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Love is Timeless
So today’s post is sort of an ode to the behind-the-scenes guy. Here we are, during our trip to Vancouver BC last spring:
My husband and I met in college, and we got married almost eight years after being together. During those seven years, we took a few “breaks” of the Ross and Rachel kind, but always remained good friends during those breaks. We’ve lived in Boston, Los Angeles, Portland, and Southern Oregon together. Throughout the years, we’ve lived in four apartments and two homes together. We’ve had two kids, three dogs, and countless AMAZING adventures traveling all over the United States and Europe together.
The Mister and I have a LOT of history. Love is patient, love is kind – sure. But it’s also confusing, challenging, frustrating, a painful mirror, and hard work that requires each person to give more, to accept more, to BE more than you each thought possible.
I love this guy. A whole lot. And I’m so very grateful that we found each other and continue to love each other in this topsy turvy world. This world that seems to be spiraling into chaos lately and requires us all to hold tight to each other.
My husband and I are pretty invested in doing what we can to make a difference. This means that given the last few months in the US, we’ve been more emotionally stressed than usual. Date nights, once something that I was committed to ensuring happened more often than not, are becoming a necessity for sanity.
We’re lucky in that my parents live less than an hour away. They picked up the kids Saturday afternoon so they could spend the night over there. Which meant: date night for us!
My husband and I started our date night that afternoon with a couple of wine tastings. As you know if you follow this blog, we live right on the edge of beautiful Willamette Valley wine country. Our first stop: Ponzi Vineyards, where we’ve been wine club members for several years. Second stop: Hawks View Cellars, another place where we’ve been members since they first opened up their wine club.
For dinner, we had originally planned to go to Quaintrelle, a new restaurant I’ve been dying to try out. But, we were tired after a long day, and opted for something closer to home. We ended up at Tucci, a longtime neighborhood Italian restaurant in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
It was nice to be able to sit back, relax, enjoy some tasty comfort food and a yummy Italian Nebbiolo. We talked and shared our thoughts about current events, discussed possible action plans, and had hours of glorious uninterrupted adult conversation time. It was SO nice! Not watching the clock and having to rush back, just being able to spend time together.