Today we celebrate the birthday of my wife, my best friend, my co-blogger, and my co-conspirator in life. I think this time last year we were kicking around Seattle, enjoying everything that Capitol Hill had to offer and having a raucous karaoke party. This year was a stark contrast — a day of fun in Spokane, cake and ice cream with the family, and a quiet night at home. Don’t get me wrong, if we were still in Seattle, we’d probably repeat last year’s birthday. But out here in the country, the closest (respectable) karaoke bar is a long ways away, and Lyft doesn’t drive this far out. (The local karaoke bar is less karaoke, more bar, and a bit more … colorful than the places we usually haunt.)
Needless to say, it has been a crazy year for us, with lots of big changes. But you know what? When you spend your life with someone like Mindy, facing change becomes less about “how are we going to get through this” and more “how are we going to turn this into an opportunity.” That’s how we ended up out here, living small and blogging it all. She would never own up to this, but Mindy is one of the most positive people I know. She’s the one you want in your corner when the chips are down. She doesn’t post on here as often as I do because she has more demands on her time, but trust me — none of this would have ever happened without Mindy. Or been even half as fun.
So happy birthday to my beautiful bride, and may this year be the best one yet! I look back on the adventures we’ve shared so far and I can’t wait to share more adventures with you. I love you from the bottom of my heart.