We all experience many types of love in our lifetime, if we’re lucky. One of them is family. I love spending time with family. On occasion it’s a little stressful but I’m going to take the blame for that, but it’s also lots of fun. This past Sunday I had the opportunity to celebrate one of my incredible cousins’ wedding day. Nicole and I go way back, to birth actually. Not even in the same generation of our family, as her mother and I are actually cousins, however her and I are much closer in age, we’ve always had a special bond. She’s a true joy and a total blast. I felt honored to be a part of her special day. The woman she married Tara is also completely fabulous and I wish them nothing but a lifetime of love.
Not to mention the wedding was AMAZING. The venue, the food, the details, the love, the fun, I loved it. I’m trying to get better at the picture thing. So I will share some, though I feel like without all the right tools and knowledge of photography sometimes I just start to look at my pictures and then I give up because they don’t do justice to the beauty. This was one of those situations.
I attended the wedding alone because my husband was traveling for work. I had my nieces babysit the boys and I headed to the wedding. It’s always fun being at a wedding with your partner, especially now that we have kids and adult time, alone and together, is rare. So I definitely did miss him. I had a great time with my 3 siblings that were there and my cousins, though. We laughed so hard and that always makes a night for me.
I’ve been thinking ever since about the idea of commitment and love and what it all means. And I’ve got nothing too profound. I have, however, really come to realize that love rocks. It comes in lots of shapes and sizes and all that stuff. At the end of the day though love drives us to do what we do, to live the lives we live. One of my favorite prayers is all about this and I wanted to share it here…
Fall In Love by Pedro Arrupe
Nothing is more practical than
finding God, than
falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.
Yes, Yes, and More Yes.
Sometimes I wonder if I focus enough. If I remember the things that I REALLY LOVE. What if I really stayed grateful? The things that I really value and forget about all of the other shit. What would happen? Would my brain and heart explode from the pure amount of gratitude?! I think it’s possible and I kind of want to find out.