Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Happy Birthday Husband

I met Mark at church. It was December 5. When we talk about it, we wonder why exactly we had never met before. We'd been going to the same church for the past four years, both students at the nearby university. I admit I was aware of him and his tight-knit group of friends. I also readily admit that I was consumed in a different life, consumed by university, consumed by relationships that didn't always fit within the walls of the sanctuary. In fact, I'm grateful I didn't meet him and his friends until that last year of school. I was on a different journey, a different path, a path that was not yet meant to come parallel with his.

On December 5th, finally, we met, thanks to a mutual friend, and standing in that circle of guys, looking at the man with the shaggy hair and glasses, the man with the easy smile, I knew. I won't try to claim that I knew everything. I won't claim that I went home and told my roommate that I was going to marry him one day. I didn't even know for sure that I would ever see him again - it was the end of the semester, after all, and January was a co-op term for both of us, splitting us apart. But standing in that circle, I knew there was something so right about him, so perfect, so matched.

Call me ridiculous. Call me uneducated, superstitious, a religious nut. I firmly believe that Mark and I were predestined for each other from the days we were born. On January 16, 20-something years ago, God put our intertwined lives into motion. I am so grateful He chose this man for me.

Happy birthday Husband. I love you.

8 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Mark! Interesting about the 5th...Dave and I started dating on December 5th...16 years ago :)

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  2. what a sweet message! Happy Birthday to him!

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  3. Yeah, that's a little sappy. But since you picked a good one, a little sappyness is allowed. Happy Birthday Mark!

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  4. More than sappy....give him a hug for me....we both get uncomfortable when I hug him. BTW: the predestination bit is very reformed thinking, and quite comforting.

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  5. A quick double check tells me it as actually the 6th, but still! Obviously there's something about our family and the beginning of December! :D

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  6. Well, I had a good teacher, and plenty of thoroughly reformed influence!

    I should get a t-shirt made that says 'I <3 predestination.'

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  7. Sweet story. I totally get the "I just knew" comment. It's not that you know everything will work out, it's just that you know there's something about that person that's good for you. I had the same feeling with my husband.

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  8. It's MY husband's birthday today too! Happy Birthday Husbands!

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