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Love Week: Kayleigh – ‘Met the Love of my Life by Chance’

I met Kayleigh recently last month as she has been one of my featured sponsors here on A Compass Rose.  She caught my attention right away with her blog title, The Way I Wanderlust.  As an avid lover of all things Wanderlust, I became an instant reader to follow along with where she has been and where she would love to go next.  What I love most about the blogging community is although we may be separated by miles and computer screens, we can meet people who we would be friends with in real life.  Kayleigh is one of those people as I love her passions of travel, yoga, and watching Sex in the City.  I was really glad she wanted to join us in celebrating Love Week and have saved her guest post for today as we finish up for this series.  Thank you so much Kayleigh for being there for me while we were away on vacation for our Vow Renewal.  
As this is the last day I recommend you all check out the other LoveWeek posts by all 10 guest bloggers from 8 different countries around the world.  It has been an amazing week and I do not know about you, but I have been personally touched to my heart by each one of these amazing women.  

Hello A compass rose readers, my name is Kayleigh and I blog over at the way i wanderlust. I am so excited to be a guest post on this wonderful blog. Its so exciting to be participating in the week of love while Bonnie goes off to renew her vows.

The chosen topic of the week is love, something everyone knows and has experienced. When you first think of the word love, its natural to think about the people in your life. Significant others, family and friends. Love is raw and earth shattering. It can be all consuming and devastating. In your life time you will gain and lose it again and again. 

I met the love of my life by chance. I was pushed and spilt my drink all over him. Being the gentleman that he is, he immediately ordered me a new one and I haven’t looked back since. Jason keeps me grounded, makes me smile and knows how to make the perfect cup of coffee (the way to my heart). He has gone along with every one of my crazy plans, including selling everything we owned and moving to Australia to travel around for a year. We had been dating only 5 months when we started to save and make these plans. Talk about taking a leap of faith. He embraces my gypsy soul and excepts that its natural for me to want to move all the time and explore new places. I couldn’t have asked for more.

Before I sign off I would like to share the wise words of Carrie Bradshaw:

Maybe some women aren’t meant to be tamed. Maybe they need to run free until they find someone just as wild to run with them. Carrie Bradshaw – Sex and the City.

If you would like to learn more about me and follow along on my adventure feel free to stop by the way i wanderlust.

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“Tis’ better to live your own life imperfectly than to imitate someone else’s perfectly.” 

Love Week: Patricia – ‘My First Love Story’

Today is our 10th day of Love Week and with just one more day to go I am excited to have Patricia guest posting today from Kisses & Croissants.  As a newlywed, who better to write about love and marriage than this beautiful expat living in France.  I follow a huge amount of expat and travel bloggers and her blog is one of them. What I love about it is the way that Patricia writes because she does not limit herself to just posts about living the expat life.  She writes posts that are engaging, funny, and carefree and writes honestly from her heart.  It would be hard to visit her blog for the first time and not stay a long while.  But what I appreciate and love must about her is how friendly and sweet she is as a person.  I have said it before, but I really did not use twitter that much before February.  Being able to engage with Patricia through that social media and through our conversations on her comments has really changed the way I view blogging and for the better.  After ten years of marriage I love hearing about how couples meet and Patricia’s love story is so romantic in my eyes.  I have been looking forward to her guest post today to share it with you all.  Thank you so much Patricia for not just guest posting but for being my friend among the expats of this world.  

Hey A Compass Rose fans! I’m Patricia and Kisses & Croissants is my little corner of the internet. Bonnie is super awesome (you already knew that of course), and has asked me to guest post for her while she’s off having an amazing week of marriage celebration. Keeping in line with the romantic theme, I wanted to share my first love story with you today. Please excuse the corniness. I’m just kind of sappy like that! :)

At 19, I was young, curious, and just itching for adventure. A year long study abroad program in France seemed glamorous and thrilling. So I stuffed everything I could into one little suitcase and bought a plane ticket. A few months later, completely excited, jet lagged, and a little naive, I showed up in a city that I’d never visited before, not knowing any one or even if I’d be able to find my apartment in the morning. I barely spoke the language.

It wasn’t long before a sweet lady from church decided to “adopt” me for the school year. I fell in love with her son the first day we met. I know how cheesy that sounds, but that’s really what happened. He was tall, dark, handsome, and barely spoke English. At the time we could only see each other on weekends, when his mom invited me to Sunday dinners. He lived three hours away from us in the south of France. At the time I thought that was tough, but he quickly became my world, my first real love.

