And then there is the personal significance of this day. Eight years ago, just at the sun set, my husband asked me to marry him on the following Summer Solstice. The answer was obvious, and gives us great joy on to extremes of the year. Knowing my frugal ways, he skipped an engagement ring and instead gave me an engraved key chain. A delicate envelope hung from it, and inside was a small plate with words of proposal. Understated, romantic, original, and highly frugal. Back then I was still carrying significant student debt. Our wedding was just as frugal (just the two of us, a judge, and court employees as witnesses when we said "I do" on the courthouse lawn up in Bayfield County). We began our life together on extreme frugal means. Within a year the student debt was gone, and we built up a significant amount for a down payment on our current home. Even after eight years we still enjoy the simple aspects of life, avoiding expense gift exchanges or pricey nights out on the town. Here are a few pictures from our day together, with the children. The Winter Solstice is the perfect time to pause, get outside (scatter bird seed in a local park), and enjoy the light.
We enjoyed a walk through the winter wonderland that is our neighborhood park.
Lovely berries, frozen for the birds....we scattered seed below.
Up to the Capitol to take in the holiday displays.
Spent a few dollars on warm drinks at the cafe we went to on our first date
Enjoying the warm light inside and the dark took over the outside.....it was just after 4pm
And two favorites from our drive through the John Nolan light display (also free)
And home to a dinner over candlelight -- slow cooker chicken, cheese, potatoes and beans.