Life is extremely complicated.  You'll find that for me, it has been no different.  I think it is so important, especially with the things going on in today's world, to stop and think about all that we've conquered.  Whether they're big or small, bad or good.  No life event is less significant than another if it has changed your life or impacted it in some way.  For this reason, I've decided to launch this segment called 'HI Life' on the blog.  

Why HI Life?  Essentially, we're saying hello to life.  The good and the bad, the happy and the sad.  To make it even better?  It's a segment written by the members of the Heard It Community and I, that's what makes me so proud of it.  Sadly, it's not the Hawaiian Life, but it's certainly the high life.  So welcome to the HI Life, where every week, I will feature someones story.  Uninterrupted, the way they want to tell it.

This week, we have Cara Zamorski of Fashion Swain.  We're celebrating the upside of life today with her five year wedding anniversary!

Cara's Story

Today is a very special day. 5 years ago on a gorgeous fall day, Chris and I said “I do” in front of our closest family and friends.

I met my husband in early September 2007. I was going through such a hard time…my mother had started her transition to be with the lord after receiving the news that her chemotherapy for the cancer that had spread to her brain would not work, and she had 3 months to live. She was gone in one.

Most people have the joyous opportunity to meet their significant other’s family under what I guess you would call “normal” circumstances, where everyone is alive, well and whole. They have dinner together for the first time, or engage in their first words of conversation at home sitting around their living room. Chris and my mom never had their chance to do that.

I watched my mother take her last breath on October 7, 2007. Chris met my family for the first time at my mother’s wake. I don’t take the way things worked out lightly at all. He was there for me during my darkest hour, day, week, month, even year. I definitely wasn’t easy to deal with and I know that. My whole world seemed to have been dumped upside down practically overnight. I was petrified. What would happen next? Where would I live? Would my sister and her husband be with me? Could I make it on my own? I was angry. I couldn’t understand why my mom had to go so soon. I’ll be the first to admit, I walked around with a bit of a chip on my shoulder. I was scared of people leaving me. You better believe the next person who dared to care about me was getting tested. And I tested the hell out of Chris.

Being the patient person that he is, he never stopped caring. Hell, he even fell in love with me. No matter what emotional roller coaster I was on at any given moment, he was always there to take the ride with me. Speaking of ride, one of the things that brought us together was our common interest in motorcycles. He would come and get me and we would just go…anywhere. It was the one thing that seemed to bring me serenity in such a time where my head was spinning from unpredictable chaos.

I’m very grateful to Chris and what he brought to the table during that time. I believe it’s a huge part of the solid foundation we’ve built our relationship on. My mother was making her exit from my life as Chris was making his entrance. How bittersweet! Things do happen for a reason.

Today marks the 5th year that we have been married. I would love to share the message I wrote him on Facebook with you. Enjoy the stroll down memory lane with me. Below are a few more pictures from the day that changed my life for the better.

The man that swept me off my feet ;) Happy Anniversary Christopher!

I hope you enjoyed strolling down memory lane with me! This weekend we will be celebrating but I will be back next week.

Editor's Notes

All copy is written by Cara, unedited by me. Nothing has been changed. Check her out here

Thank you so much to Cara for sharing her story. What a beautiful way to honor her mother, her wedding, her life.  Congratulations on a fantastic five years Cara and thank you so much for sharing your beautiful relationship with my readers as well.  Many more years of happiness!

If you'd like to be considered for HI Life, please feel free to e-mail me.  I'd love to have you.  Or, reach out to me on Twitter.  Thanks for reading!  


  1. Congratulations to Cara on her 5th wedding anniversary. Sounds like the relationship started at a difficult time in her life but it still worked out.

    1. It's definitely a beautiful story! Thanks for reading.

  2. Congratulations on their 5th Anniversary! Loved reading their story :)

  3. congratulations! This is such a beautiful post and the story was wonderful :)

    1. So adorable, right? I'm happy to have shared it!

  4. Wow! Thank you for sharing your story! I went through something similar. My father was diagnosed with cancer and died during the beginning of my relationship with my boyfriend... so they never met under "normal circumstances" either. Unless you can call them meeting while my father was lying in a hospital bed under hospice care in our home normal. Again, thanks for sharing.