“To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.” - Timothy Keller
Marriage is by far the best thing that has ever happened to me.
Sometimes, I sit and stare in awe at my husband - wondering why I was picked...what I did to deserve such a gift. My husband is so incredibly loving, joyful, peace-seeking, forgiving, kind, good, faithful, gentle, self-controlled, patient, calm, diligent, loyal, humble, supportive, and honest.
You know what blows my mind the most... that he comes from a long line of men like him - who seem to just keep getting better and more amazing as each generation passes. It seems almost unreal, that one day I will raise his son, who will be even more phenomenal than he is.
I get butterflies thinking about it.
I love that man.
When we got married he told me he wanted me to give me a gift - "take 6 months off to do and pursue whatever you want and I will support and take care of you."
It was then that I stumbled into photography.
It's very likely that I never would have otherwise, because I was on a completely different trajectory - pursuing what I thought I was supposed to.
But see, this is the power of love - it digs into the deepest parts of you and uncovers those things that you hid (maybe out of fear, maybe out of self-preservation, maybe because the world simply told you that wasn't the best thing for you) - it takes every beautiful insecurity that makes you, you, and embraces, celebrates, and empowers you to be everything (and I do mean everything) you were meant to be regardless of the cost.
It truly is an exciting and liberating experience - - to be loved.