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19 years.

It’s 10pm on The Big Blue Bus. Miss B is finally asleep in her bed – though she’s sure to be joining us in ours within the next few hours. The boys are in their bunks and talking with each other. I’m trying to ignore their conversation, they are talking about socks and how Josh’s big feet are stretching out Jacob’s socks. Deep stuff. Jake is next to me reading news on his phone. It’s a pretty typical evening on the bus.

Tomorrow morning is Sunday and we’re going to church in Astoria. I’m looking forward to it. There is something comforting about going to church on Sunday. We don’t have many of the same routines on the bus that we did in our house, but of those we still have, going to church is one of them.

I know exactly how it will go tomorrow morning. First we’ll spend an extra 15 minutes trying to get Sam and Josh out of bed. That’s just normal. When Jacob was Sam’s age I got him a sign that went over his bed. It read: “Let him sleep, for when he wakes he will move mountains.” Pretty much it means that adolescence for boys is defined by eating and sleeping.

I remember one morning going in to wake up Jacob and all he did was point to the sign over his bed. I laughed and let him sleep a bit longer. He’s since grown out of it and now gets up readily and is a huge help. I have the same hopes for the other two.

After everyone is up, they’ll have the Costco muffins and orange juice that we bought for breakfast and I’ll have a greek yogurt, my breakfast staple. Then it will be time for showers. There will be the usual squirmishes as the boys get ready to go to the shower. At that moment I’ll be glad that Miss B had her shower tonight. Even though it was the result of her pooping her pants at the beach while we were there for sunset. Yep. That happened.

Jake will set up the ironing board and start ironing white shirts and khaki pants. After I shower and get ready I’ll pick out Miss B’s dress (my favorite part) and get her ready (her least favorite part).

The bus will be filled with the chaos of the boys spiking their hair, looking for ties, searching for the right belt, and digging for church shoes. It will feel like we’re right at home, back at our house in Florida… or Kodiak, or North Pole, or any of our previous houses. Sunday routine is just Sunday routine.

There will be one moment though, when Jake and I remember that it is our 19th wedding anniversary. We’ll say happy anniversary and Jake will give me a big kiss and the kids will laugh.

Nineteen years. Holy cow! And did I mention that last week I turned 40? That is kind of a big deal. It’s the birthday that you make a big fuss for. But when Jake asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I told him nothing. I was turning 40 and we are living on a bus, having this adventure. That’s memorable enough. And so we spent the day in downtown Seattle as a family. We rode the ferris wheel and wandered Pike’s Place Market. That night we had a hot dog roast with my aunts, uncles, and cousins and my aunt made me cupcakes. It was a good day.

I also gave Jake fair warning. Next year is our 20th wedding anniversary. Now THAT is a big deal and we better do something pretty incredible to commemorate it. Sky diving? Rock climbing? Scuba diving? Who knows – but I know it will be awesome.

For now we’ll enjoy the upcoming year. Being married to your best friend certainly makes life easier. I’m trying to decide if I want to wax poetic about Jake or not. I mean, this is my chance to gloat about how amazing he is and how lucky I am. The man is a saint and I’m the luckiest woman on earth. I guess that pretty much sums it up, so I’ll leave it at that.

This week Sam also turned 11 and the same day marked 6 months from my gastric bypass surgery. (I’m working on a post with an update on how all that is going.) So October has been big for us!

We’re still in Astoria. We opted to stay another week more than we had planned because it’s brilliant here. My biggest disappointment is that we don’t have our bikes back yet. We’ve been meaning to get them, but it hasn’t been convenient. This area is perfect for bike riding and I’m sad we won’t be able to enjoy that portion of it. The weather has been spectacular and we’ve had blue skies every day. There is so much to do and see. I think I could live here.

Next week marks 3 months since we sold our house and 2 months since we’ve been on the road. We haven’t heard anything on the job front for Jake, but we’re hoping now that the government is up and running again (I will refrain from offering my opinion on the state of our country!) there will be some movement and we’ll hear good news.

I think that about sums us up! Hope you are doing well! I’m addicted to your comments, so please say hello. It makes my day.:)

Oh my gosh! This image of all the boys here cracks me up! I promise they were enjoying themselves!

October 20, 2013 - 11:12 am

Joyce Anderson - It was your surgery that put us back in contact after how many years? 20+? This has been so fun to read about. Happy Anniversary — 19 years ago, at this time I was filling out mission papers. Crazy!

October 20, 2013 - 12:16 pm

John Aube - It’s great to hear that the adventure is going so well. Oregon is a beautiful place and the wife and I have thought of retiring there some day. Congrats on your anniversary!

October 20, 2013 - 3:39 pm

Mikell Boshuizen - Happy Anniversary! This will be one impressive year to remember!

October 20, 2013 - 7:37 pm

Kimberly Tippets Lowry - Happy Anniversary! Being married to your best friend certainly makes life easier. I love hearing how you are doing, and I love your pictures, as always!

October 20, 2013 - 8:27 pm

Desiree Buma - Happy Anniversary! Where are you guys camping? Have you had a chance to check out Fort Stevens? Some of my favorite photos of the kidlets were with the Peter Iredale. Your posts are making me a little homesick, but I love reading them non the less. Congrats on 19 years!

October 20, 2013 - 8:50 pm

Marilee Porter Cottrell - Happy anniversary to you both. You two set the standard! ♥

October 20, 2013 - 10:59 pm

Tania Schultz Murphy - Happy Anniversary!

October 22, 2013 - 11:15 am

Tara - Seeing the pics of Cannon Beach and various photos I’ve seen of the trees makes me long for Washington. I love reading about your adventures and seeing the pictures. The video was awesome by the way!!!! :) I think about you often and am constantly inspired by you. When I think I’m not doing well enough at homeschooling or managing my life in general (especially these days, hahaha) I think “If Amy can do it then I can do it” and I hitch up my britches and keep going! :) I hope we get to see you someday in the near future. We weren’t able (for a variety of reasons) to take advantage of your amazing photography talent to take our family photos and I’m often sad about that. Maybe we can meet up with you someday and have you take our pics. We’ve never had a professional family photo taken…oh well…patience grasshopper :)

October 24, 2013 - 8:20 pm

Katie Guth - Yay! I just love your posts. On the previous one (the video) we’re those all shot with your SLR? I just love videos. I’m sad they’re not as popular in this day and age. When we were in California, bike riding was huge! So don’t be too sad about that! I’m sure every town along the coast you’ll feel the same way (: And congrats on all the happenings this month, including your anniversary!

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