I remember the first time I saw my husband. I was sitting at a table (Clytie was there--do you remember, Sissy?) filled with friends at Sunshine pizza parlor. He came in out of a rainstorm. He wore a red plaid shirt and his cheeks were ruddy with the cold. His clear blue eyes sparkled with humor--he'd ridden his motorcycle down from Seattle, saw his roommate's car outside the restaurant and came in to greet his buddy. He sat at the end of the table next to me. I remember greeting him for the first time. He had such attractive dimples when he smiled.
On the other side--Alan says he fell in love with my smile. I thought he was cute, but didn't think anymore about it. But Alan, well, he knew right then he wasn't going to look anywhere else. He was sure he'd found the woman of his dreams. He worked hard to win me, that's for sure. I have never regretted choosing this wonderful man as my Beloved. We have had such an adventure together. Good, bad, incredible, amazing, sad, happy, hilarious, sometimes difficult--but what a wonderful adventure.
I'm still in shock. We learned on Monday, that my beloved husband has cancer. We go to the doctor's office on Monday to discover what our options are. I do not know what the future will be, but I do know Who holds the future in His hands. My prayer is that the adventure will continue for many more years.
"'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans for good and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.'"
Jeremiah 29:11-13 There are a few hearts hidden in this drawing, but also--as you read above, there is much about hearts in these words of hope, too--I am so grateful for God's heart of love for Alan and me as we go through this fearful time. I am also grateful to each of you who pray and send warm loving thoughts our way.
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