February 28, 2011


I stretch out on the kitchen floor and press my face right up against Cooper’s. We blink emphatically in our own secret code, and I laugh out loud and kiss each paw when he suddenly licks my face. You turn from a watched pot to see what just happened, and you can’t help but laughing too. Yea, this feels like home.

You dig out one of our good bottles of wine, no doubt at this point buried beneath our rag tag collection of cookie cutters and two-dollar Christmas wrap, and we toast to a week that was big. A week of stretching and being stretched. Of pressing our faces right up against Fear. And not being the first to blink. To a week still so full of the possibility of changing everything. But for now, we just feel like home.

I lean into you and you lean back, and we stab at our three cheese raviolis. You turn on old episodes of Coupling on the BBC, and I hear us laugh at all the same parts. A Christmas Cookie candle still stands on the end table even though it’s nearly the end of February, and you give me a hard time about it. And I can’t help but laugh too. And just like that with your arm around me and Cooper’s face in our laps, sitting in the middle of our house I know…

This just feels like home.

**Connect w/ Justin & Mary

  1. Samantha Harkins

    Murphy likes to cuddle the same way. Goldens are just the best. Welcome home!

  2. Karen (Mikols) Bonar

    My Christmas cards are all still up. You’re good with Christmas stuff until Easter, I figure.

  3. Brooke

    I wish there was the "Like" button on blogs! ;) Not really much to say… total cliche, but there really is no place like home.

  4. Kristin H.

    This made me smile (And I still want those pj pants! :)

  5. maggieb

    …and wearing "they just seemed like you" pants too…sigh…home.
    welcome home.

  6. Columbus GA Photographer

    Awesome stuff. Really enjoyed it… Like one of the others said, it made me smile. I have a soft spot in my heart for mans best friend.

  7. Vancouver wedding photographer

    What a beautiful shot! (Lovely dog!)

  8. Stephanie Bachle

    How do you do it? Every time, you make me wish I was as cool as you guys are!!

  9. Sindy

    This is beautiful!

  10. Lacy Dagerath

    I think you should blow this picture up .. a 30×60 perhaps, and put it in a place where you will see it every. single. day. As a reminder…that rest, irreplaceable moments, and love…and the little things are those that matter.. [heart] you guys!

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