Despite all my questions, there is one thing I am very sure of. I know my husband is glad I am here. As importantly, I am glad he is here with me. We approach our second wedding anniversary in a completely settled, yet exciting place. We have built a home flexible enough to include others. We have continued to individually grow, and then build our relationship on these personal growths. We are building a family and trying to devote more time to the families we come from. I am just realizing that overall happiness is an accumulation of many small moments of feeling happy. As a person who is always dodging depression's bullet, this is a major breakthrough. I thank Nascar, most especially, for leading me to this realization. Every day I realize how glad I am that he is here. It is the little things he does, like fixing the washer and dryer, doing the dishes while Gabby and I chat after dinner, placing his hand on my head as I try to fall asleep. Our partnership has grown into a lush field of contentment, with respect and gratitude as the soil.
Here are some photographs of the Jackson family. We were lucky enough to spend a fantastic afternoon with Nascar's grandparents last month. The family gathering was a casual salute to the blessings of family and birthday celebrations for Grandpa and Gary. His grandparent's will be married 61 years in August. To spend time with them, brings me so much inspiration as to how I would like my marriage to look 60 years from now.
Nascar and his grandparents.
He credits Grandma Vonnie with his artistic bent, and still has the clown painting she painted for him many years ago.
Me and Gary, Nascar's dad. Thank you Gary, for always making me feel so much a part of the family.