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So much love…

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Photofy image.

My motto for 2015 is “So much love…”

Perhaps we use the word “love” too freely. In the same breath, I don’t think you can love too much.

Love makes you happy. Love can break your heart. Love can put a broken heart back together again. Love is positive. Love is gentle. Love is kind.

Love life. Embrace it. Capture it. Hold on tight to it… Because as a friend of mine always says: if you love life, it’ll love you back.

Oh, that’s not to say there won’t be rough times. But if you love life, you’ll come to love those rough times, as those are the moments you learn the most. Those are the moments you grow the most. Those are the times you’ll feel the most love directed straight at you.

Love isn’t something you measure in a cup, or weigh on a scale. It’s often given and received disproportionately. It’s perfectly imperfect.

And in this year of discovery, learning and change, I’m choosing it to be my guide. Love. Love life. Love the struggle. Love each other.

So much love…

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Motto in the snow!

 

This picture…

I spent far longer than I care to admit trying to come up with a blog topic in which I could use the following picture.

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I. Love. This. Photo.

I received this photo in an email from a Fiddle regular turned friend, Joy. I had completely forgotten she had taken it. And as soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to use it in a blog post. A picture this awesome? It deserves to be on the blog. Right?

But I just couldn’t come up with a topic in which it really fit. And then I decided, maybe I should just feature the photo. Yeah, that sounds good. I love this photo, because when I look at it I see so many things at once.

I see a very happy couple. I see my best friend and husband. I see the way he makes me smile. I see laughter. I see happiness.

I see love.

I see a strong partnership. I see two people who have gone through a lot together, and who will face a lot together in the future. I see two people with hopes and dreams.  I see two people who’ve already accomplished a lot.  I see success, and I see the wisdom learned from failures. I see two people who are each other’s biggest  fan.

I see we are in the bar that was such a huge part our life for as long as we have known each other. I see hours of hard work done as a total labor of love.  I see a photographer, blogger, and bartender. I see a musician, bus driver, and over-all hard worker. I see two future bar owners, and new homeowners. I see two people making a life side-by-side, hand-in-hand.

I see US.

Funny how a quick, in-passing photo can say so much.

I. Love. This. Photo.

Facebook is great, but face-to-face is better

Tillamook CheeseLast night, my husband and I invited some friends over for a “wine-and-cheese party.”  We had Tillamook Cheese we wanted to share with our friends that we brought back from our recent trip to Oregon, and we figured what goes better with cheese than wine?

My husband and I happen to really love hosting get-togethers at our house, but we haven’t done it much in the last few years. We just felt like our house was too small to adequately host friends. The house we rented prior to the one we are in now was PERFECT for parties, but it was a little ways out of town and hard to get people to come out to visit. We moved into town, but downsized dramatically. We felt like our party hosting fun was still on hold until we moved again.

Boy were we wrong!

So what if we had to haul my desk chair from the office in and another chair up from basement?

So what if we didn’t have room on the table for plates, so we all just picked out our choice of finger foods with our fingers?

So what if there was a line to our one bathroom at one point?

323: Rhythm in WineIt didn’t diminish the wonderful evening that we had one bit. We put together a spread of cheese, veggies, fruit, bread, sausage, etc. We had Merlot, Moscato, Rosé, sparkling red, vodka, beer, Irish whisky, and water.

We had conversations.

In person.

Face-to-face conversations. We told stories, laughed (a lot), high fived over the table, and bounced ideas and thoughts off one another. No one was on Facebook. No one was on Twitter. We were all there, in that moment, together, enjoying each other’s company.

It was amazing.

When the party broke up, we all agreed that THIS was what it was all about. Friends getting together and catching up. And we vowed to do it again. We vowed to do it more often.

When our friends left, my husband and I looked at each other with big grins. I told my husband, “This just proved no house it too small when your heart is this full.”