I'm lucky. I'm so lucky. I have always been surrounded by love. My parents are a shining example of love and marriage. They have been married for over 40 years and although it hasn't been all roses and sunshine they have made it through those hard times, that we all experience, and come out the other side happier and move in love than before. My grandparents set a wonderful example for what love should be. They were married for over 50 years before my grandmother passed away and after she was gone he talked about her everyday. I knew his heart was broken to live without her but he always had a way of talking about her as if she was still here, a way that kept her love alive and real within all of us.
Silas and I have been together for over 10 years and married for almost 4. (Ummm wow how time flies!!!) We are a rather unlikely couple as we went to high school together but I'm pretty sure never spoke to one another until after we had both graduated. His little brother was in my class and a good friend of mine and I think he was more than a bit surprised when he found out that Silas and I were dating. We haven't always had the perfect relationship - we have out fights - we have our disagreements and on a rare occasion a day of silence between us but we are best friends and I can't imagine not having him as my other half. Above all we not only love one another are are totally, head over heals, crazy in love with one another.
I talk about love like I understand it and honestly thats not very fair of me. I don't for the life of me know what love really is I only know what I see and feel. I see couples in love and recognize it by the look in their eyes, the way that they hold on to one another- and not always just holding hands, but the way they lean on one another or just have that lightest touch to let the other person know they are there, supporting them. I see love between family members, mothers and children, grandchildren and grandparents. I see the smiles that are so expressive, I see hugs that rival any bear's I've ever seen hugging. I hear laughter and stories and words that express love without even using the L word itself.
I feel love from my friends and family. I feel it in their company, their support and their kindness. I feel love when I see those beautiful blues eyes twinkle up at me from my little crazy 18 month old baby girl. I feel love when she wraps her arms around my neck and kisses me on the nose. I feel love when my dog Coby low crawls up the bed in the morning to lick my face. I feel love when I get messages of encouragement, invited along on wonderful trips and to be a part of someones special day.
In a world where maybe there isn't enough love I feel so overwhelmingly lucky to feel and see love everywhere. I have chosen to spend my days documenting love and I can't imagine a better way to fill my life then with the joy and love of others. I started this post saying how lucky I am and honestly its because of all of you lovers, all of you kind and sweet people who've allowed me to document your love. Thank you!
**Photo of Silas and I by Justin & Mary Marantz**