2 Years (for Karen)

2 Years! 2 whole years I’ve been married to Karen. It seems like so much longer than that. Yes, I know, that’s not what I’m supposed to say, but give me a second to explain.

The moment I realized Karen wasn’t just someone I knew (who was fine) was the moment my life changed forever. I remember the way I felt and acted like it was yesterday. The feelings were so strong and real that I tried to remember everything I could. Everyone says, “Y’all are newlyweds, it will wear off.” Well, “it” hasn’t. There have been no signs of the excitement wearing off. Not even through childbirth, parent teacher conferences, endless extra-curriculars for the kids, etc. “It” is here to stay, just like PB&J, just like lump crab meat and filet mignon, and just like Sean Payton and Drew Brees. You can’t separate them and have one component be as good as both together. Ain’t happenin’! Just like Bounty Gate, me and Karen’s past experiences have proven this. We are best together. Our “it” is better than anything and that is why I’ve tried to remember every moment since we’ve been together. This is why I feel that 2 years just doesn’t cut the mustard.

Karen and I are borderline selfish with our time together. We guard it and treat it delicately. On the other hand, we understand the importance of family. “Making memories” is one of our sayings as we troll through our own Facebook albums.

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Early morning crab hunt at the beach in Destin, FL.

When we spend time together we reflect on the patience that was required of us just to wait to be married. We reflect on our decision to have our baby girl and how much we prayed for God’s guidance. We are constantly being reminded of all the seemingly insurmountable circumstances of a blended family that have been crushed by His answered prayers. We went through it all together in a very short time and BOOM, here we are.

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Mamma and baby girl at the Lakefront.

As much of a turnaround as this is, I NEVER saw it coming. In Fall 2009 I was realizing my first marriage was over. In Fall 2011 my life had flipped 180 degrees and I was living in a dream. I was a new man in Christ and had a wife that loved Him as much as I did. God answered my thoughts even when I wasn’t directing them toward Him. He knew what I needed and did me one way better than I could ever “Weird Science-d” up on my own. I still… still can’t believe this happened to me.

If you are reading this and are losing hope or unhappy with where you are, give it up. Take the worry and let Jesus bear the load because He will. This is what I had to do in order to experience what God had planned for me. The testimony of our family is your proof!

Maybe now you can see why it seems longer than 2 years to me. Karen has been so many things to me in a short period: my photographer, friend, lover, spiritual partner, mother to our children, fellow Saints fan, weekend project warrior, caretaker, chef, van driver, clothes washer (and folder), natural remedy giver, dresser (she dresses me), and the list can keep going for a while.

I love my wife. She is the most precious thing on this planet to me!

I love you Karen. 🙂

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