Great Ring Summer Tour 2017
This summer Ryan and I will celebrate 15 years of marriage. Obviously, we wed as children. That's fairly accurate.
On our registry we asked for camping equipment. We became teachers. Funds were limited but our summers stretched before us. Occasionally (most summers), we had to take on a summer gig or two to make ends meet but we always found some time to toss our camping supply in the trunk and get out on the road for adventure. For $25 to pitch our tent and a Pbj menu we could explore the grand beauty all around us.
We sometimes took off without a plan on paper just an arrow in our heads pointing us in some general direction, no reservations. Ok so the arrow was in Ryan's head, I was born with out an arrow. Getting lost even in an area I am very familiar with is no steep feat for me. Early in our marriage Ryan feared when I left the house alone, in our one car, that I might not return. We didn't have cell phones in those golden olden days. It wasn't long before he decided that a cell phone for me was a worthy splurge, at least then I could call home to the phone plugged into our wall (ancient times).
We wed with a dream of eventually having children and careers to match their schedules. They would join us in our love of summer road tripping. We hoped that one day we would have a camper and go on extended explores.
Well, here we are! Year 15 is drawing to a close and while our life doesn't look exactly as we imagined (in many ways it's better), we love each other more deeply and are grateful for this life. This summer we've drawn a ring on a map and are preparing for an extended explore in honor of these 15 years together, kids and camper in tow.
We've dreamt this trip up over the years and are finally just going for it. I'm so enjoying the prep side of this plan. We have lost a lot of our spontaneity over the years. We are planners now, kind of. I have lists, itineraries, reservations, and menus in progress (Pbj, still a staple). One thing we have learned in 15 years is to hold our plans loosely. All is subject to change.
But that ring, that symbol we gave each other on that hot July day 15 years ago, not subject to change. I still mean it. I do.
That ring on the map, not a perfect circle. I always intended to have my engagement and wedding rings soldered together, but alas, they are misshapen and thinner on the bottom. The platinum is badly in need of polishing. Ryan's ring, not a circle. It saved his finger from crushing between a boat and dock, never to be the same despite the jeweler's best effort. Some diamonds came loose and were forever lost.
I thought to get him a new ring for our 15 but he just doesn't want one. Instead, he and I get this ring. This ring on a map. This adventure.
It's not a perfect circle but it's our circle, our continuous circle.
Follow our 4 week journey on instagram #greatringsummertour2017
Thanks for reading.
*I read 12 books in 2016 and have a goal of 24 for 2017.*
I am keeping a running book list. I have no interest in rating or endorsing these books on here but feel free to ask me about them if you are curious. It's just a list of fact. Fact being I finished the book. I only finish books if I want to, so take from that what you will. Below, I'll also include what I am currently reading with no promise of ever finishing.
Books Read in 2017:
1. Hope Heals by Catherine Wolf
2. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
3. Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life by Emily P. Freeman
4. In the Shadow of Lakecrest by Elizabeth Blackwell
5. Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
6. This is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live by Melody Warrnick
7. It's Not Fair: Learning to Love the Life You didn't Choose by Melanie Dale
8. Hope Sings: Risk More. Dream Bigger. Fear Less. by Susanna Foth Aughtmon
9. Queen of the Universe: Encouragement for Moms and Their World-Changning Work by Susanna Foth Aughtmon
10. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
11. Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying so Hard by Jennie Allen
Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
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