Wife and Kids

Our Little Family

Our Little Family

Our Little Family

Lillian: Our First Blessing

A Mother's Love

A Mother's Love

In Her Father's Hands

In Her Father's Hands

Karen: Our Second Blessing

Karen - Eyes Open

Karen - Eyes Open

In Her Father's Hands

In Her Father's Hands

These women are the love of my life. Each one is a blessing from God, and each day I am awed at how much God has given and entrusted to me.

Our Story

Stephanie and Me at Hueston Woods

Stephanie and Me at Hueston Woods

This is Stephanie: the love of my life, my better half; wife, mother, and my best friend. I am blessed to have the love of this beautiful, amazing woman.

Born and raised in Cincinnati, OH; Stephanie is second-oldest of six sisters.

Our story is truly a testament to God's goodness, grace, and provision in our lives, and what I wrote then still applies today:

Spiritually, Stephanie is the perfect match for me. She is fully devoted first go God, and is a prayer warrior with a tender heart. She is excited by my passion for mission work, and shares my desire for a family. Intellectually, we compliment each other. Stephanie is well-read and very intelligent, her strengths in English, literature, and history complimenting well mine in math and science. We have both developed maturity, experience, and wisdom we could not have hoped to have had as teenagers. We can share our faith and encourage each other in the Word and in prayer, and our interests are common enough that we never lack for conversation. She even loves football! In short, she is perfect for me. I could see it twelve years ago, but was too young and naive to recognize it, much less act on it.

Perhaps most amazing to me, Stephanie saw something in me as an awkward teenager; she saw past the nerdy, geeky, overweight, shy, socially ungraceful exterior, instead seeing and appreciating who I was on the inside. I have learned since then, that Godly women have the ability and tendency to do so. But none has ever seen and known me the way that she did, and does. She ?gets? me - and she continues to challenge my ability to take compliments without embarrassment or self-depracation.

I think both of us regret that it took twelve years to begin a relationship; however, we also both realize that God?s ways are higher than our own, and that His timing and His plan are perfect. We have both experienced life and struggles and have grown spiritually and emotionally to bring us to the perfect point at which to begin a relationship. It is entirely plausible that had we tried to make something happen earlier, it would not have lasted. Whereas now, we are entirely convinced that our finding each other gain, and re-kindling what was sparked so long ago is entirely by the working of God?s hand in our lives.

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