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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

fall in love

I painted this for Paul for our first Christmas together.  The painting hangs on the door to our room and reminds me of when we had to travel 2000 miles across the country to visit each other.  We both knew we had something special when we first started dating and were both willing to put in what it took to make our relationship work, though it was certainly not easy at times.  The "Fall in Love" phrase is based off a poem/prayer attributed to Pedro Arrupe that means a lot to both of us: 

Nothing is more practical than
finding God, than
falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.

Tonight Paul and I were talking with one of our roommates about our decision to get married.  Before getting engaged, I remember feeling scared and playing all kinds of "what if" games with myself.  When I finally just let go of the fear and trusted my gut, my decision to marry Paul was one of the easiest of my life.  So grateful we fell in love and so glad to have this painting as a reminder of how far we've come.  Also love being a gross, sappy newlywed...

What gets you out of bed in the morning? 

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