Love: God gave me You


“Hollywood has distorted our notions of romance and what makes passion sizzle. Watching Humphrey Bogart gather teary-eyed Ingrid Bergman into his arms may make your heart pound, but real-life romance is fueled by far more humdrum scenes. It is kept alive each time you let your spouse know he or she is valued during the grind of everyday life.” – Dr. John Gottman, 7 Principles for Making a Marriage Work

Love might just be my favorite Oola Accelerator. It really is the fuel that keeps me moving. It lifts me up when I’m defeated. It comforts me when I’m lost, scared, lonely. It’s why I keep going when I want to quit and why I keep working to be a better version of myself. It heals all things. The Father’s love and His gifts to us. 

1 Corinthians 13:13…but the greatest of these is love. ❤️🙌🏼

One thing I’ve learned from having two kids under four…I’ll take a “get down in the trenches with me, hug me when you hate me, laugh when you should run” man any day over flowers and romance. Just let me take a shower and a nap…BEST FOREPLAY EVER. 😂 🤷🏼‍♀️Where are all my moms at? Amiright or what? 

Of all the fairytales I love, the love story I like best is ours. It’s real. It’s not always pretty or nice. It’s raw. It’s emotional. It’s animal. It defies logic. And it’s far from over. 

What I know as a grown up…Love isn’t grand gestures. It’s everyday moments. It’s weathering the storm together. It’s the fact that he finds this slightly pudgier, stretched marked body even sexier than the one I had when we met…as incredulous as that sounds. He makes me KNOW it’s true. 

There is a sign hanging over our bed flanked by newborn pics of the kids that reads “God gave me you”…which is one of my most favorite songs by Dave Barnes (or Blake Shelton if you’re country 😂)…

I’ve been a walking heartache
I’ve made a mess of me
The person that I’ve been lately
Ain’t who I wanna be
But you stay here right beside me
Watch as the storm goes through
And I need you

There’s more here than what were seeing
A divine conspiracy
That you, an angel lovely
Could somehow fall for me
You’ll always be love’s great martyr
And I’ll be the flattered fool
And I need you, yeah

On my own I’m only
Half of what I could be
I can’t do without you
We are stitched together
And what love has tethered

I pray we never undo
God gave me you for the ups and downs
God gave me you for the days of doubt
For when I think I’ve lost my way
There are no words here left to say, it’s true
God gave me you

Today’s Hunt the Good Stuff—

19 years. Y’all. NINETEEN years. Today, I attended my initial retirement counseling. It amazes me. And I thank God for every minute of it…good, bad and ugly because ultimately it brought me to Drew and us to this moment. What a miracle! I need to tell Him (and him) more often just how grateful I am for this journey. 🙏🏻

I’m grateful for the opportunity to reflect and create this post…thanks to Drew taking the kiddos to the park so I could think in a quiet house 😘

I’m grateful God is sending reinforcements. My solo parenting time is almost here and….I’m terrified. But…He knows. And while a quick read of this blog will tell you…I’ve been trying to hire an assistant for over a year…this week it seems to be coming together in the form of 3 angels. They aren’t all in place yet…but I’m finally feeling some peace about it. And it’s such a relief. 🙌🏼



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