We had our first floor painted recently, and one unforseen joy of this process was sorting through all the books, frames, and assorted paraphernalia in our bookcases before I put them back in.  I found this label, from the trip that Matt and I took to Africa in 1998.  After climbing Kilimanjaro and going on safari in Kenya, we spent some time in South Africa.  The vineyards around Cape Town are stunning; I think that would be an amazing honeymoon.  One evening we shared this bottle of wine in Stellenbosch, and I saved the label because L’Avenir means, after all, the future.  I couldn’t have known then, as a 23 year old young woman on a great adventure with a new boyfriend, what l’avenir held for the two of us.  But I obviously suspected there would be a future.  And how fortunate I am that I was right.

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  1. Posted August 9, 2013 at 4:43 am | Permalink

    What a wonderful keepsake. And what a wonderful trip!

  2. Posted August 9, 2013 at 5:54 am | Permalink

    What a cool discovery!!!!

  3. Dana
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    What a great find and nothing better than a freshly painted home after the messy toddler years! So, what color did you paint the house? Always in search of a great wall paint, xo

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    I am SUPER boring with walls (and sheets) – white, white, white!! xox

  4. Kate
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    South Africa, including Capetown, was our honeymoon. We loved it, especially the wineries. Ahh- life before kids!

  5. Matt Russell
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    Love it!

  6. Taline
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    This makes me smile so deeply.

  7. Posted August 9, 2013 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Love this, Lindsey. What a powerful and nostalgic moment!

  8. Jenni
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    You should frame this for sure!

  9. Posted August 9, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    What a beautiful sign for wonderful things to come. Thank you for sharing these moments. xo

  10. Posted August 11, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    ooh, I went to a wedding in Stellenbasch! It was, indeed, magical.

  11. Posted August 11, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    What a rich and beautiful memory!