love and tears go together, right? | princeton family photographer

This is a very raw and emotional blog post for me. I write this because I owe it to the man I love. Who unconditionally loves me.

Haven’t we, as women, dreamed about the day of meeting our “tall, dark, and handsome”? Over 7 years ago I met mine on a crazy football-induced weekend in Dallas, Texas. Most days I cannot believe Anthony chose me to be his partner for life. I was such a b-i-t-c-h to him when we first met, but I sure did make fun of the boot that I had to wear since I broke my foot several weeks beforehand. Who knew that my sense of humor (which I never thought I had) would be a key role in the beginning of our relationship.

He was there when I went crazy from studying organic chemistry, making sure to get me out of the sorority house for my sanity. He attended many sorority date parties, even though that wasn’t his thing. He went along with all my decisions for our wedding (the bride always makes the decisions, right?). He endured the long-arse drive from Sonoma/Napa Valley to Washington state on our honeymoon. He stood by my side for the many months of frustration, tears, and depression when we first moved to Nashville. He stood by my side when I took a leap and started a young adult group at our church. He encouraged me to start a photography business and has been my biggest supporter. He held me close when I was uncertain about moving to New Jersey. And now that times are tough again, he holds me even closer telling me it will all be okay.

There are many times when I just want to yell “you just don’t understand!” But deep down I know he does. He understands where my anger comes from and he accepts it. He knows exactly where the love is and how to draw that out of me when I try to shut down. Recently he came into the living room as it was nearing bed time to tell me that it was hard for him to be in the back (where his office/room is) reading while I was in the living room sad and bored and all the other emotions I’ve been feeling lately. My heart melted right then and there. THIS is why we are together – he totally gets me.

The past 6 months have been trying and difficult for me. If you follow me on twitter or a friend on facebook you may have seen updates recently about my nephews. For the time being my parents have temporary custody of their two grandsons. This isn’t what life is suppose to be for my parents. These are their golden years. I had no idea the effect the situation would have on me.

Anthony is the one who brings me back to reality when I wake from a nightmare. He is there to rub my back, wipe away the tears, hug me until I pull away when I break down almost every single day.

This is an ode to the man who brings me joy Thank you Anthony for loving me when I’m happy and giggly, when I have the ugly cry going on, when I wind up the windmill. You are my rock!

kelly g - March 20, 2010 - 2:56 pm

Such an awesome post, Kim. Brought tears to my eyes. You guys seem to have a fabulous relationship. Thank you for sharing something so personal and emotional. It’s inspiring! Love that first shot of Anthony, too. I hope things start looking up for you. (((HUGS)))

Kim - March 20, 2010 - 3:05 pm

Thank you so much Kelly for your words!

Angela Compton - March 20, 2010 - 4:46 pm

That was just beautiful Kim!

becky - March 20, 2010 - 5:56 pm

beautiful and full of emotion. Totally have me crying at the computer. love these new photos too.

Ashley - March 20, 2010 - 6:48 pm

Kim, what an amazing post. So sweet and honest… So great of you to share. Beautiful photos too. I LOVE the first one.

Kim - March 20, 2010 - 7:19 pm

Thank you Ashley! It took a lot of begging & pleading to get him out to even take the photos.

Emily - March 20, 2010 - 7:36 pm

Such a beautiful post–thanks for sharing! I love the pictures you took!

Megan - March 20, 2010 - 9:11 pm

Wow what an absolutely amazing post!!!!! And the photos are so real! Beautiful Kim!!!!!

Libby Johnson - March 20, 2010 - 11:06 pm

Amazing post 🙂 Brought me to tears! You are a lucky woman!

Jaclyn - March 20, 2010 - 11:31 pm

Kim I love this post. Adore it.

Jessica Hamlin - March 21, 2010 - 10:51 am

Such an amazing post, Kim! Thank you for sharing! Awesome pictures of Anthony too!

Jaidean - March 21, 2010 - 11:51 am

Beautiful post, Kim!!! Sounds like you are a very lucky lady!!!

Kim - March 21, 2010 - 5:33 pm

Libby I appreciate your comment. Thank you!

Kim - March 21, 2010 - 5:33 pm

Thanks Ashley! I hope you got your package in the mail. 🙂

Christina - March 21, 2010 - 8:34 pm

Beautiful post, Kim. Made me teary too!
Like the others, I love that first picture of Anthony!

Rebecca Severson - March 22, 2010 - 1:56 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE this entry! That first shot is awesome! He looks like a rockstar. 😀

I love how he loves you. *hugs*

amber - March 22, 2010 - 6:15 pm

OMG, I’m in tears kim, so beautifully written and he’s quite the hottie too. ((HUGS))

Kristina - March 22, 2010 - 6:57 pm

All of this is gorgeous and beautiful and lovely.

Shana-Lynn - March 22, 2010 - 8:44 pm

Beautiful post! You both are so lucky to have each other!!

Kim - March 22, 2010 - 10:49 pm

Wow, thank you Kristina!

Kim - March 22, 2010 - 10:49 pm

Thank you Amber! I cannot believe my post brought so many people to tears. I was just writing from the heart. May have to do that more often. 🙂

Jami - March 23, 2010 - 9:19 am

love this post. You are very lucky to have such a wonderful man in your life. (hugs)

Alicia - March 23, 2010 - 11:37 am

Kim, What a beautiful post and a beautiful marriage! I hope you take me up on my offer to capture you guys this fall, I’d love to!

Nicole - March 23, 2010 - 10:30 pm

Oh Kim, what a beautiful post. You two are so fortunate to have your forever person. Awesome!

Emily - March 24, 2010 - 1:46 pm

Oh, Kim! I am wiping away the tears as I write this….
Love is incredible, isn’t it? You and Anthony are a wonderful couple! Love the shots of Anthony….!!!!

Noelle Shanbour - April 5, 2010 - 1:49 pm


I know we have known each other for a long time and had our ups and downs but what you wrote about Anthony brought me to complete tears. that was absolutly beautiful what you wrote! I am glad i was there the day you and anthony met and i just want to tell you i am glad Anthony is and will always be there for you and I just want you to know that you and Anthony have inspired so many other couples and I thank you for that!!

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