Hi everyone! My name is Caitlin and I blog over at To Make Love Stay. I live in New Mexico with
my wildland firefighter husband Rob and our beastie, Cypress. I work from home as a software
consultant (with some intermittent traveling) and I also blog about our life, marriage, fire season, anxiety
and depression, tattoos, photography, and other random fun things I come across.
Summer is my absolute favorite season and for that reason I am always down to write about it, so thanks
to Liv for giving me this opportunity.
For my guest post today I'm going to talk about how summer and what it means to me has really
changed over the past year.
Rob and I grew up in eastern Maine and aside from various months spent in Wisconsin, Alaska, Iraq,
and Moscow between the two of us, we spent most of our summers there. Summers in Maine
meant mosquitoes, badass July 4th celebrations, swimming, barbecues, bonfires, ice cream, and lots
When we moved into our first apartment together four years ago, we lived in Western Maine; same
number of bugs, less ocean, basically. We'd spend our days by the river with our dog, getting
sunburned and swatting at deer flies.
Last October, Rob informed me that he wanted to become a Hotshot, or a Wildland Firefighter, out
west. My job is (fortunately) pretty flexible, requiring only an airport for the aforementioned traveling,
so I told him that I'd go wherever he went. He applied and by February of this year we found ourselves
in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
For this reason, summer is totally different this year. Not bad different, just...different. Whereas I've
always looked forward to summer as a time to spend with Rob and my family and enjoy the
beautiful weather, this year we probably won't see too much of each other until September or
October when the fires die down and I'm 3600 miles away from any family. As a result I find myself
having to find new and different ways to enjoy myself in a vastly different culture and climate.
I've also always associated summer with swimming, but in a place where water is hard to come by
(and cactuses are not) I don't find myself in the water nearly as often as I'd like. And did you notice all
that beautiful green in the photos above? We don't see a ton of that here.
On the plus side, though, we have some kickass sunsets, no bugs (minus the giant-ass tarantulas
I'm expecting to find in my bed), and near-constant sunshine. Most importantly, I'm living out an
exciting new chapter in our lives with my husband absent, but still always by my side, and for that I
can't really complain.
So though I find myself trying to speed summer along so I can get to winter (when Rob has 6 months off
until next fire season) I'm really trying to stop and enjoy just how unique and different this summer
is juxtaposed against all the other summers I've had. I hope you get time to do the same thing over the
next few months.
Thanks for having me, Liv! I hope you all have a great summer!