“Some think love can be measured by the amount of butterflies in their tummy. Others think love can be measured in bunches of flowers, or by using the words ‘for ever.’ But love can only truly be measured by actions. It can be a small thing, such as peeling an orange for a person you love because you know they don’t like doing it.” — Marian Keyes
For some, love comes early in life. For us, it came a bit later, with a deep rooted friendship and attraction that we didn’t immediately act upon. As we discovered all the things we shared- values, a love of card + board games, long time ‘starter’ marriages that ended similarly and a strong desire to always laugh - we slowly began to build the trust and friendship that is at the heart and core of our marriage today.
Like you, we each have had experiences that brought us to where are now - experiences we learned valuable lessons from. The stuff that helped us realize what truly matters in life. We prefer making memories over collecting things. We value time more than money. We choose daily to work on our relationship + keeping our love alive. It may not always be easy and it may not always look pretty but we are ok with that.
We aren’t the once-upon-a-time-happily-ever-who-wrote-this-stuff kind of partners. Like any real couple we have our ups, downs and man-we-need-to-shake-this-up-boring doldrum phases. We aren’t very good at pretending to be something we aren’t - so what you see is often what you get.
We bicker. (sometimes)
We fight. (not as much)
We tease. (often)
We annoy one another. (on occasion)
We delight in bad puns. (more than we care to admit)
We actually enjoy being together. (mostly)
We laugh. (all the damn time)
We love, unconditionally. (always)
At the end of the day, through our complementary strengths and unique skill sets we simply balance one another. Christy is the research, read a few too many books, ask the experts type of gal. Carl starts pressing buttons to see what happens and only reads the instructions as a last resort (usually after Christy “suggests” multiple times he do so). Even within our individual photography pursuits, Christy is more prone to shoot the intimate details and Carl focuses on the bigger, wider picture.
And then there is the serious stuff. The stuff that has challenged and tested us. There has been plenty of that. But, through it all, we gently push one other to do better.
To be better.
“Intimacy is the capacity to be rather weird with someone – and finding that that’s ok with them.” — Alain de Botton
Welcome friends, to our little part of the world.
Chrysti + Carl
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