Monday, February 7, 2011

Please, help!

Adam and I have been selected as finalists in a contest to win a professional photography session. We have never had Engagement Photos and I would love to win them to celebrate our anniversary in May.

There are many beautiful stories on this page, but I'm asking you to scroll down and vote for #2 on the survey at the bottom of the page.

Please click here and vote for us.

Comment below letting me know that you did, so I can thank you!

Here was the full entry... I'm wordy, so she had to edit! ;)

The love of my life? My husband, Adam.

I came from a difficult background. I got married right out of high school to my boyfriend, and we had the textbook definition of a co-dependent relationship. It was a very hard life. When I was 21, I gave birth to my first baby... a little girl called Sophie. Sophie gave me the courage & strength to end the cycle of abuse, and make a safe and happy life for the two of us. Divorce was never something I planned for myself. Single parenting was the loneliest time of my life, and I shed many tears over the broken dream of having what I considered to be a "whole" family.

At 21, I was adamant that I would never date again... much less marry. I knew I would never be able to trust a man enough to let him into my daughter's life or into my heart. I threw all of my energy into finishing my bachelor's degree. I nannied for a college professor during the day, where I could bring my own baby along, and went to school at night, while my mother helped me with Sophie. It was a lot of work, but I had accepted that it would be Sophie & me against the world. I was determined to make a happy life for her, and to provide her with everything she needed.

Then, I met Adam.

He was speaking at a religious youth retreat. His talk touched my walled-up heart so deeply. For the first time in years, I let myself cry in public. I told him afterward that his story was moving and that I appreciated him sharing. He gave me a big hug, and I was surprised enough to allow it. Over the next few months, Adam and I got to know each other via AOL instant messenger. I was Mommy during the day, and a student at night... I was up until 2 and 3 in the morning doing homework. Adam was an insomniac, and kept me company with funny little one-liners.

Our friendship naturally bloomed into a romance, thanks to one of my girlfriends expressing an interest in Adam. I was FURIOUS! I realized that I must have deep feelings for him that I wasn't ready to admit to myself. When Adam asked me on our first real date, I found myself saying yes. And we lived relatively happily ever after.

Adam is a beautiful, loyal, faithful person. I've never known anyone so dedicated to his wife and family. He has helped me grow so much as a person, healing wounds I didn't know that I had. He has helped me learn to trust, to love, to express vulnerability without fear. He has shown me that two people can disagree without an argument or violence. He has given me nothing but respect, and taught me to walk with my head up again. I just can't even begin to put into words what a special person he is. When he kisses me almost seven years into "us", I still feel like I'm flying!

The most wonderful thing of all that he has done for me... he not only legally adopted my Sophie, but we've gone on to have three more children, so far! I always wanted to be a mother to many, and he has given me that too.

Adam and I have never had a professional photography session for just the two of us. Our "engagement" stage was full of planning for our transfer to Houston and of jumping through legal hoops for his adoption of our Sophie. Photos are extremely important to me. I would love to have an "engagement" style photography session, even though we have been married for more than 6 years now.

Please consider us for your giveaway. We would treasure these images more than you can imagine. I promise, we'll have a HUGE print on display as we dance at our 50th Anniversary party... surrounded by our children, grandchildren, and dear friends who've shared the life we made together. I say with complete sincerity: my life is truly a dream come true.


Teresa said...

I read your story and just voted for you. Very touching and heart-warming. I've been following your blog for about a month and a half now. It is very well put together and fun to read.

Hope you win!

Teresa (mom of 9)

Maria said...

I voted!

Jen said...

I voted for you! Can you vote every day or just once?

Sarah said...

So *sweet* Lerin.

As one of my favorite bloggy couples, whom I have never met IRL, your love story always makes me smile. I love the way you always talk of Adam in such a way that I can hear how much you love, honor and cherish him. It is so precious!

Of course, I'm gonna get out there and vote right now!! :)

Good luck!! Hope you win. You both most certainly deserve it!

Maggie said...

I voted! I was just in a photo contest... I should have thought to ask for votes on my blog! We got second place and lost by only a few... but we still got a nice little prize!

I hope you win! Can we vote more than once?

Lerin said...

Thanks everyone!!

Only one vote per IP address. Thank you SO MUCH for asking.

Marilenn Alcantara said...

Stopping by from SITS! You've got my vote! Good luck and I hope you and Adam win!