Yesterday, Dar and I celebrated 14 years of marriage. Last year I wrote this post entiteled Anniversaries and Altars after we built this altar in Three Sisters on our 13th.
After a whole year, our altar still stands there exactly as it did when it was created one year ago. What is most interesting is that our altar has stood there even though large piles of dirt and stone have been emassed right beside it... Literally, within a couple of feet, tons and tons of soil trucked in and piled up and fenced in by "Phoenix fence" company. Yet our altar stands there stalwart and strong... despite the thundering of trucks and tons of earth.
Yesterday morning, we took the kids to the altar and poured olive oil over it and prayed again. Luke wanted to build another altar, so he gathered 12 stones and built his altar just to the left of this one. On the right of the original altar, just outside the above picture is a stack of three stones representing Luke, Bree and Nate. Dar and the kids built that little three stone altar a year ago. Yesterday, we put olive oil on those stones as well. With fresh oil on those three rocks Nate was the first adventurous one to step on the rocks with his boots. As he did that I said, "How lovely are the feet of those who bring good news!" Then Luke and Bree both got their feet onto the rocks. Three little saints with oily boots! We took the three little saints with oily boots all through the woods where our altar was made. We walked all over the land. We discovered animal bones and beautiful mossy places all around our altar. Big adventures...
After all that, we got Nate and Bree home. I dropped Luke off at school and then hiked up Mt. Lady MacDonald. Here are a couple of pics I took with my phone:
Two and a half hours up. Some time at the summit for contemplation. Ran down the mountain in 45 minutes (my legs are killing me)... Even ran down through the snow at the summit. Nothing like jogging down a triple black diamond :)
Got home and showered. Then took Dar out for our anniversary dinner at The Quarry. Afterwards we meandered downtown Canmore arm in arm eventually wandering into a funky shop and walking out with earrings and a braclet for Dar. All in all, a wonderful day of celebration.