gift from the sea: ruth and aj, married!

i read this recently and was inspired. kind of like how i feel when i am with ruth and aj, and how i felt when i was with all of their people at their wedding.

i sincerely, wholeheartedly, loved being a part of this celebration. i felt like a welcomed family member, a life-long friend.

these two, if any two ever were, were made to be together. this life, and all of its experiences was made, made for ruth and aj to enjoy it all together. and i am so happy the found each other young and have lived so much together already, and have so much of life’s sun to still bask in, together.

for aj and ruth. an excerpt from anne morrow lindbergh’s, gift from the sea:

“When you love someone, you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It is an impossibility. It is even a lie to pretend to. And yet this is exactly what most of us demand. We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb. We are afraid it will never return. We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity; when the only continuity possible, in life as in love, is in growth, in fluidity – in freedom, in the sense that the dancers are free, barely touching as they pass, but partners in the same pattern.

The only real security is not in owning or possessing, not in demanding or expecting, not in hoping, even. Security in a relationship lies neither in looking back to what was in nostalgia, nor forward to what it might be in dread or anticipation, but living in the present relationship and accepting it as it is now. Relationships must be like islands, one must accept them for what they are here and now, within their limits – islands, surrounded and interrupted by the sea, and continually visited and abandoned by the tides.”

my friend and colleague, ralph palumbo, shot these details:

ruth and aj, thank you, from my heart, for sharing all of your celebrations with me! may your relationship continue to inspire everyone who meets you! i can’t wait to see what the two of your do with your life together!! thank you again. much love to you both, kj

a few links to check out from their day:

venue: surf and sand resort

cake: simply sweet cakery

dj: elevated pulse (he was phenomenal! so, so good!!)

flowers: melinda dunn

photo booth: red cheese

dress: sue wong of bloomingdales

and a big thank you to red cheese for these great photo booth images:


larkin’s currents

larkin olivia

current age: 3

current age she believes she is: 16

current belief: she is the boss

current name she likes to be called: larkee lou olivia (she really does think the lou part is part of her name; it’s awesome! our friends april and matt started calling her that and it has stuck. so glad it did!)

current favorite show: kung fu panda; she loves that show and all its knock off counter parts. she also is loving how the grinch stole christmas and it’s the great pumpkin charlie brown. both now out of season. whatever. she’s happy and that’s what matters.

current favorite food: she really doesn’t eat. getting her to eat is a battle!! it usually ends in some kind of fit, because if she had it her way she would only “eat” chocolate milk. she thinks that’s a food. :) she is also always up for the blue, purple, and green sherbet from baskin and robbin’s. (i wish she choose something i liked finishing for her. ;))

current favorite toy: she doesn’t have one, but she LOVES to dress-up  (in her own clothes) and do her hair and make-up sometimes at the expense of good product. the other day i counted seven outfit changes. i can’t fight it. i only insist when it’s sunday or family picture day. other than that, she wears what she wants and that’s ok, matching or not…

current favorite person: i think my neighbor april would have to be her favorite person right now.she told me the other day she wants to live with her; that’s a pretty big deal when larkin likes someone that much. ;)

current favorite friend: she has a little friend named addy. she calls her “addy girl”. she tells me everyday when we are doing her hair, “do it in a pony, like addy girl.” or when she is getting dressed, “i want to wear this over this like addy-girl.”

current favorite things to say: “yeah, duh.” we are working on changing that.

current favorite extra-curricular: dance (the winter recital is coming up; it’s going to be pure comedy. i look forward to the hour i spend at dance class each week and the running commentary the other moms and i have outside the dance door; it’s good stuff!!)

2nd current favorite extra-curricular: annoying the- you- know- what out of her brother.

current favorite activity: to make “potions” out of the product in the shower. it got super wasteful and expensive. we bought her some suave and now we don’t mind if it all ends up on her hair, the shower floor, or in her magic potions.

she is pretty magical to us. that’s for sure. we are constantly saying what a gift she is to our family. sugar AND spice, she is a true gift and we love her so so much. this post is late but commenorates her most recent birthday nonetheless.

we love you larkee lou olivia!!!

larkee, i love that i get to be your mom. so happy you are a part of our family, spunky brewster!!  love you, mom

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