in deciding which of my one million and one thoughts to type out into a post first, i realized that there were some things anyone would need to know about me–about us–before any of my banter will ever make sense.
maybe it’s a lame excuse to put into words (again) how perfectly God knows me or how sweet my husband is, but regardless, here we go.
we grew up an hour away from one another, myself in Elkhart, him in Warsaw. but despite our frequent journeys into the other’s neck of the woods, we were clueless. it wasn’t until we both found ourselves at a small little college in northeast Indiana that we crossed paths.
i still remember sitting across the cafeteria table from him and our mutual friend as we laughed and talked about the mission trip we were leaving for that night. our memories were few and far between but cherished nonetheless. we became friends and watched one another thrive and grow into a more abundant relationship with Jesus. as we began classes once again the next fall, we were leading bible studies that aligned well and we would meet for italian ice at the sweetest little shop and share all that God had laid on our hearts for our studies that week. we would pray together and laugh together and somehow, someway God showed us day by day the love He had given us for one another and the plans He had for us.
from friend to bible study buddy to best friend to boyfriend to fiance to husband all over the course of a year.
crazy. countercultural. stupid. irresponsible. call it what you may, we’ve heard it all. and that’s okay. we understand. it confuses us sometimes too. but what’s so amazing about it is this:
God has the ability to pick your world up, toss it around and somehow manage to keeps things just the way He wants them amongst what seems like chaos to you.
we prayed and prayed and prayed and prayed AND PRAYED. we played Gideon like no other. (how could you not when you felt God was calling you to get married…without a degree…when you’re twenty….to a boy you met less than a year ago) but eventually God must’ve gotten tired of our uncertainty or something because as we took steps toward what He was leading us to, everything fell into place. doors opened and He affirmed and there was support and joy. it was right. we knew it was right. our hearts were aligned and at peace–despite the crazy and abnormal reality to all of it.
so here we are. E & L as our family and friends have sweetly titled us. we promised God and each other to live the roles that scripture calls us to, to respect and to love, to laugh and to pray, and to forever be best friends on 05.27.17. it was the most beautiful day and i don’t think my cheeks have ever hurt worse from smiling so hard.
we don’t have much and we don’t know where it is God is leading us next but we are doing all we can right here, right now to seek His direction and live within His will for our lives TODAY.
my goal was not to bore you with a less than fairy tale love story but to share with you the beauty of God’s sovereignty and love. two broken people who never intended for this to happen found themselves chasing after God with everything they had and God led them to each other. two sinners that are so imperfect, flawed and entirely incapable of unconditional and selfless love have been brought together and called to do just that with the power of the Holy Spirit to strengthen and guide.
we share our quiet, lovely moments in a less than small upstairs apartment with tall ceilings and no air conditioning. i love watching him read and build and pray. we spend most late nights laying on top of our bedding with fans blowing on us talking about the most recent thing. we are AVID believers in Goodwill and garage sales, and i can’t wait to begin sharing those adventures here.
my guy loves to eat, which could not fit more perfectly with my love to cook. he loves to work on one of his 108 White Mountain Puzzles, and chat about football–preferably the Colts (no really, i dare you to bring up Pat McAfee). we are having so much fun building our little home and life together. i’m slowly but surely adjusting to the weird way he brushes his teeth and he’s getting used to having hair all over the shower or bobby pins on the sink. it’s a work in progress and we are bound determined to make God the center of this and the most glorified in this.
it is quite the adventure we have embarked on–this mutually flawed pursuit of Jesus– but the Lord knew me so much better than i knew myself when He gave me E to do it with. and i still haven’t stopped getting butterflies every time i sign another thank you or graduation or birthday card, “love, the Kreiders”.