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A blog by Louise Gallagher

Can you believe it’s been 3 years?

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And amidst all that is happening now, this too is happening now.

Three years ago today, my beloved and I stood on a sun-drenched patio overlooking Okanagan Lake. Surrounded by the vineyards of Bench 1775 stretching to its shores and the beautiful mountains on the other side, we said our “I Do’s” and promised to grow through love always.

The day began dark and stormy. I really wanted an outdoor wedding but it appeared Mother Nature had a different idea. The rain fell in heavy sheets. The sky was dark and gloomy. Finally, knowing I had to get back to Therapy Vineyards and Guest House where we were staying and where the girls and I were getting ready for the wedding, we set the chairs and bower up indoors. I reconciled the image I held in my mind of what our wedding would look like to the reality of nature’s downpour and breathed deeply. Love is in the air. Who cares about the rain?

And then, it happened. Just before 4pm when my daughters and I were to arrive at the venue, a friend text me to show me the skies had cleared.

Tell everyone to pick up their chairs and move the wedding outside, I text back.

And they did.

Amidst laughter and good humoured jostling and comments of, ‘trust Louise to put us to work’, guests quickly picked up their chairs and moved everything outside.

The chairs were lined up on the patio. Our dear friend Alyssa placed her chair and cello at the front of the gathered guests and began to play.

My daughters and I walked down the aisle from one direction, while C.C. and his son and daughter appeared from a side entrance. We met in the middle of the aisle. C.C. and I joined hands, kissed our children who lined up behind us and together, we walked to the front of the deck where our friend Al waited to marry us beneath the white, flower laden, bower that had been moved outside when the sun came out.

Across the lake, above the mountains that edged the horizon, fluffy white clouds danced a heavenly chorus beneath the bright blue skies above our heads. The wind blew. It wasn’t all that warm, but I didn’t care.

This is the stuff wedding dreams, and marriages, are made of.

Weathering storms. Confronting obstacles. Changing course. Going with the flow, and always following your heart.

C.C. and I have been married 3 years today.

It hasn’t been all blue skies and sunshiney days. We’ve faced ups and downs and not so pretty moments. We’ve struggled sometimes to understand why the other does what they do. We’ve picked opposite sides. Sometimes, we’ve held our opinions as more important than the space we share as husband and wife.

But, no matter the weather, or the storms, we always come back together to this sacred space where we hold each other in love. Where we honour the other’s opinions and have the courage to let go of whatever side we’re on so that we can stand on the sacred ground of our being together.

Three years ago I said “I Do” to the man who always makes me laugh. He also makes me a smoothie every morning and dinner lots of nights. He is kind and caring and thoughtful and loving. He is willing to stand in the broken places with me so that together, we can find our way deeper into the heart of what makes us, us. To the threads that bind us together stronger and stronger every day. To that which is always the answer, Love.

I am so blessed.

Namaste.

 

 

 

Author: Louise Gallagher

I believe we each have the capacity to be the change we want to see in the world, to make a world of difference. I believe we are creative beings on the journey of our lifetimes. It's up to each of us to Live It Up and SHINE!

19 thoughts on “Can you believe it’s been 3 years?

  1. Congratulations! You have so eloquently described marriage for what it truly is – a road trip for of hills and valleys, beautiful days interspersed with storms with varying degrees of severity, challenges of driving into uncharted territories and finding wonderful surprises. No matter how bright or dark a moment may be, facing it together strengthens the bond that brought you together as you move forward. Enjoy your special day!

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  2. It doesn’t seem like 3 years. You look so wonderfully happy!

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  3. Happy 3rd Anniversary Louise and Charles! I have always been proud of the fact that you are my little sis but when you married Charles we were (and are) thrilled to call him our”brother-in-law”. After 46 years of marriage I fully agree with your description of marriage…so skillfully described. May you both enjoy many, many more years together. Much Love always, Jackie (and Jim)

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  4. congrats and happy anniversary – here’s to many more )

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  5. no, it really doesn’t seem like 3 years since we were following along on the road to the wedding and then enjoying pics from the event! Happy Anniversary!

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  6. Three years! I can’t believe it – it just seems like the other day. I love that photo Louise x

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  7. Happy Anniversary, Louise. You two look beautiful together, and I hope life will be beautiful to both of you.

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  8. I hope there are many more wonderful years ahead of you

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  9. WOW!! I would have quessed ONE year!!!! Time is flying!
    Be well, Louise!

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