Wednesday, October 27, 2010

three years of lovin...

Snuggling with Ben the other night and I say, "I love you!" Ben- "I love u too!" Pause. Ben- "I thank you." Me- "why?" Ben- "because you stayed with me!" Me- "it is my honor to be with you!"

I can be myself when I am with you.
Your idea for romance is dim lights, soft music, and just the two of us.
You make me feel like I have never felt before.
I can tell you anything and you won't be shocked!
Your underlying faith is what keeps the flame of our love alive.
You and I together, we can make magic.
We're a perfect match.
Thinking of you, fills me with a wonderful feeling.
Your love gives me the feeling that the best is still ahead!
You never give up on me, and that's what keeps me going.
You are simply irresistible
I love you because you bring the best out of me!
You always say what I need to hear.
You have taught me the true meaning of love.
Love is what you mean to me and you Ben mean everything!
You are a theme to my dreams.
I have had a time of my life and I owe it all to you!
Happy Anniversary Ben!
Love, Me

Three years married to my man Ben! God brought him into my life over four years ago and I have been blessed and loved ever since! No one or no thing can come between me and Ben! God has done some interesting things this past year but through it all I can say that the love that Ben and I have for each other is something that no other person can experience! I cannot describe it, I just know that it is there! God spared our lives for a reason and if that reason was to love Him and each other more then so be it!
"Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance!" I Cor. 13:4-7...I think I have learned ALL of these this past year! I have learned to be patient not just with Ben but also on the Lord! I so want to demand my own way but who is the one who says, "My way is HIGHER then your way?" I cannot demand my way with Ben either...he can only control things so much for himself! I try not to get irritable with my is hard when he is so handsome and he puckers his lips to get kisses! There is no wrong record in my heart against it to short to hold grudges against those you love! I know the truth and it sets me free! The truth is, Jesus is the way and He is healing my I am going to rejoice in that! LOVE NEVER GIVES UP! I love my Ben so much that there is know way that I will be giving up on him! I am hopeful in Ben's 100% healing and what the Lord is going to do in and through us! I have chosen to endure through every circumstance...the good and the bad! Does this mean that I don't have times of doubt, faithlessness, not want to forgive, be boastful in the wrong way and lack strength?? No way! I am human just like everyone else! I have my times too but it is what I choose to do in those times...wallow in it or move forward! Most times I move forward and the others I have to do a bit of catching up to get rid of those!

I BELIEVE and KNOW that God has a future and a hope for us now and outside of hospital walls! Ben and I will have a home, have babies and Lord willing Ben will go back to his Ranger buddies and work with them! Our future is not set by doctors, our desires are not determined by man but all of this is determined by Jesus! He knows our hearts desires and He will pave the way for us!

Ben, my love for you has not stopped growing! Your strength, integrity, hard work, faith, no giving up, and love for me inspires me to move forward and work harder! I will never give up on you! You will never be left alone! You have my whole heart and I know I have yours! I believe in you! We will make it through, it will be ok! We have Jesus and each other!! I will keep fighting for you and doing whatever I can to get you further then where you are now!





Adrienne said...

Happy Anniversary!!! Love that Corinthians verse! :)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ jess said...

Happy Anniversary! This was absoultely amazing!
I'm sitting here crying, not because I'm sad, but because I'm happy for you both!

God is GOOD!

Lea Liz said...

I have been reading your blog for awhile now but not sure if I have commented or not..

You are such a strong and beautiful wife to Ben!! I pray for you and for Ben and that he get's his smile back!!!!!!! You all are a beautiful couple!!

Happy Anniversary!!

LaDonna Rae said...

YOU guys are so inspiring...GOD is so blessing your lives and you are a LIVING TESTIMONY that when we LIVE GOD centered lives, keeping our FOCUS on GOD, then HE will supply all our needs...HAPPY anniversary.

Ashley said...

How sweet! Happy Anniversary!

Marcy XOXO said...

Love your blog Katie! Happy Anniversary and cheers for so many more to come! Praying for Ben's smile ;)

Our Crazy Bunch said...

Happy Anniversary to you both! Your story amazes me everyday.

Anonymous said...

i happened upon your blog and let me just say it is an honor to be able to read your posts. you and ben are an inspiration to me and you have certainly been blessed with grace and deep beauty. i hope you don't mind me being a part of your amazing journey. i'll be praying for that smile :)

Syndal said...

always thinking of you guys..what an amazing post! happy anniversary!

molly june. said...

katie, you are truly LIVING 1 cor. 13:4-7! your relationship with ben is an example to me. & i know sometimes it's hard to be that example, but you are doing an AMAZING job with it! you make me laugh, cry, & run to God with your stories. you give HOPE. i love your fighting spirit, reminding all of us to NEVER GIVE UP! i pray that your marriage would be strengthened today. that God's love & joy & peace would fall on ben's room today. that you would feel LOVED on your anniversary. 'cause, baby, you are! heehe :) happy anniversary! xo!

Miss Southern Vol said...

Happy Anniversary to you and Ben! What a great message for all! Your strenth and faith is so amazing and your love for each other is truly an inspiration. I hope yall have a wonderful and happy anniversary!

Kristin said...

O Katie! I cry at every post I read. Your Faith, Love, and Hope inspire me! Sometimes It's like God leads me to your post because I need to be given a REALITY CHECK! Just a sec ago my hubbs left to pick up our daughter from preschool. I worked 12 hours last night and have been up for 24 hours and he did not take our 5 month old with him so that i can take a nap before he goes to work. I was so aggravated and crying after he left. How rediculous!?!? sometimes, like just now, I feel like God gives me strength through your posts.

anyways I know this is long. but i just wanted to tell you how amazing you are!! God Bless You Katie!!! and Ben!!!

