Twenty four years ago...

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We cross this river when we drive home coming from the east.
This point on the river is about seven minutes from our house. 
As we drive over the bridge Dan will extend his arm with his palm upraised in the form of presentation and say...

"I give you that."

The first couple of times he said it my head was down looking at something on my phone.  He told me he didn't want me to miss the moment.  It has since become a sweet ritual and it makes me stop, embrace the moment and the beauty of this special place that we now call home.  It also always makes me realize how lucky I am to have Dan as my husband and best friend.
I take a deep breath, absorb the beauty and say "Thank you."
It is always a gift. 

Twenty four years ago today, my birthday:), Dan and I were married in the gardens at the historic
Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Oregon. 


Happy Anniversary
to the man who

 gives me the world...


all my love,  j.



this Blue Heron is a regular on the river