Reflection, Gratefulness, and Love

There's nothing like a close call accident that makes you more grateful for everything and everyone you have. Two weeks ago, Ben was in a work accident where, if just a few things had gone differently, he might've died. His work ladder fell onto a power line which sent a shock through his body throwing him to the ground. Ben ended up with multiple skull fractures, bruising, scrapes and burns. The next few days were a blur. Words can't describe how I felt as he lay in the ICU being checked every hour. I didn't really know what to do so I just sat there. All I could do was be thankful that he was ok. I can't imagine life without Ben. We only just got married 10 months ago...we have our whole lives ahead of us. We have plans. We're going to travel and see the world and learn how to dance. We're going to get a puppy and buy a house. We're going to have kids and teach them how to ride a bike. We're going to laugh and live and grow old together... and someday celebrate 50 years of marriage. Geez, I'm crying just writing this.
How lucky am I that all these things are still a possibility? I look at Ben differently now, hug him and kiss him differently soaking up every moment and feel so grateful that he's still with me. This accident has definitely reminded me that life isn't guaranteed and you can't plan for things. As cheesy as it is, all I can think is that I want to live every day like it's my last, make each day count and soak up every single moment. 
I was looking at our wedding album the other day and just reminiscing about our special day and how awesome it was. A blog sharing my favorite photos from that day has been long overdue and I figured it fit well with this post.

We married on October 11th, 2015 at Beacon Hill in Spokane, WA. It was a beautiful fall day; we couldn't have asked for better weather. I felt on top of the world in my dress, Ben looked so handsome, and people still talk about how my mom looked like she could be the First Lady. From our flower girl getting distracted by an airplane while walking down the aisle to me having left our marriage certificate and vows at the hair stylist to little babes falling asleep on the dance floor, our wedding was one for the books. I couldn't have imagined a more perfect day or better people to spend it with. And thanks to our amazing photographer, Marielle, I can look back and re-live it whenever I want. Here's to celebrating my 10 months with Ben and to the many more years to come.

*Photos by the amazing Marielle Louize. Find her work here and here.

Hannah Johnson

Spokane, Washington