S: One Love, One Journey
BC: With all my love, Happy Valentine's Day 2010
FC: Tiara & Jonathan | One Love, One Journey
1: Philosophic people say that life is a journey, not a destination. | I believe them, and I believe love is the very same way. One cannot merely arrive at love and park on a plateau. Love's birth is a miracle, and, from that moment, love never ceases to grow. Each day that passes ~ be it rough or smooth traveling ~ strengthens and defines love. This volume gives a glimpse into our love's definition. These photos show strength, passion, endurance, patience, kindness, grace, loyalty, joy, forgiveness, selflessness and devotion. Our love is beautiful.
2: New Mexico | New Mexico - the land where our love sparks ignited under a scorching sun by day and thousands of twinkling stars by night. A special place with special memories. | June 2007 and June 2008 | 2007 -- new friends! | 2008 --lovers.
3: I will forever love that we first bonded on a missions trip -- especially one where we remained disheveled and covered in sand! Even cooler is that the mission trips we took to opposite sides of the globe the year before laid the foundation for our friendship. God began writing our love story before we had the faintest clue! | In 2007 we always worked in different areas... excepting VBS skit time of course.
4: Laser Tag & Googly Eyes | I maneuvered this group pic... | ...but secretly cropped it later. | H e h e | Fall 07 | After laser tag, everyone went to Sonic. For the first time, you drove me somewhere! As we sat in the car at sonic talking, another first transpired. You kissed my hand. My heart soared.
5: He's really cute. | I really, really like him. | I can't believe he really likes me! | I got a | C R U S H | on you.
6: First pics together | Agape Dinner 2008 | I snuck out of the kitchen to hear you sing "I Will Be Here" at this dinner. I knew you were singing to me.
7: Fort Worth Water Gardens | Aren't we just precious?
8: Easter 2008 | No, we hadn't been together very long, but I think both of us already knew this was it by Easter. I'll never forget the moment I realized you were the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. I was in Austin for a Sumners conference, laying across my bed talking to you on the phone. What we had been discussing I have no clue, but I told you right then and there you were the one. You tried to sound calm, but you were pretty dang happy!
10: A Day in Southlake Square
12: New Mexico Mission Trip 2008 | Bright and early mornings... | What a STUD.
13: We make the nest team. Okay, so there were a few others who helped with this project and they were great too, but anyway ... the trailer was in shambles when you guys arrived. After a day of sawing, drilling and hammering, a couple gals (including me) arrived armed with paintbrushes to make it pretty. | I love holding your hand.
14: V.B.S | You led game time while I taught the 10-14yr.-old class. | Both of us acted in skits.
15: The Badlands
16: Every time our eyes meet, this feeling inside me, is just more than I can take. Baby when you touch me, I can feel how much you love me, and it just blows me away. I've never been this close to anyone, or anything. I can feel your thoughts, I can see your dreams. I don't know how you do what you do, I'm so in love with you, it just keeps getting better. I want to spend the rest of my life, with you by my side, forever and ever. I don't know how you do what you do, Baby I'm amazed by you. Every time our eyes meet, this feeling i inside me, is just more than I can take. Baby when you touch me, I can feel how much you love me, and it just blows me away. I've never been this close to anyone, or anything. I can feel your thoughts, I can see your dreams. I don't know how you do what you do, I'm so in love with you, it just keeps getting better. I want to spend the rest of my life, with you by my side, forever and ever. I don't know you do what you do, Baby I'm amazed by you. Every time our eyes meet, this feeling inside me, is just more than I can take. Baby when you touch me, I can feel how much you love me, and it just blows me away. I've never been this close to anyone or anything, I can feel your thoughts, I can see your dreams. I don't know how you do what you do, I'm so in love with you, it just keeps getting better. I want to spend the rest of my life, with you by my side, forever and ever. I don't know how you do how you do, Baby I'm amazed by you. Every time our eyes meet, this feeling inside me is just more than I can take. Baby when you touch me, I can feel how much you love me, and it just blows me away. I've never been this close to anyone or anything. I can feel your thoughts, I can see your dreams. I don't know how you do what you do, I'm so in love with you. It just keeps getting better. I want to spend the rest of my life with you by my side, forever and ever. I don't know how you do what you do, Baby I'm amazed by you. Every little thing that you do, I'm so in love with you, it just keeps getting better. I want to spend the rest of my life, with you by my side, forever and ever. Every little thing that you do, Baby I'm amazed by you. Every little thing that you do, Baby I'm amazed by you. | Every little thing that you do, | Baby, I'm amazed by you.
