I always have a curiosity about people and relationships, but I also don't want to pry too deeply with things you may not want to talk about. When you and John were having your problems, had he found his salvation?
Good question, John grew up in a Christian home - but I believe that he lost his way a little bit when we started dating, moved in together, and then got married. So up until we started going to church together after having our problems - he wasn't practicing his faith. I would blame that on me in a way because it would be hard to be a part of a church while your spouse doesn't understand it... I'm just thankful that we came together and he's been able to grow deeper in his spiritual maturity over the last few years.
Ok, we all know that we girls had a little mental dating checklist when we were younger…What’s one quality your husband has that is so much better than anything on your checklist that it blows your mind and what’s one thing you thought you wanted, but are glad you didn’t get?
I'd have to say that spirituality and faith weren't even on my radar while I was making checklists as a youngster... those things have been greater than my wildest dreams, and once he was able to really share that part of himself with me - it has been an amazing learning experience and journey through our marriage. Not to mention the friends we've made!! (Umm... that would be you & K! A few others too!)
The one thing I thought I wanted was a "rich" husband, and while John is certainly rich in many ways - it's not exactly as I would have defined it as a child. I always thought rich was a financial quality when I was young... but it's so much more than that - so while we may not be wealthy - we are rich in faith and love... which there isn't much more you can ask for.
Above all else - if I could go back and talk to that kid making the checklist - I'd tell her to trust in herself and God to find the right person for her. Oh and maybe I'd tell her to choose another picture to mail him the first time we met online - it would have saved a couple of years worth of craziness... but then again - it made me who I am today - so I wouldn't really trade it for anything.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and what would you do?
That's hard - the grass is always greener, right? I'd have to say that I'd live in the mountains... either Colorado or Tennessee would be beautiful places to live. I'd love to be able to live in places like that and paint the scenery - but I don't have that talent - so maybe I could just write about it.
More realistically - I'd love to live back in College Station, TX - because I truly love that city and it's a great place to raise a family. In all honesty though, I'm happy right where we are - we do live in a place with a bad climate most of the year, but our community is the BEST ever!
That's all I got this week... send me your questions via the comments section and I'll answer them for next Wednesday.