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goin' to the chapel

Monday, September 15, 2008

This last weekend on our way home from the airport, Shad decided to surprise me.

We took a little detour and stopped by the church we were married in nearly 19 years ago.
It hasn't changed a bit.
I loved the spot we were married in.
It's a little chapel of a church high in the Rocky Mountains.
It holds barely over a hundred people...just enough to fit our families. ;>)
The spot holds so many memories for us.
The first time I figured out he 'liked' me was just down the road on a youth group retreat.
Our first kiss was a few days later down by the river.
In the five years we dated (through high school and a year of college), we visited this spot many times, enjoying the scenery, talking about our dreams, working through our differences...
There's something almost spiritual in the sound of the water and the rustle of the wind through the trees.
Yep. We definitely picked the perfect spot to get married.
And it was a kick sharing the spot with our kids 19 years later.
Who would have thought back then we would be bringing a passel of kids up the Poudre to see the spot where their old folks got hitched.
Most kids would be bored out of their mind...but Alek, Anya, Nick and Maddie got a kick out of exploring everything. While we couldn't go inside, we did get to go down by the river, toss some stones and take some pics (with the camera phone.)
On the way home, Anya said, 'Someday Mama, I'm going to get married in that church.'
I couldn't think of a better place.

4 salty messages:

Tina in CT September 16, 2008 at 11:00 AM  

What a beautiful spot in the mountains. How nice to go there at the time of your anniversary and to show the kids.

I did not know that you and Shad dated through high school and married while in college. Thanks for writing your story.

Have a wonderful anniversary!

MoscowMom September 16, 2008 at 11:41 AM  

That is so, so sweet... I can only imagine how special it felt to go there with the kids...

Tina in CT September 17, 2008 at 8:31 PM  

You need to post a wedding picture of you and Shad to go along with the story.

A Special Family September 20, 2008 at 4:14 AM  

So glad to have found your blog again! What a lovely post, so glad all is well with your kiddos!

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