This is it.
You can’t quite read it, but that’s what it says at the bottom of the sign in this picture. It says, “Kara and Mike. This is it.” It is a sign that we placed at the end of the drive of our reception location 14 years ago on our wedding day. It was to show people where to turn.
I painted it myself in my parents’ backyard and naturally and quickly chose and mixed the purples in the same way I naturally chose to marry the man I did weeks later. The purples in the sign were simply “it.” He was “it.” This was it. And I just knew.
Years later, the sign found its spot in the backyard of the house we just sold and this photo was taken right before we packed up. The sign had been taken down and the kids set up a picnic area in front of it.
I remember taking this photo that day and reveling in the fact that our lives had turned out this way–with these two children who are “it” to us. This truly is it, my friends. I didn’t completely know then that this was the life I’d have. It’s not always easy or perfect, but it’s all mine. I dreamed of it and hoped for it. And here it is. This is it.
Thanks for Mothering the Divide with me, as always, as you see your life as “this is it,” too. It all begins and ends for me in this photo.