When I stop and ponder the road we have walked together the goodness of God never ceases to amaze me and I am so very thankful for His grace.
Our story is not your typical boy meets girl...
Neither were we high school sweethearts...
So what were we?
well...we were very young.
We had no idea what real love was and no idea how marriage worked.
We only knew that marriage was a vow before God and that it lasted till death do us part.
And our journey began one Sunday evening, in December, just before Christmas, a week before my 20th birthday.
Looking back at my 19 year old self I wish I could tell her a few things.
First I would tell her that the guy by her side was the best choice ever made, that he would be there through thick and thin, that he would have her back and be her biggest support, that he would put her first even though she was being selfish, that he would work harder than anyone she knew to provide for her (so be patient)....and that most of all she needed to show him grace.
She didn't see it then...I wish I could tell her.
I wish I could tell her not to play the compare game, not to fall for the "if onlys", and that love doesn't just happen....it grows. Love is like a tender plant that must be nourished....love is a choice you must make everyday...love is work.
I wish I could tell her to let him go...to support him and be his biggest fan.
I wish I knew then what I know now.
But that's not the way life happens...we learn as we go. We grow from our mistakes.
Laughter, tears, heartaches, sorrow, loss, gain...adventures, daily grind, moves, dreams, plans...
It's all been part of the journey...our journey.
The biggest thing that I know now is that God knew what He was doing.
He knew that I, a broken sinner, would need a lot of love and mercy and He knew that TJ was the man perfect for that job.
I'm so glad He wrote our story.
TJ, I'm so glad you're the hero in mine!