Our Love Story – Prologue

December 5, 2016

Last week I discovered a stack of cards and letters from Mark. Before I tell you how we met and the way our love story unfolded, I thought I’d begin by sharing one of the letters he wrote to me. This one, discovered just days before what would’ve been our 12th Anniversary, was written to me on our very 1st wedding Anniversary. Even though it’s private and personal (so is everything I write here), I am choosing to share it because it perfectly summarizes all the ways he loved me. It serves as a perfect reminder of how blessed I was to have been his wife. I was honored, cherished…loved.



In case you can’t read his handwriting, I’m retyping his words here.

My dearest Jodi,

 My wife…

         My lover…

                  My friend…

                           My partner…

                                    My Love…

                                             My Life…

 The Lord truly blessed me

Beyond all measure

When He brought us together

Only He could fill my heart with enough love

For you.


Our first year!

A new life together, new daughters

New challenges, new discoveries,

New blessings,

And I’m amazed every day

How I love you more

Than the day before!


I cannot imagine how deep,

Wide, long,

My love for you can become as we travel together

Through this life


I watch you sleeping

And marvel at how beautiful you are

And when you’re awake,

Your smile dazzles me,

Your laugh warms me,

Your eyes… your eyes…


Your love for me mystifies me…

I sometimes wonder why,

But never how,

Or how much!


You are my fiercest defender,

My most tender lover,

My strongest mooring,

My family’s heart.


Words often fail

So I promise to show you

The depth of my love, every day

For the rest of our lives.


With you I find

Peace, safety, protection

Fullness, love…


Sigh. My pain is so deep because our love was so magnificent and my husband so marvelous.

Extra Grace,


Later this week: Back to the beginning – Our Love Story part 1

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  • Reply eileenboggess December 5, 2016 at 10:46 am

    What a wonderful letter. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Jan December 5, 2016 at 11:25 am

    And that my friend is LOVE! 💗

  • Reply Karen Underdahl December 5, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    That was a very special first year anniversary message of love, thanks for sharing Jodi!

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