Our love began in the spring of 1974 while playing a game of sand volleyball. I had just moved into an apartment and started my first year of teaching when this Big Air Force Pilot with a body to die for offered me a cold beer. It was lust at first sight.
Our courtship was wrought with many hair-pins and near misses but always we found our way back to one another which really does describe our marriage. My husband honestly thinks God had a hand in all of this.
Through the years there were many letters of love but in the summer of 2010, I received an “I Promise” love letter. As I held this letter of commitment, tears of silent joy touched my soul.
In that moment, I felt cherished but it also sparked an idea for a book. I began researching love letters through history, drawing inspiration. I then used photography to tell the story and printed each one using an old world meets new world of printing, photogravure. Behind each image lies a story of love.
And then … a storm appeared, dark and menacing. I had found a lump in my left breast and was diagnosed with Stage 2+ Herz2 cancer. Our love never wavered as my husband kept every promise in his “I Promise” love letter. Together in Grace, we began our walk towards healing.
Today, I am cancer free and I hold my first book – His Love Letters. It is a true tribute to love and the promises that led us on a better path, never alone, becoming who we were meant to be.
“Standing in the storm, I held tight to the love letter that I received before life took us on a fateful journey into the Light. It has been three years since my husband and I looked cancer in the face gathering strength for the unknown as we walked towards healing together.
Our love through the years has been wrought with so many detours and pitfalls and separations. But I always wonder if God’s hand kept us together. Today I can honestly say we are more in love with one another than ever before.
I am remained of a quote by Robert Browning – I have fallen in love many times, but always with the same person.”