Life

Corbin and I have always lived in fairly small, modest spaces. The first place we ever lived in by ourselves was a tiny converted garage studio in Orange, California.

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Complete with an orange tree

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and a rainbow painted fence

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Since then, we’ve lived in another converted garage, a couple mobile homes, and even a tent (if only for a weekend). I’ve loved each of the places we’ve called home temporarily and the memories each one has painted in our lives: The massive sleepovers when family was in town, playing music on the porch, making our own orange juice, exploring our backyard forest, bike rides, walks into town, miserably failed gardens, nights out with friends, lazy summer days in the inflatable pool, midnight dances under the stars…

I guess it’s never really mattered what housing structure we have lived in. What has mattered is the people we’ve been able to share our time with while living in these spaces and the locations we’ve been able to explore.

Right now, Corbin and I are lucky enough to be living in a beautiful apartment in Portland, Oregon.

It is small, and I love it so.

 

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On October 10th of last year, Corbin and I said our vows to spend the rest of our lives together. It was an absolutely beautiful day, and when I look back through the pictures and think about that day of love, family, friends, music, dancing, good food, and wine, I feel so grateful and happy.15517_10152781810554865_2551293568968015144_n

A lot has changed since that day. I finally graduated and got my BS in Anthropology and celebrated by dying my hair red, Corbin got a new job, and we moved to our dream city of Portland. But besides the obvious big life changes, there are all of the big and little changes that go unseen by most people. Like changes in relationships, changes in how you feel about yourself, and changes in how you see and perceive the world.  These are the changes that I believe are most significant. Even in just one year, Corbin and I have been through so many challenges together. But these challenges are what I am most grateful for, because even after knowing this man for the last decade of my life, we continue to learn and grow together.

To celebrate our first wedding anniversary we decided to run away into the forest of our beautiful Pacific Wanderland to sleep under the stars, drink wine by the campfire, explore beautiful waterfalls, make fairy houses by a pond,  indulge in large portions of campfire breakfasts, and most importantly, be unreachable by the modern world. It was perfect.

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I wonder what this next year will bring.

 

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