Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Still Honeymoonin'---3 years later

"You two must be on your honeymoon, you have that glow about you. You know, the kind that screams that you are in love, " said the attendant as we walked into Black Star Farms' tasting room. We both giggled and noticed the couple next to us, presumably on their honeymoon, sneer at us from across the way. "No, actually we are celebrating our 3rd wedding anniversary," I replied. She laughed and apologized, which we both thought was funny. No apology needed!!!

We had a great time up north. A chance to get away from the hustle and bustle and really reconnect. We have been going up to Chateau Chantal since the day after our wedding in 2004. We have been back every year since. This place truly affords you the opportunity to relax. No need for TV, just a book, yourself and your loved one. A perfect get-away. It doesn't hurt that there are 14 wineries in the area...yep, wineries in Northern Michigan. We learned from Bob Begin, the proprietor at Chateau Chantal, that the area is a pristine environment to grow grapes. The weather patterns, the cool air that swirls around the point, and the rolling hills all make an ideal landscape similar to that of Bordeaux, France or Napa, California. Old Mission Peninsula is on the 45th parallel which is close enough to both areas to grow vinifera grapes...not the concord type, but the "good stuff" as Bob would say. We tasted wine, we enjoyed some Leelanau Cheese (we even went back to the Leelanau Peninsula to get more!!), we had a few fantastic meals (Bowers Harbor Inn has the best filet around) and most importantly, we had a chance to remember why we love each other as much as we do.

9 years ago, around the time of Valentine's Day, I met Curtis. When we first met, I had no idea this would be the man I was going to marry. He had long hair (gasp!), he wore the same three t-shirts and the same pair of jeans....he was definitely not my type. A year later, I started to see more of him, and before I knew it, we were falling in love. The rest, you could say, is history. Or history in the making! ++++++ He is my rock, he is my supporter, my lover and my friend. He has taught me what it means to love someone, to support them, to be patient and kind. He makes me laugh!! He can be silly, just like me. He loves me unconditionally, he is patient with me (most of the time) and treats me with the utmost respect. I love him so very much, and the thing is, that he knows it. He knows, just as I do, that nothing will ever change our love. We don't need reminders of the oath that we took on this day 3 years ago. It's nice to have the reminder, but we are already so keenly aware of the commitment that we made to each other that day. And we are stickin' to it.

Happy Anniversary, Curty! I love you and I can't wait to spend 800 more years in pure wedded, honeymoon bliss!

I am going to post pictures from our weekend, in a separate post to come later on this week. Or today...we'll see.


Christina said...

What a great story. I'm glad you guys had fun. I love Chateau Chantal and hope to go there some day again. Can't wait for the pix!!!

gezon said...

Em, I'm so glad you had a good time! Sounds like a great trip!

Marie said...

Aw, Emily, it's posts like that which make me realize "that" person is out there for me...somewhere!!!

You and Curtis make a beautiful couple, congrats on the first three of many more anniversaries!

Shèree said...

Wishing you many many more fantastic years together. So glad that you are a part of the family and making my boy such a great wife, friend and confidante.
Wonderful couple, beautiful writer and gorgeous pictures throughout your postings.

katieo said...

What a great picture and post! :)

(and I'm sorry I never commented on the post about your dear mom. It was just too hard for me. I loved reading it, but was just too emotional at the time. THanks for your support at SS! )

Mia aka frckasta said...

Thank you for writing this. We have a lot of single friends and a very few married ones. Sometimes I think that marriage gets a bad rap in the media and society in general. And I find myself defending marriage especially to my single friends. I think that people have lost their faith in true love and being married to one person for the rest of your life. We celebrated our three years in July and I couldn't be more happier. Now, I look forward to our future together and this post is a reminder that happy couples and successful marriages exist.