That school year passed quickly and the end of summer came. I had to go back to my home university to finish my senior year, because throwing away my education for a boy that I’d known for less than a year was out of the question. He promised wait for me, but when he dropped me off at the airport I couldn’t stop from self from crying. I remember being slightly embarrassed to be sobbing in front of so many strangers while he held me in front of Geneva airport’s Burger King. So not glamorous.
I’m not going to tell you that living oceans apart was easy, because we were so in love. People who tell you that are lying. Long distance relationships suck. I’m also not going to tell you it was the hardest thing I’d ever done. He was still my best friend, my closest confidant, and always just a phone call away. I had a lot to be grateful for.
We only saw each other in person once during that nine month separation, one week right around New Year’s. He was supposed to come to Nevada to meet my family, but he broke his ankle the week before and the doctor told him that he couldn’t travel. I hopped on a plane as soon as I heard and went to go see him.

Just so you know, happy endings do exist :) . After graduation I dropped everything, bought a plane ticket back to France, and married that boy. We still appreciate every day that we get to spend together, because we spent so many days just wishing that we could. 
You can read about what we’re up to now and what’s it like being an American in France by clicking here
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Love Week: Melyssa – ‘5 Love Lessons’

Today I am writing you from Notting Hill in London, England!  We had an amazing week in Wales and now we are enjoying our capital city with our family members before they have to leave.  Yesterday we checked out Portobello Road market, ate fish and chips, and went to Kensington Gardens.  Today we are excited to take my boys to the Imperial War Museum and aim to get to platform 9 and 3/4. However we have at least 6 people with us (including me) that are still upset we cannot get into Hogwarts and never got our letter.  One person who shares my love of Harry Potter is my guest blogger for today, Melyssa.  
Melyssa is really the sweetest person I know and sometimes it is hard for me to think about her without thinking about her and her adorable fluffy corgi, Monja (also pictured above).  I love hearing about things he is up to on her twitter feed.  What is so great about Melyssa is her amazing way to connect people and in the blogging world that is golden.  Between her weekly link up and monthly snail mail collective she brings bloggers all over the world together.  Today I am glad to return the favour and bring you all to her. Thank you babette for joining in this LoveWeek series!

Hi everyone! My name is Melyssa and I blog over at The Nectar Collective. I’m a California native currently living in Tokyo, Japan where I met my boyfriend, Keiji. Being in an interracial and intercultural relationship can definitely get interesting (and fun) and today I’m sharing five of the sweetest lessons I’ve learned from that fella up there about love, relationships, and life. Here goes nothin’! 
  1. You don’t need to be fluent in someone’s language to have a meaningful relationship with them. 
Whenever people, especially friends back home, hear about our relationship, they always ask if I’m fluent in Japanese or if he’s fluent in English. Actually, the answer is no. “What?! So how do you communicate?” Well, if I think about my regular relationships with friends who speak English, not everything is about words anyways. There is tone, gestures, facial expressions, and even silences that help me decipher the meaning of what we want to express. Keiji and I do speak together in Japanese and can understand each other pretty well, but I’ve learned not to undervalue the connection I can have with someone based on language alone. There’s a deeper language inside that connects us all together.

2. Small I’m-thinking-of-you gifts go a long way. 
One part of Japanese culture is something called “omiyage.” It literally means, “souvenir” and has about the same meaning. However, in Japan, gift-giving is a big deal and people give omiyage much more than we would think to in my North American culture. In Japan, omiyage is usually given to say “you’ve been in my thoughts even while I was away.” Even if you go on a vacation from work, people will generally bring back omiyage for each person in their office, as well as close friends and family. Sometimes when Keiji goes somewhere without me, he’ll bring back some small omiyage as a way to say that he hadn’t forgotten about me. I never really thought I’d like this tradition because I don’t think love should have to be expressed with purchases, but now I am seeing the underlying meaning behind omiyage. It’s not so much about the gifts, which are usually small anyways, but about the sentiment – you’re always with me, even when you’re not.

