May the fourth be with you.

When Kirby and I were married on 4 May 1996, I’d never seen a Star Wars movie.

Anyway, we came to Waterton for our honeymoon. There was a lot of snow here, so we had to ditch our hopes of some early spring hiking. Since then, I’ve come to appreciate how almost-expected that should have been. I remain an idealistic optimist, just a slightly wiser one these days.

We have been back here for many anniversaries since then. As Jack was born 11 months after our wedding, he came with us on our next trip down, as bouncing baby boy.

We used to love going back to the Kilmorey Lodge, and eating at the incomparable Lamp Post Dining Room there, before it burned down several years ago.

One year, just nestling into our cozy little room there, we looked out the window and saw a flock/herd of bighorn mountain sheep meandering down the road outside! There must have been dozens of them; I’ve never seen so many all together like that before or since.

Early this evening, we paused before a pre-dinner walk to the waterfall, to capture this moment with our old friends…

There they were, grazing outside of our church building, just by Vimy’s restaurant… waiting to (sheepishly) wish us a happy anniversary.

I love this man of mine. And we did get to enjoy a sunny stroll in shirtsleeves this time, so maybe optimism is sometimes the wisest course to take!

#22years #wedding #anniversary #templemarriage #eternity #maythefourthbewithyou #lastinglove #waterton #bighornsheep #Vimy’s #makingmemories

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