Monday, May 30, 2011


On Thursday afternoon Rob called me at the Convention to let me know that Aaron was in a crisis at home.

He needed his Mama.

He wanted me to come home.

His tooth was loose.

Not just a little loose.

It was hanging by a thread.

How did that happen??

I cried.

So many milestones in my little's ones life that I have missed. 

I didn't want to miss this one.

But I did.

The tooth came out on Friday.

I missed it.

Thankfullly Grandad was there when the tooth came out and it was saved for Mama to see.

And all was well for Aaron when I came home to examine the lost tooth and the empty hole.

But for me - to have him change and not be there....

It made me cry.

So much has changed in our lives. 

Not just loose teeth.

Some days I just have to stand back and take stock.

All the things I said I would NEVER do - we did.  All the places we said we would NEVER go - we went.

Our world has been turned upside down.

And it isn't just me.

We have both been changed. God has done a number on our hearts and we are still recovering from the surgery! But I rejoice that I am not alone.

I am so grateful that my sweet, compassionate husband has been changed just as much as I have been changed.  I am grateful for a husband whose heart is bleeding with mine. I am grateful that God called BOTH of us to holler. I am ever so grateful that I am not alone. When I weep - my husband understands. When I grieve - he is grieving with me.   I am so grateful that the changes that are taking place in my heart are being shared by the man who stands by my side. 

Today is our anniversary.  For Nineteen years we have been married.  The best years of my life. 

There is no one earth I would rather have by my side than my dear husband.

No one.


If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.
-- Winnie the Pooh


  1. Happy anniversary, Uncle Rob and Aunt Julia. Nineteen years ago... I remember that day surprisingly well!

    May God bless you with many more years together and even greater unity, sympathy, and good works to complete together. Love you guys.

  2. Happy Anniversary! Your passion is inspiring!

  3. Happy Anniversary Julia and Rob! With Christ at the center of your marriage many blessings abound. You are as one.

  4. Precious Aaron, I am so glad it was just a tooth he lost, I was worried when I read he struggled with you being gone... Even though you missed it, I am glad he knew he was surrounded his family that loves him so... Aaaannndddd, Happy Glad You Got Hitched Day... Beautiful couple, beautiful hearts...what a blessing you are to each other and all of us... Have a wonderful day!

  5. Happy Anniversary! Although I enjoyed meeting you at convention on Saturday, I'm sorry you missed Aaron's tooth. :(

  6. Your blog makes me cry every time I read it! Aaron is still just starting out in life, with many MANY more milestones to come... and I'm sure you'll be front and center for all of them. :)

  7. Happy Anniversary!

    Brooke Annessa

  8. Julia! All your posts make me cry for one reason or another. Sorry you missed the tooth! next one for sure!! :)

    And Happy Anniversary! May you both be loving and working and saving children together for many, many more years!
    God bless

  9. Happy Anniversary and happy milestone Aaron :)

  10. My 5 year old just lost her 2nd tooth this past weekend. It seems even the tooth fairy is hit with inflation, as I only had a ten in my wallet and had to leave that under her pillow. When I was a child we got like two quarters for our tooth!

  11. Happy Anniversary. We just celebrated our 18th. And did you see as a present to help you celebrate, God found Jonah a family? I can think of no greater gift.


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