Tuesday, May 10, 2011


25 years ago today I married my best friend.
Jan was 19 and I was 22, I had to marry her quick before she new better.
Lucky if we had a few dollars in the bank but we had it all figured out, well it turns out that we didn't really have to much figured out but we are still having fun with the game of life.  
 I am not sure what Jan got out of deal but my life has been great!
We have experienced so much,
I always liked this picture.We have enjoyed a lot of canoeing, kayaking and outdoor activities.

Our big camping trip to the west coast, this was in a little county campground in Sisters, Oregon. We had the place almost to our selves. This was our first hard sided camper, cost us a small fortune in gas but so glad that we did it, great trip!

We've lived in four homes,
Our first Apartment, we had the 2nd floor, $300/month included everything, should have stayed there, maybe we didn't know everything?
The first home we purchased 6 months later and lived here fore 1 1/2 years
 18 months later we found this gem, there were a few tears over this 100 year old beauty, it needed a lot of clean-up. Ten years later, Ellie and Ben now completing our family, we decided to move to the country but we hated to leave.
 We purchased 9 acres in the country from Jan's parents.
Our new home, it takes a long time to make a house a home, it doesn't mater if it is new or old.
It is the love inside that brings it all together.
We've had countless pets and cars and campers, raised 2 fabulous kids and traveled a lot.
We had a great addition 2 years ago, Isaac, top center, he chased and caught our daughter, actually not sure who chased who but 
we are very happy for them.

I can't imagine having a better life with anyone else!
Jan has taken such good care of  all of us, home schooling Ellie and Ben and supporting me with all my ambitions.  Most of the time you had a smile for me.
Jan has kept me on a good coarse though life and I pray the next 25  years don't go buy as fast as 
the last 25. Jan recently came up with our plan on marriage"She is right and I am happy", I am ok with this plan, except when she needs a hew plan?
I am so excited to get Nellie finished and travel the country with you!
I  hope that god blesses us with a long life because I 
think there is much to be done yet.
Who knows what life will throw at us next (grand kids)??? I look forward to our next chapter together. 
Love Doug


  1. if it were not 5 something in the morning, I would raise a glass to you both! Wonderful how a man appreciates what he has. You have found your own plan in that! Always appreciate what you do have!

  2. Congratulations Doug & Jan! Your blog made me cry as I'm sitting here at 7:30 drinking my coffee. You two are a fabulous couple and Geno and I wish you many more happy adventures together!

  3. Congrats. Came across the blog and will read the back postings with interest... now that we're up to our eyeballs in '54 aluminum ourselves.

    All the best and enjoy the next 25.

  4. Thanks Frank,Rena and Brad, We think we we have a few roads to travel yet. Life has been pretty good so far!

  5. Congrats Doug and Jan! Must have been a really good year to get married--25 years for Pam and me this year as well.


  6. What a sweet post! Happy 25 years!
    Here's to getting Nellie finished and traveling the country with your bride!

  7. Lovely post Doug and big congrats to you & Jan.

    We hit the big 25 next year - where oh where does the time go ? Enjoy your travels in Nellie & may the next 25 be as fulfilling as the last.

    Hope to meet you, Jan & Nellie down the road one of these days.