3. Love is only between two people. 
Let me explain what I mean by that. I am a white woman from the US and Keiji is Japanese, born and raised. It’s not completely uncommon to see a foreign man with a Japanese woman in Japan, but to see a relationship the other way around is very rare. Sometimes we’ll get stares from people. I remember a time one of his friends asked him in front of me, “are your parents ok with her?” But the more stares or awkward conversations there are, the less I seem to notice or care. Because really, love should be between the two people who share it. It doesn’t matter what other people think because, well, they’re not dating us. And that’s that. 
4. Japanese boys will never like spicy food. You must hoard it and eat it by yourself. 
Japanese food is not spicy and most people do not like spicy food here. You’d also be surprised what is considered “spicy.” Keiji definitely has a hard time stomaching typical things like burritos or spicy types of ramen, but he also can’t stand less obviously “spicy” things, like cinnamon candy or toothpaste. Yes, toothpaste. He uses an apple flavored toothpaste because minty North American versions are just too hot too handle. Coming from Southern California where spicy food reigns supreme, I obviously hoard it and eat it alone. Ok so maybe this one has nothing to do with lessons about love, but if it’s any consolation, I love spicy food. 
5. If you love someone, you don’t need to hide it. 
Japan is not a very PDA-prone country. I’ve heard that some couples in Korea match their outfits to show they’re dating. You just don’t see things like that in Japan. People are more private. But there is something I do see – people are proud to be in relationships. Keiji holds my hand wherever we go. Always. He also doesn’t hesitate to tell people about me and share our relationship with the world. On a planet where sometimes relationships can feel like “burdens,” my Japanese boy has always made me feel like it was a blessing. This is definitely one of the most important lessons I’ve learned about love – that if it exists, there’s nothing to hide. 
 Thanks for stickin’ around! If you liked this post, I hope you’ll join me for my on my blog, The Nectar Collective, where I tend to write about my travels, Japan, positivity, my dog Monja, and anything that gets me thinking!

Now tell me, are YOU in a relationship? What have YOU learned from your partner? If not, what is something you’ve learned from past relationships? I’d love to hear your thoughts below. :)


My 10th Wedding Anniversary – 02.08.13

Today my husband and I have been married for 10 years. It has become the most important anniversary milestone in our twelve years together and our ten years of marriage.  It is a realization in itself that we have been married this long but there is no denying the fact when I also remember that our oldest is now eight years old.  Time really does pass you by.  I recently was given a wedding dvd from one of our wedding guests after I told them we had lost our wedding dvd in a move.  We watched it last night with my sister and it was remarkable to see just how young we were only a decade ago.  It almost seems like a whole different world we were living in as newlyweds.  
We we currently still living in the ‘bubble’ of my conservative christian university in the days before my husband joined the military.  I had my parents’ relationship, a couple who raised their children overseas and loved travel, as my vision of marriage.  I think it is safe to say as newlyweds we both had a more fantasy view of what our life together would be like throughout our marriage.  I had no foreshadowing of the hardships to come our way.  The stresses of military life, starting a family and raising children,  being far from family without a support system, the sudden loss of a parent, and how it would all affect our marriage.  On top of it all it became hard to name a couple I knew that were still married amongst our military friends and acquaintances, and more easier to name those who called it quits.  
In the end my husband and I stayed together, moved abroad together, and have begun a whole new life for our family as expats in England.  Life has never been sweeter.  Yes life has still been hard and we still find our moments of stress. However we know that we have each other.  Being married to your best friend and experiencing all the ups and downs together as partners is what has made our marriage stronger.  
I am so happy to begin another ten years with Ryan and to continue our life overseas.  Though we are no longer those naive newlyweds in their early twenties,  we have both evolved into the people we are today.  I love my husband so much for who he has become and who he is to me.  Something I mentioned in my vows a decade ago.  Today we are getting ready for our Vow Renewal ceremony here in Snowdonia, Wales.  It is been a long anticipated event that we now share with a few family and friends.  It is not our ‘happy ending’ but just another new happy beginning to the next chapter of our love story. 

