A warm welcome to a new member of the Purple House family

The time has come to make an introduction. Last November, I met a very special person. In January of this year, we started dating. Two weeks ago, at twilight in the middle of our newly planted orchard, he asked me to marry him. I said, “Of course.”


This is Damon. He’s the best man I’ve ever met. But don’t just take my word for it. Rowan thinks he’s pretty fabulous, too.

Rowan approves

And Damon’s dog Bane seems pretty happy about his new digs.

Bane - king of the compost :)

And Sera, true to form, generally just tolerates us all.


You’ll be hearing from Damon from time to time on the household blog; in fact, his recipe for stuffed peppers is coming soon—I’ve taste-tested a few versions, and i can verify their yum factor!

In the meantime, know that we are thrilled and excited and generally walking about three inches above the ground. Antoine de Saint-Exupery said, “Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” Now, in the throes of being newly engaged and very much in love, I admit there’s a fair amount of gazing going on. But what makes me feel strong and confident in our current state of doe-eyed bliss is that we’ve found in each other an equal partner who wants the same sort of life. I’m looking forward to walking this long and winding path together, enjoying the scenery, adventures, and experiences that much more for the warmth of his hand in mine.

Welcome home.

Welcome home.

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