10 Years Later

20140118-091515.jpgHard to believe that ten years ago yesterday, Naomi and I exchanged wedding vows. I didn’t get to post anything on here yesterday, so I thought that I’d share some things that we’re going through my head about this great moment.

  • It was an overcast Saturday. Not the weather that I would have chosen for the occasion, but we would have to go with it. Crazy how that lesson would come in handy over the past ten years. Things don’t always go the way you would like. You sometimes have to roll with the punches.
  • Children are truly a blessing. God has given us the opportunity to experience five children over the past ten years. There has been “Peanut”, Drew, Sam, Cole, and our Compassion child – George. Each of these children has helped us learn the important task of working together.
  • I would not exchange the past ten years for anything in the world. Has everything been just like I wanted? Of course not! But the journey had been one of the things that has made the past ten years so interesting.
  • To my bride, I say “thank you for the past ten plus years! Can’t wait to see what the next ten have in store.”

    And now it is time to wrap this thing up and get ready to go out and finally celebrate this occasion (thanks Nana & Pawpaw for watching the little ones).

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    9 Years

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    It was somewhat rainy day nine years ago in north Alabama. The weather was the kind that would make you just want to stay inside. But there was nothing that would keep me from getting out of the house that day and taking care of business.

    This day nine years ago was a special day. It was a day that I will always remember. It was the day that I married the love of my life, Naomi.

    The past nine years have been an amazing and never-dull journey. I am very thankful for the bride that God has given to me to share the journey with. As the Bible says, “A man who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD.” (Proverbs 18:22 HCSB)

    Here’s to you, “Good Thang!” May God bless us with many more years together on this journey.

    8 Years

    Eight years ago this day, I was driving to the church that I had grown up in and was, at that time, serving as Youth Pastor. This day was different. This day was not about going into the office. This day was not about Bible studies or crazy games with teens.

    Eight years ago, this day was about a covenant. Yes, it was eight years ago today that I married the love of my life, Naomi.

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    As I think back to that day, I remember being more nervous than I had ever been before. I was so nervous that I left the keys to my truck in the ignition. That’s how my two best men got my truck and filled it with packing peanuts.

    It’s crazy to think that this amazing woman has put up with me for 10 years (8 of marriage, 2 dating), but I’m so glad she has. I would want no one else on this journey called life with me.

    Blessed By Giving

    Tonight was a special night for us. Early in the evening we went to the doctor to see if our three year old was correct. He kept telling us that we were having twins.

    Normally, this wouldn’t bother me, but the fact that he called our second child correctly (even down to the name) before we knew we were expecting caused concern and expectation on my part. Well, the three year old missed this one. We are only having one this time, and that’s okay.

    Seeing that little one and heartbeat was amazing. That was just the beginning of an amazing night. We decided to celebrate our 7th anniversary tonight. The real date is this coming Monday, but tonight was just a better night. We had no clue what God was up to.

    We went to a local hibachi place for a nice dinner. There wasn’t many people there so it made for a nice evening where we could actually hear each other. We were joined by a family of 5 at our grill. During the meal, we struck up conversation. When the subject of my profession (minister) came up, it went to another level. This family were believers who attend a fellowship in the area.

    As the meal wound down, everyone began to get ready to leave. To my surprise, this family that we just met picked up our check and paid for our meal. Explanation: appreciation for the work I do (ministry of the Gospel).

    It’s amazing how God will just show up with a little happy for His children every now and then. To the Tomlinson’s, thank you again for the blessing.

    5 Years

    Today is the 5 year anniversary for me and my wife, Naomi.  It still amazes me that the this woman catches my heart everyday.  I always wondered when you get married if th e love fizzles and you just live with each other.  Sadly, that does happen in many relationships.  It doesn’t have to be the case though.  The marriage relationship is just like any other… it takes work, but the work is SOOOOO worth it!