Thursday, February 12, 2009

My side of the story...

Hi everyone it's Tim. For Valentine's Day I thought I'd post some thoughts, and I have to say it's strangely intimidating. Steph has done such a good job articulating her thoughts and sharing truths from scripture - so now I have this standard to live up to (like at least 9 comments that start with WOW) - so I think (mostly to belay my expectation-induced writer's block) I'll just share a little about where I am.
I love my wife.
I had no idea the woman that she is when I married her. Seriously. I knew she loved God, I knew she was a giver, I knew she was hot. But the real questions weren't on the questionnaire:

1. Will you get up in the middle of the night to handle the puke-filled-crib situation while on IV antibiotics that make you feel like refried junk so that I can sleep a little longer?
2. Will you read your Bible every day and push me to be the man I have the potential to be without saying a word?
3. Will you help me be more loving to my kids when I get all goal oriented and flip out when they don't obey?
4. Will you homeschool my children and teach them scriptures?
5. Will you respect my leadership, even when you think I'm wrong?
5.5 Will you make me think about it, even when you know I'm right?
6. Will you open ministry and leadership opportunities for the family by reaching out and caring for the people around you?
7. Will you be my motivation for going to work every day?
8. Will you brag on me and compliment me in public even though you know I'm a wreck?
9. Will you let me decompress my own way after a day at work?
...and finally....
10. Do you think you have what it takes to be my most tangible evidence that God is good?

See, I didn't know what I was getting into. Steph is amazing. She's God's gift to me, and such a good gift I don't really know where to start. What a display of literary inadequacy this is...
"You have captivated my heart... my bride;you have captivated my heart with one glance of your eyes..." Song of Songs 4:9


Stephanie said...

I love you, honey. Run away to NY with me. ;)

Stephanie said...

I forgot to say, "WOW"!.
Really, thank you so much for taking the time to write that.
Let's go find the best cupcake in NYC.

jord,ali,hal,kam and grae too! said...

my heart just melted....the two of you make me smile.

maryanne420 said...

that is the sweetest post! You and Stephanie are truly blessed to have each other--God truly has been good to both of you.

Nicole said...

WOW!!!! That was awesome!! :)

AG said...

Awesome!! WOW!!

Tim, This was really convicting for me. Numbers 2,5 and 5.5!!!
I push and try to be The Holy Spirit for Allen. Thank you for the reminder of how a wife is suppose to love her husband!

Thank you for sharing :)

Abby Davis said...

Hey Tim,

Just as Stephanie has blessed your life, she has blessed ours as well. We feel she's a gift from God to us too! She definitely brightens my days. Thanks for the sweet post.

Anonymous said...

WOW!! I look at the two of you and strive to be where you are. Thank you, Tim and Stephanie, for being such a great example on what we should be as children of God.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Lauren Alexander Emery

Anonymous said...

WOW! Tim and Steph- thank you for being an example of what God provides for couples that wait on God's best!
<3 Mellette

Jaime said...

WOW! :)

That really was very sweet. What a godly example you two are.
Thank you for sharing.

Happy Valentines Day!

LeslieTummel said...

Wow! :) That was precious. What a legacy your boys have to see how you guys love each other! Your friendship has been a blessing to Josh and I. Can't wait to see you guys again after the "quarantine" is over!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! I love my son-in-law for loving my daughter (and for being as near perfect as anyone could ever be).

Hugs and kisses to you both.

Joanna said...

WOW! Good job Tim!

Jenny said...

Okay Tim, That was beautiful! I'm so touched reading your feelings for Steph because she always compliments you so sweetly & eloquently! Your family blog continues to be a blessing to so many people! Have a Great Weekend!

Erin Southwell said...

WOW. I'm overwhelmed. I sincerely hope to be that kind of wife to my husband. You are both inspiring.

gillian said...

wow! what a wonderful valentine gift for your bride! think she could teach me to encourage my husband in those same ways?

gillian said...

wow! what a wonderful valentine gift for your bride! think she could teach me to encourage my husband in those same ways?

God's girl said...

Now that is so precious!! LOve it!

Julie said...

Wow - that is a wonderful post. Moved me to tears to see the love you have for your wife and the two of you share. What a wonderful gift from God. I can only strive for the same in my marriage.

Thank you for sharing!

MarthaYvette said...

wow, beautiful reminds me of the Prov 31 verse 28 last sentence "and her husband boasts of and praises her"!!!

Anonymous said...

Your blog is my absolute favorite! You are the next Beth Moore - just real, down-to-earth, giving God all the glory, encouraging the rest of us as we walk through life's valleys and mountains!

Tim's comments about you/to you were some of the sweetest I've ever read. You two are an example of what a couple should be!

I continue to pray for your healing with a "battle spirit." I'm confident satan wants to shut you down because is so obviously using you and will use you in a big way. GOD IS GREATER!

By the way, I love your worship music, too. I play it all the time....

Love from your sister-in-Jesus,