My Dear Love Tomas,
As I sit here at the computer at 5 in the morning, I am full of gratitude for my life.
You are such an integral part of the contentment and true happiness I feel daily, moment to moment. My life is becoming a flow of love and joy.
We began with so little in the way of material things, we accumulated a lot more, then we gave it mostly away and traveled for two years. Now we have found our new home in the country of our birth and we are once again starting with very little in the way of material things.
However, the balance sheet of our wealth is enormous — our coffers of love and appreciation of life overflow in unending abundance. These are the true acquisitions we have grown together in our 12 years of marriage. Like the wealth of the Leaver cultures in the Ishmael books we have been reading, we have invested in the kind of wealth that can never be lost or taken away.
You and I have tended and nurtured our selves and each other — daily, hourly, moment to moment — for over a decade. We have been diligent, vigilant and persevering. The fruits of our inner labors have appreciated and are now being appreciated by the people we have come to share our lives with — the Lost Valley Residents — as well as our bounty of friends and family.
I hope you can feel the magnitude of my appreciation for YOU — the valiant and devoted partner who has been at my side for nearly 13 years but who stood with me 12 years ago this evening to speak our vows of spiritual commitment to our connection with Source first and then to each other.
We laid a solid foundation for our partnership to flourish. We have stood firmly and securely on that foundation through all these years, through times of challenge and times of great ease. Always we have navigated our life together in unity and harmony.
I have learned to trust you, listen to you and allow, accept and even appreciate the differences between us. My edges have softened in your care and love. I am a better, healthier and more open person for living and growing with you. You continue to make my life easy and many things are possible with your support that I would not even consider doing without you at my side.
Thank you for bringing me to Lost Valley. I know we chose this together but I could not have come without your full support. I believe it is the “larger playing field” I requested that afternoon in our Gold Beach home. It has taken us a while to find it; it has taken a while for us to be truly ready to have this experience. Just as it took a while for us to be ready to have each other.
Thanks for the journey — continuing ed, our walk about — that has brought us Home. I look forward to spending our next years here, together, learning and growing in ways we can’t possibly imagine at this point. I feel the potential for the greatest growth yet, here on this land with the people who will be here with us, working and playing together.
Happy 12th Anniversary Tomas!
Your greatest fan and loving partner, your wife, Alia