Wednesday, December 19, 2012

One Brick for Every Year

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Eeeeeekkkkkk, can it really be TWENTY years?!?!  Not that I can’t believe we’ve been married that long, it just seems like we can’t really be that old! Smile  The above photos were taken in a photo booth at my cousin’s wedding a couple of weeks ago.  Yep, we really are that old. Smile


Twenty years ago, on this very day, my dad walked me down the aisle of the little church I grew up in.

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He and my mom gave me away to the man of my dreams, trusting that Matt would love me and take care of me for the rest of my life, just as they had done for the first 21 years of my life.

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We were crazy-head-over-heels in love with one another, and we can both honestly say that we truly love each other even more deeply now than ever before.

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Matt has far exceeded my expectations of a husband.  He loves me wholeheartedly and takes care of me like no other.  Matt’s faithfulness, sensitivity, generosity, selflessness, ambition, kindness, and sensitivity are a combination that remind of a heart like His.  Matt is an earthly father to the fatherless, and he compassionately serves those in need every chance he gets.  He always puts others before himself.  Always.  The least of these are the greatest for Matt.  He works hard to provide for his family, yet he treasures nothing more than precious time with his family.  I really don’t think life on earth gets any better than this.  Thank you, Matt, for being who you are.  I wouldn’t change a thing about you, and as unworthy as I am of your love, I am so very grateful you chose me to be your wife, for better or worse, till death do we part.  I love you with an endless love, and I’m honored and humbled to call you my husband.

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In honor of this very special day, as we celebrate 20 years of marriage, Matt and I felt that instead of giving one another an earthly gift, we should give the gift of LIFE to orphans with special needs in Guatemala.  No, we’re not adopting again, but we’ve chosen to purchase 20 bricks (one for every year of our marriage) to help build Village of Hope in Guatemala, a special orphanage that’s near and dear to my heart. 


An everlasting gift with eternal purpose, I cannot think of anything I’d rather give and/or receive on this day.  I pray countless orphans will experience the love of family and the love of Jesus at Village of Hope in Guatemala.  Just as my heavenly Father, as well as my husband, haven given me here on earth, I wish to give a house for life to orphans with special needs in Guatemala.  How can I treasure my husband and family and our home and not desire this same experience for orphans?  I simply cannot.  I cannot sit back and wait for someone else to step up and care for orphans.  I must do what I can, and it is a joy and privilege to purchase these bricks in honor of our 20 years of marriage.  I cannot imagine any greater joy than helping others experience the same joy God has blessed me with in this life on earth—a relationship with Jesus, a loving, giving, selfless, compassionate, generous, Jesus-loving husband, a rockin’ family, and a home that fits all of us, providing shelter and safety to us day in and day out.  What joy we will feel when the doors open at Village of Hope—Guatemala and orphans with special needs are able to experience life the way God intended it.  Pure joy.


If you would like to purchase a brick in honor or in memory of a loved one or a special occasion, click HERE to learn more and enter a giveaway with some awesome prizes.  Pray, spread the word, and donate if you’re able.  The gift of LIFE; what a joy to partake in.

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