We dated a little over a year before we got engaged and then a year later married.
We both were married before – she had two daughters – I had two sons – and we had each other.
We lived way out in the country – the driveway was 1/10th of a mile long –
great in winter to sled ride.
That first year I mowed everything by hand – it took five days!
And then – rest for two and start over again – we bought a riding mower!
Those early years were lean years – combining two sets of kids –
running back and forth – very little extra money –
but we survived and to this day look back fondly on all those times.
We would pack breakfast – lunch, and dinners – take adventures –
the kids loved it.
Camping – in tents – visiting friends.
Marriages – moving – college – our family was just the two of us.
The kids were gone – we had moved from the country and into town.
Now – the house was empty and we had the opportunity to transfer to NVA.
We bought and sold three houses in NVA.
My sons stayed in Pa.
But – it seemed like the extended family all moved to NVA.
The family stayed in Pa. and Va. – her sister is building a small condo near us.
The family has visited us many times – my sons are coming end of summer.