Sunday, October 23, 2016

From Here to the Moon and Back

My husband Christopher and I are celebrating our first wedding anniversary today. We celebrated by having some of our wedding cake for breakfast, as well as some shopping and flipping through our wedding photo album. Our wedding day was a beautiful day, and today was a beautiful day. I'm very lucky to have my best friend by my side.

Yesterday we attempted to take our own "anniversary" photos. It was a fun way to pass the time together. I look forward to many more days like the ones we had together this weekend.

I've found that the song we used for our first dance, Dolly Parton's "From Here to the Moon and Back" seems to express just how I feel...

"I could hold out my arms and say 'I love you this much'
I could tell you how long, I will long for your touch
How much and how far, would I go to prove
The depth and the breadth of my love for you

From here to the moon and back
Who else in this world will love you like that?
Love everlasting I promise you that
From here to the moon and back
From here to the moon and back

I want you to know you can always depend
On promises made and love without end
No need to wonder how faithful I'll be
Now and on into eternity

From here to the moon and back
Who else in this world could love you like that?
Forever and always I'll be where you're at
From here to the moon and back
From here to the moon and back"

Lyrics from "From Here to the Moon and Back" - Dolly Parton

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Songs I'm Lovin' - Oct. 2016

Photo by Jessi LaRue
It's favorite month of the year. 

These are the "Songs I'm Lovin'" lately. This playlist features songs from some of my longtime favorites, like Maroon 5, Tim McGraw, Lady Gaga and and Justin Timberlake. But it also features new songs from some fresh faces, including Aubrie Sellers and Sarah Potenza.

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you're listening to this month!

Saturday, October 01, 2016

"Mrs. LaRue"

photo by Jessi LaRue

This week I was addressed as Mrs. LaRue for the first time. Yes, the very first time, even though I've been Mrs. LaRue for almost an entire year.

Luckily the exchange happened via email, so the sender did not get to see the puzzled look on my face.

It's not that I have a problem being Mrs. LaRue or even Jessi LaRue. In fact, I like having that in common with my best friend, my husband. I love having that tie to him and I'm proud to share his name. But I'm nowhere near used to it.

It's like when I saw my new name in print for the first time. I commented online about how strange it felt. "Pretty soon your old name will seem strange and your new name perfectly normal," someone responded on Facebook.

Ha. As if.

Mrs. LaRue seems too stiff, too formal, too, well, beyond my years, I guess you could say. I've always been "Just Jessi." Yet here I am, faking my way through the real, adult world, one day at a time. It just seems fitting that me being a "Mrs." would feel the exact same way. Much like adult life, it seems like the thing I should be doing, but maybe it's just a size too big on me.

Maybe one day it'll fit better.