July 12, 2017
I reached for his hand, our fingers laced together - palm to palm. A flutter of excitement went through my entire body. I couldn’t see his face, but I could hear his words. A prayer, expressing deep gratitude for how He brought us together. A stream of tears immediately flooded from my eyes and my heart felt abundantly full.
That was three years ago today...the last time that we prayed as an engaged couple.
The past three years have been an absolute blur for me. We have just lived so much life in a mere 1095 days.
I used to feel a sense of pride for my colorful résumé, the grand achievements I had accumulated over the years, or the reputation I had built as an elementary teacher. At this point, I couldn’t tell you how to write a résumé, I would need to reference a scrapbook to recount the awards & ribbons I earned, and the opinions of others isn’t a top priority. Now, I am bursting with pride for the family Ryan and I are building together day by day.
Those two words changed my life. In fact, they gave me a kind of new life, one I could never have before fathomed.
The path of love starts in our very own homes.
Perhaps you’ve seen the quote on our About Page. There is a quote we live our life by at the very bottom. If you want to change the world, go home and love your family. These words of truth were spoken by Mother Teresa. When you walk into our home, these words greets you in a rustic looking 4’ X 2’ piece of artwork. You can’t miss it. We don’t want you to miss it.
We’ve lived our lives by these words every single day since joining our hands together in marriage. The Word is a central focus in our family life, and words also play an important role in our household: little affirmations taped to the bathroom mirror, thank-you notes out on the kitchen table, and insightful Bible verses on our felt letter board in the living room.
I’ve shared ours with you -- and now I’d love to see what warms your heart and nourishes your soul. Wouldn’t that be inspirational, and refreshing, to see your Instagram feed flooded with words of love scribbled on scraps of paper or carefully spaced out on a felt letter board?
At the end of each day, I always record down what I'm grateful for. It's a simple act that takes just seconds, but does wonders for my soul. Most days I have to admit, I write "Ryan." Together we are on this crazy and beautiful journey of life - two ladders merged together climbing towards Heaven. When I need it most, he guides me to the next step with absolute tenderness...
Here’s to sharing life, letter by letter,
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