It’s been 3 years but it feels always. Like we’ve always been married and yet, like we’ve just begun.
Today is kind of surreal due to the surrounding firestorm but other than bad air quality, things are relatively unchanged in our neighborhood. Businesses are open, people are working, things are getting done. Julia and I have been celebrating our 3-year anniversary today by having breakfast at Coco’s, seeing a movie (Rendition) and tonight we’ll be dining at Outback Steakhouse.
But there are reminders all around us that things are not normal. Restaurants are full like it was a holiday weekend, the local Mall was only half open and the parking lot has turned into a large-animal evacuation center. And yet, it’s business as usual. That doesn’t mean we don’t care, but we can’t do anything but wait. We can’t fight the fires, the shelters are well stocked and staffed and everyone we know is out of harm’s way.
October has historically been a strange time for us. There was the Cedar Fire in 2003, our wedding in 2004, Seattle trip in 2006 and now the Witch and Harris Fires. And October is just the beginning for us. We have both our birthdays and those of other family members in November. Add Thanksgiving and Christmas plus our son’s birth and 2007 is shaping up to be quite memorable.
But God has been faithful. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.