Vous et Nul Autre


A few days ago I came across a book that I hadn’t seen in years.  I was re-arranging our bookshelves to try and make them neater (go figure), and pulling out old memories as I went.  I read it when I was in college, and although it was faded, I could still tell what I had highlighted. I flipped the pages and came to a section that had received the coveted “highlighted and starred” marking.  Highlighted usually means I liked what I read, and starred means it’s something I want to carry with me.  The author was talking about how she and her husband bought each other Shakesperean poesy rings, engraved with the words “Vous et Nul Autre.”  

I had no idea what it meant, but it was French and it sounded terribly romantic. 

I am looking at my wedding ring as I type, remembering the day that Todd proposed to me. I stood in front of him while he opened a ring box and I knew that I loved him more than I ever thought I would love somebody.  If you have been blessed enough to meet him, you will know what I mean when I say this. He is just “good.”  
I have a picture on my desk of Todd as a little boy.  He is bent over with his chin supported by the palm of his hand, obviously sulking about something.  His face is wrinkled in frustration, and his eyes are staring at the ground.  When I asked his mother if she knew why he was so upset, she said that it was because his sisters were telling him that one day they were going to get married. Apparently he wasn’t too keen on the idea of them not needing their little brother anymore.  
As a sidebar, these are the same sisters who:
1. Told him (repeatedly) that if they could cut his hair, he would look just like Donny Osmond. They did. He didn’t.  
2. Told him if he sucked on a bouillon cube (yeah, the kind that flavors a whole pot of water…), eventually he would get to the chocolate on the inside.  I have to admit, that’s clever.
3.  Convinced him one day that his voice echoing in a large canyon was actually a man named “Echo.”  Todd would scream, “Hey Echo! ” and then when the “man” would repeat him (ummm, yeah, every time), he would get frustrated. He told me that he was so excited that there was someone else who spoke English that he wanted to invite him over for dinner even though he was irritated that “Echo-man” kept imitating him instead of answering.
That was one dedicated kid.
I look at pictures of my Toddy growing up, and I just love his sweet face.  I always hoped that if we had a little boy he would look just like him (minus the Donny-do). He is not that different now from how I picture him then.  Just a sweet, loving, good boy who wanted to make the world right.  
The day after we met, we got into a van with a group of people and I sat next to him.  I was really glad we were all slammed in because it meant that my leg had to touch his while we drove.  I remember playing flag football and scoring the first touchdown because I wanted him to notice me.  I remember how I waited for him to call. I remember the way he surprised me with the antique wedding ring I had fallen in love with.  His hands were shaking and he bent down and I just kept thinking that it couldn’t be real.  We have the whole thing on video, me jumping up and down and hugging him, then slow dancing with our heads together, wondering what life was going to be like when we walked outside. 
What is our marriage?  It’s playing cards in bed.  It’s laughing hysterically at the parts of a movie that nobody else thinks are funny.  It’s me looking up from my book to see Todd waving at me as he mows the lawn.  Its dragging him to one more store looking for the perfect gift.  It’s burnt dinner (which he would never complain about), clean laundry (which most likely, he did), and staying up until 4 a.m. watching a whole season of 24. It’s telling the truth, even when it hurts. It’s spending your nights in a hospital room waiting to know if your twin daughters will live or not. It’s ordering Chinese food and singing along to eighties music. It is starting at least 10 Bible Studies together and then getting distracted talking about life instead.  It’s Todd and Angie, and it’s good.  
But it’s not perfect.
Sometimes it’s laying side by side in bed watching the ceiling fan spin, hands clasped, knowing that the grief lies with us. It’s slamming a door because we want her back.  It’s the sharp voice that comes out of you when you just meant to ask where your shoes are.  It’s your heart breaking because you can’t fix it all.  It’s wishing you could rewind to a chapel and tell the newlyweds that there really is some “worse” with the “better.” 
It’s buying your wife a purse that she has wanted for years in the hopes that it would make her smile on a very difficult Mother’s Day.  And even better, it’s smiling knowingly and hugging her when she says God told her to give it to the highest bidder because He had something better planned.  
It’s believing that what God does with what we give Him is far greater than what we could have done with it ourselves.

