Tuesday, February 14

7 Years Ago

 Seven years ago today I had one of my first conversation with my husband. We met in January 2005 in Algebra class at Midland College. I first noticed Phillip in Math Lab. He always had a lot of friends and seemed to know everyone. We had a mutual friend so that made us kind of friends too. (Right?!) Well because of our mutual friend I got to sit at the same table as him in Math Lab. I was always so intrigued by him. He, like I said before seemed to know everyone and was so charming. I quickly noticed how funny he was and how all the girls seemed to be intrigued with him. There was one girl in particular, I won't mention her name, but I knew her and he knew her. Her flirting was nauseating. I glared over my paper at her while she would lean on the table with one arm and laugh and swish her hair. I mean really girl?! How hard are you going to keep trying?! (hear my sarcasm here) As I am glaring she proceeds to take her shoes off.... YES... Take her shoes off to show him how funny she was because she had on 2 mismatched socks. At this point I am thinking really... If he falls for her then he is just as dumb as she sounds. Then they exchange numbers. I pretended it didn't bother me and a continued on with my math worksheet.

A couple weeks later and a couple of math labs later, while walking out of class one night he stopped me and we talked. It was sorta small talk nothing really serious but I was so excited. It happened to be Valentines Day. Honestly I was curious if he had a date that night or even a girl he was seeing (hopefully not sock girl) but I WAS NOT going to ask. After standing in the cold he asked me what I was doing that night. After I picked my jaw off the sidewalk I told him I was going home to my parents house to hang out with them and watch The Notebook. OMG I am so embarrassed now for even saying that. She laughed and said he was doing the same. I smiled and told him I had to go. As I walked in the opposite direction to my car, I pinched my eyes shut as tight as I could and let my butterflies that were fluttering in my stomach flutter me to my car. I drove home that night alone and sat in my parents living room alone watching The Notebook alone, without a Valentine.

So it isn't the most romantic story but it is where our story began. Standing in the cold on the sidewalk outside of our college Algebra class on Valentines 2005 and a simple conversation. It turns out tat he wasn't seeing anyone, well, he wasn't serious with anyone. Apparently he had an entire girl posse. HA! We began to hang out and the rest is history. This morning he woke me up on his way out the door and whispered Happy Valentines in my ear.  That was the last Valentines in 2005 was the last Valentines I spent alone. It has been 7 years since that night. Now on this Valentines, we are happily married with 3 perfect and beautiful children.

A lot can happen in 7 years. I never thought that night standing outside with this cute, charming man would I be married to him 7 years later with 3 beautiful children. One that looks like me, one that looks like him and one very special little girl who was born in Ethiopia.

I know many people say Valentines is lame and only another marketing ploy to get people to spend more money. I used to be one of those people. I now love Valentines Day. It is a day to set aside and celebrate your love for someone. I can't help wanting to celebrate my love for Phillip and my children. Sure it is more about showing someone you love them by doing something for them rather then getting someone something to show to show them. I love doing both. I challenge you to do both this year. You don't have to be married or have a boyfriend to celebrate love or to share love on Valentines day.

You can show love to someone by being patient and kind, by not being jealous or boastful or proud, or rude. (1 Corinthians 13:4-5)
You can show someone love by never giving up, never losing faith, always being hopeful and enduring in every circumstance. (1Corinthians 13:7)
Don't say you love someone, show someone with truth by your actions. (1 John 3:18)
Love each other and celebrate that love because God first loved us! (1 John 4:19)

Letters to My Family

Phillip, I am so thankful I get to celebrate our love today! You are perfect for me in every way. You lead me, grow me, challenge me and strengthen me. You are my safe place and be protector. You are my best friend and my love. Happy Valentines Day sugar!

Parker, You are my sunshine. You bring joy, laughter, smiles, frustration and love to my life. You are truly a gift from the Lord. I have always said you are my saving grace. I love being your Mom and I am so excited to celebrate my love for you today.

Beckham, I have a sweet love for you. I'm sure it has something to do with the fact you look just like you daddy but you have my heart. You are gentle, you are kind, you a tender and you know how to love. You bring my so much joy and happiness. I am so excited to celebrate my love for you today. I love you to the moon and back.

Emme, my precious girl. You are beginning to blossom. We are getting to see bits of who you are. You are silly, you are kind, you are tender and you know how to make us laugh. I am so glad that God saw you and he saw us and he made a way for you to be apart of us. You are a portrait of God's faithfulness. I am so excited to celebrate my love for you today. I will love your guts out everyday of my life!

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