Seven years ago...I had the wedding of my dreams. Not because of the setting, the dress or the details, but because of who I finally found. Steve and I were married on a gorgeous October day, much like the one we had today. I clearly remember walking out of the doors of the old historic barn and the music playing. Don Henley's For My Wedding. I was fixed on him and him alone. For a moment, I didn't hear or see anything else. I was clear.
Jump seven years and I have to remember that moment more often. Stress gets in the way and you forget...I stopped in the grocery store the other day and saw a single woman getting herself dinner. I remember those years of my life very well. I love the freedom and had a complete world. But I wondered if I would have a family, children, if I could trust again. It jolted me to recall those old feelings because I now have what I always wanted. A secure relationship with a guy who loves me in spite of me. It is the real deal and it is okay to live in that.
I made this layout recently using a wedding photo. Seven years ago, digital wasn't so big and my awesome photographer Andrew Daigle used film. I am still in love with the photos he took. He captured real moments like the one shown. I had just joined Steve at the end of the aisle and our minister started talking about the gravity and importance of marriage. We are surrounded by his best friends, men who are still influential in his life and mine. The journaling tells the story.
We celebrated it in the best way possible. With a long snuggle fest with the kids. It is the best gift he can ever give. And it all started on October 18, 2003.
P.S. I told the kids this morning that we were married 8 years. Steve called me on that one...LOL!