Saturday, June 22, 2013

the best gift I've ever been given {a mushy post}

Whenever people ask me how I met my husband, i am unsure of how to respond. I mean, there is no simple answer like,

We met in youth group.
We were in high school band together.
We went to college together.
We were set up on a blind date.
We met online.

The reason I am not sure of what to say is because I do not REMEMBER when we first met. I mean, really... he was 3 years old and i was just a baby. Not even 6 months old yet. :)

Our parents met & became really good friends in church. So we met way back then. (As I am writing this I am realizing - I could say "we met in church". I mean, we did! We just don't actually remember it!)

Side note: This is why i smile & nod when i see a friend post a pic of her baby daughter with her best friend's baby son & their caption says "the future mr & mrs!" or something like that. Because really... it could happen!

Moving on.

I am so glad my mom decided one day that church would solve her problems & that she needed to start going to one. I am so glad she recruited my dad & they decided to visit Zoar, a nearby Baptist church. I am so glad that on probably their first or second Sunday, they met the Venable family. The family of my future husband.

I mean, what if they had wanted to start attending church, but never actually did?!
What if they decided to go to a different church?!
What if the Venable's chose a different church?

You see why i believe in fate? And romance? Soul mates & fairy tales & "meant to be"? I mean, really. God set that up. He knew they would meet. He knew Brad & I would one day be head over heels for each other. He knew we would one day be the best of friends. He knew we HAD to meet, that it would be a match made in heaven.

I am sorry for the mush post, but people. IT IS HIS BIRTHDAY TODAY. And THAT is worth celebrating! I love him! I am so glad he exists & that he is mine! :)

 1997 - sadly this is the first pic i have of us together... 
i am sure there are some from earlier somewhere!

February 2008 - when we first got back together after 11 years apart!

 Late 2008 - watching me walk down the aisle
  June 2011

 March 2012

January 2013
June 2013

He is so sweet to me, so kind.  He is my biggest fan, my main supporter. He loves me unconditionally. He takes me just the way i am. He LOVES me just the way I am. He lets me cry & vent & scream & rage, and he never thinks less of me or looks at me differently. He will apologize when he is wrong (& sometimes when he's not!). He would do anything for me. I am his favorite. I am his person. (And he is mine!)

He humors me. He waits on me. He notices things i have dropped or lost and puts them where they go - sometimes before i realize i have lost them! :) (We were discussing this today! Haha!) He gives the BEST hugs (I mean, he just wraps me up in it! It can soothe my heart after a rotten day!). He lets me be silly, and he is silly right back. He's actually hilarious. And he just laughs it off and doesn't get mad when i can't get into his deep theological trains of thought! :)

He is the best gift I have ever been given!

Happy birthday, my love!!

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