Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Seems Like a Mighty Fine Time to Talk About my Valentine

I know, love talk, really? No one wants to hear more about love with the week being so sappy and saturated. But it seems what better day than today to share the flyover of Mr. Thomas and Me. 

It all starts like many stories you've already heard. Boy meets girl. Boy flatters girl. Boy and girl date a little bit. Girl plays hard to get. Boy will hear none of that flirty mess. Girl gives in. Boy and girl declare themselves "official". 

It's the six month mark that really sets our relationship apart. 

Flashback to freshly broken hearted college freshman girl headed home for summer. Carrying 15 pounds more than my stature was able to gracefully sport  and ready to make a difference in my life, I made three rules. 

              1. Work to feel good about myself.  
              2. Go back to college and put myself out there. (AKA: join a sorority)
              3. Date no one longer than 6 months that saw me as a casual thing. 
Flash forward to July 16th, 2009. 

My Popsicle had been gradually losing his memory and was undergoing a battery of tests. On July 16th, 2009,  -six months after our first date- Popsicle was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's. 

The prognosis: He would decline rapidly and we'd be lucky if he knew who we were in 6 months.

Cue upset Amber beside herself with the thought of such loss. After a day of tears and heartbreak at home with family, the time came to get back to school where I realized I needed to have a serious conversation with Jason. (you know, one of those one's that goes really good or really bad -never in between- and always starts with "We need to talk.")

The conversation went much like this:

A: I need to know two things. The most honest of answers only. 
J: Ok.
A: One, if you aren't ready to have a shotgun wedding to me in the next couple months, I'm not the one for you. I want my dad to walk me down the aisle and I need to know you're on board.
J: I'm in. 
A: If my dad dies, I need to be near my mom and Miah. 
J: Totally possible. I really do love you, you know? 

God handled the timing of that conversation so aptly. So unknown to me. To Mr. T. Or to my family. 

Popsicle's brain held out. We were engaged a year and a half later. We married just shy of three years after our first date. My Popsicle was very much there and walked me down the aisle to my groom. All by the grace of a glorious and loving God. 

Though, tragedy remains. He redeems and beauty is born. 
Moral of the Story: 
God has got a plan. 
Whether you know it or not, 
whether you want to acknowledge Him or not, 
He has a great plan, even for the love of your life. 

20 comments:

  1. "acknowledge Him or not,
    He has a great plan, even for the love of your life. "

    I love your story and the way you tell it.

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  2. you are one lucky lady. jason is truly one in a million!

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  3. "I'm in." So great! So glad it worked for you guys. What a beautiful story!

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  4. I'm constantly amazed at how things manage to work out. What a beautiful story.

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  5. Katie @ A Beautiful Little AdvFebruary 11, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    Oh you got me crying! How beautiful that Jason has zero hesitation. Love is full of grace.

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  6. And now I'm sobbing at my desk. Beautiful.

    -Kate
    www.theflorkens.com

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  7. This is an incredible story. You are so brave to know what you wanted and flat out ask him. I'm so glad you were blessed for your faith and strength!

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  8. I love this!! "he has a great plan, even for the love of your life" this is something i need to remember when I have those "single girl blues"

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  9. I love the fact that you have SO much faith in HIS plan and your doubt is unwavering. You're a true inspiration to me when it comes to faith. Thanks for sharing your beautiful story.

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  10. So, so beautiful! And I love just getting the smallest glimpse of the love your hubby has for you!
    xoxo

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  11. What a sweet, sweet story! I love reading about love!

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  12. Absolutely adore this and you! Such a sweet, sweet story :)

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  13. I love this. God does have some awesome plans even when they're what we least expected.

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  14. This is amazing. I am so happy God had a perfect plan for you <3

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  15. Oh, wow. I didn't know all of this. What an amazing story!!!

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  16. Amber, this is so lovely. And wouldn't you know it I've got tears on my keyboard at work reading this. You and Jason have a wonderful love story.

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  17. I am in tears, again, I can read this story, your story over and over again. And still I cry, and still my heart flutters for the two of you and our amazing God's special Plan for us all x

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  18. Amber, you've done it again! Your stories are always so beautiful and faith-filled. Love this!

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  19. I really love this story and it melts my heart for you both when Jason tells you it's totally possible and he really loves you. You guys are just the sweetest.

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