Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Twinkle Lights: An Anniversary Shout-Out

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Eight years ago today at 4:00pm in Pleasant Grove Utah the mathematical equation 1+1=2 proved false. The solution to the problem transformed as two people promised each other a life time of love, commitment, respect, laughter, and joy. 1+1, in union, harmony, marriage =1.


I loved my December nuptials. It was ultra cold which meant we had to do all things cozy and nice: light fires, drink cocoa, snuggle in the warm cabin on a bear skin rug. (We did all the above minus the rug.) I did love my winter wedding, but I am not particularly fond of my December anniversary. The year we wed, I must be honest, our ceremony- in our lives- out-shone Christmas; however, over the last eight years Christmas has made a huge come back and now our big day has been minimized to a few words of remembrance and, if we are lucky, at least, a card. It's a bummer, but that's the choice you make when you "just can't wait" and also when you get married during one of the busiest times of the year!

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What I did love most about our wedding and the two parties we had afterwards (one in Utah after the ceremony and one in Colorado later in the month) were the twinkle lights used as part of the decorations. (This is another reason I think December is so romantic. Everyone walks around smitten unaware that it's the twinkle light which has such mysterious power over them!! The mood lighting during December is perfect, so amorous and idyllic.) I love the feeling twinkle lights give: tender yet striking, soft yet powerful, small yet constant, simple yet resplendent. Love is having your heart wrapped tightly with millions of twinkle lights.

Jaren is my year-round twinkle light.

I love it when we are at a party and I catch him staring at me, flirting with me from across the room, as if no one else is there and I am the most beautiful creature he has ever seen.

I love it when we are watching a movie, or just lounging around and he plays with my hair.

I love it when I leave the house sans enhancement (without make-up) and he tells me I am beautiful and that I make his world colorful and vibrant.

I love it when we are close. I especially love my hand in his. I like to feel his pulse with my other hand, or listen to his heart beat-hear the rush of his honest life. I revel in these small and very simple moments because they remind me he is living- a life with me.

I love it when he leaves for work and kisses me goodbye.

I love that everything he lives for revolves around two people: his wife and his son.

I love that although he has many friends there is no other place he would rather be than at home with me and G.

I love him, and I love that I love him more and more each day, each year.

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Although my anniversary is swept under the Christmas rug each year I will never regret or forget the day I married the man with whom I fell madly, deeply, passionately, achingly, genuinely, profoundly, and honestly in love.

He makes my life shine. He makes my eyes glow. He makes my heart twinkle. I love you J. Happy Anniversary.

p.s. So far today I have played trains, made waffles for breakfast, taken Gunnie to pre-school, done some grocery shopping and cleaned out the fridge. Maybe had I done said activities in my wedding dress it would have been more reminiscent. ;) (Maybe I should just be happy the thing still fits! ;))

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Kate said...

Beautiful post. Happy day to you two. I remember how lovely your reception was. I remember the place where you had it. It was perfect. Wow... I've known you for a long time. ;)

Tonya said...

Happy Anniversary...

Your post is heartfelt and makes me feel weepy...there is nothing like being in love! Hope you guys have a great anniversary together!


D Baker Photography said...

Awwh, how beautiful are the two of you. We got married on my husband's birthday, so I think he would relate to how you feel. He has decided to deem it as a "birthaversary" he's so clever. Great post.

Jennifer P. said...

Makes me want to go hug my honey up good now! We have a Dec. anniversary too (28th), so I know what you mean about the Christmas crazy part--but I wouldn't trade it either! (plus we got a whole forest full of Christmas trees FREE for our reception, we just asked the people at the Christmas tree lots and they gladly gave them to us--it was twinkle light heaven!). Happy Anniversary!

Kate said...

Congratulations Kam and J!
We hope you have a magical day and that every day ahead is full of twinkle lights. =)

me said...

Let me say it again - you are stinkin beautiful.. does it lessen the affect when i use stinkin - i hope not.. Happy Anniversary - i hope it gets even better every year..

Paige said...

What a sweet tribute. And I agree -- twinkle lights are fabulous. As are the two of you. :) Happy Anniversary!

Celeste said...

What a beautiful post!!! Happy Anniversary. Brian and I have the exact anniversary to the day and year. Dec 18, 1999. Too fun!!

Matthew Engelken said...

Happy Anniversary! The wedding photos are great, but there seems to be one missing. Do I hear........ "Black Snow Boots?"

Kari & Kijsa said...

WOW...we are truly in awe! Thank you so much for your sweet post on our blog...we came to say hi and were so touched...your photography and your writing are so beautiful! Thanks for making our morning!

Merry Christmas blessings,

kari and kijsa

~love said...


happy (belated) anniversary!!

Matthew Engelken said...

Still waiting!! :)

Kam said...

Matty- I knew the boots would come out sometime. Unfortunatly- I don't have pictures so there really is no proof they really existed, but for the recorded, I was just doing what I had been told and I DID have beautiful shoes i wore for the ceremony and the parties. ;) I still have them...;)