I was going through some old books this week and came across my journal from the year after I graduated from college when Jeff and I had just started rekindling our romance. After 5 1/2 years of marriage, it can be easy to forget all of those things that made you fall in love. Especially when this was a love that began when I was only 16, but became a very different love when I fell in love with him again at age 23.
Here are some glimpses of that love back in 2007 (the year we got married).
March: "Good time praying this morning - Thanks Lord! Man, I have had that soaring, 'I'm in love!' feeling all day today and yet it feels so different from my experiences in the past. It was good tonight to feel like - I love Jeff, not some future version of him, not because of anything he does - I am just full of love for him that isn't contingent on anything he says or does."
April: "It has been really good with Jeff - I love him. He is wonderful and is going to be such a great dad and husband someday. All weekend I've felt like, I really hope that he's mine, but I don't want to get too attached to hat idea. Man, I'm way too selfish to have kids right now. I want to be the center of his attention way too much to want his world to revolve around others all the time... maybe I need to work on getting over that."
May: Who is Jeff?
He's the kind of guy that still writes thank you notes for every gift that he receives.
He will always open your door if you are female.
He is easy to love and loves others easily.
He is patient and withstanding.
He is fun to play with, but won't let you win (unless he thinks you will stop playing with him)
He's always thinking at least 5 years down the road, but can hold things loosely.
He would do anything for just about anyone - especially, when he loves you.
He is gentle but strong, kind but firm.
He can't finish his stories sometimes because he laughs at himself in the middle.
He is subtle when correcting and can receive correction (usually).
He seemingly has no internal sense of direction.
He makes friends quickly and will assume the best about people.
He confidently moves forward in whatever God speaks over his life.
He is very considerate of others and how his actions effect them.
He isn't afraid to love deeply and passionately, even if it isn't immediately returned.
Just a few months later we would get engaged, and then be married by the end of this year. I love our love story, even the ugly parts... it really is a story of redemption and picture to me of the ways that God can take something that is broken and dirty and ugly and redeem it to be beautiful, life-giving, and clean.
Here's to you my love, my life. I still get that 'crazy in love' feeling around you and I was 110% right about you. I love you!