Toddy, you are the love that made it all worth waiting for.  Happy Father’s Day, and all our love.


You and no other…
Angie


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  • Nancy Hood

    what a wonderful tribute~I’m sure he feels the same about you :)

  • AnnaB

    What a beautiful thing to read and to FEEL!

    Happy Father’s Day Todd!

  • Mocha with Linda

    That is a precious, precious tribute.

    I felt like I was intruding to read it!

    What a blessing God has given you in each other!

  • Anonymous

    So beautiful…God Bless you all!

    P.S. Happy Father’s Day Todd :)

  • Honea Household

    Beautiful. I love the way you ended it…”You and no other”

    Happy Father’s Day, Todd

  • Dani

    I have never met your husband but just in pictures his kindness, gentleness and way of caring shines through. I can only hope and pray that my husband is as awesome as yours. You are truly blessed with a wonderful man. I am sure he thinks the exact same about you. You are such a blessing. I have learned a lot from you. I am so thankful that at the age of 18 I have some like you to look up to. I just want you to know how blessed I feel that God led me to your site. I learn so much from EVERY single post. I was praying the other day and found myself telling God that I in no way wanted or desired to go through the death of a child or any kind of tragedy but that I was fully confident in the Lord that if that is what he would have me go through even though it wouldn’t be easy I know with him I would be able to get through it and through that pain I would grow closer to him. And you are a big part of that realization. Also I am thinking of starting a ministry website that is for those that are hurting especially from losing children and not being able to have them at all. I would like to know if you would pray about that for me. I know God has called me to minister to the hurting and I feel this is a place to start. I will comment again when more details are here but for now I just wanted to see what you thought and if you would pray for me about it. You are most of the inspiration for it. :) Okay well this novel is long enough lol…

    Love you,
    Dani

  • IamDerby

    What a lovely tribute.

  • Theresa

    That is beautiful. I feel blessed to have my own “Todd” (his name is Craig). I love your heart!

    My blessings and prayers for you and your family.

  • Pepperpot

    I wanted to say something profound about your posting, but really… all I can think of now is how totally cute your little ones look in their Halloween hats. :)

  • Anonymous

    May I ask which book you were referring to?

  • Katie Ford

    Perfect

  • Anonymous

    Angie,
    Wow, what a great tribute to Todd on Father’s Day. I know he thinks just as much love and how he is blessed to have you in his life as well.
    Thank you for sharing your love for each other and what a blessing you are to all of us.
    I am still praying for your family.
    Missy (Picayune, Ms.)
    Happy Father’s Day Todd!

  • CityStreams

    Tears in my eyes. I can relate on so many of the happy levels. We laugh at the parts of movies no one else gets and stay up until 4am watching 24.

    Our marriage started four years ago. I hope we weather the worse parts as well as y’all have.

    You’re an inspiration Angie.

  • Anonymous

    WOW
    Thank you for sharing such a personal and intimate post.

    Sounds like you have a true love story. It inspires me to be more thankful for my own husband and the godly man that he is. I have been praying that all of my girls (ages 24, 13 and 10) find a man who loves God first and then loves them. A marriage based on God and His word is the best thing we can have on this earth besides knowing
    Jesus as our Savior.

    Thank you again for your transparency that you so freely offer.

    Praying for you and your true love again this night.

    Sue

  • Brian & Amelia

    Husbands are a wonderful blessing from God. Thank you for your beautiful tribute. I, too, celebrated Father’s Day with my one and only!

  • Brian & Amelia

    Husbands are a wonderful blessing from God. Thank you for your beautiful tribute. I, too, celebrated Father’s Day with my one and only!

  • Brian & Amelia

    Husbands are a wonderful blessing from God. Thank you for your beautiful tribute. I, too, celebrated Father’s Day with my one and only!

  • Brian & Amelia

    Husbands are a wonderful blessing from God. Thank you for your beautiful tribute. I, too, celebrated Father’s Day with my one and only!

