Hello Wonderful Readers!
I truly miss you! I have been so disconnected from this community and it is obvious in my life. I need to write! It is a reset for my brain. It brings all the chaos into alignment.
So much is going on that I want to tell you about. So much so that I had to check in to say that I’m going to do better. I’m going to be intentional about documenting with words, the way I’m documenting with pictures.
As for many, October is a big month for me. The first signs of fall begin appearing.
Dawn takes on a whole new light (literally) it’s captivating the way the sun sneaks up and begins illuminating the sky.
Sunsets are breathtaking. The kind of beauty that has no equal.
The most important things in my life this October are the fact that my man and I are celebrating 10 years of marriage. TEN. What?!
The fact that he has not only tolerated me but championed my dreams is beyond my ability to understand. I am so grateful.
For those of you reading this and thinking (Nice…another story of true love and a perfect marriage. I think I’m gonna barf.) Please do not be fooled. We have been through darkness so thick, we weren’t sure we would ever see the light of day. I can be totally stoked that Chris and I made it this far because the challenges we have overcome are proof that there is a God as nothing else could have accompanied us and navigated the road of unknowns.
Oh, a few quick details about the pictures…
- We had just said, “I do” and “I do too” on a gondola in Las Vegas’, Venetian Hotel.
- We were married by a minister we had never met and have not seen since.
- I wasn’t wearing white.
- There was no church.
- Chris won a large sum of money at the roulette table he passed while walking to our ceremony.
- We lived like rock stars for a week.
- I was 2 weeks shy of completing my first year free from the addiction of all mind altering substances. (My drug of choice was whatever was available at the time. Do you have any idea how many mind altering substances are available at any given time in Vegas?)
- I have not been back to Vegas since we married. Not because I don’t want to, I just haven’t had reason to.
- There are people who still haven’t spoken to us after our decision to “elope to sin city” (sometimes people have to weed themselves out of our lives before we discover that we’re better for it)
Another date that is just as important to me is my sobriety date, which will represent 11 years this month. A girl like me…sober…for 11 years?! Yet another tangible example of a Higher Power working and moving. He has used my story so much in the last year. It’s crazy awesome and frightening and beautiful. (That will have to be its own post)
Big things are happening in my life and the life of my family. Bigger things than I ever could have conjured up for myself. Bigger than I have ever known and yet incredibly simple. I didn’t say easy. I said simple. In other words, not complicated. Not diluted by self-doubt and ridicule from skeptics. Things that have nothing to do with money or fame or worldly success.
Spiritually I am going deeper, wider, and more fully committed than I even knew possible. I am no longer sticking my toe out, cringing while bracing for the worst. I am leaping off cliffs that at one time paralyzed me. I am discovering true, unpolluted, without hesitation, faith.
I want to tell you all about it as it unfolds, but I must be patient and wait for the words. I must enjoy every morsel without thought of the next.
It comes to me in the most peculiar of places. I write on whatever is available to me, knowing that if I don’t capture it in that very moment, I will never remember it quite the same way.
I so want this kind of freedom for you, my friends. But I cannot give it to you. It is something that must be sought out through complete surrender, asked for and accepted. (Often times we think the difficulty is in the asking, when really it is our inability to accept when goodness is being offered)
The days ahead are exciting ones. I look forward to our journey together.
Until then, may bountiful blessings and all that is light be yours.
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Happy 10th and 11th anniversaries. Both are great!! Keep leaping off those cliffs Joy. I look forward to each of your stories. They will be savored.
Thank you, Mark.
I sure do appreciate you.
So good to hear from you Joy. Happy 10th Anniversary. Thanks for writing again, please don’t
forget us! Your pictures are beautiful….keep up keeping up! God Bless you and your family!
Thank you Janie!
I have missed writing so much!
I promise I’ll do better going forward 🙂
Thank you for sticking with me!
Blessings to you!