I am actually supposed to be heading up to Oceanside to help my in-laws pack up their house. Part of this might be an avoidance strategy. I really don’t want them to go. I’m excited for God’s new adventure in their life – they are headed to Colorado Springs to help Ted and Gayle Haggard with a Healing and Restoration center at their church. So needless to say, this is going to be quite interesting! I just love how the Lord works. Even if it means He’s taking away Lynn and Rudy for now 🙂 It has been a fun year getting to know them and they have offered some incredible insight and wisdom to our marriage. They actually did our pre-marital counseling and throughout the first six months of marriage have been there for some late-night emergency calls as well. We fall into the category of marriage that includes both roses and thorns within the first couple of years (at least months anyway). And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
February 4th, 2010. The infamous night at Marshall’s where my mom and I met Lynn and Rudy who would introduce me to Josiah. Really, if that isn’t the Lord, what is?! I love that Josiah and I can always go back to our ‘how we met’ story and be thoroughly convinced that our God is sovereign and had that all planned! Thankfully I listened to that small voice in my head that prompted me to ask if he was single. I mean that could have come off a little desperate, but there was a split second of thoughts in my head once I heard how tall her son was where I thought, ‘I should ask if he’s single and a Christian – no, that would be ridiculous – but would this then become one of those moments that I always wondered about if I don’t say anything…’ and out popped the questions. And the answers. YES AND YES!
It has been an incredible year. Through my husband, I have grown. I have been challenged more than I ever have been. I have been daily encouraged and admired more than I’ve ever felt before (my parents are great, don’t get me wrong, but I’m talking some undivided attention here…and for this words of affirmation girl, I’m all about it!). Hey, our Heavenly Father desires to be praised and acknowledged for who He is – and we are, after all, created in His image – so I do like to be acknowledge for who I am IN HIM. 🙂 Anyways, I have been incredibly aware this week of how loving, attentive, strong, tender, funny, and hard working my Hubs is. He is absolutely amazing. In the little things – leaving notes for me, bringing me flowers (which, by the way, have lasted over a week due to the freezing temperatures of our room), taking out the garbage without being asked, straightening the house, to name a few. In the big things – comforting me as I cry, praying for me as I wrestle with things, leading me as the head of our home, being diligent and faithful, etc.
I love being around someone day in and day out (most of the time…when I’m not being a brat). It is like looking at a mirror. We get to see how much our choices, decisions, and attitudes affect (effect? affect? Ugh – embarrassed to admit I’m an English major and never got that one down…) each other and can also bless each other. As we desire to represent Christ and the Church, we are made aware of how interrelational we’ve been created. How much we can bless or tear down. How easily we can edify or destroy. We can help heal or hurt. The constant battle between choosing things that lead to life or death. We choose life, my friends. Daily. Hourly. And, because of that, we have been incredibly blessed despite any circumstances.
I absolutely adore my husband. He knows this. But I thought I’d let all of you in on the little secret as well…in case you were wondering!