17: Six Flags Over Texas
18: Mmhmmm. So true. | "More than a lover... You're my best friend."
19: Roses are red... | No worries. I'm not going to write some cheesy ending to the poem. In August I was gone for a week in Branson. When I came home, on my pillow lay a bouquet of lovely carnations and a sweet card. Someone must have missed me as much as I had missed him! | First date after I came home!
20: 21st | Happy
21: Next to your tight hugs and tender kisses, my favorite thing ever is a date night with you. I love those evenings -- or days! It doesn't matter what we do. It can be simple as strolling to marble slab and catching a movie (that turns out to be lousy!) or getting all sweaty and sunburned at the zoo or watching the sunset on our bench at Trinity Park. It can even be just running errands! | What matters is that I am spending precious quality time with you, the handsome man I love with all my heart. We laugh, we joke, we talk about anything and everything -- all holding each other's hand. I wouldn't trade these special times with you for anything in the world. | My Favorite Things
22: Yeah, Batman! | AGHHH!! | You're MY Superman. | Mmm, Reese's Blast! Sonic is our post-Six Flags tradition. | One of my fav pics. ever. | S I X | F L A G S
23: Like My Hat? | You really could have told me what was on my head. . .
24: Panda Express. Your very favorite (after me of course). | Remember how you bit into that super hot pepper here?
25: Funky Kisses
26: Just alike... almost. Converse. Imitation Converse. Can't tell the difference. We are special. | We are THE BEST ever. Period.
27: Go Crusaders!
28: Christmas shopping | Holland Christmas party | T i s t h e S e a s o n
29: Happy One Year Anniversary | You planned our anniversary, date as a surprise. After Christmas shopping, you took me to dinner at the Southlake Cheesecake Factory and toured the ICE! exhibit at the Gaylord. | At dinner you gave me a beautiful necklace.. I've worn that symbol and reminder of your love every day since because i love you too..
30: Christmas 2008 | Happy holidays with mine...
31: ...and yours.
32: Happy Valentines Day | 2009 | You are so handsome.
33: ...Grapevine Mills Mall, Cheesecake Factory & "Confessions of a Shopaholic." | XOXO | Amazing day. Brunch with my family, scavenger hunt for love letters, Main Event... | L O V E
34: THE BIG APPLE | N Y C | March 09 | I missed my lovey tons!! | AHHH!!! You know how crazy excited I was to stand outside the ABC News studio! My aspiring journalist's dream!! | ew | ork | ity
35: My 22nd birthday was the most special one ever. You picked me up from school and took me to see "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past." Score! Afterwards you asked if I'd like to take a walk before dinner. During our stroll through the Botanical Gardens you suddenly steered us onto an overgrown trail. Far, far back in the vibrant woods I was starting to feel leery when a rustic table set with linens, lace, china and a delicious meal caught my eyes. A dinner could not have be more romantic.
36: Graduation | 2009 | Texas Wesleyan University | Graduation day was the best day of my life so far for it marked my life's grandest accomplishment. I could not have made it to that day without you. On the nights I called you frustrated to the point of tears, you encouraged me with tender words. On the mornings I had to be up at 4 a.m. to finish homework on two hours of sleep, you set your alarm too and called to make sure I was up. On my bad days you told me how proud you were of me. Your faith and support were both priceless and precious. | B.A. in Writing, minor in Sociology
38: Senior Pics
39: Our Photoshoot
40: "Ordinary? No. I really don't think so, not a love this true."
41: "Common destiny, we were meant to be, me and you."
42: breakfast date at corner bakery downtown | Yummy!
43: Dallas Zoo | You know so many crazy, random facts about every amphibian, mammal, bird and reptile I am astounded. So, for Valentine's Day, I gave you two tickets to the zoo; you got to enjoy the animals and I got a science lesson.
44: Legally Blonde | Dinner at Central Market Cafe then off to the Bass Hall for "Legally Blonde: the Musical." **Note: This date is memorable because you are wearing a tie.
45: Hurricane Harbor | All taken with a waterproof disposable camera. Gotta love it.
46: Date | Mmmmm. Jamba Juice! | So cultured we are. | Speed skater. Skates! Upright me.
47: Night | On the Border - one of our top favs! | Pei Wei. Great fortune!
48: G A L L E R I A | They have a Forever 21...
49: You. Me. Romance. Picnic. Perfect. | I had so much fun packing our picnic: strawberries, pretzals, crispy chicken wraps, carrots with Ranch and homemade brownie bites. It was cold out but absolutely lovely. | Gotta have Happy Hour Sonic drinks. Cranberry Tea and Powerade Sprite, both easy ice.
