35th Wedding Anniversary

October 7, 2016

38 years ago on October 7, I was back home from university for the Thanksgiving weekend when a long haired hippie with torn jeans introduced himself to me at the local pub. He thought that I had been making eyes at him all evening; however, what he didn’t realize was that I was just staring at empty space. I had just lost my glasses and was blind as a bat. I couldn’t recognize the people across the table from me, much less make eye contact with the cute guy across the room. Non-the-less, a friendship was formed.

1981_San Francisco

1981_San Francisco

This guy was different from any guy I’d ever dated. We talked about everything – religion, politics, nutrition, organic farming, the environment, everything. He opened my eyes to a whole new world I didn’t know existed. We fell in love and three years later, to the date, we got married.

October 7, 1981

October 7, 1981

He was a single parent of a 4 year old, Kerry and so we had an instant family.

1982 Porter Family

1982 Porter Family

Two years later, in 1983, Christopher was born.

1983 Porter Family

1983 Porter Family

In 1986, Kelsey completed our family. (Apparently a family with 3 kids has not time for family pictures. I can’t find one with all 5 of us from when Kelsey was a baby.)

1986_Ken and Darlene with baby Kelsey at her christening

1986_Ken and Darlene with baby Kelsey at her christening

Over the years we traveled, had many adventures and had lots of fun together.

Christmas 1994

Christmas 1994

1999_Porters on European adventure

1999_Porters on European adventure

2003_Porters in Cuba

2003_Porters in Cuba

2005_Porters at Derek's Wedding

2005_Porters at Derek’s Wedding

2019 Panama Cruise

2010 Panama Cruise

2012 at Christopher and Emily's Wedding

2012 at Christopher and Emily’s Wedding

And our family grew, from the 5 of us to 12.

September 2016 the Porter family (missing Matthew)

September 2016 the Porter family (missing Matthew)

In 1997, Ken and I embarked on our grand adventure – building an off-grid home in the bush. Over the years we cleared a road and built a small cabin, bath-house, log summer kitchen, workshop, garage and finally a house.

1997 Scouting the property for the house site

1997 Scouting the property for the house site

1999 clearing the house site

1999 clearing the house site

2006 Modern American Gothic in from of shop and solar panels

2006 Modern American Gothic in front of shop and solar panels

In 2012, Ken retired and left the big city to start building the house. For 3 years, I visited on weekends. In 2015, I retired and joined Ken in the bush. Together we plan, design, measure, hammer, drywall, paint, and construct all kinds of things. We are a good team.

2015 On the front veranda of the house

2015 On the front veranda of the house

Over the years we have changed and grown. But some things don’t change. He is still my best friend and we still talk about everything, especially politics, religion/spirituality, nutrition, organic farming, and the environment.

The adventure continues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Darlene & Ken

Experiencing life off the grid, building a home, and trying to live sustainably.
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7 Responses to 35th Wedding Anniversary

  1. The Pastershank's says:

    Hi Darlene and Ken , Congratulations on your Anniversary , seems like we are celebrating the same day only it is 55 years for us . Ed and Sylvia Pastershank ..

  2. Frapper says:

    Happy Anniversary! Love your blog!

  3. Ed and Sylvia Pastershank says:

    We would sure like to see your Ponderosa , will have to set up an appointment if you don’t mind …

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