My cousin once met us at the beach for a day trip and upon seeing us unload our bag filled with the beach necessities, she smiled and said “You’re beach people, huh?” We hadn’t thought of ourselves as beach people at the time but we were. Our bag is packed and ready for the beach at all times, so we can grab and go when able. After getting engaged, we knew that our wedding would take place on the beach because it is our happy place.
The morning of our wedding, Joe and I both woke up early and separated to begin the wedding festivities. I joined my big sister and her family on the pool deck, which overlooked the ocean, and watched the sun rise. The sky slowly filled with incredible variations of pink, orange and red. What began as a sliver rising from the ocean, turned into a large, round sun that shined bright and seemed to cover half of the horizon. I sat in awe as I marveled in its perfect beauty.
While I sat and watched the sun rise, Joe went surfing. He paddled out past where the waves crashed and waited for the perfect time. Sitting amongst the waves, he heard a splash and looked over. There was a pod of dolphins swimming next to him – one within an arms reach. They played and splashed and seemed not to notice Joe, though he sat in awe at their perfect beauty.
Our wedding day flew by. It was filled with love, laughter and happy tears shared with family and friends. We committed ourselves to a lifetime of love, through sickness and health. When I think back over what the last 5 years have brought, I see the perfect beauty of it all – the perfect beauty that is us. We have built a strong, indestructible bond throughout this marriage that continues to strengthen each day. While we did not anticipate this disease attacking our family, we are strong and will continue to strengthen throughout this fight. We will beat this, together, and continue in the perfect beauty that is our love.