In the beginning, as neither of us was looking for a relationship we used to say to each other "3 days, 3 months or 3 years, lets just have fun and make the most of it". A year later Adam proposed and we were married in October 1998. 18 years later we were still having fun. I am grateful for those 18 years and I always will be. I found my true love, my soul mate and best friend on the river that day and I am blessed to have had that in my life. A true blessing.
In the 18 years that we were together we managed to cram in a lot. New adventures all the time and all the while planning the next, we were always dreaming. We were very good at it.
Not long after we returned from America, Adam was offered a job in Norway working on the Numedalslagen River in Dagali. So of course we went. Our next adventure. We lived and worked in Dagali for 5 months and at the end of the season we bought a Combi and drove to the most Northern point of Europe NordKapp. What an incredible country Norway is, I have never experienced anything so beautiful. We drove from Dagali across to Bergen and then followed the coast as best we could. It was the end of Summer moving into Autumn and the colours were incredible. The further North we got the colder it got and we watched the waterfalls and rivers slowly freeze. Have you ever seen a waterfall that has frozen mid drop? Unbelievable! I have no words to describe the beauty of Norway in this blog, I would need to write a book to even begin to try and put into words the deliciousness of Scandinavia. We travelled to the top of Norway fjord by fjord across Sweden and then down through Finland and back into Norway - What a trip, a cold trip in the end. I would not recommend sleeping in a Combi in October in -24 degrees. It was cosy I can tell you, thank
It was on this road trip (we were in Sweden) that Adam and I decided we wanted to come home and start a family.
It wasn't long after we returned from France that our beautiful son Reef was born. September 2005 - now that was a surprise, a very pleasant surprise. I will never forget the smile on Adams face when we found out I was pregnant again. He was so proud. He was such an incredible Dad to Joel and Reef from the very beginning till the very end. Adam believed that life was too short. Even if we lived to be 100 it would never be enough time to see all the beauty that this amazing Earth has to offer and so he was determined to never stop planning the next adventure. Since Reef was born we have travelled back to Europe and also to England and Wales, we have seen much of Australia with our favourite place being Humpy Island National Park in the Kepple Bay Marine Park.
We were never wealthy but we saved and planned for adventure. It is our motto, "have fun and be adventurous". We were however rich with love. We always had a roof over our head, food in our bellies and clothing on our backs. We provided support, encouragement and love to each other and to our children. We protected each other, had each others backs and each others heart in safe keeping.
My goal now is to not loose that, to keep the adventures alive to continue to travel to continue to provide fun and adventure to my two beautiful boys. To love them, to teach them love and to help them become adventurous and caring young men.
I know Adam is with us; forever in our hearts and always in our dreams.