This is my love story. On March 6, 2015, I met the man I’d marry on the doorstep of my pastor’s home on small group night. Much to my chagrin, I didn’t invite him in, shake his hand, or say a word.Instead, I left him there on the porch, flustered by the fact that I had gone to the door certain the knock meant a girlfriend had arrived and found a man instead. I was wrong, I was rude, and I had no idea my life had just changed forever.His ... Read More about She created her own fictional hero; God brought him to life
Stories of Unexpected Love
As confused as I was about my feelings, I distinctly remember how strange it was to end our phone calls with just "Good night" and not "Good night, I love you." I bit my tongue and often almost said "I love you!" many times. I had to stop myself.I didn't feel in love - I wanted to know where those stupid butterflies were! They were still caterpillars, but they were there. Not in the form I imagined, or the way I was looking for ... Read More about I didn’t feel in love.
Months passed. A year. “Just friends” morphed into “best friends.” And one night, while we were discussing life dreams, I made a statement–one I meant with all my heart.I said something to the effect of, “Yeah, I don’t see it happening. It’s simple. I don’t want to get married, and I can’t imagine ever meeting anyone to change my mind.” Or something like that. Read Their Story But the night he broke my jaw in a car accident is the night ... Read More about People saw a romance that didn’t exist.
On that work day at the camp, he was looking me over in a wistful, I'll-never-get-her sort of way, and I was looking him over in a wistful, he'll-never-be-interested-in-me sort of way. Mr. Bill and his wife were looking at us both and plotting ways to get us together. Read: My Courtship and Marriage ... Read More about Wistfulness and The List
If I may be so bold as to offer a word of advice to single women everywhere: beware of creating an imaginary life around an imaginary man so that when a real man comes along you can’t see him for the imaginary life you’ve created. I almost missed him and I wouldn’t want that to happen to you. Nicole's Story Nicole's Story Continued ... Read More about I almost missed him
In the providence of God, I was friends with a precious co-worker who had lost her husband several years ago to cancer at an early age like Josh. She had given me many insights into what life was like for someone in that situation and how she had needed others to respond. I had no idea then that God was going to use her to help me in my future friendship with Josh…..but boy did He ever! Surprised by Love, Part I Surprised by Love, Part II ... Read More about when life changes in the blink of an eye
I was resigned that because of my standards, and a desire for a very simple and back-to-basics lifestyle, my chances of finding a man with the same desires were highly unlikely and maybe impossible! read the rest of this story ... Read More about Highly Unlikely
My Advice? Avoid cold water. Don’t use your prospective husband as a test dummy. Go on as many adventures as you can. And most of all: commit your way to God and trust Him. He can and will direct you, even if it’s up the mountain, into the lake, or over that next hill. read the rest of the story here ... Read More about Avoid Cold Water
In less than two weeks of talking and praying, we knew the answer. It was reckless. Crazy. My parents had not even met him, had hardly even heard of him, but I was not a reckless person, by nature. I was not the kind of kid who did things like this, unless I was convinced it was of God. Read The Most Beautiful of Days (Or, How I Snagged My Husband) at Five in Tow ... Read More about there was nothing to say but yes
The truth is, I don’t know if there was a time I fell in love. I know that he proved himself trustworthy, and I showed him my heart and my fears and my sorrows and my joys, and he treasured me. He did not treat the gift of who I was lightly, but claimed that I honored him by trusting him, and made his heart pound by being near. Me. The girl that no one ever saw.I chose to love him and he chose to love me, and it was good. When God Brought Me ... Read More about A Dream Dance
We ended up messaging back and forth for the next month, talking about all of the deeply personal, serious things that had so shaped our attitudes and lives, things like his cancer experience and my experience with Dan, and matters of healing and faith, and my arthritis, and depression and purpose… Joining Together in God's Love ... Read More about loving a man with cancer