I have a beautiful life.
I am healthy. I am loved. I am happy.
Often, through the mundane routines that become ‘life’ we forget about the life we are living, we get lost in schedules, plans, e-mails and being everything to everyone, that we forget that our life is beautiful. My life is beautiful.
Recently, I had many moments of clarity to make me cherish the life I have, and to remind of the desire I have to live each moment, be present each day, and make the most of it, whatever ‘it’ is.
I am blessed.
5 years ago, Phil and I, for our 1st anniversary, decided to have a photo session with Karen McKinnon of McKinnon Photography. Our hope was that she would capture us just the way we were. We chose the location of a park that we spent a lot of time at while we were dating, and it was perfect. We were in our element, it was playful, joyous, and fun. It was us. Who we were at 22, celebrating that we had started our life together and were celebrating our 1st anniversary, celebrating that we had been together for nearly 4 years, celebrating love! (If you want to see the blog post from that session click here)
Since then, many things have change, much has not, but one thing remained, my love of Phil, my love of our life. Some things have gone better than planned, others haven’t gone as planned at all, but we are wandering through this journey of life together and growing as we do.
On May 12, Phil and I celebrate our 6th anniversary, to many its not much time at all, to some its such an accomplishment already, to us, its perfect. It marks the day that we started our life together, it marks a time in our life where we made a commitment to each other to grow together, and be with each other through the good time and bad, it marks when we became a family. It marks the best day of my life, marrying my best friend.
Last Sunday, we had Karen photograph us again. It was different this time. This time, Karen is more than just a photographer I admire, but she is a friend. Over the past 5 years, she has become a wonderful friend. Someone who I have shared many wonderful conversations, laughter and time with, even more, someone who I know will be in my life for many years to come. When we were discussing our session, I didn’t know really what I wanted, but gave her creative choice and wanted any suggestions, and I am grateful I did. After photographing my sisters wedding last fall including my family getting ready in my home, she thought that our home was a perfect place to start. Our home is where we live our beautiful life, where we do nothing together and enjoy the simplicity of it. Our home is where I have worked to include precious pieces that are representative of our families; photos of our grandparents, my Baba’s china, books from Phil’s childhood all adorn our shelves. When we were done shooting at our house, we thought it would be neat to revisit the park we were photographed at 5 years ago, but this time was different. This time, it wasn’t just about being playful, but it was about celebrating our beautiful life. We have changed. We have grown. We are different. But, one thing remains, we have a beautiful life.
Tonight, Karen posted our sneak peak…. its perfect.
Click here to see the video she made, its a combination of still and moving pictures, and tells a little of our story.
I love the song she chose to accompany it ~ A Beautiful Life by Justin James, a perfect choice.
This is my beautiful life….