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A Love Story... & Picture UPDATE... Anniversary Edition!

Monday, September 24, 2012

13 years ago tomorrow, I married the finest, truest, most loving man I have ever known... my best friend, my champion, my rock, my soft place to land, and the joy and grace that give me the strength to be all I am called to be! Never did I dream before that day that my life could be so amazing, fulfilling, or vast... all of creation fits within the walls of our home and the sacrament of our marriage.

The focal delight of this past year together has been our MUTUAL JOURNEY to wellness and vitality. I've learned things about my husband I would have never guessed (that he always wanted a 'six pack' but never believed it was possible), and together we are achieving those things of which we had only previously dreamed.

We are stronger, fitter, healthier, happier in our own skin, more energetic and newly reinvested in the adventure that is our life together!

...So much so that I was inspired to try on my wedding dress yesterday... and it FIT... with no industrial foundation garments (like the first time), or holding my breath and sucking in (like the first time), LOL!

(and unlike the last time I tried it on HERE)
Wedding dress moment...

I had a blast dancing around the back yard in my wedding dress and bare feet... I felt many years younger than I am, and FREE! It truly felt like our wedding day... warm sun, rich colours, joy multiplied many times over.

Here I am...

September 23, 2012

September 23, 2012

September 23, 2012

September 23, 2012...
The Divine Miss O took our picture for us... I can't believe she's old enough to be so adept at so much.. she was so proud of herself, LOL! I am now the same size I was on my wedding day thirteen years ago, and my husband is actually smaller (I think he's taller, too... at least he walks like it, LOL)... something he never imagined possible... he's more confident, energetic, and HIGHLY motivated to see just how much more he can accomplish (we bought him a 'six pack' teeshirt to wear another 40 pounds or so from now), while being my own sweetest and greatest cheerleader!

...I look so TIRED today because I was up half the night due to drama on the street requiring police interevention (I should have put on some make-up, LOL), which woke up the Divine Miss O... who then happily cuddled in my arms and chatted (and entertained me) for two hours as her own adrenaline rush subsided (hard to go back to sleep when you've been frightened out of your sweet dreams by a woman screaming as though she's being dismembered... she wasn't... she was just having a temper tantrum).

The amazing thing to me is that a year ago, under similar circumstances, I would have not been able to function (not during the night, or the day after), yet this morning after I was able to hop out of bed early and face my day with good humour, no headache, and with energy for all I needed to do. I could even cuddle my girl in the middle of the night as we giggled and told stories... I could be fully in and ENJOY the moment... a gift that has continued since I last had this dress on three years ago (after which my weight continued to climb nearly fifty pounds more before consistently heading in the right direction this past year... which I tell you lest you are discouraged by your own journey... NEVER GIVE UP) and in the face of the stabilizing emotional shift that came with our dietary changes.

My journey, though slow and endlessly frustrating continues to bear the sweetest and most inspiring fruit... our lives are daily blessed by my own journey to wellness, and grace continues to carry us forward.

September 25, 1999... note: I'm using my bouquet to hide my double chin, LOL!

September 25, 1999

I won't be around much this week, if at all... my husband always takes our honeymoon week off work, and we spend the time together, doing whatever strikes our fancy, LOL!

At Mass together tomorrow morning we'll pray for ourselves and for all married people...

...that the love we witness to the world is ever an example of patience, kindness and perseverance.
...that our love for each other and the love that we share with the world is never jealous, or conceited, or proud, or easily provoked.
...that in loving each other and the world we never keep a record of wrongs, but that we rejoice and give thanks for every opportunity before us to love one another as God loves us.
...that our love seeks out and bears witness always to truth, and to the light of Christ in the world.
...that the love we share and witness to the world never gives up, or in, to despair... even in the face of trials and adversity.
... that our faith, hope and patience never fail.
...that our marriage and our love continue to be sacrament for each other, and for all who have a share in our life together.

We are incredibly blessed in our marriage and in our friends and family (most of you wouldn't know it, but you have a share in my marriage too... my journey and friendships here have made me a better wife... and as I am a better wife, better too becomes my husband... and vice versa).

THANK YOU for your continued gifts of friendship, family, faith and community. Our marriage is stronger for it, and continues to bear fruit because of it.

