Really. Really. Awesome.
This was taken the day after delivering our first son after 24 hours of labor. Let me tell you a bit about my incredible wife.
I met her in Freshman Greek class, she sat in the front I sat in the back. She got an A, I struggled and didn’t sign up for the second semester. Thankfully I got to know her and we both ended up running around with the same group of friends. She had a boyfriend back home and nearly from the start I was ecstatic to get put in the “friend zone”.
Over that freshman year we became good friends, despite the fact I was hoping for more. In that friend stage that would turn out so important we laughed a lot. We laughed at each other, at bad jokes and corny movies.
Laughter has always been central to our relationship. One time we got called out in the middle of a lecture hall during freshman ecology for laughing and talking in the back. Joking was how I tried to navigate out of the friend zone.
After she became single and we began to move towards dating, it was the friendship and humor that got us through the potentially awkward transition. Once we started dating we never broke up. We were committed to being friends first and I think that got us through the ups and downs of dating.
When I finally got up the nerve to ask her to marry me, her first response wasn’t to say yes (that was her second response) it was to laugh.
Our first ministry event together was an open house in the parsonage, when we spilled a bowl of pretzels minutes before people we didn’t know showed up to walk around our (their) home I told her: “laugh or cry babe, laugh or cry.” It has become a bit of a mantra for us.
The night before she went into labor we laid in bed talking and laughing about the day.
She is my best friend, my partner in life and ministry, my wife, and the mother of my son. She is incredible.
If you have one tell your spouse how much you appreciate them. Ministry is hard and they catch more of it than they should have to.
When our son let out his first cry we both laughed.
We named him Isaac.