That's like 50 Hollywood years, pretty sure.
This pic was taken on our honeymoon ... Lu was 23 and I was 24. So funny because I remember this moment like it was yesterday. We were on our way to a beach in Cabo San Lucas, a port where our Carnival Cruise Ship had docked ... it was the first hot day and there were pelicans everywhere because of the dead fish *laughing*.
We had no idea what was a head of us. The truth is, we only had met 18months earlier - and when I think about that, I thank my lucky stars that we ended up being so good for each other. Lu, in fact, was my shortest relationship - which I remember feeling a little nervous about on our wedding day. I mean, FOREVER?? I'd never attempted that before, and I sure as heck didn't know what that meant. It seemed super daunting.
But life has a funny way of getting you used to things, and realizing what a marriage really is. Lu and I are a great team. Really great. And through three children, our heartbreak of Shalom, three homes, numerous travels ... I can look back and say I am PROUD of who we've become. Not in a vain sort of way, but in a "phewf ... so glad it was easier than I thought!" kind of way ...
When I look at that honeymoon photo, I feel like I didn't even know what love was. I thought I loved Lu, I mean - I definitely liked him *grin* ... but now, I know what love really is. And boy, do I love him. I love him for what he brings to our home - and even though we are both so far from perfect, our home works only because we are both in it.
If I could, I would tell that young couple in the honeymoon photo to stick it out. To surround yourself with a village of honourable people that you're accountable to. To submit to mentorship. To be financially responsible, because most stress comes from feeling a lack of funds. I would tell them that it won't all be rosy, but that the bad times really aren't as bad as they first appear because God's arms are strong enough to carry. I would tell them that people will disappoint and hurt them, but others will rise up and stand with ... that investing in family and friends is never a waste, and teaching your kids to be kind and generous will be the most rewarding thing ever.
SO ... happy 14th, baby. Thank you for choosing me - and giving me wings to soar and roots to grow.
Love you. xo
(and to everyone else? have a great one!)
** 2012 Photo credits to my beautiful and talented friend, Melody Davis of Melody Davis Photography **