In gratitude and faith we pray THAT GOD ABUNDANTLY BLESS YOU, and those you love, in every way you require. May your every day be all you need it to be. May an all abiding peace fill your thoughts, rule in your dreams each night, and conquer all your fears. May God manifest himself in ways you have never before experienced. May he hold you gently in the palm of his hand in a very personal way, and may you rest in the fullness of his love, his grace, his strength, his wisdom, his rescue, his redemption, his healing, his inspiration, his restoration and his mercy as you require it! May you carry in your heart always an extra special awareness of God's great love for you, may you feel his sweet and gentle touch upon your life, and may you see his miracles all around you. May your joys be fulfilled, your dreams be closer, and your cares be lifted... may faith enter a new height in you, may your territory be enlarged, and may fulfillment be just one step closer. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen!


We had a WONDERFUL day...and the most active anniversary we've had since our honeymoon, which was spent hiking.

Today, we went to Mass after dropping the wee girl off at school. Then we went for a two hour walk along the river, poking our noses into whatever caught our attention... visited with a friendly cat, did a short tour through a small art gallery, smooched under amazing fall foiliage, raced on the straight parts of the path, played in the various playgrounds we found, and popped into the Farmer's Market to see what was available on a weekday (not much). We had a lovely lunch at 'Bliss' (isn't that a GREAT name?!), went for ice cream at our favourite place (all homemade, fifties soda counter theme/decor and danced a bit to the jukebox... we were the only customers), and then spontaneously decided we just needed to share part of the day with our girl. We rushed over to the school stole her for the rest of the day and went bike riding for two hours!

The weather right now is exactly like it was the year we got married... almost like an idealic summer with crisp, cool nights and we just felt like nothing could be more important than soaking the last bits of it up before we too soon must settle into snow and blowing wind.

I made supper while Dad supervised music practice, we giggled and laughed through supper, went to drop off a carseat for friends, visited there, and came home to warm milk and sweet dreams! The perfect day in my world!

I hope you, too, are having days blessed with love, happiness and vitality!


Have you ever wondered why the wedding ring goes on the fourth finger?
Check this out:

My prayer for all of you, and for your marriages:

Ⓒ _Ramona

Touching is the prayer of spouses. We touch in love to comfort, to heal, to give life, to celebrate, & to give glory to our God.

When we touch in love, may our touch be selfless. May we be ever mindful of each other’s needs, wishes, desires & dreams. May our love touch deeply, gently, joyfully, & respectfully.

When we touch to comfort, may our touch be a prayer in and of itself. May we be ever mindful of how God cradles us in the palm of His hand, & how He calls each of us by name. Through our touch may we seek to console, to understand, to pardon, to forgive, to inspire, & to die to our selfishness – to be for each other, as He is for us.

When we touch to heal, may our touch be a testimony to the healing power of our God – a reminder that we need only ask to receive, need only seek to find, & need only knock. The doors will be opened to all that we require. May we touch to heal not only our bodies; but to heal our hearts, minds, & spirits as well.

When we touch to give life, may it be with the full knowledge that we are His ‘creative’ beings. May we be ever mindful that we are an integral part of His creative power. Our marital embrace is meant to create life - to give life to body, mind & soul. May we always rejoice in this, & may our lives reflect that same Spirit of creation toward each other, within our family, in our community & before our God.

When we touch in celebration, may our touch be a reflection of the joy God celebrates in each of us individually. May we be ever mindful of our individuality and through our touch, may we celebrate love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, & self-control – the fullness of the fruits of God’s Spirit in our lives.

When we touch in exaltation of our God, may it be with gratitude for all we have; with respect for our bodies as His temple; & that through our bodies, in faith, His will, not ours, be done.


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...Because YOUR JOURNEY blesses everyone you love... often so much more than you know!



'BEFORE' Pictures (May 31, 2009 - September, 2011) & Continuing PROGRESS (February 2012)! Next pictures OCTOBER 1, 2012!
(I should have known better than to have set a September 1st deadline... I don't have time for posing and snapping... too many other things need immediate attention to get our Fall off and RUNNING, LOL!)

(I'm now keeping these right under my nose... in addition to being part of every blog I post, they are printed off and taped to my bedroom mirror)

Measurements, Musings & Motivation to MOVE!

(UPDATED/rewritten: JUNE, 2012)

I've Reached My Goal Weight!!!!!!!

NOTE: My weight tracker is NOT a truthful representation of my weight. Instead, I am using it as a tool to help me visualize my goal as though it's already been achieved!
(Tom Venuto)

UNTIL. (My 'Just Do It' blog)

DONE Girl Love...

(the footsteps into which I place my own feet)

Leaving NORMAL... In Pursuit of Happiness

Why I'm STILL here... my SparkJourney Saga

Words CAN Be Enough... page 3

Paleo... Do you really know what you're talking about?