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Love Week: Amanda – ‘How I Fall more in Like with my Husband’

Day Six of Love Week and just one day away from our 10th Wedding Anniversary. While we are in Wales celebrating with family and friends I introduce you to Amanda, an expat living in South Korea with her husband. As both military brats, with a background in theatre, and a love of travel I really connect with Amanda. She is a perfect example to me of how friendship knows no borders (or languages) and you can become friends with someone who may live on the opposite side of the world from you. Six months ago I may have sent out a tweet here and there but now I look forward to seeing what Amanda is up to through twitter from England and getting to know her better. The world may be very big with lots of places to explore, but at the same time it is very small. I really like being reminded how we can take a different view of something and see it even better than before. Today Amanda does that with sharing how she daily falls in further like with her husband. We can all fall in love, but finding how to sustain that love over the years is key. As we celebrate ten years of marriage that fact becomes ever more important in my eyes. Please make Amanda feel the love today for the sixth day of Love week and without further adieu I leave you with her and her guest post for today.
Hi all, I’m Amanda and I blog over at Living in Another Language. My husband and I have been married since August 16th, 2010, after dating just 4 months. Before you have a heart attack about this, you should know we had been friends since 2006, where we met in a work-study program in college.  We currently live in South Korea teaching little kiddos how to say their ‘ABC’s’ and other things. Namely English…and for kicks we throw in a little Spanish every now in again (why not?). 
Back to the topic of this post. I’m so excited for Bonnie and her husband’s vow renewals! Although I don’t know Bonnie outside of blog-land, I totally wish I could be there for her big event! Since she’s gone getting ‘hitched’ again, I thought about writing a ‘how-to,’ on the first years of marriage. Who am I kidding. I don’t have a PhD in anything, I’ve only been married for 3 years, and I’m 24 years old. Pretty credible don’t ya think? Nixed that idea real quick. Cue cheesy grin. 
Photo by Chris Smith Photography 2010
I’ve decided write about how I spend every day of my life falling more and more deeply in ‘like’  with my husband.  Yes. I said like. Here’s the deal. I’vloved my husband for 3 1/2 years. Love‘ goes a lot deeper than ‘like’, and it’s harder to fall out of. ‘Like’ is something that’s very easy to fall out of, and so many couples my age (married or not) get caught in a pit of un-like…which can lead to falling out of love if it gets crazy bad. Yikes. 

Hopefully I haven’t lost you yet.

Here we go-how I fall more in ‘like’ with my husband:
1. I have a list saved on my phone of 100 reasons I adore my husband. Every time I have a bad day, I read this list and it makes me smile and get all warm and fuzzy inside. 
2. He’s not afraid of the unknown and encourages me to take the leap of faith with him. I seriously have the greatest adventures with my husband. Heck. I moved South Korea where I didn’t have family, didn’t know anyone, didn’t speak the language, or didn’t know how the heck I was going to to do my job (I’m not a certified teacher). My husband has always been there for me as I’ve had small panic attacks due to the lack of friends (I was a huge socialite back home), as I’ve broken down and cried over not being there for my sister’s pregnancy or birth over her sweet baby girl, and as old friends have unexpectedly passed away. Guys-It’s hard living overseas. But it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to our marriage. We only have each other to lean on for support, and as a young married couple we have grown so much by this.

3. My husband loves to play. I should rephrase that: my husband and I love to play! Whether it’s tossing the football, playing Kinect (I suck at it), jumping in the waves of the ocean, making music  or even experimenting in partner yoga,we love to do things together! I think playing is so important in our relationship. It helps us forget the stresses of the day and unwind the right way: with each other.  We’re both open to trying new hobbies, and when we’re not good at them, we love to laugh with each other. 
4. We talk. About everything. First of all, my husband and I have no secrets. We talk openly about the past to each other as well as the present struggles we may be facing. D really doesn’t have much of a choice…I don’t have many girlfriends I can just yap all my problems to. He has to step in and fill that void, and thankfully he does it with such understanding and has a great listening ear! 
5. We both enjoy life. I am so thankful to have married a man who enjoys life just as much as I do. Whether its drinking a cup of jasmine tea in the morning and reminiscing about the last 7 years we have known each other, or jumping in a shark cage to witness great whites (that’s booked for January 2014), we’re ready to take on the world together, hand-in-hand. We love new experiences, old experiences, crazy experiences, and everything in between. Life is our biggest adventure, and we’re both on board to live it to it’s fullest! 
So do I lovemy husband? I freaking adore him. Do I ‘like’ my husband? Oh yes…way more than I could possibly even say. Sure, we have our moments: the times that just aren’t ‘working.’ But overall, at the end of the day, D is always there for me and I’m always there for him. 
Photo by Chris Smith Photography 2010
What about you? What do you do to fall in ‘like’ with your significant other? 
Have you found that learning to ‘like’ each other better has lead to a more successful and loving relationship? 
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Love Week: Chelsea – ‘Newlyweds Abroad’

