A Love Story {Epilogue}

If you need to catch up, click here for a listing of previous chapters. Phillip and I have had fun reminiscing and talking about the things we were thinking and feeling at different times in our relationship. Our love story is something that I hold near and dear to my heart. It is also an important layer in the foundation of my faith because I see God's hand so clearly at work throughout my life, both in preparing me for and leading me to marry Phillip. We have often wondered why we … [Read more...]

A Love Story {Chapter 7}

If you need to catch up, click here for a listing of previous chapters. It's a cold winter morning in February of 2012. Pitter-patter...the sound of little feet running down the hall, golden curls bouncing with every step. With his big brown eyes and rosy cheeks, he looks just like his Daddy. Following close behind is his big brother. Decked out in his Superhero attire, he looks up at his mama, his blue eyes reflecting hers. At the breakfast table, his tired eyes meet hers and they share a … [Read more...]

A Love Story {Chapter 6}

If you need to catch up, click here for a listing of previous chapters. The stained glass cross glowed in the darkened sanctuary as the sunlight streamed through, casting glorious hues of color on the altar. Candles twinkled and doves cooed as he stood there, waiting for his bride. He looked around the beautiful old church that his grandfather had built. The walls of this sanctuary had witnessed so many of his family and friends pledge their love and their lives, and now it was his turn. He … [Read more...]

A Love Story {Chapter 5}

If you need to catch up, click here for a listing of previous chapters. It was a hot evening in August of '02.  In the sixth grade classroom up the stairs and to the left, a once red-cheeked boy nervously knelt in front of an excited, and still a bit frizzy-haired girl. With a trembling hand, he held out the most beautiful ring she had ever seen. He tells the story best... We walked up the stairs of the school building that was so familiar and it seemed as if nothing had changed in … [Read more...]

A Love Story {Chapter 4}

If you need to catch up, click here for a listing of previous chapters. In was a cool day in October of '01. After attending a community college for two years, she was settling comfortably into her new routine and making friends at the Christian university. She woke up and headed to chapel in the large auditorium, sitting in the balcony on the right side. Unbeknownst to her, he was sitting directly across from her in the balcony on the left. As chapel was letting out, he caught a glimpse … [Read more...]

A Love Story {Chapter 3}

If you need to catch up, click here for a listing of previous chapters. It was a hot night in May of '99. Around the pool at a fellow classmates house, the new graduates celebrated. He had spent his Senior year homeschooling while doing mission work with his family, but had come to cheer his former classmates on and to celebrate with them on their graduation day. She had greatly missed him that year. No one could make her laugh quite like he could. School just hadn't been the … [Read more...]

A Love Story {Chapter 2}

If you missed Chapter One, click here to start at the beginning. It was a hot day in August of '97. In the eleventh grade homeroom in the little metal building, a much taller but still red-cheeked boy sat behind a curly, but still a little bit frizzy-haired girl. His glasses fit his face much better, and she had since found contacts. He was still funny. She was still a goody-goody. Four years had passed since they had last seen each other. After completing sixth grade, she had went on to … [Read more...]

A Love Story {Chapter 1}

It was a hot day in August of '92. In the sixth grade classroom up the stairs and to the left, a red-cheeked boy sat behind a frizzy-haired girl. They each wore glasses far too large for their face. He sneezed six times and she rolled her eyes. Little did these two sixth graders know that they would someday become husband and wife. He was a funny kid, always making jokes. She was a good girl. A goody-goody if you asked him. When told to pass their papers to the student behind them for … [Read more...]

Happy {belated} Valentine’s Day!

  Yesterday was such a fun day!    I started the day serving a special breakfast of homemade blueberry streusel muffins. They were so delicious!     We lit our heart lantern and listened to Ella Fitzgerald while we ate.     After we ate, we gave the boys their Valentine's. Their sweet Daddy gave them the cutest little boxes of animal crackers.     Then I gave them their cowboy pajama/lounge pants that I made for them.     I made Buddy's pants by tracing a pair of his store … [Read more...]

Sparkle

SourceYesterday, I had the privilege to participate in a luncheon that our church hosts for widows around Valentine's Day. Each year, we ask the widows a question to get them to share a fond memory of their husbands. This year, we asked them to tell everyone about how they met their husbands.We heard lots of fun stories of blind dates, grocery store romances, long courtships and some that were very fast. I will never forget how some of the women's eyes sparkled … [Read more...]