Gideon’s Challenge

IMG_6500Pink

Murmured compliments
loving encouragement
quiet praise
and intimate whispers.
You would think
over time
I would become
immune
and yet every day
you find
something to say
that makes me flush
pink
with pleasure.

Thank you for trying so hard every single day to remind me not just of how much you love me, but of how much you admire me, desire me, and root for me. I don’t always take compliments well… but even when I stumble over them you never stop making sure that I hear how you feel about me.  And each time it sinks in just a little more than before.

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Gideon’s Challenge

IMG_6049Independence

Standing strong
isn’t easy
but independence
doesn’t mean
you never lean
upon others
or ask for help.
It means that
even when you do
those things
you continue to walk
your own path.

When we first got together, I was terrified that our relationship would decimate my independence.  I did not want to be under the thumb of another, nor controlled by someone… anyone other than myself.   I have come to learn, though, that it is still very much possible to be both fiercely independent and in a loving and supportive relationship.  I’ve learned this because you were patient enough to not just teach me it can happen… but show me it is possible.

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Gideon’s Challenge

IMG_6115Cozy

Soft and comfy
like a fuzzy blanket
time with you
soothes my soul
comforts my heart
and wraps me
in a sense of
peace
I can find nowhere else

I’m so glad that we’ve gotten some time together the last few days.  I hadn’t realized how much I was needing that warm and cozy feeling you provide in these hours spent together, or how much that time creates a soothing balm on my soul and helps me find that place in my heart where everything feels just a bit more right in the world.

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