Where did the last 20 years go? Anniversary, Olympia, WA

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20 years ago today, Philip, Austin and I gathered in front of a cozy fire in our home in the south Capitol neighborhood. Snow had been falling most of the day, and a glowing, silent landscape had emerged. My sister Melissa and Philip’s good friend Scott stood as witnesses for us, as we fumbled our way through a ceremony. The snow had prevented the officiant from making it to our home, and so we were on our own. We smiled, laughed and raised our champagne glasses, toasting one another. We then headed out into the still evening for a walk through the wintery scene, our first walk as a “married” couple and family. We began our relationship as friends, and it soon blossomed into something more, and before we knew it, we were young parents full of hope and feeling we could conquer the world. And so, 20 years later, we still feel like those young parents, full of hope. Only now it is tempered by the sweet contentment of the many memories we have shared, but still full of hope for many more to come. I am so grateful to have a partner who is not only my friend, but who is truly my biggest fan and supporter. I love you Philip, and I love the life we have created together. Happy Anniversary…

2 thoughts on “Where did the last 20 years go? Anniversary, Olympia, WA

  1. Lance Felice

    Philip and Courtney,
    I met you shortly after this if memory serves me. I congratulate you both on staying the course. Love truly conquers all. In the midst of separation and eventual divorce form my wife of 10 years and friend for the last 15, I truly wish that we had what you have. Checking out is so easy but staying and working through the difficult times to see your struggles blossom into a partnership for life is a beautiful thing. I raise my glass in toast to you both, your beautiful kids and to a friendship that I trust will last a lifetime.


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