Working outside is in my blood. My soul sings to the tune of open pastures and blue skies. To offset all the editing work I do at a computer I decided to make some new friends. I’ve taken up riding. From where I live, I can walk to barn where 30+ horses roam the fields surrounding. I’m doing it for so many reasons. These horses are changing me-they have that effect on people. They will show me things about myself I didn’t know. Somehow the horses know what I need. At the end of the day, they free me. I’m looking forward to this journey.
Its the simple things that should bring us the most joy. Go play outside, blow bubbles, blow bubbles in your pop from McDonald’s, build a fort in your living room and watch a movie…be simple. Enjoy life. It goes fast.
When I met Holly she was beaming with excitement. It was more joy really because she had found Chris. The way she talked about him was so level headed but with a passionate love all at the same time. She told me how they met at work and slowly got to know each other. Once sparks flew, she was taken with his children as well. Her marriage to Chris will be like second nature. Their engagement session was quite the adventure! We ended the session at an older railroad bridge. Holly climbed onto one of the metal sections in heels for a photo! I would have at least gone barefoot. Brave girl. Both her and Chris were such troopers as we footed our way down the embankment to dry area of the creek bed. If your engagement was this fun, I can’t wait until your wedding celebration
I asked Holly to write some words on how she met Chris:
Chris and I met at our workplace, Norton Hospital, down in surgery. I didn’t really know many people when I started there except for a couple. I met Chris quickly after being hired because he was one of the assistant nurse managers. We spoke here and there about work stuff and how the job was going for me, but that was about it. I do remember sitting in the office working on computer stuff one day and he kept throwing little paper balls at me, although he doesn’t remember doing that We became friends on facebook a couple of weeks later, and began emailing back and forth talking about our lives outside of work. A few weeks later, Chris asked me out on our first date on none other than Valentines Day! I gave him grief about the day he picked, but he picked me up and we had our first date at Kobe Japanese Steakhouse on the river I wasn’t too sure how it would all work out, and told him I didn’t think we should date because of the management and staff dating rules at work. I was new to the job, and didn’t want anything to interfere with work, so I told him politely that I didn’t think it would work out. Well, he was persistent, and now look where we are!
Chris’s daughter, Kelsey, plays on a competitive travel volleyball club. Each time we were out of town, he always had the nice chair to sit in that reclined back, and I was stuck with a not-so-nice one. I always told him for valentines day that he could just get me a chair and he could throw in an Arby’s Chocolate turnover too. Well, our one year anniversary and valentines day fell within 2 days of each other. I came home from shopping on our anniversary (Feb 12, 2011) and on the counter was an Arby’s bag with a card. I laughed, and walked past it to take the dog out. When I came back it, the Arby’s bag was replaced with a bag from Genesis Diamonds. I just stood there, not sure what to think. I walked into the living room where he was sitting and just looked at him in shock. After saying “Is this what I think it is?” about a hundred times, he took the bag from me, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him. I of course said yes, teared up, and gave him the biggest hug ever. He then mentioned to me that the chair was on backorder
That’s our story. We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us!!