Wednesday, July 14, 2010


dear emily,

i was a mature and seasoned 21 year old when i married hans.
we had dated all through high school and separate colleges, so
it was time for us.  if absence made the heart grow fonder, we
were absolutely sick with fondness.

the truth is, i think we made other people a little sick with our
fondness. :)

hans has been the love of my life and the captain of my ship,
always encouraging, ever faithful, and completely entertaining.
but most importantly, he never says, "no" to me.  :)

the view from my kitchen/coffee nook:

as we approach our thirty year anniversary, i have been thinking
about the importance of 'prenups.'  i brought very little to the
blessed union besides my heart but still considered it very, VERY
important that he promise me, "i will never, ever take you camping."

we passed this sign on a hike last week, and it made me smile.

seriously?  two weeks??

love, lea

"love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  it
always protects, always, trusts, always hopes, always
1 corinthians 13: 6,7

ps.  p. j.'s clever and loving post about her wonderful  husband
prompted this!!!


Anita said...

Just beautiful!! The views are breathtaking, and of course the words of Paul are timeless. Your views make me think of my aunt's ranch in Montana near Hardin and the wonderful times we spent there. Thanks for the inspiration this morning!!

Rosie said...
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Rosie said...

Oh my dear are a scream...your pictures capture the exquisite beauty in each and every snappy you can not say that camping is evil...if done in the correct manner...{fluffy bed, kitchen sink, bathroom in the back, and wheels to propel one to ones destination} it can be MOST pleasant...The 14 day rule, is a very "fine" rule indeed though...thank you for the smile to start my day Rosie

Anonymous said...

Lea, Lea, Lea!! Yes they hurt...but no, I'm not in agony! Maybe I was being just a smidge dramatic!!

A Tale of Two Cities said...

Sounds like a jewel of a husband to make such a vow. I happen to be one of those who could benefit from such a promise--not a camper myself either. Now a luxury cabin with a view like your picture--that's a different story!


Blondie's Journal said...

Your husband sounds so sweet... I love promises like this. I love your beautiful view, too. How I'd love to wake up to this everyday!


Farm Girl said...

Very Sweet, I just love that, isn't it wonderful that after almost 30 years you can still feel this way, Such a blessing!

Sandra said...

You and Dave make a pair. He said the last time he went camping, the Army paid him -grin-.
Me? I love to camp but am in the glamping stage of life now.

Mountain Mama said...

Magnificent views! God is an amazing and very creative creator.

Just out of curiosity... did you overstay your 14 day camping limit? :-)

Debbie said...

What an amazing view! Isn't it funny how we think we would never enjoy something and it turns out fun?

myletterstoemily said...

sandra! how funny: glamping! "glamour

bbb said...

ask paul about "glamping"........that's his new thing to look forward to after retirement.....still have a few years to change his mind. (really, i can't see him going anywhere without room service)

High Heeled Life said...

Oh my friend how wonderfully blessed you and Hans are to have each other. Here's to many... many... more... years of happiness together.

Your images are breathe taking..HHL

Southern Lady said...

So sweet and encouraging to all of use married ladies. Hans sounds like a wonderful man. On a lighter note, last night in VBS we asked the kids what they would take on a camping trip. My daughter and myself said, "a hotel room!" The funny part was that neither one of us knew what the other was going to say. Like mother, like daughter! Thankfully, my wonderful husband respects my need for comfort! Carla

Sonja said...

Had there been a pre-nup.... 'no camping' would have been in mine as well! Fortunately, it would also have been in my hubby's!! :)

myletterstoemily said...

bbb: i could see paul 'glamping'.
and i'm very sorry! :)

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

what a beautiful view..the perfect place to read A Taste Of Home :-)


Brittany Ann said...

You have quite the view! Wow!

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...



Jenners said...

Darn ... why didn't I think to put No Camping in a prenup? Oh yeah ... because my husband considers staying in a Motel 6 to be roughing it!

Vee said...

What a wonderful view! You're not really camping are you? You are?

myletterstoemily said...

vee: no way!

Beth Priest said...

nope 2 weeks is entirely too long to camp...I would potentially do it for 1 day...maybe

Angela (Cottage Magpie) said...

What a cute story! My husband unfortunately got the "no camping" version of me. I did so much camping etc., when I was a kid and young woman that I am just done. Fortunately he's not brokenhearted about it.
~Angela :-)

Gloria said...

I don't know...I believe I could camp there for 14 days. That is a beautiful sight! I think my dear hubby and I would love it...:)

My name is PJ. said...


I made Stu promise me that camping would consist of spending the night at Marriott Courtyard. True.

Thirty have a few on me...unless I include my first marriage too! :)

vivek said...

Hi Lea ,

This is the cutest post..

today..I came to know how u both met ..n how your love reached the highest limit ..the true love within ..n connect of your's with hubby ..was ..some of the truest ..I ever ..witnessed ..and are blessed brings so much happiness read ur writing ..that ..sometime ..when I'm sad change my whole mood ..n develops a driving force within to never give up ...

its been a while ...I have been ..wandering ...Mind is ...not @ the place where it has to be ..will be posting something ..soon ..
take care..
Keep smiling ..
Have a gr8 weekend .

vivek said...

Oh How Silly I'm How can I forget to wish you ... Happy wedding Anniversary..

Keep rocking like this forever..

God Bless you ..:)

Together We Save said...

Looks beautiful!!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

How beautiful nature is, your photos are perfect, Lea.
Still smiling on your sweet comment!
Summer hugs for a lovely happy happy Thursday. xxx

Rosie said...

Hey girlfriend,
Thanks for stopping by for a little chit chat...hoping all is well on the home front, and you are enjoying a little down time with Hans...sending you a Rosie

trish said...

I absolutely love this post! :o)
What beautiful pictures as well. Such a blessing to be in such beauty! :o)
I hope you are having a great week.
Sincerely ~ Tricia

Susan B said...

I love this post! Happy 30 years together!!!

Gorgeous pictures.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Oh Lea, you don't know what your missing. Two weeks of camping under canvas sounds like bliss to me. Especially in that beautiful countryside. I'd pick camping over a hotel room every time.

Jemm said...

Are you on vacation or do you really live there? Wow! What views. Congrats on 30 years. Our 15th is Thursday.