Are you loving LoveWeek?  Here in Wales Ryan and I are having such a great time celebrating our 10th Wedding Anniversary week with family and friends.  My sister Zoë just got into Wales yesterday night and so now our wedding party is complete! I have been so excited about sharing posts from this week that it will probably eventually become a series.  I was so inspired by Chelsea’s posts about her wedding that I was equally excited to ask her to participate in Love Week.  I love getting to know more about Chelsea because she is one of those loving life to the fullest individuals.  I have only known her a short while and she is always so helpful to me when I am in trouble or have a question from blogging or to where she gets some of her neat travel items like hammocks or tripods.  When she wrote back that she would love to participate I knew her post would be a perfect fit as she is a fellow expat living abroad.  It is why I come back to read her blog week after week, to read about the daily expat life and the latest travels that she takes with her husband around the world.  My husband and I moved abroad together after 8 years of marriage. But what would it be like to move abroad as newlyweds?  That is what Chelsea brings us today as day 5 in Love Week.  Thank you Chelsea so very much for writing on this subject and I know it will touch many lives out there in the blogger world. 

Hey there! I’m Chelsea and I blog over at Lost in Travels. After my man and I got hitched two years ago, we started getting cold sweats every time we even thought about ‘settling down’ in our hometown. We wanted to do something out of the ordinary, something adventurous. We wanted to spend our lives traveling the globe. So what did we do? Sold all of our belongings that wouldn’t fit in two 50-pound bags and took the first flight to South Korea to teach English to snot nosed adorable little kids and never looked back!

As you can imagine, living abroad can either be a blessing or a curse for a couple. In my eyes, it’s the exact opposite of long distance dating. Before we were married, we spent the first ten months of our relationship long distance, on opposite ends of the country. We hardly saw each other, only talked on the phone, and heavily relied on the presence of family and friends for support and advice.
Once we moved overseas, it was quite the opposite. Starting out we were working at the same school which meant seeing each other 24/7 in the most literal way possible. Knowing very few people, we were our own support system. In addition to that, the time difference of being 15 hours ahead of our home town made it difficult to just pick up the phone and call people closest to us. We were told by friends who had paved the way for us in Korea that living abroad was the best thing they ever did for their marriage, they had grown closer together than they had ever imagined. I wish I could say that as soon as we touched Korean soil, it was marital bliss. But that would be far from the truth. The first few months were hard; in addition to trying to get used to everything new in our lives (new career path, new language, new food, the list is endless) we were also still adjusting to married life since we moved just four short months after tying the knot. I remember thinking at one point ‘I thought living abroad was supposed to be easier!’ Thankfully, after a few months of being in Korea…it clicked. We grew accustomed to the new culture around us and more importantly, we grew together, worked together and began reaping the benefits of living abroad as a married couple.
While becoming our only friends overnight, in a strange land, were we lived, worked, ate and socialized together 24/7 was a challenge at first, it has turned into one of the biggest blessings I’ve ever experienced. Not only did we have more time to spend with each other than we ever did in the States, but we were also our only support system for the first part of living overseas. Back in the states I had the bad habit of calling a friend or my sister when we had a fight. In Korea, I didn’t have that option. It forced us to sit down and figure it out completely on our own, and quickly. Because who wants to be mad at their only friend for too long? We learned quickly how to rely completely on each other and I don’t know of any situation where that would have happened for us if we lived stateside. Living abroad has taught us to love in a completely different way than I ever thought possible and I am eternally grateful for that.
As hard as it can be living away from family, friends and virtually anything familiar, we have found the benefits far outweigh the hardships that we have encountered from living abroad.
Thanks so much for having me Bonnie and congrats on your marriage renewal! I hope you’ll stop by my blog where I talk about our daily lives as expats in the land of kimchi, along with documenting our world travels. Be sure to say hi, I would love to hear from you!
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Love Week: Belinda – ‘All in the Name of Love’

Normally on Tuesdays I bring to you a travel post post, but I am in Wales this week for our 10th Anniversary.   I thought it only fitting that I let my cohost for the #TravelTuesday blog hop, an Expat living in Northern Wales, guest post!  Belinda from Found Love. Now What? I am proud to call my friend, even though we have yet to meet in person. It is not hard to fall in love with her when you read her blog or watch her Vlogs.  She has an infectious smile, a warm bubbly personality, and never falls short with the compliments.  She has traveled the world, has gone through a Long Distance Relationship (LDR), and now lives the adventure known as being an Expat.  I could only hope she would say ‘yes’ when I asked her to guest post and was so happy when replied back enthusiastically.  I was so excited to share this post with you all as it is so honest and full of heart.  Thank you so much Belinda.  I do not know if I say it enough, but I really do thank you for everything you have done for me and have done for us as a blogger community.  You have definitely impacted my life for the better and I am glad to call you friend.  

