lina

five reasons she’s the best thing that ever happened to me

today is a special day in my little family. it’s my beloved wife’s 31st birthday!

in honor of her, i thought i’d share five of the ways that she is the best thing that has ever happened to me. here we go!

1. she’s a hero

i’ve never seen someone fight so much to live life to the fullest. she has taught me perseverance, dedication, commitment, and discipline. have i mastered all of those things yet? oh, hell, no. but, wow, how i have been influenced + inspired by her. and it’s not only me. i know, because i have heard, how many people look up to her and find strength in her strength.

2. she challenges me to care about myself

i can easily get swept up in always making sure that others’ ideas and opinions are represented, without sharing what my thoughts + ideas might be. this is actually a major issue of mine. not that i care so much about others, but that i don’t care so much about me. she reminds and pushes me that i have every right to have my voice heard and that i don’t have to please everyone else all of the time. i am worth it.

3. she makes people smile

ok. not just smile, but laugh. her humor is top notch. smart. witty. silly. it’s like this perfect combination of crazy weirdness and intelligent wit. whatever it is, she makes me laugh until my sides hurt. she puts a smile on my face and fill my soul with music.

4. she’s got talent

good lord, my wife can do almost anything. perhaps she can actually do everything. she’s handy in the home, organized, tidy, athletic, musical. she’s an artist, a book worm, a guy’s gal, a gal’s gal. she knows a lot about a lot. she loves to talk deep. she loves to chat about the weather. she can canoe a canoe, pitch a tent, ride a horse, hit a golf ball, dance like no one’s watching, cook + bake, create movies, sing, play the piano. i’m telling you… the list is endless. and, while all of her talents help me out, they also show me what it means to be a well-rounded person. and, once again, i am inspired to be better, to learn more, to try more.

5. she’s like me, but not. 

sharing life with my love is amazing. there is no other person that i’d rather spend my moments with, and every moment is infinitely better when she is nearby. we have the same values and enjoy the same things, and yet, we have our own very unique personalities as well. so we are alike, but not. she’s  a great balance for me. helping me to get my head out of the clouds sometimes and back down on earth. and, i’m just enough of an idealistic person for her. we’re two individuals, coming together to share the ups and downs and ins and outs of life. and it just works.

my-love-2015my days would be incomplete without her. my nights would be empty. and my life would be completely out of balance. in all of her unique, beautiful marvelous ways, she just fits. she is the one that i choose over + over again. and i am so very thankful that on this day, 31 years ago, her light came into the world. how blessed am i that i get to see and feel and absorb that light every single day?!

love and light and peace, to you, my everything. happy birthday! xoxo

lina and me celebrate

celebrating five years of marriage!

while most of you celebrate boxing day or annandag jul (sweden’s second day of christmas) or simply rest up from all of the holiday festivities, my love + i are celebrating our marriage today. that’s right, december 26th is our anniversary!

this year, we celebrate five years of marriage! i can’t believe it has been 5 years already. time flies by, and each year gets better + better. we have been tested through tough times, and have been blessed many, many times over with a life of pure joy, bliss, + adventure. we were married in sweden on a cold, snowy, gorgeous day. have made our homes in sweden and in north carolina, traveled to many countries, met tons of new people, and enjoyed special moments with those who have been in our lives as long as we can remember. yes, we have built a beautiful life together. i have never been happier than any + all of the days that i have shared with my dear lina. she is my best friend, my soul, my ass-kicker, my inspiration, and my absolute everything.

the past year has been a beautiful one, with so many shared memories. and, to honor, the amazing every day moments that we have lived + the incredible, overwhelming adventures we have experienced, i’ve created some collages of us, showing some of our memories throughout the year. my heart is so full!

collage 2014 my love and me 4 collage 2014 my love and me 2 collage 2014 my love and me 1 collage 2014 my love and me 3 collage 2014 my love and me 5

happy anniversary, my love!  here’s to many, many more!!

 

light + love xoxo