  • Brian & Amelia

    Husbands are a wonderful blessing from God. Thank you for your beautiful tribute. I, too, celebrated Father’s Day with my one and only!

  • Brian & Amelia

    Husbands are a wonderful blessing from God. Thank you for your beautiful tribute. I, too, celebrated Father’s Day with my one and only!

  • Brian & Amelia

    Husbands are a wonderful blessing from God. Thank you for your beautiful tribute. I, too, celebrated Father’s Day with my one and only!

  • Brian & Amelia

    Husbands are a wonderful blessing from God. Thank you for your beautiful tribute. I, too, celebrated Father’s Day with my one and only!

  • Brian & Amelia

    Husbands are a wonderful blessing from God. Thank you for your beautiful tribute. I, too, celebrated Father’s Day with my one and only!

  • Brian & Amelia

    Husbands are a wonderful blessing from God. Thank you for your beautiful tribute. I, too, celebrated Father’s Day with my one and only!

  • Brian & Amelia

    Husbands are a wonderful blessing from God. Thank you for your beautiful tribute. I, too, celebrated Father’s Day with my one and only!

  • Brian & Amelia

    Husbands are a wonderful blessing from God. Thank you for your beautiful tribute. I, too, celebrated Father’s Day with my one and only!

  • Brian & Amelia

    Husbands are a wonderful blessing from God. Thank you for your beautiful tribute. I, too, celebrated Father’s Day with my one and only!

  • Brian & Amelia

    Husbands are a wonderful blessing from God. Thank you for your beautiful tribute. I, too, celebrated Father’s Day with my one and only!

  • Brian & Amelia

    Husbands are a wonderful blessing from God. Thank you for your beautiful tribute. I, too, celebrated Father’s Day with my one and only!

  • Brian & Amelia

    Husbands are a wonderful blessing from God. Thank you for your beautiful tribute. I, too, celebrated Father’s Day with my one and only!

  • blessedwith5

    Such an amazing Tribute to Todd! Thank you for sharing your tribute and the story of your coach purse! A Mother’s Day gift to help you through the day! Then God tells you to use it for HIS plan – and you do! I am utterly speachless!

    Blessings Sweet Angie!

  • Cindy

    Isn’t is wonderful to be married to your best friend?! I’ve been married 27 years and there have been many of those ‘lying in bed, holding hands, staring at the ceiling fan moments. When you just didn’t know if you could take one more step, one more breath.
    Keep holding hands, trusting God, knowing that He will walk with you every step of the way.
    Bless you and your hubby.
    Cindy ~ Phoenix

  • kim

    Angie…
    I just love you. You are an amazing woman and I am in awe of every single thing you post. I have been praying for you for sometime now…thank you for being so REAL…

    Love, Kim P.
    http://www.journeytohannah.com

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps as a new blog topic you could tell us the story of Abby & Ellie?

  • LaVon Baker

    Angie, this tribute is so good. God has given you an anointed gift of expression that people on so many levels can relate to. You must write that book that you spoke of once before. You, Todd, precious Audrey, and the girls have already touched hearts and been instrumental in changing so many lives, through this blog. Think of how many additional people will be reached with a book that you author.
    “received the coveted “highlighted and starred” marking.” Are you kidding me?? I love that and it’s so you, or what I’ve come to know as you, through reading your heart with each post you publish.
    God is doing more with your surrendered life than you could ever dream or imagine. He’s so good. May blessings upon blessings be yours every day.

  • kendra

    Angie,
    As usual, through you God speaks to my heart…even in a message to your husband! “It’s believing that what God does with what we give Him is far greater than what we could have done with it ourselves.”
    That phrase answered a question on my heart tonight.
    Thank you.
    Blessings and love,
    kendra (Portland, OR)

  • The Gomes Family

    Dear Angie,

    What an amazing way to honour your husband, especially on a day when I’m sure you’re all missing having Audrey around to celebrate her Daddy.

