Thursday, September 2, 2010

Love


I love love.  I love the way it can sneak up gently. Graze your skin like the wind. Or ignite you as if you slid slowly down a plume of fire. The way it makes you smile unexpectedly because you think of something said to you, or the way someone reached across the table and brushed the hair out of your eyes.  I love how love can make you suddenly put on perfume everyday, wear red lipstick, or check email more often and certainly more earnestly than normal. I love how love can make you buoyant. Make you dance. Give you swagger. Make us giggle. I love how love can make you suddenly declare this is our song or create a personal mental memorial to a certain bench at a certain park. I love how it can make us take ourselves less seriously. Open our hearts.  See the world through a lens of everything is possible.


I love love and I was smitten with you, JMac, from the initial conversation.

The photo of us snapped the night we got engaged demonstrates without a doubt, one of those moments when your heart gets completely entangled and the outcome of that entanglement shines through your countenance. 


Marriage is the piece of my life in which I strive the hardest to be successful. And I should. And I hope I always do. We have learned a significant amount about each other, and ourselves, as well as how hard and how easy marriage can be.  

And from the beginning to the day we stood in front of our families and closest friends, we promised to fully participate in this relationship. To strive to really see one another. To never assume we know everything about each other.

It is about sharing our lives without losing ourselves. To listen when we are chock full of opinions. To be kinder than a busy day, a monstrous workload, the terrible traffic tells us we need to be. To be amiable. To smile. And sometimes, it is just as simple as being a smart ass when a situation needs levity. And not being a smart ass when the situation won't be improved by it.

And it is about living fully, experiencing everything we can, laughing (including laughing at ourselves at times), and being adaptable when in fact, we don't always want to be. And not only are we doing our best, our best gets better every year. And I appreciate we spend a great bit of time trying to make things easier for one another. 

And I promised you I would treat your love in my life as a gift. And I hope you have felt truth in such a sentiment. I strive to live like that because I never want to consider our relationship in retrospect and think, Wow, we perpetually took that for granted. Nor do I want to one day sit across from you and ask ourselves, what happened to us?

You have given me perspective, support, love, patience, and inarguably one of the coolest children on Earth.

My entire life made a significant gain the day we met. I didn't think a thing was missing until that very first week we dated when we recognized a simple encounter would entirely change the course of our lives.

And every day I get to wake up and love you, I am grateful. 
I am so happy you asked. I am so glad I said yes. Happy Anniversary. I look forward to celebrating this weekend.

77 comments:

SmartBear said...

What a great post! Happy Anniversary girl! Hope you are doing something fun.
Marriage is one of those things I appreciate more and work harder at as I get older. When you are young and in love, it seems like just one of those things in life. Now? My marriage feels like the gravity that keeps everything centered and just right.
All the best for a happy celebration!
Tina

Maria said...

Happy anniversary! John and I will be celebrating 15(!) years in December and I still get giddy when I hear the garage door opening, signaling his arrival. With him, everything is real: everything can be encountered, anything can be accomplished...Hope you have a wonderful time celebrating!

Mom in High Heels said...

Happy anniversary!!! I love your wedding dress (you should really post more photos of your wedding one day) and your ring. You guys look so happy!

C.J. said...

I love how you describe love. Kudos to you both and I am sure you will both work hard to keep it alive.

Chez Zizi said...

That is such a nice post. Have a wonderful anniversary weekend and Happy Anniversary.
Zizette

Mandy said...

Wonderful post. Happy Anniversary!!

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confused homemaker said...

Happy Anniversary you wild & crazy MacKids :) Hope you get to share some time alone together.

Trish said...

Happy, HAPPY Anniversary! What a beautiful post, you two are blessed to have found each other, a perfect pair! :) xoxo CHEERS!!!

Intense Guy said...

Happy Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Mac.

I hope you have many more - together - and so deeply in love.

Simone said...

Oh, this was beautiful....you two are wonderful people. Your words are very inspiring.....we could all do with stopping to remember these things....

