Cue “How Deep is Your Love” by the BeeGees and you will be singing our song. We danced to it just last winter at a BeeGees Tribute concert and can still sing every word. The chorus ends with the phrase “We belong to you and me.” Today is our 40th wedding anniversary.
Randy and I met soon after we arrived on the Northern Arizona University campus in August 1977. We became friends and then a couple.
We married on May 23, 1980.
Over the years I’ve taken a lot of grief over those rust tuxedos!
My extended family traveled to Arizona for our wedding. My dad gave me away in his dress white uniform at my request.
Randy’s family mostly lived in Tucson where we were married. It is sad to see how many beloved people, in both of our families, we have lost in these 40 years
Our first home was in married housing at NAU. In the photo we are celebrating our first anniversary, likely the only year we ever re-lit our wedding candle! (It is funny that we now live only 150 miles from where we began.)
Shortly thereafter we moved to Boise, Idaho for Randy to work at Hewlett Packard. Here he is with his first engineering paycheck!
I was hired as a first grade teacher and we were off, working at careers that would last 33 years for Randy and 25 for me.
I spent some time being a full time mom after our daughter, Natasha, was born in December 1982.
This is our family at my grandparents’ farm – including our first fur baby, Anna. My grandfather was always happy to put Randy to work, which he didn’t mind.
Natasha is holding our cat Sierra. For dog people, she was a good cat for 18 years.
Travel and adventures were always part of our lives and family activities.
We spent about 15 years traveling to and staying at each of the great lodges in the western national parks. This is Oregon Caves Lodge, one of the smallest, but also one of our favorites.
We snowmobiled in Yellowstone – and then decided we didn’t think it was right.
We were joined at the hip with the Sloan family for many years, often seeming more like one family than two. We also traveled and spent time with my parents. We were all together on this houseboat trip on Lake Powell.
Our boat was a big part of our lives each summer. We had weekly water-ski outings for many years.
We spent a lot of time hiking and camping around Idaho.
I don’t usually like mustard!
This was our very good boy Toby. He was part of our family for 15 years.
Natasha grew up…
…and she married Seth. Welcome to our family Seth!
Randy and I kept working, traveling and having adventures. Some, like this trip to South Dakota, were in our first fifth wheel trailer.
Same with this trip to Lake Tahoe where we went in our first hot air balloon.
Over the years we have traveled MANY times to MANY places with our friends Kent and Pam. This trip was to the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, an EPIC college football game. We are so happy that traveling with Kent and Pam continues.
In 2010 this boy came into our lives. If you’ve been reading the blog awhile, you know about our sweet boy Elko. We still miss him.
We have been blessed to travel with these friends, Darrell and Cindy. We’ve enjoyed many RV trips together and they’ve joined us at our Mexico timeshare several times. We’ve even cruised to Alaska together.
Randy and I really enjoy cruising and have been on quite a few. Our very first cruise was for our tenth anniversary and was just the two of us. Over the years we went with Natasha (letting her take a friend) or with my parents. Twice we have gone on an extended family cruise. This is Randy with our only grandchild on a cruise to celebrate my parents’ 60th wedding anniversary. Our most recent cruise was through the Panama Canal with my mother.
In 2013 Randy got his last paycheck from Hewlett Packard, retiring on his 55th birthday.
I retired in 2014, a few days after my 55th birthday. We sold everything and took off to live in our new fifth wheel trailer for an indefinite length of time. This blog was created to document that journey.
For five years we enjoyed traveling, exploring and volunteering in state parks. I’ve written, and you’ve probably read, many blog posts about those adventures!
It wasn’t our plan to stop full time RVing but sometimes life happens.
And when you climb to the other side…
You figure out how to make the best of the new circumstance and move forward. Randy is doing great and we are enjoying our new home and community near Phoenix. We were all set for a spring/summer RV trip to see new places and add stickers to our state map when COVID-19 derailed us. We also had to cancel our Great Britain land tour and Norway cruise scheduled for fall. Undaunted, we’ve got new travel adventures in the planning stages. We’re always looking forward to something.
It is what we’ve done for 40 years and will keep doing as long as we are able. We Belong to You and Me.