50: Take Me Out to the Ball Game | Me & You | Homies | Hot Dogs
51: Summer Road Trippin' | Port Arthur bound
52: Crystal Beach
54: Happy Birthday, Baby
55: What time is it? | \PAR-TAY TIME!! | Chocolate Delight.
56: ZOO DAY
57: Summer Nights | Putt, Putt (I won the first half of the game but somehow you came back and won the second. Darn.) and Cheesecake Factory (just because) make a perfect date night. | Hit a hole in one, baby!
58: I am thankful beyond words for you. | Turducken | Thanksgiving
59: I love you.
60: TOUCHDOWN | Ooh. Looks like this hurt. | Can we say, "block fail"? | R U n !
61: A Family Tradition: Elders vs. Youngers Thanksgiving Day | "Catch me if you can."
62: BLACK FRIDAY | means family shopping trip and dinner out!
63: Roadtrip buddies | Panda Express on the way there, Chicken E on the way back. Your favorites!
64: Two Years | "What I can't see is how I'm ever gonna love you more...." | Two years, yet two hundred hills and valleys, it seems. Though the pictures in this book evoke laughter and smiles and indeed represent sweet memories, those two years bore more than their share (so it seems) of heartache and challenges. Still, through the crashing waves and through the tranquil calm, mid-December '09 found us closer than ever. Cheesy though it sounds, I know without a doubt I'd rather a tumultuous reality with you than a perfect fairytale with anyone else. | Tradition for special nights!
65: I C E AT THE G A Y L O R D
66: Saturday | 1 | 2 | 3 | 2 p.m. breakfast at IHOP | Christmas shopping and the Galleria | Ice skating and dinner
67: Stars Game | Our first Stars game was a blast!
68: new toys!!! | Super exciting day! You bought your MacBook Pro and got ME an iPod Touch. I loved it so much that in no time I had to go all the way and get the iPhone. Now we are both Apple addicts!
69: You are always Mario so I always like to be Peach cuz she's supposed to be Mario's lady friend. | Wii | Besides Wii Sports Resort, Mario Kart definitely reigns as the favorite Wii game. No matter what game is played, however, using the projector doubles the fun! | Taking a wee break. Hehe. | "I Mario. He's my hero." | One day I will beat you.
70: Happy Holidays Tiara & Jonathan, Tristan & Anna, Maleika, Faith, Karissa, Noelle, Jachin & Christiana
71: Merry Christmas One & All
72: Good morning, Christmas Day | The look on your face when you opened that HD radio was as priceless and gave me incredible thrill. I will never forget the wide-eyed disbelief and delight!
73: It's original! | Merry Christmas, Darling
74: As three wonderful and holiday-fun-packed days together wound to a close, I felt so sad to see you go home. You hugged me tight, loaded up your techie gizmos and gadgets and clothes (I had rubbed off on you and you actually packed a duffel bag! WOW!) and Christmas loot and hugged me tight again. I stood on the driveway watching you back out, and right as a tear fell from my eye your car stopped. You hopped out , walked right up to me, picked me up, spun me around, kissed me and told me that you loved me and everything would be okay. Sweetest moment ever.
75: McDonalds? | I'll just make it a Sonic night. | New Year's Eve-Eve trip to Port Arthur
76: Fare-the-well, 2009
77: Happy New Year | It's 2010, baby! Here's to making it our best year yet. | One punk... or three?
78: Coming to the end of this book, I find myself thinking, "Man, that was alot of pictures!" So very true - and I weeded out plenty - but what struck me most was how very many more sweet memories of ours have no pictorial representation. Certainly the little ins and outs of dates and events (like getting so lost in Dallas after midnight and speeding through six tollways) and comical jokes don't exist in tangible form, but specifically I am referring to the expressions, emotions, kisses, embraces and moments gazing into each others eyes that no camera could ever capture. In essence, the precious manifestations of our love. Few people find in life one with whom they can cry, laugh, be vulnerable with, look their best or worst in front of and be perfect either way, share every thought or problem and overall just truly trust. I count myself as one of those lucky few. God bestowed on me the greatest gift of my life when He gave me your love and our relationship; I cannot praise and thank Him enough for these treasures. I love you, Jonathan Caleb Steele. You are my lover, my best friend, my handsome prince, my smarty-pants and, forever and always... my pumpkin-pudding-pie-with-chocolate-sprinkles.