    Although I’ve never actually “commented” or emailed you, you and your family are often in my thoughts and prayers.

    I just wanted you to know that I’m thankful for you, for your honesty and transparency. I’m thankful for your faith that has been an encouragement to me (and soooo many others!) What a legacy you are leaving to your precious girls, to trust God even when it really hurts.

    I lost my twin sons 5 years ago now due to complications associated with their extreme prematurity. Some days it feels as though it’s only been a moment since I held their tiny bodies as Jesus took them home. Other days it feels like it was another lifetime…

    After the boys died I was truly angry and disappointed with God. I chose to stay in my angry place for far too long. Then I decided to trust. To trust that the Sovereign God of the universe knew what was best and that He didn’t just make a mistake. I still long for my little boys. I often wonder what they’re up to in Heaven. I often wonder what they’d be up to if they were still here with us!

    Your words about Todd are so full of love. The loss of a child is a real test of a marriage. Everyone grieves differently. Thank you for sharing so honestly about the stuggles you have at times.

    When I look back at my wedding pictures, I see such a naive couple, one that has no idea of the sorrows (or joys) that await them…. Even if I did know then what I know now, I would have done it all again to have those precious days with my tiny sons. I could’ve missed the pain, but would have also missed the sheer joy and pride of being their mum.

    Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful Audrey.

    Blessings,
    Lezlie (in Ontario)

  • Big Pitt Stop

    Angie, I have been thinking about this all day after reading your blog last night and then tonight as I read your tribute to Todd. You are right, the pages wont be empty forever and I think you can see that the emptyness you feel and see on those pages are filled by the lives Audrey has changed, not just touched, but changed forever.

    I know that is my case. Maybe as you think about what she would have looked like, you can picture the lives of women who’s lives she has touched at different stages of life. Some young and some old, some moms like you and some single without thoughts of children yet. But, Audrey lives in their hearts. She has changed the way they live. The way they sleep. The way they pray. The way they work. They way they interact with others. The way they look at situations and the way they react to sitations. She has changed their love of our precious Jesus and the way He provides and protects. Maybe these stories are how you fill those pages. How you see her still alive in your heart and that maybe her journey was intended to be short so God could use it to change a liftime of people who are forever changed by your journey.

    Thank you for continuing to be transparent and allowing us to share this journey with you. The load is a lot lighter when you don’t go at it alone.

    You inspire.

  • Rondabear

    Wow what a post. I wish more people could understand this is what marriage is for Better or worse. For some the worse is different but hard none the less. My husband and I have been married almost 11 1/2 years and many of them were and still are tough years but I would marry him all over again. Thanks for sharing your story

  • Brittany

    You are a precious woman, and though you meant for this post to be a sweet tribute to your husband (and it was!), your desire to grow closer to our Lord through loving your husband was made so apparent. He is so blessed to have you and your beautiful girls…I’m certain he’s overwhelmingly thankful for all of his girls.
    Happy Father’s Day, Todd!

  • wendy

    “It’s believing that what God does with what we give Him is far greater than what we could have done with it ourselves.”

    beautifully written.

    beautifully lived.

    many blessings to you both on what, i’m sure, is a bittersweet day.

    xoxo.

  • mat2820b

    I was just coming on to wish Todd a happy father’s day… and wow, Angie. *deep contented sigh* That was gorgeous. All I could think of when I read it was ‘LOVE’. Literally, just those 4 letters.

    I remember reading somewhere that the best reflection of a man’s character is his wife. You, sweet thing, are obviously married to one of the most excelent of men. *smile*

    May your year be beautiful, despite the pain.

