i'm reading *the wedding* by nicholas sparks. if you haven't read it, prepare yourself for the ultimate in romance. i am in awe of the lengths this man goes to for romance. being a romantic at heart, i'm always inspired by romantic readings and ideas. maybe the combination of this book and the fact that i shot a small wedding yesterday, along with the fact that i think new year's is a super romantic holiday have put me in this frame of mind. when i was young, i thought of new year's as a party holiday, now i see it as being totally romantic. it's not just the midnight kiss either. it's the idea of ending the year with your love and starting a new year together, with like goals and commitment to each other. a friend of mine and her husband have a new year's tradition that i think is so romantic and yet practical. they go out to dinner and talk about their goals for the next year, even writing them in a special notebook. they are now empty nesters and continue this tradition and their marriage is one of the strongest i have witnessed.
sometimes it's the simplest things that strike me as the most romantic. i will never forget years ago when we were together with tom's family and one of his brother in laws was saying goodbye to a family member and when they went to kiss him, he turned his cheek, rather than offering a peck on the lips. he told us later that lip to lip kisses were reserved only for the love of his life, his wife. how romantic is that?
i love reading about romance. some of my favorite writers of romance are:
soloman(from the Bible)
*whoever lives true life, will love true love* -elizabeth barrett browning(along with her more well known writings)
anne morrow lindbergh
hannah whitall smith
i love the classics, but there are a few current writers i enjoy too-
francine rivers (she wrote my all time favorite novel-"redeeming love"-if you haven't read it, read it NOW! becca: i pulled my copy out and will get it to you soon)
alexandra stoddard(she doesn't write fiction, but her books are so beautifully written, they always make me want to live a better, more romantic life)
nicholas sparks(when i read his books, i can't believe they are written by a man. he gets romance)
diana gabaldon-outlander series. jamie fraser and the love of his life, claire...great, great love story!
okay, so i'm a sap. but if you read my blog, you already know that. i am into details. completely and totally. the small details of life make me happy. things like, sitting at the candlelit dinner table for hours talking(actually, just making the small effort of lighting candles at the dinner table makes me happy, since it seems that a lot of people don't do this anymore)or tom dropping me off at the door if i'm in heels or it's cold out. i love that he thinks of me and wants to spoil me in little ways. i like to try to spoil him too :-)
yesterday, as i had the honor of taking photos for a small, intimate wedding, i thought about what a privilege it is. to be part of such a momentous time in a couple's lives. i hope i caught the romance between them.
i want to wish each of you a happy new year, filled with God's richest blessings and hopefully that will include a bit of romance!