Monthly Archives: June 2011

10 Years and Counting

10 years ago today, a 20-year-old single mom of two little boys, married their 21-year-old rough-around-the-edges father. She had no idea what she was getting into, nor did he. Up until that day, through no fault of his own, he was only their father, he never really had the chance to be their dad.

Their first year together was rough. They were learning how to make things work. Their family grew. It grew and it grew. And as it grew, they faced more and more challenges, but they faced them together.

In 2007, they moved their family 350 miles away from everything they had ever known. The kids made friends quickly, but they struggled through, thinking of everything they had left behind.

As time went on, their love grew. This move, though incredibly difficult, proved to be very strengthening for not only their marriage, but for their family as a whole.

She grew more in love with him everyday, not even knowing that it was possible to love anymore.

Ten years ago today, I married a 21-year-old rough-around-the-edges truck driver. Today, I am married to an amazing man who has become the most wonderful husband and father. He has exceeded all of my expectations and shown me a love I could have never imagined. He is such a great father to our five amazing children and as the children grow and we face new challenges, he continues to step up to the plate and face them head on.

He is such an incredible husband. He makes up for my weaknesses and gives me strength when I am wavering. He is patient with my blonde moments and loves me regardless of my shortcomings. He encourages me when I am feeling insufficient and forgives my mistakes. He puts aside his desires to focus on the wants and needs of our family.

I am so blessed to have spent the past 10 years to getting know him and watching him grow into the amazing man that he is today. I have fallen so in-love with him and that love just continues grow.

Thank you so much for sharing your life with me. I can’t wait to see what new adventures God has in store for us in the next 10 years!

You are the love of my life! I am so proud to call you my mine!

I love you! Happy Anniversary!

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My Father, My Hero

On the radio this week, I have heard a lot of people calling in with memories of their fathers. This always leads me to think about my relationship with my father. To be honest, my first thought about our relationship is often “What relationship? We don’t really have a very good relationship.” I try to think of special times and things that meant a lot to me growing up, but I can’t seem to dig them up. All I seem to remember are times of conflict.

You have to understand that my childhood memories don’t really begin until I was about 8. There are a few here and there before that, but not much. When I was 8 my little sister was born. So I figure, if I was close to him, that ended when Kristyn arrived. (Just a thought, I’m not sure it’s accurate.) 🙂

Even though when I think of my daddy I have a hard time pulling up fond memories of special father-daughter time, there is one memory that I have that will live with me forever, and that pretty much sums up my relationship with my father.

Only living in New York for 4 years, most people here don’t really know “my story”. They don’t know anything about where I’ve been or who I really am. Recently I have shared with a couple of people and it has brought this memory closer to the heart and has really allowed me to look at it with new light.

My father was the pastor of our church and I was the good little girl who tried to follow the rules, mostly out of fear of getting in trouble. I helped out at home and loved working at the pretzel shop that my parents owned. I was the boss’s daughter at work, the pastor’s daughter at church, and the oldest child in my family. My life pretty well centered around me, or so I thought. I couldn’t have been happier.

When I was 16 years old, I found out I was pregnant. I was terrified! I had never been so scared in all my life. Here I was, the pastor’s daughter…16 and pregnant.

The first thing people ask me is “What did your dad say?”

I didn’t actually tell my father, my mother told him. When I first saw him, I got out of the car, he walked over to me, gave me a hug, and said “I love you”, just like that. No lecture, no yelling, just “I love you”.

That is my fondest memory of my Daddy. It is one that I will never forget. I was so scared! He loved me through ALL the things to come over the next couple years. What an amazing example of a Godly father!

The love that my father has shown me, has given me a glimpse of the love that my Heavenly Father has for me. A love that I cannot even fathom. To know that my pain is his pain. To know that no matter how badly I mess up he will always love and accept me.

I have heard of so many fathers who push their children away during times like these, due to embarrassment or anger. I am so grateful for my Daddy’s relentless love for me, for all the time and energy he has spent on me, for all the tears he has shed and the prayers that have gone up for me. He was persistent even when I pushed him away. He never gave up on me. If not for him, I wouldn’t be who I am today.

Thank you so much Daddy for showing me what love truly is…real, true unconditional love. I love you so much! You are my hero!