a leaf, a year, a candle

Sixteen years ago today, I got married on a wooden bridge over a stream strewn with tiny wildflowers. My step daughter, who was around ten at the time, had crept up beside me earlier that day and asked if I thought it would be okay if she put the flowers there. It was so sweet it melted my heart.

It was a day much like today, crisp fall weather, autumn leaves crunching underfoot, cool enough that I had to wear tights under the gauzy hippie-style dress that I had chosen.

My husband wore his favorite flannel shirt and blue jeans, as did everyone who attended. We’d both already been through the more formal type of wedding, and we’d decided early on that this time it would be very small and very casual. So, for the ceremony, it was just us two, our three kids, and my sister as the required witness. Our family wedding photo still makes me smile, all that plaid and flannel. We were the Brady Bunch, grunge style.

Our friends and family came to our cabin after the ceremony, and we had great fun celebrating. We had chili and chicken wings, shrimp and pasta, chips and dip. And a giant bonfire accompanied by lots of laughter.

It was a good day.

And it’s been sixteen good years. We’ve had our moments along the way, who hasn’t? And merging our two families together came with all the usual challenges. We’ve gotten our jeans dirty, torn holes in them a few times, and lost a button here and there. But everyone knows that broken-in jeans are the very best kind, the kind you hold onto forever, the ones you always feel most comfortable in.

Tonight we’re going out to dinner, just the two of us.

And yes, we’ll both be wearing blue jeans.


Happy Anniversary, Mr. Muse.



this post is part of texture tuesday over at kim klassen’s place


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  • kamana October 7, 2011 at 8:50 am

    happy anniversary to you both!

  • Graciel @ Evenstar Art October 7, 2011 at 8:59 am

    yes, indeed. it’s a very good life. and you’re living it. happy anniversary, blue jean baby.

  • Skye October 7, 2011 at 10:49 am

    The image of your wedding makes me smile; so beautiful, casual & real. Just like you, my dear! Happy Anniversary & many, many more to come!~<3

  • Kathryn Dyche Dechairo October 7, 2011 at 10:53 am

    What a beautiful day, it sounded perfect. Happy Anniversary, enjoy your dinner tonight. x

  • Ben (TheAngryScot) October 7, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Congratulations to you both, i can’t wait for the day myself and my fiancée tie the knot. I really hope you have a great night tonight!

  • Leah C October 7, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Hayy Anniversary to you & your Mister!!

    • Leah C October 7, 2011 at 11:20 am

      that’s supposed to be “Happy” 😉

  • sooz October 7, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Oh, that is so, so sweet; I love the visuals of your stories, K. I’m gonna share this with a friend… This was our sixteenth year, as well 😀

  • Jamie S October 7, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Happy Anniversary – here’s to many more happy years.

  • Amy October 7, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Happy Anniversary, Kelly! This is so beautiful, and I am so very, very happy for you. ♥

  • Brandy October 7, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I love your wedding description. I’m on my second husband and we wanted to have an informal ceremony as well – and to be completely honest, it was far more beautiful than the first pricey one. Happy anniversary to you!!!!

  • Nana October 7, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Happy Anniversary Sissy & Robert

  • miz katie October 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Ah! So sweet! I hope you both had a wonderful anniversary. Here’s to many many more years.

  • Marcie October 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    A beautiful tribute to your marriage..and the truth of 16 good years. Happy..happy! Hope it was special and good!

  • amy October 9, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    happy anniversary. broken in jeans are definitely the best. 🙂

  • missing moments October 10, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Congratulations and what a wonderful post!

  • Ruth West October 11, 2011 at 7:34 am

    happy anniversary! A wonderful image there, so ideal for kim’s textures, really beautiful 🙂

  • Linda Deal October 11, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Love your wedding narrative and the photo. Great work. ;o)

  • A Garden of Threads October 11, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Congratulations, happy anniversary. Love your fall leaves. Enjoy your dinner.

  • kim klassen October 11, 2011 at 9:26 am

    oh this is so beautiful….. and i love your wedding story… happy anniversary my friend…. xxo, Kim

  • Ania October 11, 2011 at 11:11 am

    wonderful memories and such a pretty tribute… happy anniversary 🙂

  • Pat October 11, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I love your wedding story. This autumn photo is beautiful too. Happy Anniversary!

  • Pat October 11, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Beautiful fall leaves! Happy anniversary!

  • geetlee October 12, 2011 at 1:33 am

    Happy anniversary, I enjoyed reading your post, made me feel happy 🙂
    Love picture too, here’s wishing you a great year ahead!

  • Carol October 13, 2011 at 2:19 am

    your photo is gorgeous but the story about your wedding is even better. Happy anniversary. We’ve just celebrated our 36th!


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