We Found Love Right Where We Are.

Today marks fifteen years of marriage for this couple.  This December will mark twenty years of togetherness.  I’ve tried to write this post about one thousand times in my head as this day approached.  There are so many things I want to say.  So many things I want Joe and the kids to know about this journey.  Mostly, I keep thinking about what the couple of yesterday would tell this couple if the people we once were could somehow meet the people we are today.

1000 Stars-4Would the Joe and I of twenty years ago, the couple that started dating as 17 and 18 year olds think their life as 37 and 38 year olds was as amazing as we find it now?  We have changed so much.  Our life looks nothing like we thought it would.  We are completely different people then we were when married each other.  You’ve made me a better person.  Joe, I am so grateful for that.

We’re way older now, and I think, a whole lot wiser.  We talk all the time about how much getting old is surprising us in new, and occasionally crappy, ways.  I wouldn’t change one single second of it though.  I guess, most of all, I want you and the kids to know that if it all ended tomorrow, if it was all suddenly taken away, there isn’t one single second I would regret.  How many people can honestly say they regret nothing?  Not even the hell we’ve gone through to heal our kid’s hearts, the broken down old twelve passenger van we drive, the lack of money in our retirement accounts, or our combined four bachelor’s and master’s degrees that we barely make use of because our career paths have veered wildly off course.  I don’t regret one blessed second of it.  I have you, and we have them, and that is forever.

A few days ago, Ally was listening to a song that struck a cord with me.

And, darling, I will be loving you ’til we’re 70
And, baby, my heart could still fall as hard at 23
And I’m thinking ’bout how people fall in love in mysterious ways
Maybe just the touch of a hand
Well, me – I fall in love with you every single day
And I just wanna tell you I am.

1000 Stars-2‘Cause honey your soul could never grow old, it’s evergreen
And, baby, your smile’s forever in my mind and memory
I’m thinking ’bout how people fall in love in mysterious ways
Maybe it’s all part of a plan
Well, I’ll just keep on making the same mistakes
Hoping that you’ll understand.

1000 StarsThat, baby, now
Take me into your loving arms
Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars
Place your head on my beating heart
Thinking out loud
Maybe we found love right where we are.
1000 Stars-1So, baby, now
Take me into your loving arms
Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars
Oh, darling, place your head on my beating heart
I’m thinking out loud,
But maybe we found love right where we are.

1000 Stars-3–FullPlateMom, who hopes for another twenty years of growth, endless possibilities and true happiness.

All Photo Credits go to the amazing Mustard Seed Photography.

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