Friday, September 04, 2009

here is my heart...



I try to not get too personal on my blog but sometimes the lines blur for me and its hard not to share. This weekend I will be celebrating my 5 year wedding anniversary and while I have known my husband a long time- a total of 10 years- this 5 year mark feels really important to me. When we got married we both agreed that we weren't quite "wedding" people and because of a very sad and dramatic divorce that had been taking up our attention between my husband's parents we decided that eloping would be the healthiest way to tie the knot. Of course it had to be on the beach and far away from our everyday life- so we make the trek up the coast to Monterey. And early in the morning on September 7th, with a bright blue sky and warm weather, we exchanged vows on the beach- with an officiant and the photographer acting as our witness- we were married. We then made our way up hwy 101 through the coast of California and Oregon exploring tiny towns and enjoying an escape from our daily lives. We ended up in my hometown on the Oregon coast and celebrated with family- a time that I still wish that time could have lasted forever!










Looking back I have such fond memories, memories of feeling so strong, so united and wonderfully naive about the future.

(insert big sigh here)

The last five years have been a strange combination of wonderful bliss and lots of challenges. Trials that we never planned for or expected, an unusual amount of drama and intense personal struggles that have come our way and honestly have not seemed to stop. As I reflect on what it means to be devoted and bound to another person that you love, I cannot help but feel a strong sense of pride in what we have overcome in just 5 years. Through the highs and lows my husband and I have held fast to each other and never given up on one another and our union. In a world where love seems fleeting and marriages often brief, I am inspired to never, ever, ever, EVER give up on this thing we started 10 years ago. My husband continues to be my favorite person around, my best friend and sometimes VERY annoying (but in a good way), an inspiration and a kindred spirit- my dear Andy has my heart forever.



I will be signing off for the weekend to take some time to just hang with my guy :) Happy three days to everyone!

22 comments:

  1. Wonderful...... congratulations!!!
    Christina

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  2. Congratulations, sweet Alisa.

    Love,
    Julene

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  3. Happy Anniversary!!! hugs to you!

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  4. Congratulations on your anniversary. Loved your post. A love note about how special your life is.

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  5. I enjoyed sharing your special times!!!
    Happy Anniversary!!!!

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  6. bravo to the two of you! enjoy... and have great $*x!! opps, sorry 'bout that!

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  7. sweet and beautiful! I love the photos. Love that you got married in Monterey. We got engaged in Big Sur. Such beautiful, peaceful places.

    Enjoy some peace and beauty this weekend. Wishing you years and years and forever...

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  8. How ironic, my husband and I's 2 yr wedding anniversary is on the 7th too! AND we moved to Monterey, from Ohio, a month after we got married. We lived there for 2 years and then moved down here.

    Happy Anniversary!

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  9. Happy Anniversary for the both of you :) Thank you for sharing a part of your life with the reest of us. Have an awesome weekend!

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  10. congratulations, alisa! wishing you much joy and many, many years of lovely happiness together.

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  11. Thank you for sharing this very private part of your life. Congratulations on this five year mark. You're right not to take it lightly!
    I always enjoy your blog and really appreciate your artistry.

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  12. Wow, what a nice post! It made me teary! Congratulations! Hope you have a fantastic weekend :)

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  13. Made me teary, too. So sweet. And now back to your next hundred years.

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  14. Your photos remind me of how we did it. We went to the justice of the peace and then drove to Morro Bay. We're now on our 18th year. It's true about how when you have found the one, you hang on ... no matter what. Congratulations to the two of you.
    To love,
    Jenny

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  15. The valleys make the peak that much more glorious, embrace them all. Congratulations and happy, happy wishes for many more years to come!

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  16. Congrats to you both! Milestones are nice tape measures as we continue to map out the future. Remember to keep the laughter in your marriage and you will make it through just about anything.

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  17. inspiring...thanks for sharing that with us!!

    hope you have many more wonderful years together!!

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  18. Congratulations to you! You are such a wonderful couple.

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  19. Bravo to you too. Too many people look for the easy out with never a commitment. We are heading on 24 years. What a blessing for us both.

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  20. just browsing via delightful blogs. i was excited too see you drove from monterey to oregon and passed through my little patch of heaven! EUREKA, CA! if i am not mistaken you have a picture with a beatuiful view of trinidad in your background! i am always happy to see someone enjoying "the lost coast" congratulations! and happy living!

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  21. Lots of happies to you guys, and thank you for sharing. Thank you that you guys have made the choice to stay together. My hubby and I are living in out 30th year together and we both beleive that there is no back door, that we have to make it work every day- even when we really don't want to. :) Happy happies.

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  22. I have been browsing your blog the last few days and have been so inspired by your work! When I came across this post it warmed my heart. My husband and I recently eloped (via hot air balloon!) in California and traveled up the coast through Oregon. We strongly believe in doing whatever it takes to make this union last forever. Thanks for sharing your talent, and your life with the world.

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