birch grove, isle royale national park, michigan
10 day backpacking trip, summer 1981
our talisman tree, even back near the beginning
and comfort one another and all those you know.
Let the stranger find welcome at the door of your home and friends
be at ease in the warmth of your love.
May the work that one does and the work that you share bring wholeness
to each and fulfillment to both.
May love and blessing from this gathering of friends rest upon, abide
with and assist you in this new venture.
May the union that we celebrate here this day be worthy of continued
celebration tomorrow and forever.
-The blessing given by the Rev. Ken Phifer at our wedding on June 9th, 1979.
Happy 36th anniversary, dearest batman. xo