Saturday, May 28, 2011

Have I Ever Introduced You?

 

In the therapy of writing about my Mother-In-Love’s diagnosis and the determination to squeeze the most out of our days… have I ever introduced you to the love of her life?

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This man… he loves her without reservation.  He puts her first, she puts him first – and the end result is a rock solid love story that has spanned six decades.

To paint an image of how they treasure each other, is to realize that one of her greatest frustrations while undergoing chemo and radiation?  Is that she is banned from household duties.  Expressing equal parts gratitude and consternation while someone else prepares meals.  All because this was an undeniable part of her labor of love for her life-friend.

And he?  Is full of life and humor.  Has amazed 30 years of grandkids with his spot on Donald Duck impersonation. Taught three generations how to change the oil in their car.  Prayed over his growing family and invested in their lives.

Never too busy to spend time at the playground with grandkids and great-grandkids.

(I want to be like him at 80 years old… doing pull-ups??  Gah!)

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And always there to pick them up when they’ve stumbled.

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Willing to incur the Homeowners Association’s wrath with the gong…

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Always ready to lend a helping hand.

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Believing in the value of honest work and passing down to generations by example.

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Enjoying moments that may never come again.  Sweet tea in the backyard.

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And as much as I enjoy the blessings he brings into our lives… there is nothing more precious than the example he sets by the way he loves.

This picture makes me weep because I know those hands have cared for his bride for an entire lifetime.  And they now pray for her, desperately and earnestly.

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Grateful, so grateful.

26 comments:

Miss. Jinny said...

Oh what a sweet sweet post thank you for sharing!! :)

Dianne said...

This is so sweet. Wiping tears from my eyes.
Love the pictures....you must have had an awesome, incredible, photographer!
(I'm her mom, and I get paid to say that!)
Dianne @
http://buterflydreamz.blogspot.com/

Shana said...

Oh my God. You are killing me. I am sobbing here because this is so beautiful and so many people never see such love and devotion anymore. What an amazing journey they have had and are still having to be such a wonderful testimony of faith and love to their family. God has truly touched and blessed them and all of you in return. Amazing. Humbling. Tearful. Joyful. Sad. Happy. Love.

stephanie said...

That last picture is heart melting. I am in near tears, such a sweet post.

Dana Suggs said...

OMGosh that last photo.....makes me WEEP!!

Fire Wife Katie said...

I ADORE that last picture!! What a sweet, sweet post. :)

Foursons said...

Oh Rachel. Such a hard road y'all are walking. Thank you for sharing such a difficult time in anyone's life. Mr. D has been blessed with amazing parents and you have been blessed with in-laws that people dream about. I hope you are having a good Memorial Day weekend with them.

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Oh my goodness... he is so sweet. What a beautiful post... thank you for introducing us to this special man. Running around with teh kids... priceless! Praying for your family Rachel.

♥~Judy~♥ said...

This is truly touching. I am wiping tears and praising God. He shines through all who let Him!

Jennie said...

Your in laws seem like very special people! Your son is lucky to have such loving grandparents. I'll say a prayer for your mother-in-law and family.

RaD said...

Wow. He sounds so special. What a wonderful example for the generations to follow him.

Buckeroomama said...

Oh, Rachel... I have tears in my eyes. That first photo is so beautiful and all the rest are so sweet. There is something in that photo of him and Mr. Daddy working side-by-side that moves me so.

Your in-laws are such wonderful people; what a blessing to call them family. :)

sara said...

oh how blessed you are, Rachel, to have such a wonderful man and example in your life!! What a sweet couple.....I pray that is how my husband and I will be when we are 80!!!

sweet, sweet pictures!

Heather Lynne said...

that first photo is FABULOUS! I LOVE IT!

Jessica said...

This is such a beautiful post it gives me goosebumps. I saw your blog in someone's blogroll and had to come visit because I loved the name. Great site and gorgeous pictures!

Amy said...

What is it about that long-lasting love that is so beautiful it makes us ache? We can only hope to be as lucky (and committed).

Bridget said...

This is such a wonderful post and a beautiful story!!

Tiffany said...

Look at me! I figured out how to post a comment like you showed me!

Your parents-in-love remind me of my grandparents. They were married for 73 years before Grandpa went home. The long-suffering love is such a treasure.

He & Me + 3 said...

Big hugh tears. Thank you for introducing me to him. What a wonderful & strong man. Praying for your family.

Life With the Crazies said...

Good thing I have no where to go tonight, because I just launched into the ugly cry... what a sweet love. What an example!

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

What a touching post! He sounds like an amazing man!

Julie said...

beautiful, rachel...

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