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Mar 06, 2014

Marriage Letters: The way you come alive, takes my breath away

Photo(4)Dear Stephen,

Our little trolley swayed, bobbed and lurched as it slid along the tracks and up the steep hill.  It was nearly the end of our first date.  Tired, you leaned against the outside railing and I leaned against the wall in front of you.  And I watched you.  You took at the surroundings with a curiously deep expression.  You appeared almost stearn - with a furrowed brow and squinted eyes.   And then, you turned to looked at me.  When our eyes met and it was like nothing I had ever seen before... your face changed so quickly, I blinked and lost my breath for a moment.  You seemed to melt in front of me.  Your eyes softened and curved up as you smiled, turned your head slightly, and stared back at me with such a brightness that I knew in that moment, you loved me.   And in that same moment, it became clear - I would love you forever.

Years later, in the middle of a blizzard, deep in the heart of winter, we welcomed our youngest into the world.  I remember the incredible joy on your face as they held up this precious life for you to see.  And how instantly, emotion fell over you like a wave crashing in without warning.  Tears welled up in your eyes and you didn't wait to fall in love...you didn't wait to hold him, bond with him - you just knew.  It was instant love.  You poured out such sweet emotion...such love for that new life in our family.  Again, I stared at your face.  You were alive with a fullness that can not be duplicated in any other way.  No man has ever been so striking to me in a single moment.

I've watched you work long hours, with laborious commutes and endless challenges...only to see you climb the stairs to our front door, swing it open and as if the backpack of life fell to the floor, you effortlessly whisk your boys into your arms with a new energy and vigor.  You are home.  And there is always a collective sigh of relief.  Moreoever, there seems to be a self-imposed reminder of your purpose for being away and working so hard.  It is this family.  Somehow, I am caught up quickly by your contagious nature, your spontanious laughter and your joy, as you make your way through the halls.  In this place...you are different, you are full of life.

I have seen your great accomplishments.  I have watched your successes.  Your promotions.  And I have made notes of every honor that has been placed on you as a decorated officer.  But nothing, nothing at all in the world, has as deep and profound an affect on you as your family.   And as I write that, I smile.   It is the sweetness of knowing that "we - your family" make you come alive, that brings my heart to beat stronger and louder than usual.   You are your best, when you are a man with his family.  I gulp back tears and am filled with gratitude.  God is good.  God is truly good. 

May it always be this way.

Jenn

 

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Marriage Letters go up the first Monday of every month, and you’re welcome to link up your own letter any time during the month. The Marriage Letter prompt for April 7th is “How We Co-labor.” So you have an entire month to think on it!

Now write a letter to your spouse expressing what you see makes her/him come alive. I can’t wait to read these. Make sure to link up below with the permalink to your Marriage Letters post only and send your readers this direction, too. Let’s stake a claim in our marriages and encourage others to do the same. Thank you for joining us in this.

- See more at: http://therunamuck.com/2014/03/02/marriage-letters-what-makes-you-come-alive/#sthash.wV6gwJnO.lemEgGbY.dpuf

Marriage Letters go up the first Monday of every month, and you’re welcome to link up your own letter any time during the month. The Marriage Letter prompt for April 7th is “How We Co-labor.” So you have an entire month to think on it!

Now write a letter to your spouse expressing what you see makes her/him come alive. I can’t wait to read these. Make sure to link up below with the permalink to your Marriage Letters post only and send your readers this direction, too. Let’s stake a claim in our marriages and encourage others to do the same. Thank you for joining us in this.

- See more at: http://therunamuck.com/2014/03/02/marriage-letters-what-makes-you-come-alive/#sthash.wV6gwJnO.lemEgGbY.dpuf

Marriage Letters go up the first Monday of every month, and you’re welcome to link up your own letter any time during the month. The Marriage Letter prompt for April 7th is “How We Co-labor.” So you have an entire month to think on it!

Now write a letter to your spouse expressing what you see makes her/him come alive. I can’t wait to read these. Make sure to link up below with the permalink to your Marriage Letters post only and send your readers this direction, too. Let’s stake a claim in our marriages and encourage others to do the same. Thank you for joining us in this.

- See more at: http://therunamuck.com/2014/03/02/marriage-letters-what-makes-you-come-alive/#sthash.wV6gwJnO.lemEgGbY.dpuf

Marriage Letters go up the first Monday of every month, and you’re welcome to link up your own letter any time during the month. The Marriage Letter prompt for April 7th is “How We Co-labor.” So you have an entire month to think on it!

Now write a letter to your spouse expressing what you see makes her/him come alive. I can’t wait to read these. Make sure to link up below with the permalink to your Marriage Letters post only and send your readers this direction, too. Let’s stake a claim in our marriages and encourage others to do the same. Thank you for joining us in this.

- See more at: http://therunamuck.com/2014/03/02/marriage-letters-what-makes-you-come-alive/#sthash.wV6gwJnO.lemEgGbY.dpuf

Marriage Letters go up the first Monday of every month, and you’re welcome to link up your own letter any time during the month. The Marriage Letter prompt for April 7th is “How We Co-labor.” So you have an entire month to think on it!

Now write a letter to your spouse expressing what you see makes her/him come alive. I can’t wait to read these. Make sure to link up below with the permalink to your Marriage Letters post only and send your readers this direction, too. Let’s stake a claim in our marriages and encourage others to do the same. Thank you for joining us in this.

- See more at: http://therunamuck.com/2014/03/02/marriage-letters-what-makes-you-come-alive/#sthash.wV6gwJnO.lemEgGbY.dpuf

Comments

Love!! So sweet. I can identify with the part about knowing on your first date you would love him forever!

So good. I really connected with the parts about his facial expression changing when he looks at you. And yes: may God continue to bless and keep.

I nominated you for the Leibster Award! You can check out the rules here: http://heartloveshome.wordpress.com/2014/03/07/i-have-been-nominated/.

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