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Against all odds…

“When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory.”  Friedrich Nietzsche

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I prayed for the husband I have. I made a list, I was diligent as I transcribed my thoughts in to words and wrote them creating a list of what “I” desired in a partner. I prayed over my list, placed that list in my bible, and (patiently) waited. At that time, I was in my mid 20’s and many of my prior and current associations/close connections had been linked to and with married couples. I’d like to think that from those associations, I learned how to be a good and better wife, however without doubt I know that those close relationships taught me how to be a stronger me.

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My #1 of that list was “someone who could always make me laugh.” In my youth I was a firm believer that with a good partner by your side you could see beyond a storm as long as you were willing to have one single ray of hope and always laugh together (he does that and so much more). Certainly, I encountered situations that should have left me jaded, but for whatever reason did not.
Over the years I have revisited my list, the list I penned so many years ago (still tucked away in my bible) and noted that as my husband and I have grown and matured in our marriage/partnership, we have succeeded what began as “my” list and begin to create and collaborate a list for what “we” desire not only in our marriage, but in one another as husband and wife, lover and friends…and certainly life partners.

We are two hearts united who have beat the odds, having found and nurtured love creating our own love story.

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**This list I plan to share w/ my daughters with hopes that they will add to it and share it with their own daughters.

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Missing you

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I’m totally missing you tonight.

I asked, who do I call for sage unfiltered advice, wisdom w/ wit, love and nurturing, buckets of laughter or those times when I just want to be close to my Grand now?

…and there was no one to answer.

I know you’ve joined the choir already and rumor has it…you’re in good company. {wink wink} and I don’t want to hear about you and Whitney fighting over lead or microphone.

Kiss my Grand and please tell I’m over due a rainbow LoL, give grandfather a hug and tell Uncle Fred you were taken from my life to soon, but I’m sure he’s been counting everyday for 20+ years.

 

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Standing in the storm

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Can you see the power in these words? Not because of who the author is, (I saw that much later) but because I have been this woman standing in the midst of a storm.

The she who was steadfast on faith and was still standing albeit a bit tattered and wind blown when the rains subsided and the radiance of the sun shown again.

Certainly we all have been this woman in the storm.

From each of my storms I was to gain a lesson and from many I have, not all, but most. It’s been about finding myself/ourselves during the journey, leaning into my/our faith during the storm and seeing how quickly I/we could readjust ourselves during and after the storm and walk into the winds of change.

We are solid and we are these women. Stand strong, the storm doesn’t last always.

 
 

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My love is my gift…

My love is my gift…

 

 

See this man, I LOVE HIM!

I love him so much that he takes my breath away with an easy smile or a simple embrace. I married this man, after stepping out on faith (thanks, Iyana Vanzant for “In The Meantime”) meeting him via a dating service (thanks, People Store) and because I knew in my “heart of hearts” the very first time I heard his voice that he was “the one” I married him three months later. I tossed caution to the wind and trusted that faith would return nothing “less than” to my heart.

Our life together isn’t a fairytale, but it is it’s own Love Story” with the usual ups and downs, struggles, and occasional delirium. I would also add that our story is charged with and by our laughter, smiles, personal sacrifice and undying love for one another.

To understand our love you would have to know that our story was created with a solid foundation, a foundation that consisted of open communication, support, trust, honesty and a twist of “til death do we part.”

He is truly, my “best friend” he has stood up for me and stands beside me during my personal struggles, pushes me toward achieving my endeavors, tolerates my workaholic tendencies, community driven inspirations, incessant sorority requirements and beams with each of my accomplishments. As I too, have done the same for him.

My dream is to live a long, long life with this man. I believe whatever storms we encounter, as long as we continue to place one another first, communicate with love and honesty and laugh together we will overcome thus; My Love Is My Gift to him forever.

“There is nothing basic about complex” 

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2011 in Love Stories

 

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