|Swallowtail butterfly. In looking at its wings, one sees that it has gone through many trials. This does not diminish its splendor though. Its perseverance has given it a beauty that cannot be captured in this photo.|
Today I sit here in front of the computer and think about how my life has changed since being married and having children these last twelve years. I think of the things that I have given up and what I have gained since having a family. Anne’s mixer used to be my civil war pistol that I sold shortly after being married. It was my surprise present to her one day soon after we moved into our apartment. I sold my goose gun (10 gauge) shotgun to help with the down payment when getting the loan to build our own house. I sold my SUV for a cheaper more economical Honda that would allow for child seats and 0 payments on a vehicle. I have not hunted for deer now for several years. It has gotten pretty expensive for licensing and the trip back to Jackson, Minnesota. Traveling there takes about 3 hours and a couple hundred miles of gas.
|When looking at this picture, do we see imperfection or wonder?|
|Sometimes the gold that we seek is only a reflection, an illusion.|
Now, what I have given up; was it worth it? Yes it was!! I have not traded anything in comparison to what I have received. I have a wonderful wife that loves me and has been my soul mate and supporter for almost 12 years now. She is the mother of our two children, and I have to say, I have learned so much from her in kindness that she has shown to our children and myself. I love her more than ever, and there isn’t a day gone by that I don’t realize what a marvel she is to me. Anne is intelligent, caring, beautiful, loving and she is my support. God knew that I needed Anne, even though I was not looking for her. Anne is the part of me that makes me whole.
|God sometimes provides through the hands of others.|
Anne and I asked for God to reveal his plan for us and we trusted him for the answers that we did not have. A job was provided for me right after quitting my principal job, that of teaching in an Alternative school. God has provided for us in every way. After six more years of teaching, I took early retirement while Anne started teaching at Winona State University. I am now a stay at home dad while Anne teaches full time online. Are we rich, by no means. Are we happy, yes more than we can say. God has always provided for all our needs, and we continue to trust that he will do so in the future.
|Will, discovering treasures in his surroundings.|
|Abby, excited about discovery and life.|
|Anne, my blessing!|