Sunday, January 6, 2013

Down Memory Lane

When we started dating :)
So last night I dug through old (and I mean OLD) pictures. I found pictures all the way back to when I was about four years old. It was a lot of fun looking through all of them and reliving the memories behind each photograph. I laughed as I looked at some of those "What was I thinking" platinum blonde highlights days and I teared up as I looked through photos of Audrey's first week home.

The favorite thing I found last night, though, was a box of letters, pictures, and flowers from my husband. Brent was my first serious boyfriend and I thank the Lord everyday that I wake up each morning next to my first love. I feel so blessed to be able to say that. Not too many high school relationships go on to last, but the Lord placed my husband in my life when I was 17 and he was 20, and we've been glued together ever since.

My husband and I are both hopeless romantics. When we were dating, he was going to college about two hours away. I wrote and mailed (Yes, snail mail) a letter to him almost every day that he was gone. He would leave letters on my car before he would leave going back to school each week. I was often surprised with a rose in my car (there is a story behind the roses too) on random days just because. Several of those roses were still in this box--aged but still in one piece.

I love going back and reading those letters every once in awhile. In an age of texting and Facebook, some of those things are sadly being left behind. It says so much to me for someone to take the time to hand write a letter or card for someone. I will always treasure those.

I could not have hand picked a more perfect person for me to spend my life with--I am so incredibly proud to be his wife. I couldn't ask for a more caring and loving person--he has been my rock through so many things in our last five years together. We have shared an abundance of smiles and laughter as well. I love making memories with him, Audrey, and our angel Barrett.

PROM!!!
 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.
Ephesians 5:23,24,32

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

I absolutely adore this passage--the first three verses are my favorite. We can have everything in the world, but without love we have nothing. We can speak beautiful words, but if they are not full of love they are nothing. Without love for God and other people we have nothing.

I am so thankful for my husband and the love he has for our family. He loves hard and he inspires me to do the same. Audrey and Barrett have an amazing Daddy!





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