10 years and a blue moon

Full moonrise Gig Harbor_2185 StaatsTen years ago on July 31st, I invited a man from Saint Paul, Minnesota to a tour of the Tacoma, Washington area where I was living.  We spent the day talking and sharing while walking along Commencement Bay and exploring Wright Park and Point Defiance Park.  It was a beautiful summer’s day and we became good friends and learned much about each other.  As the day was coming to an end, I suggested we go to Gig Harbor and enjoy the full moon-rise over Mount Rainier.  It was the perfect ending to a wonderful day.  Fast forward ten years, and I invite him to dinner to celebrate that first date in 2005.  It’s another beautiful summer’s evening, with dinner on a patio in Saint Paul accompanied by yet another full moonrise only this one is more rare being a blue moon.    Between dinner and dessert, this same man from ten years ago asked how the evening could be more memorable, and then got down on his knee and asked me to marry him.  In these ten years we’ve shared joys and sorrows, births and deaths, and life’s share of ups and downs.  We both appreciate all we’ve been through and the love we share.  It was easy to answer his question with a “yes.”

12 thoughts on “10 years and a blue moon

  1. jo August 2, 2015 / 10:34 pm


    • lindastaatsphoto August 3, 2015 / 10:36 pm

      Thanks, Joani! Something about those Minnesota people that’s really special!!

  2. Liz August 2, 2015 / 10:40 pm

    Congratulations!! I am so happy for you. Blessings to you both and for many more anniversaries.

    • lindastaatsphoto August 3, 2015 / 10:35 pm

      Thanks for the well wishes Liz….think about you lots!

  3. photoencaustic August 2, 2015 / 10:55 pm

    This is fabulous Linda. Congratulations to both of you.



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  4. Dave Shores August 4, 2015 / 3:29 pm

    Happy Anniversary. And a great picture, too. Michael Frye talks about photos almost always needing a focal point, and this picture certainly has one (or more). The multi-colored reflections are a nice touch, too.

    • lindastaatsphoto August 4, 2015 / 7:40 pm

      Thanks, Dave – yes, the Pacific Northwest has some wonderful photo areas, especially for water reflections and mountains. (we get the water reflections in Minnesota, but are certainly lacking in mountains…..that’s ok though because we have glorious fall colors).

  5. Tom Thomas August 4, 2015 / 10:55 pm

    Linda congratulations, beautiful photo, beautiful words. I have officially retired but have been extremely busy touring. Keep those inspiring words coming….
    Tom T

    • lindastaatsphoto August 6, 2015 / 9:09 pm

      Thanks, Tom – and congrats to you too on your retirement. Here’s to great travels and adventures!

  6. Jenny Hance August 5, 2015 / 11:36 am

    How great is that. Congratulations to you both!

  7. lindastaatsphoto August 6, 2015 / 9:10 pm

    It’s friends like you, Jenny, that make the congrats even more special. Thank you!

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