In less than a week I will be celebrating my third wedding anniversary. Robin and I were married on July 21, 2013. It was, up to this point, the best day of my life. She really does bring out the best in me. Actually, she's my moral compass. Robin's opened my world to a whole new spectrum of things: Korean food (yeah, my favorite restaurant is Nam King in Baltimore, Maryland), movies that don't involve Rocky Balboa or Han Solo, traveling farther than Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Eminem (didn't see that one coming!) She's taught me to explore more things, try to see the best in everyone, and...uh...talk about my feelings. What have brought to her world? Well...I guess more than anything...I think I've let her know that it's okay to be silly and completely let your guard down. Sometimes I catch myself laughing out loud as she allows me to take pictures of her being completely silly. She never would have done that six years ago.
Getting silly with Robin in downtown York, PA -- 2014
When I met Robin I found someone who wanted to be with me because I'm me....and she wanted to participate in the things that I love to do. To be completely honest, it shocked me when Robin first told me that she liked to go for hikes in the woods...I was in total disbelief when she told me that she liked to go tent camping...and I was super pumped that she was interested in going for bike rides with me. The last three years of our marriage (six years if you count the time we were dating and engaged)...taking trips, hiking, exploring, camping, and bike riding with Robin...have been absolutely amazing.
Parasailing in the Bahamas. This was the firs time we traveled together -- October 28, 2010
This may have been the first time that Robin and I took a hike together. We took a spring time walk through Rocky Ridge County Park -- April 11, 2011
Robin and I went camping on Memorial Day weekend of 2012 in Caledonia State Park. It was so hot that weekend...but the hiking was super cool -- May 27, 2012
Robin and I took a hike to the top of Tumbling Run in Michaux State Forest. It was there that I proposed to her -- June 24, 2012
We found out that state parks in Florida are very different than state parks in Pennsylvania on our hike in John D. MacArther State Park -- November 27, 2012
Out for a 4th of July bike ride with Robin -- 2013
I didn't just marry my girlfriend....I didn't just marry my wife...I married my best friend. Someone who loves me, brings out the best in me and wants to share a life with me. It's the most amazing thing in the world. Back when we were engaged we ran into a couple that were on their anniversary trip. They had a tradition that, each year, they would take turns surprising the other with a destination for their trip. We loved the idea and decided to do it ourselves. This year it's my turn to surprise Robin. We are leaving tomorrow morning for a destination unknown to my beautiful wife.* I told her how long we would be gone and what the weather forecast is where we are going. Tomorrow I get to go on another adventure with my best friend.
Life is a journey...not a destination.
David A. Raymond -- July 15, 2016
Road trip with my wife -- June 26, 2016
*July 25, 2016:
Robin and I had an amazing trip which included two nights in New Orleans, LA, a night in Chattanooga, TN, and four nights in Brevard, NC. Here are some of the highlights of our trip!
Taking in the French Quarter in New Orleans -- July 17, 2016