Marriage

Choose

I’d choose you.

It’s late at night … the hours when the house is dark and I sit and write and think and pray.
I’m thinking of you.  It’s not who you’d think.  I’m not writing about my mad-passionate-crazy love for those two boys.  I’m thinking of you, the man who started it all.

I’d choose you.

After all we have been through, the highs and the lows; the laughter and the tears; some fights and some holding on beyond the words — I’d choose you.

We were younger together and on the beach with friends.  Those were the starting days and we didn’t even know it then.  We didn’t know that this uncommon friendship would light fire and take off as it did.  Who knew that I would fall in love with a surfer who thought that black socks and tie-dies were a fashion statement?

Beyond that, beyond your ways and your looks, it is the heart.  That heart.  And I chose you and I’d do it all over again.

No one makes me laugh like you do.  No one makes me feel safe and loved even when I’ve messed up big like you do.  No one treasures me and sees the good like you do.  No one cheers me on, holds me near, makes me call this house a home, like you do.  No one is my hero like you are.  You get up and faithfully head out the door to a job that takes so much of what you have to offer and you do it all for us.  You come home drained and find reserves somewhere to be there for the boys, to wash the towels, to take out the trash, to share in our life.  You think this is small, but it’s bigger than big.  Your day to day faithfulness is a monument of manhood.  When these boys grow up, I pray they’ll be half the man you are. 

And, I write about these boys of ours.  I pour my love and my life and my heart out all over them, but don’t you ever forget that it was you who started this whole thing and you are the one I would choose all over again.  You.  Just as you are.  I’d choose you. 
 

Linking up with Lisa-Jo at Five-Minute-Friday (even though it’s Sunday) …

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6 Comments

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    Barbie
    March 3, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Well, how did I miss this one? Thank you for putting in on FB so I could find it. What a beautiful tribute to your man!

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    HeartsHomeward
    March 3, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Barbie,
    I'll tell you how … In my new "I've got a lot to learn from those Type-B personalities" stage of life, I posted the "Five Minute Friday" on Sunday! Thanks so much for coming over and reading. I am grateful for you. I try to post on marriage on Sunday nights. I'm pretty consistent about that since I have a vision for "Marriage Matters Mondays" link up in the future. Funny how God knows what we need. The more I post on marriage, the more I love my husband. Good medicine and vitamins 🙂

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    laurahix
    March 3, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    love this tribute to your husband! What a glorious relationship you must have!

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    HeartsHomeward
    March 4, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Laura,
    We've been through our share of rough roads too, so I don't write this from a "isn't my marriage just the best" place. We do have a great relationship that is like a good pair of shoes that fit just right after being worn in. It's the wearing in that takes work — and gives blisters too, right? I'm praying over your marriage right now. I have a section here on Marriage with other posts and I am committed to posting on marriage every Monday (Sunday night) as well. I hope you come back and find some more encouragement here. Thank you for commenting and sharing your heart here.

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    soulstops
    March 4, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Patty,
    What a beautiful tribute to your husband and a testament to God's grace on your marriage…Happy for you 🙂 Visiting from West Coast bloggers.

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    HeartsHomeward
    March 4, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Thanks, Dolly! I appreciate you coming over to HeartsHomeward and leaving a comment. You know how comments are such a blessing! Blessings to you too.

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