Although I’m hesitant to say it, I think our streak of bad luck ended with the arrival of autumn. As the leaves really started to turn, everything began to improve. You’ll probably think I’ve spent too much time in hippie dippy Portland when I tell you that I think it must have something to do with the moon and the seasons and some nastiness with the tilt of the earth, but I do. So while I’m always happy for fall’s arrival, this year it was especially welcome.
A couple of weeks ago, James and I went up to our very favorite place in Vermont–a trip I look forward to all year long. While we have the option of going to the falconry school or driving a Range Rover up the mountain, we opt instead to swim the length of the indoor pool, drink wine by the fire pit, play Scrabble in the library, begin our Christmas shopping, and have dinners in the downstairs pub. They are the most glorious three days of the year. I always wish we could stay for longer.
While we were there we had the chance to meet up with our friend Carrie Bombria, who also happens to have been our elopement photographer. As part of her wedding/elopement packages, Carrie offers a free anniversary photo session for life! The photos Carrie took this year were my favorite photos of us, ever. Aside from the fact that she’s an amazing photographer, I think we look natural in these photos because we’re so comfortable around her–we were also extra comfy because we shot the whole thing in our pajamas. As I mentioned on Instagram, I respect James’ wishes not to show up on the blog or social media, so these photos are a rare appearance.
More good news: two days ago, my father-in-law went home after a successful three weeks of rehab. He’s doing so incredibly well that no one can really believe it. To put it in perspective, most people a third of his age take between six months and two years (or longer) to get to the point he’s at now, two-and-a-half months in. His speech is almost normal, he makes jokes, and he remembers almost everything–past and present. He’s already making plans to be back in his garden next summer.
I’m now busy pretending that the leaves will be this bright and beautiful forever! Although despite my state of denial, I’m thinking ahead–to two trips and the holidays. There’s so much to be thankful for, especially this year. And among those blessings, there’s you. Thanks for sticking around.
Photographs of us by the talented Carrie Ann Bombria of Carrie Ann Photography in Vermont!