Happy Anniversary Mrs and Mrs Mac :)

Herding Cats said...

Happy Anniversary! This is a beautiful post, and I hope you guys have an amazing weekend together.

Susan Erickson said...

and that is how it should be.....have a great anniversary!

Caty said...

What a great post in honor of your husband and marriage! Happy Anniversary :)

Scrappy Girl said...

What a beautiful post. Hope you have an awesome anniversary celebration!

Babes Mami said...

Happy Anniversary to you and Mr Mac!! <3

ellen abbott said...

Happy anniversary. We just had our 34th last month.

Helena Halme said...

What a lovely post. Happy Anniversary. Lots of love xx

Marcy said...

That is beautiful, JMac. Seriously. Tell JohnnyMac congrats from me too. You two are a wonderful couple. May you always feel this way...and on the days you don't...re-read this post and remember that this is what it's all about.

The Boob Nazi said...

Is your husband a silver fox? haha

Happy anniversary!

Eva Gallant said...

Happy anniversary! A lot of wisdom there about relationships!

vanilla said...

Happy Anniversary! May your love for one another always grow deeper, more exhilarating, more fulfilling.

[And sometimes, it is just as simple as being a smart ass when a situation needs levity. And not being a smart ass when the situation won't be improved by it. I've got the first part down; it's the second part I'm having trouble with.]

Slamdunk said...

Happy anniversary. I hope the Mr. does not accidentally read this at work causing him to shed a few man tears.

Lady Fromage said...

Great post and Congratulations! (Hubby and I are celebrating our first this month!)

Beautiful ring, by the way!

-Lady Fromage
http://ladyfromage.blogspot.com/

Michael Rivers said...

Happy Anniversary! What a great post! And picutres.

Shanda said...

Happy Ann day. What a beautiful post.

Kristina P. said...

This is the best anniversary post I have read. Beautiful.

Pres. Kathy said...

A wonderful post! Happy Anniversary! Love the pictures!

Writing Without Periods! said...

Love the photo of you two. Happy, happy.
Mary

B.o.B. said...

It's posts like this that give me hope. My post today is the total opposite of this! LOL! It's stemming from the loss of love, but keep that between us k?

Happy Anniversary! I know I mentioned this before, but I LOVE your dress.

McKenzie said...

That was such a sweet post, Happy Anniversary!! Loved the pictures, too.

Tia said...

Happy anniversary!! Hope you two have a fantastic and romantic weekend!

Shell said...

Such a sweet post! Happy anniversary!

And love your dress!

M-Cat said...

Love this post! So very sweet, and your dress? BEAUTIFUL!

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Happy Anniversary my dear! I know EXACTLTY how you feel!
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Mighty M said...

Ooh - can I borrow this post on my anniversary - you said it so perfectly! All I need to do is change some initials and the pictures! :) I love the love you two have - it's a beautiful thing. Have a wonderful anniversary!!

Southern Champagne Wishes said...

Happy Anniversary! Those are some beautiful photos and I loved this post! Gives a single girl some hope!

foxy said...

So SWEET! Isn't it nice to feel that way about your partner in life? I really feel sorry for people who don't. Happy anny to you two!!

Vivienne said...

Has it been another year already?! I wasn't sure you could top last year's anniversary post, yet here you are.
Congrats!

soccermom said...

I think that its awesome that you feel that way.

I have been married for 9 years and I cant say that without a doubt up until the last month I havent been happy or smitten.

I must be void of love.

J.J. in L.A. said...

This is great! You're right in everything you said.

I think too many people get complacent and take their s.o.'s for granted. After 6+ years, my man and I still say thank you and you're welcome to each other. He even leaves the room to blow his nose and fart.

Now that's love! ; )

Happy Anniversary!!!

rach said...

First of all- Happy Anniversary! Second of all- that ring is AMAZING! I'm having some serious diamond lust right now. I only have a wedding band- we decided me moving to ireland was worth more than a big rock at the time being. Haha i will make sure my husband sees that picture and knows I want something with that kind of bling potential!

