December 23, 2016

When a Romance Lives Forever #anniversary

I believe Romance Lives Forever. December 23, 1973 was the day my husband and I tied the knot. We were both 22 years old, had been born 3 days apart, joined the Navy the same day, and were both stationed in Tennessee. Today marks 43 years together. One of my big sisters gave us 6 weeks. We'd met in June and were married in December, and she worried we were making a quick decision. Well, we were, but it was because we didn't want to be apart. We still feel that way. The reason I have Romance Lives Forever on all my branding is because I not only believe it's true, I've lived it.

Kayelle and Edward J Allen

Now, apparently it's also true that people start looking alike when they've been together a long time, so in case you're wondering, I'm the one in the white shirt without the hat.

On a more serious note...

For those who have lost loved ones this year (myself included), hold on. They say time heals but to be honest, time can be brutal. What works for me is investing in those I still have around me. Being vulnerable and honest and allowing myself to feel what I feel. It's the hardest thing I've ever done. My "coping" mechanism is by nature, avoidance. Learning to both enjoy the present and cherish the past is far from easy. If I do it every day I hope it will get easier. I know I'm not alone, even though sometimes I feel that way. I hope if you are having a hard time during the holidays that you'll reach out to someone else who needs a moment of hope. Be assured -- everyone needs hope.

Romance Lives Forever will not have guests on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Look for more starting the 27th. On Dec 31st I'll be sharing a note about what's ahead on RLF. There are some wonderful plans underway.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

~ Kayelle Allen
Owner of the Romance Lives Forever blog

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