    Jen in Australia
    http://www.xanga.com/Abbas_princess

  • thehirschgang

    I found your blog through a friend’s and just finished reading every entry. My heart has worshipped our God through your story and the testimony of His goodness in the midst of it.
    I am 20 weeks pregnant with our 5th baby and scheduled for our ultrasound on the 20th of this month. Every time, I am anxious and think through the “what ifs”…and run to God each time asking Him to remind me that HE is my Treasure. He is worthy. He is the same. Even if…
    We lost our second baby two days shy of being 14 weeks. It was physically and emotionally painful, but God is good. Because of it, we have experienced Him, know Him, and love Him more.
    The timing of our Sovereign Lord bringing me to your blog right before my ultrasound has again reminded me to run to Him. To surrender. That “even if…” it will be okay in the end. Not because everything will be okay with this pregnancy. But because He is God. Even if things go very “wrong” with this pregnancy, He is in control. He is worthy of all praise. He is God. My heart can rest in Him.
    I am praising God for you tonight as He used you and your family’s story to point me back to Him. To rest. What a gracious God we have.

  • Debbie

    Beautiful words Angie! Isn’t it wonderful to not only love your husband but to have him as your best friend?
    Aren’t we both lucky that God not only blessed us with a wonderful husband but also our children with a wonderful dad ?
    Happy Father’s Day Todd! God Bless you!

  • whitennerdy

    That is the sweetest thing I have read in a long time. I am so glad that God gave you such a good man to share lifes joys and sorrows with. Trust me, this is an amazing blessing.
    -Sarah Jones

  • Julie

    We are kindred spirits, our post mirror each other’s today. I am praying for you and I thank you for praying for me. I am sobbing now and that is good, I love my husband so much too! Such a blessing to see someone else walking it too!

  • Jenn

    Beautiful! Alot of “Angie and Todd” is alot alike “Jenn and Brandon” Of course there are som differences too…Brandon cant do laundry! This was so wonderful. I wish I could write something like this for my Brandon. Im sure Todd loved it didnt he!

  • Kristin

    Thank you Angie for sharing your love for Todd with the rest of us! Happy Father’s Day Todd! I hope that your day was filled with love and laughter. I continue to pray for you every day and consider it an honor to be a part of your journey. Thank you for continuing to write!!
    Oh and I can’t believe that Coco went for $560!! AMAZING – what an awesome story. I shared it in Sunday School yesterday – we were talking about sacrifice how it was Abraham and Isaac and how some of our sacrifices look today. We talked about how as parents we have to set the example – and sometimes that means giving up something that we value….I am so proud of you and all you continue to show us through your words! (Oh and I can’t wait to hear the rest of the Coco story…because I have a feeling it isn’t over ! :) )
    Hugs from South Dakota!
    Kristin S

  • Jill

    Angie,

    What a blessing your words are to many – like the 18 yr old wrote here, you are an example of what love looks like and feels like even in the midst of a storm when Jesus IS the CENTER! Love can only shine what you share when He is your ALL in ALL! You continue to touch my heart, become a sweeter friend and make my heart smile! I am always excited to see what God has placed on your heart in your postings. Thank you for sharing your life and love with us!

    In His amazing grace – Jill
    http://www.openinghisword.blogspot.com
    http://www.forevernevernalways1.blogspot.com (Danielle is designing it for me – THANK YOU!)

  • Kristen

    that is such a beautiful post………

  • Beckycain6

    Hi there,

    God is good, is He not? How wonderful a blessing to have the ability to find someone with whom we can share the very pit of our heart. It is sweeter than the ripest fruit. More whole than any substance. It is God-like.

    Two things to remember, then I have a song for you. One) Keep knowing that the “worse” always mingles with the “better.” If we expect a fairy-tale, we’ll be left with meager wholeness. Pressure makes an entire family of diamonds. Two) The enemy will always be aiming at you and Todd. His objective is to destroy the strong–while holding down the weak. (I read a woman’s comment in the last thread and she was beating herself up over a fight with her spouse. It is always good to be the first to say sorry–even when pride holds you back. Just a friendly tip.)

    I love you both….as brothers and sisters in Christ. Isn’t the body of Christ beautiful? And, on a side note–your last post, while touching and sincere, had my room sounding like hyena pen at the zoo. I have 9 brothers…no sisters and we have the same hysterical stories. Reading about Todd’s early childhood fate had me seriously CRACKING up!! The bouillon cube? Ha ha hilarious!

    And now, one last thing. This is a very pretty song by Brandon Heath. So pretty….

