Day one on the great “mystery trip” commenced early yesterday morning and found me on the other side of the country in the late afternoon. My first stop? That’s right…San Francisco! But that’s not where we stayed. We got our rental car and headed south on Highway 1 toward Santa Cruz. It was a beautiful drive ending at a place that I’ve always thought of as a little bit of paradise. This is where yesterday’s journey ended:
Beautiful, isn’t it? This is the backyard garden of our Aunt Norma and Uncle Roger.
Now, you might think it a little odd that my husband would start out mystery anniversary trip with a stop at our relatives, but it really isn’t. Not when you understand that this couple has been one of the finest models of marriage from which we’ve ever had the privilege to learn. For all of our married life, we’ve both looked at them and said, “that’s what we want our marriage to look like.”
There is a painting that hangs in their home that sums up why we’re here.
It’s entitled, simply, “I Love You”. That painting provides the goal: To sit across from each other like the sweet couple it captures – like our Aunt Norma and Uncle Roger – and still look at each other the way they do. To, at the end of the day, the end of our lives, still say “I Love You” and mean it from the depths.
We’ve begun our trip and the rest of our lives with not only just a road map, but a clear picture of our desired destination. We’ve begun with the end in mind.
I love that.
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Hi! Just popped over from Angies blog. I love your page design. I can’t wait to figure out how to jazz mine up.
I noticed you like Anne of Green Gables and Francine Rivers. Ditto!
I could not have made it to womanhood without Anne.
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WOW! I can’t wait to see where you are headed next!! I think the trip is perfect so far. Enjoy!
What a beautiful post, espl about the portrait.
I love both pictures. They paint a story that I’m currently writing with my own love.
Billy returned early morning, and I feel like the depth of our love has reached new levels through his absence. It could have gone either way, but I allowed God to have his way, and the result has been a sacred growing. Can’t wait to hear more.
this has me in tears.
What a blessing….Lord, Keep the blessin’s comin’.
Yep, I meant to spell it like that….becuase that is just how my heart feels. ALL TENDER!
WOW!! What a wonderful start. He has thought this out perfectly!!!
I can’t wait to read more.
Have a great day.