading to the airport. please remind me not to procrastinate next time. but huzzah for minimizing waste!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

month 10: you are the best friend i didn't know to ask for

dear samuel, 

we were swarmed by mosquitoes, snow/slushy iced out of cedar lake, and scared by an adorable mouse (not we, me) when we arrived home.

we hosted six warm showers guests in a week, had dear friends over, i went on my first horse pack trip and you got your favorite: alone time. 

we flew to seattle and you officiated your first wedding for one of your best friends, took a train down to bend, then shasta, and finally to the bay for our first trip back together since we moved. and what a whirly trip of lots of amazing food and friends. it was incredibly stimulating and super fun to see you in so many different contexts. 

i loved experiencing you being your witty and hilarious self with people all along the way. i felt impressed by your level of inquiry and honesty as we interacted with friends. i was so proud of your leadership and excellent officiating skills at zack and sarah's wedding.

you are such a stud! do you know that?

i love being steeped in our exploration of the life we are creating together. you're my soul mate, my life partner, my lover, and the best friend i didn't know to ask for.

here's to our first ten months and a thousand fold.

all my love, 


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