I dunno about you and how your week was, but I'm so glad to have my feet up at the moment! With hot tea and an m&m cookie at my side and some sniffles in my nose, I'm ready to share with you, then bid this week adieu and Sabbath it up tomorrow.
Today, my friend, Jenna, and I hosted a bridal shower for our friend Carolyn who will marry this June. I would summarize our time together with one word: FUN! How delightful to gather together to laugh, tell stories, open gifts, play games, and celebrate a friend and her upcoming marriage! FUN!!
First thing this morning, because my sluggish and sleepy brain could do little else, I prepared Carolyn's gift. The gift consisted of two parts: serious and slinky. I'm sure you can guess what the latter was, >wink<. The former was a book I really appreciated reading early in our marriage called, For Women Only: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men. As I inscribed it, I thought about what my own husband means to me and how I've grown and changed throughout our ten and a half married years, which prompted me to include something like these sentences:
You're about to marry your forever friend and ally. But sometimes he'll feel like neither or just be confusing. Love him for who he is, just as Christ loves you.
You know, I sure don't always love my husband as Christ has loved me. (Right, Colin?!) But I am thankful for how weddings remind me of work God has done in our lives, of how much there is to appreciate about Colin, and how much happiness and growth there can be in our future days and years together.
I was interrupted by writing that little inscription. God has been very gracious to me in providing the husband He did and using our relationship to shape both of us. There ain't no such thing as "Mr. Right," but I sure do think Colin is "Mr. Just-Right-For-Me!" Interruptions like these help me to keep our relationship in perspective, and I am thankful to God for that.