We are a happily married couple who met at college in 1983 and are glad we stayed together! To count our many blessings, we’ve put together this pictorial diary of each year in our lives as a couple—and we plan to keep going for many more years!


After last year’s dog debacle sidetracked us for a while, we finally got around to living the bourgeois life of no more tuition payments. This was our third season of rowing, and we expected to stick with it; so a lightly used double scull was our first purchase of something fun just for us. Much quicker and lighter-weight than the club boat we’d been using! And we love the twill pattern in the black carbon fiber, which looks almost like fish scales, as if the boat were a living creature.


Our daughter graduated in four years while playing soccer. Pretty good! Then she came home and somehow talked us into buying her the puppy she’d always wanted—not our finest moment. She had plans to move out in a week, but that did not happen; so what had been our quiet empty-nest house suddenly got much noisier with a yappy little dog in it! Looking on the bright side, our daughter gave some thought to the breed and chose one with a very friendly temperament that doesn’t shed.


We joined a rowing club this year and, after a Learn-to-Row course in the spring, rowed regularly in one of the club’s double sculls. Rowing is great exercise, and there’s plenty of wildlife along the river, such as herons and beavers. The only drawback is that rowing can cause blisters, especially if the oars are not the right size. So rather than take potluck with whatever club oars might be available on any given day, we decided to buy our own oars, now that we were getting close to the end of college expenses.


Because our daughter was making good progress in her nursing program and needed a reliable late-model vehicle to get to her clinicals (all those years of gallivanting in the Intrigue having taken their toll on it), we gave her the 2007 Acadia and bought the upgraded model, a 2012 Acadia Denali. Then we decided that we liked having a sunroof after all.


One of the advantages of traveling to all those college soccer games was that sometimes they were scheduled in balmy vacation spots. Florida in October generally is a lot more comfortable than Ohio! Our son outdid us in the warm-weather department in 2012, though, when he left for a semester abroad in Brazil in early January.


With both kids away at college in other cities, our house became very quiet! Although we still spent a lot of time on the road because our daughter had a soccer scholarship, we knew that the days of watching her play wouldn’t last forever.


We gave our very social daughter a set of keys to the Intrigue when she started her senior year of high school. Because she always wanted to go somewhere and hang out with her friends, we called her “the gallivanting girl.” We told her that she had to choose a college at least two hours’ driving distance away, so she could study without constant distractions from her high school friends!


After falling in love with the University of Pittsburgh at the outset of his college search, our son started his freshman year there. This was also the year we started using smartphones, which made it easier to stay in touch, replacing our old Motorola Razr mobile phones.


All those road trips to sporting events led us to become first-time SUV buyers. Much more comfortable for long highway excursions; and plenty of space to take the kids and their friends to practice, as needed. Also, we got a good deal because the vehicle had been special-ordered without a sunroof by someone who ended up not buying it. We were fine with that because we’d never had a sunroof.