Yesterday was our one year wedding anniversary! This time last year Rasmus and I had just finished driving from San Francisco to New Jersey, and this year we flew to San Francisco from Norway, and drove to Oregon!
Our relationship was more or less founded on the willingness to explore and learn about both ourselves… and it still is! We both love learning about new places, meeting new people, seeing new landscapes, taking part in exciting things, and just enjoying the moment.
Today we went on a five hour speed boat ride up the white waters of Oregon’s Rogue River. It was so much fun, and as the driver did tricks with the boat, like 360 degree spins at 40mph I couldn’t help but daydream about how amazing this year has been. Getting to know Rasmus even better and live with him as his wife has truly been the best experience of my life and I am so excited about the future.
Growing up as a bright eyed, curious, and sweet young girl I was told a lot of advice, a lot of which I learned to take with a grain of salt. “Don’t ever get married.” “Don’t ever have kids.” “Spend as long as you can getting to know yourself.” “You don’t need a man.” “Learn to love yourself then the right guy will come along.” “You need to be independent, then everything will work out.” “You need to have a strong career, don’t think about dating.” While all of these things may be true, I have always felt I wanted a partner. I couldn’t have been more right.
I spent several years going out on my own to explore, be independent and make my way as a woman in the world, and I definitely think that set me up with my own voice in a relationship. But, being with the right person, Rasmus, is way better than being alone and independent! I consider myself a moderately religious person, and while I pick and choose from the bible, I’d like to share this quote “For I know the plans I have for you, ‘Declare The Lord,’ plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”- Jeremiah 29:11. I always knew there was a greater plan for me than what I was doing before I met Rasmus, it was like I was in a holding pen.
Perhaps I’m a little old fashioned, but I feel complete being married! Rasmus is unlike anyone I’ve ever known before and he understands and appreciates me like no one else. He’s fun, challenges me intellectually, supports me in almost all of my endeavors, we get excited about the same things, and he’s just so cool. He gives me the confidence to do all of the things that make me, me! I’m so grateful and pinch myself every morning when I wake up and realize it’s all real.
Our afternoon on the river was lovely. We stopped for lunch at a little BBQ place in Agness, Oregon, and as the day went on we buzzed back along the river passing dozens of bald eagles, deer, seals, sea lions, turtles, and endless wildlife. This area of Oregon is so natural and untouched!