Monday, February 6, 2012

Infectious love.

You know you're old when.... the girl who baby sat your children for the past decade is old enough to get married. She wanted to do some save the date photos, and begged me to come take them of her. (I kept trying to tell her that I was completely unqualified, but like a little sister, she pestered me until I said yes. Such a stinker. grin.)
I made them help me figure out what poses we should do, because I'm not kidding when I say I'm unqualified... (how in the heck am I supposed to know what's fun for save the date photos?)  They were total troopers and gave me lots of help!  It was so cute to watch them.
All I can say is, thank goodness for Pinterest and other people's creativity!  Ha!
And these kids... well I just love them.  They are fun and lively and up for anything. 
And they love each other deeply- that's for sure. 
All I really had to do was point the camera  at them, and they did all the work for me.  And I think more than that... they reminded me...
They reminded me about the power of young love...
It's infectious.  Makes you want to sit on wet sand and giggle... maybe do some canoodling. 
It seems so appropriate to post on this, during this month of sweet love, doesn't it? 
In the beginning, all the possibilities of life stretch out before you, free of ripples and problems.  Love seems strong enough to conquer anything that might come your way... age, children, jobs or lack of jobs, finances, family, etc. 
And somewhere along the way, you go whole days without gazing adoringly into each others' eyes.  And here... is where we learn our lesson from young love.  Young love is stronger than it seems, though still untested... it's more patient, more kind.  It doesn't envy... occasionally it boasts, but usually that's just to attract the other party so we can excuse it.  It's never rude or self-seeking.  It goes the extra mile and then some.  It's not easily angered.  Records of wrongs are kept short or not at all... it protects, it trusts, it hopes, and as life unfolds... it perseveres. 
We all know not every relationship is perfect.  Valentine's day approaches and brings mixed feelings.  Some can't wait because they know a surprise is around the corner.  Some are dreading it because the one they love has left a hole in their heart and it's an oozing wound this time of year.  But I often wonder... what if... even for a small moment in time, we could recapture that something... that beautiful something about the person we love, that made us want to look at them every second.  The thing that made us laugh at every joke.  The thing that made us try and be the best version of ourselves.  What if we reached way down and found it again?  Remembered the tingles in our tummies? 

And what if it was just the breath of fresh air our love life needed?
This Valentine's day, I encourage you to think backward... about when your love was young and new.  When it almost annoyed people with it's drippy adoration. 
You remember being wrapped up so completely in one another, that no one else in the room mattered.
I say we go for it.  Wherever you're at in your love life, why not challenge ourselves to see our relationship through new/old eyes... and let's love deeply.




29 comments:

  1. You did a beautiful job of capturing their "young love" and yes, I remember that "tingle factor" just seeing or thinking about my man....I love to feel that way!

    Judy

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  2. What a beautiful post. It made me miss my honey; he's deployed until July. :( Your photo session turned out great! You definitely captured how happy and in love they are. So sweet!

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  3. Those pictures turned out beautiful! I can see why she wanted you to do them! :) Great job!!

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  4. So fun! Well done!

    Some of the girls who were in a my small group at church just a few years ago are getting married and having babies! It's so weird!

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  5. Just beautiful!!! I think you totally captured LOVE. Sweet! I cannot wait for the day that my daughter finds her Prince Charming.

    Your newest follower...

    Tina

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  6. Gorgeous and fun photos! Fabulous job Sasha!!! Truly. I also love what you wrote. I was just thinking about all of this stuff the other day. After being married for 12.5 years and together for 15.5 love can get a little stale. When husband and I were dating we would hold hands while we ran (exercised). We had to be touching at ALL times! Ahhhhh... the memories.

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  7. thank you for taking me back! i don't stop often enough and think about those early feelings! brings a smile across my face!
    blessings,
    olivia

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  8. Erin, that is the best visual... I have never seen a couple running while holding hands... but I LOVE it. That is just awesome.

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  9. These pictures are a great archive of their young, new love just beautiful.

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  10. we'll have our 10th anniversary this year! soooo hard to believe! i love the love goin' on in these photos. great job, sasha!

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  11. Sweet post and what a sweet couple. You definitely captured their young love. You got some great shots of them in some very unique settings that gave the photos great composition.

    I had to LOL when I read your post cause my hubby and I were that sickening sweet lovey dovey couple...and I am told by some today that didn't know us then that we still are. He still makes my stomach do rollercoasters. : )

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  12. Running while holding hands? Hilarious, and sounds a little challenging. Thankfully i'm not a runner, so i'll never have to find out. Awesome pics, love the little details of the chalkboards and frame!

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  13. Those are awesome Sasha. I miss those days when we used to just look at each other. Sweet couple.

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  14. You captured the love perfectly. It's got personality, timelessness, oogly eyes, and affection. Nothing else will stand the test of time, as long as that love lasts!

    Hubby and I are blessed that our love is still like that. We still make other people jealous of our cuddles, hand holding, etc even after 11 yrs. So, we happen to like each other oh well. :D

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  15. What a great group of photos! Boy do I remember those days of being sickening sweet...some 20+ years ago...EGADS!!! You are right,though. I think in the midst of raising 3 kids and "stuff", a breathe of fresh air might be just what the doctor ordered. I accept your challenge. Oh, and I wish that adorable couple much happiness and laughter in their lives together.

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  16. You did an incredible job! You are most certainly qualified!!! :)

    Love deeply. Love that!

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  17. Super cute photos! And a great reminder. Love is good, and it's work, and we have to treat it well.

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  18. Great pictures! What a cute couple!

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  19. What great pictures! And a great message.

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  20. Awww, what a warm fuzzy post :) You are so right.

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  21. Give yourself a vote of confidence Sasha, I think you did a great job.
    I love what you wrote about young love. Makes me want to embrace my husband and gaze into his eyes as soon as I get home from work.
    Julie

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  22. Beautiful-both the pictures and your writing!

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  23. Ok, they're completely adorable! Beautiful pictures. You underestimate your qualifications, Sasha! Congratulations to the happy couple!
    ~Jo

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  24. Sasha, You know that I think this is the cutest couple around. And you have captured their love in the photos and your comments. You make a proud mama cry. Thank you.

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  25. Awww! They are so cute! Great photos :)

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  26. Lovely post...you did a great job! They are darling, and look so very natural, not like they are posing, but like you are taking pictures of them and they don't know you're there. Very beautiful.

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