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Today marks our ten year wedding anniversary. On a picture perfect November 3, we stood in front of cherished friends and family overlooking the Okatie River in Bluffton, S.C., and promised to love each other forever. Then we danced under the stars before embarking on our happily ever after.
I’ve been reflecting on the ceremony led by my dear friend, Chaplain Mel Baars O’Malley, who spoke of our relationship in terms of life’s journey. During the past decade, we’ve experienced so much life, growing into ourselves, becoming parents and a family with our beautiful daughter, and learning together how to manage the joys and difficulties along our journey.
It’s only fitting that we celebrate ten years traveling together and creating new memories of shared experience to add to our story.
“What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel
That they are joined together
To strengthen each other in all labours,
To minister to each other in all sorrow,
To share with each other in all gladness,
To be one with each other in the silent, unspoken memories?” – George Elliot
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers” -L.M. Montgomery
The weather this fall has been unseasonably warm even for South Carolina, so we took advantage of the continued summer to plan a beach trip over the long weekend.
Nothing on the schedule except for beach walks and watching some football (for Jody) which meant plenty of time to play and relax.
Dinner on the patio at Bistro 217 was the perfect way to end the day (Eloise is a big fan of their homemade banana ice cream).
We took one more beach walk before heading home. Until next time!
“So lovely was the loneliness of a wild lake” -Edgar Allen Poe
The lovely Lake Oconee was our weekend destination and provided the most peaceful and relaxing setting. It was our first visit to the Ritz Reynolds Plantation, and we quickly embraced its elegant and rustic charm. A luxe lodge nestled on the water about an hour from Augusta, the property is strategically scattered with adirondack chairs, chimeneas, walking paths and twinkle lights to create a restful environment.
After getting settled into our room, we headed to the lawn to catch the sunset and opening reception for the conference Jody was attending. Dinner on the patio followed where we looked up at the stars while snuggled under fleece blankets, and we ended the evening around the fire pit roasting s’mores.I hit the gym and spa Saturday morning while Jody conferenced, and then we met up to explore the Oconee Trail. By the time we made it back from our walk (six miles later), we were hungry and ready for a lakeside lunch. It was a treat to have an afternoon without any plans, so we meandered from deck chairs to playing ping pong in the “backyard” to a cozy spot in front of the roaring fire in the lobby to read.
In fact, cocktail hour lingered a little too long, and we rushed to get ready for dinner and Casino Night. The dealer might have gotten the best of us at the Black Jack table, but I always feel lucky to spend a weekend away with my guy.