As my husband kissed me goodbye on his way to work this morning, I smiled to myself. We are not the same people who stood under that tree and under that banner two years ago. Marriage has changed us. Shaped us. Challenged us. It has chipped away at our selfish pride and brought as a replacement the sweetest of change. While the newness of marriage has begun to wear off, the profundity of daily commitment and growing together is beginning to take root and when I think on that, I get so excited for the days ahead. I am confident that they will be days that are made up mostly of the mundane and the uneventful. Days that to the average person would seem to be lackluster and without much glamour. To me though, I think those days will be the ones that shape us the most as we continue to daily learn to live out our vows and to help each other walk more faithfully with Christ. Our wedding day was one of the sweetest days of my life, marked by overwhelming joy. Yet, every day since has served to only add to that joy, both on good days and bad, and because of that, I think the best is still ahead.
October is a special month for my husband and I. It's a month of celebrations and well...if you know me at all, you know that makes me a happy gal. In the span of a week, every October we celebrate our half anniversary (1.5 years and going strong), Jimmy's birthday, our engagement anniversary and the anniversary of the day we met. Whew! Let's just say, in the words of Anne Shirley, 'I'm glad I live in a world where there are Octobers!' It's a special month for me and mostly because of my blonde hunk of a husband. Three years ago today, I got set up on a blind date by some of my clients (now friends) and I honestly thought, 'am I crazy?!?' Blind dates are 9 times out of 10 total disasters and I wasn't sure what my expectations were for this one. Yet, when I opened the door for him to pick me up, I have a feeling that God was smiling at His handiwork.
I feel like I might tear up a little bit writing this blog post. No shame. You see this week, it's officially been five. FIVE! Cinco. That's right, five years since I took one of the biggest leaps in my life and left the security of working for someone else and stepped in to the crazy world of self-employment. It has officially been five years since I went full-time with Mary Fields Photography.
It was July 4th weekend, just a little over two years ago and what was seemingly just another Independence Day celebration was in fact a day that changed their lives forever. Mutual friends got a group together to celebrate the weekend at a lake house and both John and Caroline were invited. It was the first time they had ever met and both took notice of the other. He was taken of course by her beauty but even more by the way she carried herself: confident, secure and joyful. As the weekend went on, he got to see more and more her love for Jesus and that won Him over most. When I asked her what she noticed first, she jokingly said the new mustache he had grown was quite a statement maker...but really it was his leadership and humility that caught her most. As their relationship has unfolded, that continues to be her favorite thing.
Her mom helped her zip up her dress and as she turned and looked at herself in the mirror, it hit her...she was a bride. Her face immediately took on the most beautiful smile and she turned to her bridesmaids with a scream of excitement. They responded with claps and tears and smiles as big as hers. She was about to marry the love of her life, forever making a covenant with him before God and all her closest friends and family. This moment was indeed one of great rejoicing!
She's strong. She's gentle. She's determined and tenacious. She's smart. She's hard-working. She's selfless and creative. She's gracious. She's fun. She's joyful and a blessing to us all.
That's my mom and last month she turned the big 60! Not her favorite thing I suppose but let me tell you, my mom has more energy at 60 than I have at 30 so she's doing pretty well! Her favorite thing is to be on the water (that Florida girl in her) and so we planned a surprise lake weekend for her with all of her family. It was a special few days and if you can tell by the smile on her face in the pic above, she had a blast. There were 27 of us, 21 adults and 6 grandkids, which made up for a 'packed' full time. We jet skied, boated, watched college football and soaked in the sun as fall quickly approached.
I had so much fun with these two as we walked the streets of downtown Dallas and then finished with a sunset session over the water. They are getting married on April Fools next year in her home state but wanted some Dallas engagements so I was happy to oblige! Neither of them are native Texans (which I secretly love) but their paths brought them both here to the city and not long after, those paths crossed. They have so much fun together, are at ease in each other's arms and were a joy to photograph. We toasted with champagne as the sun set in celebration of their love and journey together. Their April Fools Day wedding will be a blast, I have no doubt!
Oh Internet, today's Take Me Back Tuesday post is an all new one for yours truly. You see, I'm stepping out into a new adventure that is really going to rock my world and also require so much more of me than I'm used to giving. You see, I'm 'going back to school.' (Don't worry, I'll still be doing all things Mary Fields! I'm just exploring a new adventure as well!)
Now, to set the stage for this, I must give you a little background. You see, I've always loved school. I love to learn and I was always that kid who was self-motivated in her schooling. You know, the annoying kind that was always panicking and swearing that she would fail...only to get an A in the end and make every one of her classmates roll their eyes. Yeah, not proud of it. I wish I could say this was because I was brilliant and a little Miss Smartie Pants but the truth is my pants are just normal. Not really a lot of Smartie just a lot of eagerness to see that A on my report card and a 'do whatever it takes to get it' kind attitude. Some might call it an unhealthy amount of perfectionism (cough cough). But we will call it eagerness....So, I was the good student.