Greetings A Compass Rose readers, my name is Belinda and I am the girl behind the blog, Found Love. Now What? When Bonnie invited me to guest post for her Week of Love, I jumped at the chance. After all, my blog has love in the title…so it was a perfect match.

Love. Just that word alone swells a million little emotions and memories,making it tough for me to pick just one element of love to write about. Where to start? What should I focus on? A love between a parent and child? Between siblings? Between friends? Husband and wife? And how do you know when it is there? Or if it is real? Now, these are questions that have been asked by humans for years upon years. I won’t be discovering new answers any time soon. But here is what I know: Love can change people.
Love can move mountains, or make the impossible seem possible. Or in my case, close the distance of 5,000 miles. You see, my British husband Neal and I were in a international long distance relationship for over 18 months, the entire time that we were dating up until our wedding last May. And I wouldn’t have been able to make it through the days apart, without keeping my mind on the bigger picture having everyday with my love. I got to the point when I needed a visual reminder for what it was all for. All the tears, all the compromises, all the frustrations and countless goodbyes at airports. On my dry erase board in my old apartment I scribble two simple words:

When I was apart from Neal, and my heart was aching I looked at these two words and it refocused my heart and my energy. I knew that the distance part was only for the short term and I would have a million everydays together. As each day went by, we were one step closer from removing the distance and finally be in the same time zone. {Major moment, right?}
I was often asked by friends or family, “How do you do this… navigating the distance?” My reply was always a simple shrug and a smile. If navigation a long distance love was the challenge set forth by me, I would embrace it fully and with open arms. I always kept life in complete perspective. Each time left Neal’s side at the airport, I knew where he was going and how to get a hold of him. Our distance made me have a whole new appreciation for military families who are parted from their loved ones without many details or certainty. 
  {Sidenote: If you are a member of a military family, my heart sincerely and humbly thanks you.}

Reflecting on my time going from a long distance girl friend/fiance and now wife, I have learned a few lessons, but the biggest is that love is far from perfect. Love isn’t perfectly wrapped like a present, sometimes love is messy and inconvenient and challenging, but in the end beyond worth it. I met in Neal in a bar in New York City one hot and humid evening. I was on a work trip, while he was on holiday. We struck up a conversation, had one too many beers, and I left him my card. I never thought in a million years, that I would ever hear back from Neal. But I did. And from that first e-mail, my life has been transformed and evolved all through the power of love.
I wanted to share with you one of the readings from our wedding that highlighted the transforming power of love and how it can be our destiny:
From The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
“When he looked into her dark eyes, and saw that her lips were poised between a laugh and silence, he learned the most important part of the language that all the world spoke — the language that everyone on earth was capable of understanding in their heart. It was love. Something older than humanity, more ancient than the desert. Something that exerted the same force whenever two pairs of eyes met, as had theirs here at the well. She smiled, and that was certainly an omen — the omen he had been awaiting, without even knowing he was, for all his life. The omen he had sought to find with his sheep and in his books, in the crystals and in the silence of the desert.
It was the pure Language of the World. It required no explanation, just as the universe needs none as it travels through endless time. What the boy felt at that moment was that he was in the presence of the only woman in his life, and that, with no need for words, she recognized the same thing. He was more certain of it than of anything in the world. He had been told by his parents and grandparents that he must fall in love and really know a person before becoming committed. But maybe people who felt that way had never learned the universal language. Because, when you know that language, it’s easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it’s in the middle of the desert or in some great city. And when two such people encounter each other, and their eyes meet, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one’s dreams would have no meaning.”
Of all the things in the world I believe in, I believe in love the most, without question and without fail. Love that rocks you to your core. Love that challenges you to be a better person. Love that has you grown and change all the way through your life. I also believe in loving your everyday moments… to cherish them and appreciate them with all of your heart. Thank you darling Bonnie for including me in your wonderful Love Week. Many wishes on your vow renewal and your marriage in the upcoming years!