"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see," Says the Henry David Thoreau quote on the coffee table book. As a (fabulous!) photographer, Shannon understands this well; but as I look around the home she's made, I think it must be a life motto too. I see a love for the world, a passion for people, and a deep appreciation for all things lovely. Shannon and her husband have only recently begun life together (I consider anyone married under two years to be newlyweds :) ), but after spending a beautifully sunny Portland evening with them, I see theirs as a wonderfully intentional relationship.
This evening of grocery shopping and together-cooking and frisbee throwing and front-stoop drinking was Real Life, after all. And this is good, because when two people say "Until death do us part," there's also gotta be a commitment to enjoy life together. Otherwise, it's going to be a long, miserable ride. And even as they opened up over cold coronas about the struggles of that first year of marriage (which anyone will attest to if they're honest!), I knew their hearts were together in it. Choosing to press together in the struggle is how the foundations are laid--the foundations essential for building something strong enough to endure the torrents of Real Life at its harshest, and something worthy enough to treasure the beauty of Real Life at its loveliest.
And as I watched the Wilkins through my lens that evening, that is what I saw: two people taking time to build something solid and lasting and good. Needless to say, it was a delight.
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