Truly, madly, deeply

Beloved

I’m reading a book that rocks my world with every turn of the page. 

He’s reading a historical novel about the Civil War. Two wonderful, but dramatically different works read by two very different people. He retired to his favorite easy chair in the quiet family room, alone at last. Wanting to be near him after a workday apart, I got cozy on the couch and cracked open my own book. Mine is a call to action, an inspiration — I can do nothing but read passage after passage aloud, eager to share my enthusiasm with my beloved.

He’s patient. He stopped reading to concentrate on my excited chatter. He answered every question I carelessly tossed into the air between us … What if? Why do you think? Did you know?

He never turns away. He doesn’t even ask that I kindly shut my trap.

He listens, always.

Always & forever

At the start of this great compromise we determined to love unconditionally; respect and honor always; devote years and decades to each other without regret, remorse or wrong-doing. We’ve been traveling this road for 14 years. There are bumps and potholes and speed traps and winding, dark and twisty turns. We’re constantly under construction. It helps avoid the alternative … destruction.

This man, he is the object of my desire and affection.

He is both strong and vulnerable, stern and tender.

He is solace for my soul and reviving air when I can’t breathe.

He is a safe harbor in turbulent tides …

My rock in shifting sand.

No, it’s not his birthday, nor is it our anniversary. Yes, yes he is dying and so am I — aren’t we all?

That’s why this matters so much, why getting it right is so vitally important, even on ordinary days. They matter most — those ordinary days in the ordinary existence of a real housewife from Carroll County.

Be ye thankful … I am thankful, daily, that God picked him for me.

And no matter what occurs in other areas of our together life, I can honestly say:

I’m a happy wife.

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19 Comments

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    Fawn Weaver January 10, 2013 (5:35 am)

    Love, love love this! And I think we all just fell in love with your husband (and I’ve got a pretty awesome one myself). Can’t wait to see his comment :).

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    Jenilee January 10, 2013 (10:14 am)

    What a beautiful post about your hubby! With precious family pictures. Love your pillows too!

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      Farmgirl January 10, 2013 (8:52 pm)

      Thank you, Jenilee!

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    Ande Lyons January 10, 2013 (12:10 pm)

    This is such a delicious love-filled post – thank you for sharing the LOVE of your dear husband. I’m with Jenilee… your pillows are the BEST!

    Wishing you joy, love and laughter with all your adventures, especially your marriage!

    Ande

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      Farmgirl January 10, 2013 (8:52 pm)

      Thanks for your sweet words, Ande!

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    Taryn January 10, 2013 (12:33 pm)

    You all are blessed to have one another! Sweet sweet post…I’m crying! HA! Hey…I think we might need to get him a coke because he’s looking Hoooooootttt! I will never forget that!

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      rebekah January 10, 2013 (7:54 pm)

      Definitely deserves a coke!! Sisters forever!

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        Farmgirl January 10, 2013 (8:51 pm)

        Amen, sister!

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      Farmgirl January 10, 2013 (8:51 pm)

      Hahahahaha! Those were the days 🙂

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    TheTwinPeaksMama January 10, 2013 (1:38 pm)

    What a beautiful post!!! I just love your blog! Its so great to meet other wives that love their husbands 🙂 Feel free to follow me if you would like.

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      Farmgirl January 10, 2013 (8:53 pm)

      Will do! And thank you!

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    Nancy January 10, 2013 (9:16 pm)

    Great post! I’m so blessed in the hubby dept. too. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

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    Carol January 11, 2013 (7:40 am)

    What a glorious post. Glorious!
    You’ve described the beauty of what God intended for marriage.

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    Laura February 28, 2013 (12:03 am)

    Perfect post to link up over at life{in}grace!
    Here’s to many more years of growing in love-
    (I hardly know y’all, but he sure sounds and looks like a fine catch) 😉

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    edie February 28, 2013 (6:59 am)

    perfection!
    so glad you shared!
    xoxo,
    edie

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    Mai Bateson March 18, 2013 (11:37 am)

    Hi Jennifer! This is Mai at the Happy Wives Club and Fawn wanted to make sure you saw the note that our Thursday link up party has now moved to Marriage Mondays – beginning today. We want to get all our favorite married bloggers linking up every Monday so we hope you’ll join us.

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