    Running Wild:

    She wasn’t looking for an answer to an ordinary prayer
    She just liked to be around him
    She liked knowing he was there
    She saw something no one else could see
    Way beyond his gentle eyes
    And it was more than just a moment
    When she finally realized

    That she can feel his arms around her
    Even when he’s not around
    And it’s worth her while
    To see him smile
    Her heart is running wild for him

    He wasn’t looking for a reason
    A certain time a perfect place
    He just liked to be around her
    And he loved the beauty of her face
    And he knew something no one else could know about
    A mystery that he will never tell
    When she whispers softly to him
    It’s a voice he knows so well

    And he can talk to her for hours
    And still have so much more to say
    And if you asked him now
    I bet he’d tell you how
    His heart is running wild for her

    Now they stand together before the father and the son
    Two hearts longing for each other are living now as one

    And you can almost hear the angels
    You know their singing from above
    About the beauty of a Father’s love
    His heart is running wild for them
    All for them

    Kudos to the both of you…..From my heart,
    Becky

  • Stacy D

    What a beautiful post and a wonderful tribute to your husband!

  • Grin & Barrett

    Angie,

    On this Father’s Day, you have given us all a gift, Including yourself.
    God does have a plan, he is working it through you for us and through us to you. You have taught alot of us or reminded us that God is an Awesome God. And through thick or thin, he does amazing things.
    Angie, Thank you for your constent gifts….. As I read your blog everyday I receive something from it everytime. Your Family is Amazing and your love in god takes my breath away…

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

  • Grin & Barrett

    Angie,

    On this Father’s Day, you have given us all a gift, Including yourself.
    God does have a plan, he is working it through you for us and through us to you. You have taught alot of us or reminded us that God is an Awesome God. And through thick or thin, he does amazing things.
    Angie, Thank you for your constent gifts….. As I read your blog everyday I receive something from it everytime. Your Family is Amazing and your love in god takes my breath away…

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

  • Grin & Barrett

    Angie,

    On this Father’s Day, you have given us all a gift, Including yourself.
    God does have a plan, he is working it through you for us and through us to you. You have taught alot of us or reminded us that God is an Awesome God. And through thick or thin, he does amazing things.
    Angie, Thank you for your constent gifts….. As I read your blog everyday I receive something from it everytime. Your Family is Amazing and your love in god takes my breath away…

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

  • Grin & Barrett

    Angie,

    On this Father’s Day, you have given us all a gift, Including yourself.
    God does have a plan, he is working it through you for us and through us to you. You have taught alot of us or reminded us that God is an Awesome God. And through thick or thin, he does amazing things.
    Angie, Thank you for your constent gifts….. As I read your blog everyday I receive something from it everytime. Your Family is Amazing and your love in god takes my breath away…

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

  • Grin & Barrett

    Angie,

    On this Father’s Day, you have given us all a gift, Including yourself.
    God does have a plan, he is working it through you for us and through us to you. You have taught alot of us or reminded us that God is an Awesome God. And through thick or thin, he does amazing things.
    Angie, Thank you for your constent gifts….. As I read your blog everyday I receive something from it everytime. Your Family is Amazing and your love in god takes my breath away…

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

  • Grin & Barrett

    Angie,

    On this Father’s Day, you have given us all a gift, Including yourself.
    God does have a plan, he is working it through you for us and through us to you. You have taught alot of us or reminded us that God is an Awesome God. And through thick or thin, he does amazing things.
    Angie, Thank you for your constent gifts….. As I read your blog everyday I receive something from it everytime. Your Family is Amazing and your love in god takes my breath away…

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

  • Grin & Barrett

    Angie,

    On this Father’s Day, you have given us all a gift, Including yourself.
    God does have a plan, he is working it through you for us and through us to you. You have taught alot of us or reminded us that God is an Awesome God. And through thick or thin, he does amazing things.
    Angie, Thank you for your constent gifts….. As I read your blog everyday I receive something from it everytime. Your Family is Amazing and your love in god takes my breath away…

