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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........
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!