Call me crazy, but the weeks AFTER the holidays are some of my favorite of the whole year. While I love Christmastime and gift-giving, it’s after the wrapping paper settles and the tree is packed away that I’m reminded of the simple beauty of life and the love that envelopes me. Not to mention those weeks also lead into the month of February, a very special time for our little clan. Within the span of 18 short days, we celebrate our first date anniversary, our wedding anniversary, Curtis’ birthday, Elaina's birthday AND Valentine’s Day. By mid-month, I’m always feeling a little sentimental looking at family photos and near-bursting with love…and chocolate.
It’s so amazing to think back on the long, yet seemingly short, time we’ve spent together. How two bright-eyed kids matured from shy and easily-influenced to adults with goals and dreams who built a business, a family, a home… a LIFE. How God brought three little people into our lives who could make our bond even stronger and add so much to a life that already seemed to have all we ever wanted. How the long days of shuttling from work to school to running errands and finally crashing into bed tell the story of our life and our love.
So, to commemorate this “love”-ly time of year, I wanted to share 5 peeks into our story… my favorite love story of all.
1. I asked Curt out on our first date (can you believe that?!) The first thing he said when answering, "I was just picking my phone up to call you" - I will never know.
2. He redeemed himself with the Best. Proposal. Ever. (though I might be biased) My sweet Curtis was supposed to pick me up from the airport after returning home from a work trip to China - he called and told me he couldn't make it - I was FURIOUS. So I took a cab home and found a scavenger hunt awaiting me (roses, our favorite song, candles, such a romantic he is)... and at the end of the scavenger hunt was Curtis on one knee and I said YES!
3. Our wedding day was the coldest, windiest February day in Iowa and I had my bridesmaids wear spaghetti strap, knee length dresses with open toe shoes - what was I thinking?
4. Parenting has been the best and hardest job. 'What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" plays loudly in my head often - please tell me I'm not the only one...
5. And my favorite AMD memory is the moment Curt decided he was going to leave Corporate America so we could live our dream and 'have our own business'.
This week I pray that God blesses you and yours with a reminder of how loved you are. Xoxo Allison