The story of us

Tomorrow, August 26th marks 5 years that I’ve been married to my husband.

It’s gone so fast….

I’ve learned a lot in that time.   I’ve learned that  sometimes, silence is more intimate than small talk.  That no matter what, above all other things,  a man who has a kind heart  is the most important quality to look for.  I’ve also learned that marrying someone who is your best friend is just the awesome-est.   It’s like having a sleep over with your bff every night.   Having similar interests as well as different ones is not only important, but  necessary.  That you’ll never notice when I change my hair…  but you will always notice if I’m not my usual chipper self for any reason and that’s more important.   When you find the right person, it’s not complicated at all, everything is just easy. Annnnd,  that we were just crazy, stupid lucky to have found each other in the first place.

Barrett,

When I met you in 2002, I’ll never forget how I felt.  Every time I was anywhere near you, my heart would pound and I would start to sweat.  No one had ever had an effect on me like that before.  I actually ran away  a few times because I didn’t know how to act feeling that way.  I remember getting in my car and banging my head on the steering wheel and saying “I am so stupid!” when I ran away once, because I was sure you were about to ask me out, but I left before you could …. eventually I didn’t run and you did….and we’ve been inseparable ever since. I remember spending many nights many nights up till 4 and 5 am just talking for hours in the beginning.  I remember going through your cd’s and being amazed that you not only had heard of most of the bands I loved, but knew more about them than I did.

I remember we had been dating a few weeks when you went to my best friends mom’s wedding with me.  I knew you were the one already… and I remember the way you squeezed  my hand through that ceremony  in such a way that I knew you felt the same way.  We weren’t in a hurry to get married, though… what for? We both knew we would at some point. So we moved in together and  were together for 4 awesome years before we got  married.

My God, we had so much fun.  We went to so many shows and music festivals, fun restaurants and  treks to cool towns like Asheville just for the heck of it.   Here’s a good ol’ point and shoot snapshot from that time:

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Then we got married.  It was such a perfect beach wedding…  all preceded by the greatest summer ever.  We learned to surf that summer and spent every non-working moment at the beach.

Here’s a few shots from our wedding. All photographed by  the fabulous Brooke Mayo :

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Then we went to Europe.  We thought, why not?  Let’s go do it before we have kids!  And I’m so, so glad we did.  Here’s us in Tuscany… Ha ha ha, we look SO touristy.

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Then we got back and found out this happened while we were there:

Photo once again by the fabulous Brooke Mayo:

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Then we had this little guy. Which has been our greatest adventure yet.

Have I ever thanked you for being amazing during my long awful labor with him?  Thank you.  Also, thanks for being a great dad. I love watching you play with him.

He’s a mini you, which makes him even more perfect to me…

photo by brooke mayo

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Photo by yours truly:

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Now we have this little lady on the way:

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Thanks for making me laugh every day, and making a point to kiss me goodnight (even at your sleepiest) every night.

Thanks for letting me sleep in on Sunday mornings when our kid wakes up at sunrise.

Thanks for buying me my first camera and always supporting my dreams and believing in me as a mother, an artist and a person.

It  hasn’t all been easy… but we’ve made a beautiful life together and I couldn’t be happier to spend it with you.

Here’s to a million more years together….

I love you!  Thanks for loving me back. 🙂

Now, let’s brave another  hurricane together.


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“Who knows how long I’ve loved you
You know I love you still
Will I wait a lonely lifetime
If you want me to, I will

For if I ever saw you
I didn’t catch your name
But it never really mattered
I will always feel the same

Love you forever and forever
Love you with all my heart
Love you whenever we’re together
Love you when we’re apart

And when at last I find you
Your song will fill the air
Sing it loud so I can hear you
Make it easy to be near you
For the things you do endear you to me
Oh, you know I will
I will”

-Lennon/McCartney


  • kathleen Leggette - I absolutely loved reading this. You expressed every feeling two people in love as soul mates should feel. I am happy to have meet someone as in touch with there feelings and so happy in love. My husband and I have shared 39 years together and I can tell You both It only gets better. Life, children, grand children well… it is amazing. Thank you Lori for sharing you love with us.ReplyCancel

  • Patricia - Lori,
    This is by far the most beautiful story ever! And congratulations on the baby girl! You have such a beautiful family and you guys look so happy. May you have many more happy years together. My husband and I have celebrated 22 years so far and have 3 beautiful children to show for it ( 2 girls: 18 & 7 years, 1 boy: 2 years). We have weathered many storms in our life but have endured through lots of laughter, love and prayers! I too look forward to growing old with my man and am thrilled when someone else knows what true love is…..ReplyCancel

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