Love

MARRIAGE LETTERS: WHEN YOU COME ALIVE

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Dear Adam,

It’s what brought us together all those years ago. The band. Everything for the music. And to this day it continues to be the thread that binds us beyond anything I could put words to.

This spiritual connection.

I see you come alive, guitar in your hands, me by your side. Does the air between us lighten, make it easier to breathe amidst the chaos and beauty of this everyday race? All these kids. The street noise. Endless bills. I see it weigh on you, that grey in your beard. As much as I want to take it away, I can’t.

So I’ll stand by your side microphone of life in my hands and sing, songs of joy, grace and these laments.

Our life’s music.

Love,

Michelle

Linking up with Amber and Seth in the Marriage Letters project. 20140303-101602.jpg

17 years is not nearly enough….

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….time to spend with the one you love.

Today we celebrate 17 years of marriage not always easy, but always choosing each other, choosing to work through the hard ugly to get to the beautiful, tender. Thank you darling for these 17 years, for these five, for always loving me in-spite of myself, for calling me brave, for taking my place, for choosing me again, and again, and again. You’ve taught me to love and be loved.

Speaking of love….

I love your smile, your warmth, the strength and love I feel when you hold me, reading in bed with you, how you make me laugh. I love your mind and the richness of our conversations. I love making music with you, so intimate. How you take time always for us, always, it overwhelms me. You inspire with your kindness and self-sacrifice, how you care for the children tenderly. I love remembering life with you all of these sacred moments. I love living life with you. Always you. You make it all joy.

I love you forever and then some.

This song’s for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FM5EAyuAG2c

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Love is in the air and the kitchen!

Happy day-after-Valentine’s! It was a lovely day here. My Love, whom I’ve now spent 17 V-days with, surprised me with this darling “card” on our bathroom mirror.

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He’s so kissable.

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 It was a beautiful start to a beautiful day. I set my alarm (unheard of) and woke to make scones with homemade lemon curd, and smoothies. So fun to surprise my Lovies.

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Later that day we made chocolate-covered fruit kebabs. Heaven help! They were divine. The children assembled them and I assisted in drizzling the hot almond bark. YUMMY!

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For dinner we were all pleasantly surprised by a new recipe I concocted after finding some inspiration online: Alfredo sauce made with cauliflower! For realz. It’s super amazing and I’ll never do Heart-Attack-On-A-Plate Alfredo Sauce again. Mama’s learned a new way!

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Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce

3 heads of Cauliflower cut up

4 Cups Broth (veg. or chicken)

3 cloves Garlic

1 stick of butter

1/4 cup heavy Cream

1 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Pepper

1/2 tsp. Nutmeg

1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese

Melt butter in cast iron skillet. Sauté garlic. Add cauliflower to skillet and sauté. Pour broth into a pot. Add cauliflower and garlic. Cook on medium 15 minutes (the softer, the creamier). Mine was super-soft after 15 minutes. Now transfer your mixture to a blender (I used my  VitaMix and needed to do it in batches) add salt, pepper, nutmeg. Blend till smooth. Transfer to cast iron and add cream and parmesan heat on low/medium. Serve on fettucini noodles and enjoy!

It’s pretty much magic.

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