Time is fleeting, this is no surprise. What is a surprise, however, is how the years can fly by, accumulating memories and treasures all along the way. It’s these very memories that form the fabric of the meaning of our lives, and in my case personally, it’s those memories that make me run home each and every night, excited to see the love of my life once again. And with that, we form new memories.
This picture was taken off the deck of one of our favorite places to visit in the Cowichan Valley, that is the Cow Cafe West Coast Grill. Over the years of living in the valley, we’ve made good friends with Matt and Jenn Heyne who take just as much care in providing the wonderful dining services they provide as we do with our photography. We’ve been many, many times, both on a commissioned basis to provide photography for their site, as well as personally just to enjoy the incredible food and ambiance that is distinctly the west coast.
My incredible wife, who we all colloquially know as the wonderful Mrs. Toad, is my pride and joy. Some 13 odd years ago we first met and my life went from the meaningless and mundane to an existence of utter joy that I feel the need to share and express at every chance I get. We tend to wander the island, flipper-in-flipper if you will, adventuring and exploring, and learning new things about this great place we call home, as well as new things about ourselves and each other. This is an undying love, one that does come with strong, ironclad guarantees, for my life without her would be a life of suffering and loneliness.
So, as we take time to celebrate our 12th incredible wedding anniversary together, we find ourselves whisking away to the resort where we honeymooned at. The days spent at the resort will be filled with all sorts of adventures, and I have no doubt we will be coming home with new stories, new memories to cherish forevermore.
As we wrap up this post today, we find ourselves hurriedly packing our bags and double-checking last minute details. The sense of excitement has been building here for days now, and the time is nearly upon us to leave. As we head back out to the very place we spent our honeymoon, I find it’s a good time to reflect back on the miles we’ve traveled together… they seem fleeting, and yet the time has also passed by like a raft on the Cowichan River on a lazy summers day. I believe these are experiences that can only be made with the one true person you love, your soul-mate if you will.
I sit here and pen this ode to my wife whom I love with all my heart and soul, and I am overwhelmed with appreciation and gratitude for all she’s given and shared with me all these years. I cannot wait to see what the future brings, and to bear witness to the new memories we will make together.
I love you, Mrs. Toad.