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

  • Grin & Barrett

    Angie,

    On this Father’s Day, you have given us all a gift, Including yourself.
    God does have a plan, he is working it through you for us and through us to you. You have taught alot of us or reminded us that God is an Awesome God. And through thick or thin, he does amazing things.
    Angie, Thank you for your constent gifts….. As I read your blog everyday I receive something from it everytime. Your Family is Amazing and your love in god takes my breath away…

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

  • Grin & Barrett

    Angie,

    On this Father’s Day, you have given us all a gift, Including yourself.
    God does have a plan, he is working it through you for us and through us to you. You have taught alot of us or reminded us that God is an Awesome God. And through thick or thin, he does amazing things.
    Angie, Thank you for your constent gifts….. As I read your blog everyday I receive something from it everytime. Your Family is Amazing and your love in god takes my breath away…

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

  • Grin & Barrett

    Angie,

    On this Father’s Day, you have given us all a gift, Including yourself.
    God does have a plan, he is working it through you for us and through us to you. You have taught alot of us or reminded us that God is an Awesome God. And through thick or thin, he does amazing things.
    Angie, Thank you for your constent gifts….. As I read your blog everyday I receive something from it everytime. Your Family is Amazing and your love in god takes my breath away…

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

  • Grin & Barrett

    Angie,

    On this Father’s Day, you have given us all a gift, Including yourself.
    God does have a plan, he is working it through you for us and through us to you. You have taught alot of us or reminded us that God is an Awesome God. And through thick or thin, he does amazing things.
    Angie, Thank you for your constent gifts….. As I read your blog everyday I receive something from it everytime. Your Family is Amazing and your love in god takes my breath away…

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

  • Grin & Barrett

    Angie,

    On this Father’s Day, you have given us all a gift, Including yourself.
    God does have a plan, he is working it through you for us and through us to you. You have taught alot of us or reminded us that God is an Awesome God. And through thick or thin, he does amazing things.
    Angie, Thank you for your constent gifts….. As I read your blog everyday I receive something from it everytime. Your Family is Amazing and your love in god takes my breath away…

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

  • Grin & Barrett

    Angie,

    On this Father’s Day, you have given us all a gift, Including yourself.
    God does have a plan, he is working it through you for us and through us to you. You have taught alot of us or reminded us that God is an Awesome God. And through thick or thin, he does amazing things.
    Angie, Thank you for your constent gifts….. As I read your blog everyday I receive something from it everytime. Your Family is Amazing and your love in god takes my breath away…

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

  • Grin & Barrett

    Angie,

    On this Father’s Day, you have given us all a gift, Including yourself.
    God does have a plan, he is working it through you for us and through us to you. You have taught alot of us or reminded us that God is an Awesome God. And through thick or thin, he does amazing things.
    Angie, Thank you for your constent gifts….. As I read your blog everyday I receive something from it everytime. Your Family is Amazing and your love in god takes my breath away…

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

  • Grin & Barrett

    Angie,

    On this Father’s Day, you have given us all a gift, Including yourself.
    God does have a plan, he is working it through you for us and through us to you. You have taught alot of us or reminded us that God is an Awesome God. And through thick or thin, he does amazing things.
    Angie, Thank you for your constent gifts….. As I read your blog everyday I receive something from it everytime. Your Family is Amazing and your love in god takes my breath away…

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

  • Grin & Barrett

    Angie,

    On this Father’s Day, you have given us all a gift, Including yourself.
    God does have a plan, he is working it through you for us and through us to you. You have taught alot of us or reminded us that God is an Awesome God. And through thick or thin, he does amazing things.
    Angie, Thank you for your constent gifts….. As I read your blog everyday I receive something from it everytime. Your Family is Amazing and your love in god takes my breath away…

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

  • Beckycain6

    By the way, I caught the translation on “vous et Nul Autre.”

    Great idea for a wedding ring. Wish I’d thought of that……

  • Kelly

    One of the things I continue to pray every day is that Audrey’s loss will draw you closer and not break you apart. I know the loss of a child can be horrible on a marriage. But I pray that with a smile because I imagine that you two are perfect for each other and God will keep it that way. This is beautiful! Ya’ll are both just precious!