Caroline said...

Happy Anniversary! I mailed a card on Monday so hopefully it gets there in time. Hope you two are able to do something extra special today to celebrate your love!

A Southern Love said...

This is so sweet!!! What a blessing you are to your husband! Praying for you guys! Happy Anniversary!!!

A Love Worth Waiting For.... said...

I am sitting here just bawling!!!! What a sweet post!

You dear Katie are such a HUGE encouragement to so many. You love Ben with the most beautiful, selfless love!!

We are praying for Ben--for his smile to come back! I know that you bring so much JOY to his life and that is reason enough to smile right there!

Happy Anniversary!!

Many love and prayers from GA!!!

Lindsay said...

happy anniversary! yours and ben's relationship is such an inspiration to me! happy three, i hope ya'll have a wonderful day together!

Alison said...

Happy Annviversary!! I don't think I have ever commented on your blog, but I have been following for awhile! Your love and devotion to the Lord and to Ben are so inspiring and encouraging! Thanks for sharing you heart! Will be praying for his SMILE!! :)

TheBill said...

Katie: You are incredibly equipped to love Ben back to wholeness. Your post today confirms that again. The Lord is your strength and He will not fail you. Keep leaning into Him and hearing His love song over you. I will pray for Ben's smile to emerge. It's his trademark and no one and nothing can keep that from returning:)

Allie said...

Congratulations! Happy 3rd Anniversary and many many more to come. You and Ben are in my prayers everyday (:

Lindsey said...

Happy Anniversary to three wonderful years and many, many more to come! Ben's smile will return most definitely as I think the Lord is not only healing him but as he continues to see you as his wife nurturing him etc, I believe you will be what brings his smile back! God is so good.

emily said...

Happy Anniversary!! I love reading your posts...God is good!

Jamie Leigh said...

Your blog is so amazing! I pray for you and Ben everyday, Congrats on your anniversary!! What an incredible love you two have :)

Amanda said...

Happy Anniversary!! :)
praying for you both today.
~Ephesians 3:20

Erin said...

I sat next to a man on the plane back from Atlanta last Saturday that so reminded me of Ben. THe Lord put it on my heart to ask him if he was in the military. He was. I thanked him for serving our country and then prayed for you and Ben!
Happy anniversary!

Shauna said...

Happy Anniversary! You, Your man and both of your walks of faith are encouraging beyond words! Keep testifying to the Greatness of our God and running the race marked out before you! You are loved by this bloggy Sister!

Anonymous said...

Father, Thank you for bringing Ben and Katie so far. Bless Ben with his smile so Katie can see it, not just in memory, but face to face. Thank you for what You are teaching all of us through them. Give them a hug from the inside-out. Amen and Amen Marion

Karren said...

I found your blog a few months ago and your posts have been a huge encouragement for me to constantly seek God no matter the circumstances! Your strength and trust in the Lord is amazing!

Praying for you and your husband, and hoping you have a very happy anniversary with many smiles! :)

Joel and Becca said...

This is beautiful. You two are so blessed to have each other, and what an encouragment and inspiration you are to those around you!! I just started following your blog recently and I come away feeling so blessed just being able to read about your journey together. God is doing an amazing, beautiful thing through your relationship and I trust He will give you the desires of your heart in His timing! I will be keeping you and Ben in my prayers and praying for continued healing and that Ben's smile will return! Happy Anniversary!

Kathie in MA said...

Happy Anniversary! I pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort you and Ben.

Kathy Beckett said...

Katie, I am one of the multitude of people who read your blog and pray for you and Ben, but have never met you. I met Kathleen when Cale was in the hospital in NC and have been following your blog since she mentioned you in hers. I just wanted to post today and say Happy Anniversary! I pray you will continue to find your encouragement and strength in the Lord as you watch Him work Ben's healing. I am praying Eph. 3:20 for you and Ben!

Anonymous said...

Katie and Ben, Happy Anniversary. Your post brought tears to my eyes. I am praying with you for a complete recovery.


Victoria Williams said...

Happy Anniversary!
I know I don't comment much, but I love reading your posts! It encourages me everytime I read them, this one especially! I love that scripture, and always have. It is something I am reminded of everyday. What you said also reminds of Romans 7:(in short): the good I would, I do not, the evil which I would not that I do: but there is now no more condemnation for those who are in Christ! What good news!!! We fall but he lifts us up and gives us His forgiveness, and brings us through the hard times.

Thanks again, I am praying for you and Ben,
Love you,
Victoria Williams (Olympia,WA- Mary and Anne's Babysitter)

Katie said...

Happy Anniversary!!

I happened upon your blog a few days ago and read it for hours, while shedding a few tears. Your love for each other and the Lord shines through. Your story has blessed me to trust in my God and remember that His timing and His path are the ones I am on even if I do not like it. Your story and blog has given me such encouragement. Thank you for being so open and sharing your story with such conviction of love, you must know that you two have created a desire for me to deepen my relationship with those around me and my heavenly father.

-Katie (the best name ever!)

PS - I am excited for the day when i see little babies all up on this blog because I know it is going to happen!

JJF said...

I prayed especially fervently for you two today, that you could experience your Father's presence in a special way today, that He could bless you with Himself, His joy, His peace that is able to transcend anything. I pray for healing for you, Ben, and that your body could be restored! Proud of you everyday as you love each other and submit to Him, even though it is so very very hard. Happy anniversary and sending our love.
The Farnsworths