Breakfast is Served! (RECIPES)

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    Ramona, I loved coming home to Spark and reading this. It always warms my heart to read your blogs. You are a beautiful lady ... Don't hide that beauty by setting props in front of your face or hiding from the camera! Your smile makes me smile! And, by the way, you look gorgeous in your wedding dress ... It's elegant! And that hubby of yours is charming too.

    Really, it all boils down to this - I adore you! Congratulations on your anniversary!
    1997 days ago
    What a heartwarming blog!! Loved it, loved it, loved it!! (Feel the same way about my own DH after 33 years!!)
    2017 days ago
    So happy for the joyous you. I have know verious sides of you over the years. Loving you even more. Hoooray. Have a ball.
    2024 days ago
    God bless dear one....
    2025 days ago
  • BERRY4
    Happy anniversary week! Hope your time together was delightful. A good husband is a true blessing!
    Wishing you all of God's best for the next 10 years!
    2025 days ago
    2026 days ago
    What a wonderful story! You're blessed to have such a supportive hubby. Happy Anniversary!
    2029 days ago
    Aw.... that is so so so romantic. I am so happy for you. You clearly deserve the best and all the love and adoration this world has to offer.

    Here is to many more years of happiness with your beloved and the Divine Miss O. She took a great pic, btw :)

    2029 days ago
    Wow! I'm so excited for you that you fit into your wedding dress again. It will take many more months until I fit in mine, if I ever do again. After 3 kids and 22 years of marriage, that ship may have sailed. No matter, I will be content with fitting into some other things first!

    Your wedding dress is beautiful - so simple yet elegant.

    And it is cool that your wedding anniversary is the day before the anniversary of the day I met my dh.

    Your picture that your lovely daughter took is wonderful! She did a good job, and makeup - *pshaw*. You look beautiful!

    Anyway, happy anniversary. I pray God will bless you both with many many more years together.

    2029 days ago
    Happy Anniversary!!!

    2031 days ago
    emoticon What a beautiful love story! I wish you and your hubby many years of happiness!
    2031 days ago
    Awesome blog - thanks for sharing!
    2033 days ago
    Happy Anniversary! You two look very happy and I'm happy for you!
    2033 days ago
    Awwww! Sweet story. Just to let you know you share your anniversary date with my husband and I, except we've been married for 33 years. We too try and take a trip around our anniversary.
    Blessings and happy day after your anniversary!
    2033 days ago
  • BEWELL48
    What a beautiful story of love, happiness and inspiration!
    emoticon to you and your wonderful husband. May your journey continue for many, many more years!
    2033 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    emoticon emoticon emoticon I wish for both of you decades upon decades of continued togetherness and mutual progress towards all of your goals.

    2033 days ago
    That's awesome! Congrats and have a wonderful time!
    2033 days ago
  • -LINDA_S
    emoticon You both look great--and so happy! Many happy returns! Makes me wish I had someone in my life like that!
    2033 days ago
    You looked beautiful and so happy on your wedding day! Nothing has changed I see :) emoticon and enjoy your week!
    2033 days ago
    You look nice in your wedding dress. Maybe that could be a goal for me--to fit into my size 16 wedding dress I wore in 1997 when about 4 months pregnant! (lol)
    2033 days ago
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    You look just radiant. emoticon
    2033 days ago
    YOu look awesome and must feel great fitting into your dress. I didn't keep mine sometimes I wish I had. Oh well.
    Enjoy your week and have fun with hubby!
    2033 days ago
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    Tired? NO WAY! You look divine... and more beautiful than ever, Ramona! May the next 13...and 13...and 13 years be closer and closer to the perfection and peace that were promised us as you learn in more and more intimacy and depth --

    ...that the love we witness to the world is ever an example of patience, kindness and perseverance.
    ...that our love for each other and the love that we share with the world is never jealous, or conceited, or proud, or easily provoked.
    ...that in loving each other and the world we never keep a record of wrongs, but that we rejoice and give thanks for every opportunity before us to love one another as God loves us.
    ...that our love seeks out and bears witness always to truth, and to the light of Christ in the world.
    ...that the love we share and witness to the world never gives up, or in, to despair... even in the face of trials and adversity.
    ... that our faith, hope and patience never fail.
    ...that our marriage and our love continue to be sacrament for each other, and for all who have a share in our life together.

    Thank you for all you are and all you do!
    2033 days ago
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