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A Week of Thanksgiving: My Husband

by Andrea Updyke

There are a few things I know about God. I know that He is faithful, I know that He loves me, and I know that He cares about the little things. I also know that he handpicked my husband just for me.

I don’t know a lot about destiny or fate or divine intervention, but I do know that God worked in my life and helped me make the decisions that led me to meeting Jerry. In 2005, I was completely set on moving to New York City. I had an apartment lined up, I was interviewing for a great job, and I was ready to leave my home and all that was behind me just like that. Behind me. To make a very long story short, I lost my peace about this decision, exactly 6 days before I was to drive away. I took the for sale sign off my car, begged my landlord and my boss to reconsider my leaving and unpacked my boxes. I had no idea why.

A couple weeks later, I met Jerry. We casually talked and emailed over the next few months. We were in the worship band together at Vintage. I was not in a great place at the time spiritually and he really inspired me. I would say, “if I could just get my act together, I would hope I could get a guy like that to date me”. Little did I know that he was already thinking of ways to ask me out! That Christmas before our respective vacations, we went on our first date. It was the best date I have ever had. I went to the mountains for a week telling my family and friends that I was so excited because there would be a 2nd date! Four years later, we will be going to the mountains as husband and wife, and as mommy and daddy to our amazing Oscar.

I know this about God. He led me to make the decisions that led me to Jerry. I am thankful that I learned about finding my peace and following it. I can’t imagine where my life would be if I had moved. This man is my rock. He is an amazing husband and father. He is my best friend and the one person who gets me. He drives me crazy and I, him. But crazy with him is infinitely better than sane without. He is my lobster. And I love him. And for that I am so very very thankful.

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