Friday, February 11, 2011

Love stories from my favorite book bloggers

I blog about romance every day around here, but this Valentine's I wanted to celebrate real love stories, so I invited a few of my favorite book bloggers to share something about the leading men in their lives (come back Monday when I'll share mine).

My husband Michael and I met in 1984 in a college class at church. He used to say “I’m a bachelor till the rapture.” We joke now that was his first mistake.

Our first date was interesting from the moment he asked me out. Family rules were anyone wanting to date me had to first ask my dad. Michael had to be grilled by both of my parents. He was a 25 year old ex-Marine and I was 18, so they had some concerns.

On our first date we went snow skiing. I had never been snow skiing in my life. I didn’t like snow then and I don’t like it now. Each time I careened down the hill Michael had to come behind me and pick up the poles I lost. I fell down that mountain three times!

After that, Michael decided he wasn’t going to ask me out again because he didn’t think I had a very good time. I knew it was a horrible date so I invited him to come to dinner the next week. I made Hawaiian chicken. He says it’s what sealed the deal.

We were engaged 6 months later and married about 11 months after that. We have raised 2 beautiful daughters and have 2 wonderful grandchildren with #3 on the way. We celebrated our 25th anniversary in July and I have to say that I love Michael more now than I did when we were married. He’s my best friend and I look forward to many more years together!

Julie is Team Edifying at Edifying and Edgy. She also blogs at My Only Vice.

What I love about being married...

Without a doubt the best part of marriage is how God uses it to teach me about his unconditional love.

As married couples we are designed to be a picture of Christ and the church. Selfishness and the ugliness of sin sometimes mar this picture, until we come back
to Him.

But His love can be expressed in the littlest things.

My husband warms my feet every night even when it makes him shiver even beneath the blankets in the frigid Northeast winter..

During rough periods of my depression there were the nights he stayed up late into the night to comfort me, then cheerfully went to work the next day to provide for our family.

The times he has gone without, whether it is his money, his time or some other resource…so that his family can be blessed stand out. And there are so many more times.

Daily my husband lays down his life for our family. Though neither of us are perfect, it is in these moments God uses the man he has created me for to show me a picture of His love for me.

Julia Reffner blogs at Dark Glass Ponderings. You can also find her at The Writers Alley.

For years I joked I would get married on May 5th, 2005 (05/05/05), because 5 is my lucky number. Nobody, including myself, took that very seriously, considering I didn't even have a love interest.

Who says God doesn't have a sense of humor?!! After dating the love of my life for 11 months, I married him on May 5, 2005. :) (And if you notice, that's on a Thursday-the 5th day of the week).

I have to throw this out for the single ladies. My hubby was my first boyfriend. I was very shy and very picky! I thought I had my heart broken several times, but God knew He had something better waiting for me down the road. I am so very grateful for every moment I had to wait for Jonathan! My momma would even tell you in a heartbeat that I had the worst luck ever with guys. Now I know that's not true, because God sent me the perfect husband. (No, not perfect, but perfect for me). :)

True love is definitely worth the wait, in many ways!

You can find Tammy at her blog Bluerose's Heart

And Juju from Tales of Whimsy said, "My husband asked me to marry him at a small waterfall in Utah...."

It's giveaway time!

Update: The winner has been chosen. It's Amber S!!!

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