Happy birthday Doug

I often wonder how my life would have been different if I hadn’t met my husband. How my son’s life would be totally different because I always considered my son and I to be a package deal. I wonder if I ever told you that the place I was supposed to move into was an apartment, which by the way was situated nowhere near where you lived. There was another apartment that we looked at. Admittedly, it was closer but still not close enough to have met you. But then I was offered a duplex and the duplex was right next door to your house. Looking back, I am pretty sure the Lord had His hand on both you and I that day, and my son’s future too.
Until that time, our journeys had never crossed. Not even once although I am confident that at one time or another, we both might have been in the same place at the same time. Living in a small city of 45,000 makes one feel connected enough to say hi to people. Nevertheless, things began to change the day I moved into my new home. The timing of that move was perfect. In fact, my move in day had been changed at the last minute. Had we moved in a couple of days earlier or two days later, my future husband would have been on the road driving truck and perhaps, not welcomed me into the neighbourhood.

But God’s perfect timing resulted in almost two years of talking and conversation along that fence line. I’d send over home baked cookies., and in return, he would clean the snow off my car. I will never forget the day he stopped by to chat about our trip, and that son of mine innocently said “you can marry my mom.”  I’m pretty sure that was the most embarrassing moment ever but as parents know only too well, kids say the darnedest things when one least expects it. This was certainly one of these moments.  Then I asked this man for a date….and he asked us to breakfast….and then we three went for a drive, and over time, our relationship grew slowly and steady — while unbeknownst to me, the entire neighbourhood sat back and watched.
I remember our first fight. It was loud and we disagreed 100% completely on everything. That was the day we agreed to disagree. In the last 8 years since then, many more topics have made the list of things we do not, and probably never will, agree on. We decided that day to focus on the things we did agree on. And yes, on that note, here are so many more things we do agree on,  and this has made life easy.  I can now say that in the ten years we’ve known each other — eight of them together — I’ve never once regretted asking him to that hockey game. Without this man, my life wouldn’t be what it is. That one date was fate being sealed.  By now, I am sure you are wondering why I described my walk down memory lane that resulted in a marriage of three. Well, today is my husband’s birthday, and I wanted to include a song that describes us perfectly.
The song is entitled, ‘When God Made You!” The lyrics go like this:
 Multiple musical notes Oh I wonder what God was thinking, when He created you.
I wonder if He knew everything I would need,
Because He made all my dreams come true.
When God made you, He must have been thinking about me.
He must have heard every prayer I’ve been praying.
He must’ve knew everything I would needMultiple musical notes
Yes, the day my husband was born, and so many years before we were destined to meet, God had a plan in place. That plan included you and me … my young son making three  …a house on Beach St…a house in Suffolk…a crazy amount of pets…..and a future that can take us as far as we can dream.  I think in life it’s important to remember that every road we take leads us somewhere…..but when we follow Jesus, even if we detour along the way, it always leads us to exactly where we are supposed to be!
But as it is written, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” (I Corinthians 2:9)

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