June 5, 2013

The Best Part


There are secrets- small ones- that I've kept from a couple people, but tonight feels like a good night to let them go.

The picture above is one I've had for a year or two. It was something my mom and I found during one of my visits to Oregon. It was such a sweet, little saying, and we both sighed over it. I think she ending up sneaking to the cash register with it and giving it to me later that day.

But what Sky didn't know is that my mom waited to send me the sign until things were good again. When she got that sign, my marriage was upside down and inside out. It felt beyond repair and beyond recognition. There were few shreds left. When things settled and she did send it to me, it all took another turn not much longer after that. I wrapped up the frame, put it in a box, and shut the closet door...until we moved, that is.

I rediscovered it among all the bubblewrap, and decided it needed a place here.

And what my mom didn't know is what Sky said to me that night, as we were putting up a stack of photos along a bookshelf. As he arranged a photo of us dressed up for the ball, a folded flag from his service in Afghanistan, and that little frame, he commented on how they fit so well together. I blinked and looked at the three, searching for something they had in common, and finally assuming he meant the stars in them all. He shook his head. He reminded me of the way we met- how he was my brother's roommate during that deployment, and had it not been for that deployment, we'd likely have never known each other.

"No," he corrected me, adjusting the frame a little. "When they ask me about the best part of the military, I can say it was you."

Sometimes, things are worth the wait.

10 kind comments from you:

Holly Robertson said...

Happy tears. <3

Tamarah said...

Oh my goodness! This is definitely one of the best blog posts, and so heartfelt! Thank you ever so much for sharing. Little things can often bring the greatest rewards. :-) How very special that he said that to you!

Mrs. H said...

The most beautiful and sparkly things to ever be created are stars and diamonds...and those are only made under pressure.

You are very lucky friend :) I'm so happy for you! <3

Fran said...

Aaaand Sky gets brownie points from me :)

Jenn said...

Wow. Just wow. I love this!

Chantal said...

That is so sweet.

Mrs.B said...

Awwwweeeeeeeee so sweet. You two are such an amazing couple, you can really see the love you guys have for each other.

greaterexp said...

Your mom must be so happy, she cannot find words to express it. That you two have allowed time for God to work miracles is a miracle all by itself.
Thank you for writing about this publicly.
By the way, I have to tell you that when I read your posts, I wish they would go on a little longer. Believe me, I read very little that I even want to finish! Your posts are to be savored.

Julie Monroe said...

Love this post. So happy for you! :)

Sarah Shaffer said...

xoxo!

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