We have traveled a long road to reach this day. I could bore you to death and spout all the usual cliches about the twists and turns, peaks and valleys, mistakes and regrets and joys and sorrows that have been part of the journey, but I venture to guess, that most everyone that will be reading this, that is married or has ever been married, can relate to all that . You must know already, that to reach 25 years, has most likely not been easy in some moments. There have been times when the lure of the path of least resistance, looked appealing. But here we stand. United when it has counted. Especially during Zoey's most difficult days. We have the most amazing children. Bar none. Good human beings with beautiful souls. And perhaps in the end, they stand as the greatest testament of our love.
On Memorial Day Mark and I and the 'little set', went to Descanso Gardens. A place that I cannot even begin to describe. It is beautiful and tranquil there. Truly magnificent piece of expansive land. We walked for hours. Thankful that Zoey is still so tiny and I could strap her on my back and hike and explore. Won't always be as effortless as it was with her that day.
But I did not focus on the tomorrows. Instead was only grateful for the ease and peacefulness of the day. Ease and peacefulness isn't always present in our daily lives but that day was different. Mark and I soaked in the rare time spent together and although we were missing the older girls, we found beauty in where our life is today, with the gift and opportunity of raising 3 other children. Not necessarily better parents this time around, but different and hopefully wiser. And certainly we are not losing sight of how fleeting these days are. The last 25 have taught us that, and so much more.