Single Dad Laughing said...

I love that you LOVE love. Beautiful post.

Single Dad Laughing

Erin said...

Beautiful Post! And Happy Anniversary. My hubby and I will be celebrating our first anniversary next weekend and I am so excited. Your post reminded me of what is truly most important "Love"

Jen said...

What a beautiful, heartfelt, true post! Happy Anniversary Jenny and Johnny Mac! Here's to many more happy ones!

blueviolet said...

That was so touching and so real. I loved this!

wendy said...

Thanks for sharing those photos...they were neat.
You two make a gorgeous couple

HERE'S TO MANY MANY MORE YEARS of love, love , love

wendy said...

Thanks for sharing those photos...they were neat.
You two make a gorgeous couple

HERE'S TO MANY MANY MORE YEARS of love, love , love

Leah Rubin said...

So heartfelt, and so beautifully said! Congratulations-- he is a lucky man, and it sounds like you are lucky, too. Enjoy the weekend and the celebration! It's a good thing to be HAPPY!!

Ed said...

Happy Anniversary!

Bex said...

What a beautiful tribute to your husband and your marriage. Also... I love your dress!

shortmama said...

So sweet! Happy anniversary to you both! The red in your dress is gorgeous!

Myya said...

What a great toast to your marriage. You can really feel the love reading it. Happy Anniversary to the two of you. I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!

I'm Jane said...

I love that you love love. And I also love your dress. Completely fabulous.

the walking man said...

I am pretty sure your anniversary turned out the way you two wanted. May your lives be prolonged by a factor of 5 because you have love.

af1blog said...

I personally believe that couples who arereally in love, as you appear to be, are a lot rarer than many people suppose. So...

Happy anniversary :)

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Awwwww! That is SO sweet! Happy Anniversary - may you have many years of blessings to come! Enjoy your weekend! ;)

The Random Blogette said...

Happy Anniversary! I feel like such an ass because mine was last week and totally forgot to post about it! Now I need to do a belated post!! Have a great weekend!

Daffy said...

....and that is very much what I hope to one day find....

Emily said...

Beautiful post and beautiful pictures!! Happy Anniversary!!! (Ours was last week!)

Anonymous said...

beautiful...as are both of you.

Jen said...

Just celebrated my 16th wedding anniversary. My hubby is the best! Congrats on your special day.

HalfAsstic.com said...

Happy Anniversary, JennyMac! It's so nice to be able to say that after 21 years I wouldn't do anything different, either!

Cathi said...

Happy Anniversary to you both, JennyMac! Have a wonderful time celebrating. Beautiful post! xxoo :)

Annah said...

Happy Anniversary! that ring is rocking it!

Confessions of a Mother, Lawyer & Crazy Woman said...

Happy, happy anniversary! I hope your weekend is wonderful. This post made me smile, you were a gorgeous bride!

My name is PJ. said...

The joy is palpable! Congratulations!!!

Jules said...

Aw! Happy Anniversary!!! You two are too cute!

Christine Macdonald said...

I knew you were a Love-Y like me. :)

Congrats honey. Many kudos for this post and even more for your heart.

Shanna said...

Truly inspirational JennyMac! Your husband is as lucky as you are.

Jennifer said...

Hope your weekend was filled with love. Congratulations!!!

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Very sweet post! Happy anniversary!

Shannon Fricke said...

Congrats! Lovely post.

AmyLK said...

Happy Anniversary! This is lovely. :) Enjoy the weekend!

CEOmum said...

Damn. This is so cool. What a beautiful couple you make.

The Constant Complainer said...

Happy Anniversary. And what a great post. I really enjoyed it. Marriage is tough and life is tough. But they can also be wonderful. Enjoy it, because life is way too short!

DaisyGal said...

Happy Anniversary,
that post was the most beautiful love letter to a person I have ever read, it was funny and truthful and amazing.

May you have many more years of that SPARK together...may that love always ignite you.

Hugs