My One and Only

Yesterday I noticed that the leaves on the little tree outside our home are already yellow. This got me thinking how Fall is here… and in no time at all we’ll be going to cut down Jemma’s first Christmas tree.

Whenever our family gets together for the holidays, we have this tradition where everyone will share what blessings we’ve experienced over the year, what we are thankful for.  The last time I shared how I am thankful for Irina.  And as cliche as that sounds being that we are a newly married couple, truly there isn’t a person I am more thankful for.

I grew up with three sisters, and a household of ferocious readers. So I am not a stranger to the works of Jane Austen and Lucy Maud Montgomery. And if you were to ask me a few years ago, I would of said that there is no such thing as a ‘kindred spirit‘.  Where as now, I see without doubt, that Irina is my kindred spirit. There is no other person, not even anyone from my family that I am more comfortable with, or would rather be with, than Irina.

She can be silly, act goofy, and laugh with roaring laughter, yet be classy when need be.  Share her dreams and desires with me.  I love that she loves to explore cities, and coffee shops, and small boutique stores. Irina loves photography, and takes more pictures in a day than anyone I know (and sends me picture messages through the day, while I am at work). She is an emotional person, and can tear up from a silly movie, from a heart breaking story or a news article. These are just a few of the  things I like about her.

One of the things I love about Irina is that she is aware of others and is purposeful with her words and actions.

Recently I was asked to define courage.  I answered that courage is love towards someone other than yourself.  Each and everyone of us loves our self, we are consumed with what will make us happy. Our social circles, our families, our friends, people we avoid or dread meeting/talking with. All advertising is about how you need something because it will make you happy. The popular phrases of today… “being true to self”, “just do what makes you happy”, “love yourself”. Well its easy to love yourself but hard to love others.   The Bible says that one of the key characteristic that the followers of Christ will have is love for one another (John 13:35).  I’ve quickly come to see that this is true of Irina.  She is quick to defend others and has a heart full of compassion for others.

I saw the following quote  on another photographer’s blog and its exactly how I feel about Irina, and I am thankful that she too loves photos and allows me to constantly take photos of her.

“If I had a camera”, I said, “I’d take a picture of you every day. That way I’d remember how you looked every single day of your life.” – Nicole Krauss

Last weekend my love celebrated her birthday.  Here are a few pictures from the mini photo shoots we had.  {All images taken with Nikon D3s and edited with Rebecca Lily presets}
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