Christian Mingle. There’s a movie on Netflix with the title. But before the movie, came the dating website. I don’t know how many love stories have been built there, but am only concerned with mine. Yes, me and my hubby met via Christian Mingle. But I don’t tell our family and friends that. I believe in my heart of hearts that our marriage was divinely arranged. You see, the night I signed up for the website, I was at a crossroads in my life, spiritually. Not only was I seeking a husband, but I was seeking a new life. My husband was the first and only person I talked to when I signed up. I mean, I had used dating sites before, but he hadn’t. We have now been together 7 years. After meeting, things happened pretty quickly. The early days were happy, but tough. When we met, my hubby already had a 12 year old, and a 2 year old. Both girls. So becoming a step mom, getting pregnant with my first, getting married, moving out of state, and deciding to follow Jesus all in the course of just a few months was definitely a change of life. Growing up, I was always a romantic. A lot like Belle, from Beauty and The Beast. A loner, always had my face in a book. Maybe more of a hopeless romantic than Belle, though. I don’t believe in fairy tale endings anymore. I believe in the journey, and going through the thick and the thin. Before I met my husband, I had never been in a long term relationship. I also didn’t know what it would be like to be married to a man who already had kids. So there were some hurdles that, after we got married, we started jumping through together. Coming from two different worlds, both with broken pasts, we faced some things that we had to confront, communicate and compromise about. I am from the a small town and had never been many places. A loner and kept to myself. He is a city guy, very communicative and already lived a lot of life. I look back, and I thank God for His grace. In our mistakes, He has brought us closer. Toward Him, and toward each other. In August, we will be celebrating 7 years of marriage. And our 3rd child (together) will be a month old. So, I am looking forward to a lot. Plans that we have that I believe the Lord will bless. Because “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” – Psalm 37: 23, and “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6. Show me a husband and wife who are both perfect, and I will say their marriage is perfect. But none of us are perfect. I’m just glad we made it through the rough spots that we’ve been through and didn’t give up on each other. 7 years, but our journey has just begun.

One of the first pics my husband and I took together.