Monday, November 02, 2009

Marriage Monday--Love Letters

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Dear German~
Fourteen years ago we were headed over to Seattle to get dried flowers at Pike's Market to put together our wedding arrangements. Who would have ever dreamed the miles we would cover together in the coming fourteen years?

We are not the same people we were on that trip so many years ago. We are so far past those people I sometimes have to really strive to remember who we were. Then I realize, I don't need to remember who we were, because who we are is soooo much better.

These past few months have been a struggle emotionally for our family. We have found ourselves time and time again surprised by the source and the ferocity of the attacks that have come at our family. It would have been easy to throw our hands in the air and give up in the face of the adversity. There were times that the tempation to trade the road of integrity for a little bit of calm has been very enticing. Yet you have stood firm in it all and never wavered in how you were determined to lead our family and speak against that which was deceptive. I have never felt more loved or more protected than I did on 26 Feb and the days that have followed. You have been a rock of stability in a very wearying storm.

When you wrote your friend this week that our marriage was the strongest it has ever been because of these struggles you brought tears to my eyes. Tears because that is something I have felt for a long time, but did not dare say aloud. But also because you followed that up by reaffirming that there is no one you would have wanted to walk this path with except me. I echo that sentiment. No, the last eight months have not been fun in terms of the things that have happened. But you have made them not only bearable, but a time of flourishing. The time and effort you have given to get us through this has allowed me to grow without fear. And, when I see Jewel and Flower growing in confidence and faith each day I know that is because you have sheltered them. I know that you have taken the brunt of the storm and I won't ever know how deeply that has been felt. But I thank you for doing that. I love you as you have cared for us. And I am proud of you that you have stood on principles and integrity instead of taking an easier path.

Thank you for sacrificing to lead our family. I cannot wait to see what God is carving out of this situation. One thing I'm sure of, fourteen years from now we will look back and be able to say we aren't the same people we are now...we'll be even better and stronger as long as we are serving and loving together.

I love you........
MiPa


We have been challenged to write love letters to our beloveds this month for Marriage Monday. What a blessing to be able to declare reasons why we love our spouses publically. If you would like to read more, visit Chrysalis and follow the links. I challenge you to write a love letter to your beloved as well. Have a blessed day!

9 comments:

April said...

Thank you for sharing such a poignant letter. The good times in marriage can be easy to take for granted, but the difficult times can draw us closer together. Your husband should feel very blessed!

Melanie said...

I am sorry your lives have been rough lately, but I'm thankful for you that your marriage has been strengthened through it.

Tami Boesiger said...

The time and effort you have given to get us through this has allowed me to grow without fear.

Do you think men truly realize how their efforts take away our fears? Nice job, German. And praise God for His provision for you.

Susan said...

What an awesome testimony of God's sustaining grace and love that binds you together.

Sorry things have been rough, truly you will look back and cherish these days as you walked through them together.

Blessings!

e-Mom said...

Oh MiPa, I have sensed you were going through a storm from your previous posts, and I'm sorry for your suffering. What a joy to know that German has taken the brunt of it all, and protected you and your girls from greater harm. Good men are such a treasure!

Thanks for sharing your beautiful love letter with us today.

(((Hugs)))

e-Mom :~D

Julie Arduini.com: The Surrendered Scribe said...

It's such a gift for him to realize those broken places are a refining fire for you both---and on the other side comes something even better. Wow.

Beautiful letter!

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Wife of Rob said...

MiPa...

Such a touching letter....and I resound your sentiments. I LOVE that Rob is my protector as German is yours. Thanks be to a Holy God that He has sent this precious man to you and to your children. Praise Him!

Blessings to you
Jen

Denise said...

So heart touching.

Kristin said...

What a beautiful letter.