  • Lynsey

    You really should’ve kept that purse girlfriend! You soooooo deserved it!
    Anyway, Happy Fathers Day to your wonderful husband- you are so incredibly blessed, but you don’t need a stranger like me to tell you that!
    God bless,
    Lynsey

  • Lissette

    Happy Father’s Day Todd! God bless you and your beautiful family.

  • Jen

    Your love for your God and your husband are astounding. I am searching for that love with both in my life.

    Thank you for your words.

  • qUeEn oF tHe cAstLe

    Did you EVER find out what the french words mean???!?!??!?! This is when my 5 years of spanish does not help me AT ALL!!! Oh…. I’m gonna google them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  • jamie in rose cottage

    BEAUTIFUL post; what a wonderful tribute to your husband, and I love those photos!

  • qUeEn oF tHe cAstLe

    AWWWWWWWWW…I get it…it means “You and NO other…” Beautiful…

  • the parental unit

    Not THAT was the PERFECT Father’s Day gift! Although, I find myself sitting here laughing trying to picture Todd with ‘Donny Osmond’ hair :)
    Blessings to Todd for Father’s Day!

  • Lori Heinrich

    I laughed and cried my way through this one. I, too, have the highlight and star system! I only loan out books to those I’m closest to because the markings bare my soul at times.

    I have long believed that my husband is the kindest, gentlest, most Christ-like man on the planet. I will know acknowledge that perhaps he will have to share that honor with Todd. They sound so much alike. We, too, play cards in bed, stay up way too late because we’re having fun (this weekend with the Wii) and laugh at the most ridiculous things. We are convinced that God brought us together because only we could appreciate each other’s weirdness!

    I am so moved by the way you have honored Todd here, and if he is the man I imagine him to be from your post, there is no gift that could mean more to him on Father’s Day.

    What a blessing!

  • Teresa

    Beautiful. May God continue to bless your days together!

  • godzgaljen

    That was a wonderful way to show Todd your love! You are so right about there being ups and downs in marriage. I thought for some reason we were the only ones who struggled …my wise husband filled me in to the fact that all couples do! Duh. Love the pictures as well. You are blessed!

  • Annie

    Beautiful. I long for that kind of relationship with my hubby…and continue to pray and work on it! Happy Fathers Day Todd…

  • Amy

    Just what God meant marriage to be.

    Thanks for sharing this lovely tribute with us Angie.

  • MBKimmy

    WONDERFUL! Oh how I wish I could put my thoughts down like you – your are so wonderful in gettign it out there … thanks so much for continuing to share!

  • Tami

    Angie,

    Thank you for the gentle reminder of what treasures we have in our husbands! Isn’t is wonderful that whatever the journey is… treacherous AND beautiful… we have our husbands by our sides to love and adore all along the way?

    Happy Father’s Day Todd! :0)

  • rachelkiwi

    angie, what a beautiful post. i stumbled across it a few months ago, and read the entire blog in tears. now it’s in my “favorites” and i eagerly check your blog everyday at work to see if you’ve updated. (don’t tell…:) )

    my husband and i got married last august, just weeks after his brother died at 26 from spina bifida. i don’t feel like we’ve had a typical “newlywed” year because it’s been clouded by grief. but i feel comforted knowing that because we’ve already gone through such a tough time together and grown closer to each other and God, that we and our love is even stronger.

    thanks for your words of inspiration. can’t wait til you publish some books! :)

  • Rebekah Walker

    I have to admitt, I have never heard of your husband musical group and yesterday on the dish network music station “the light”. The song was “glory” by Selah with Nichole Nordeman came on. Is that the Nichole that just lost Luke? Well, I think it was and I just sat in my living room (while my baby was in his crib sleeping) and wept! The song was beautiful and I am so going out to get a CD but my heart just went out for her, and Todd, and you…

    my heart still does.

  • leighlee72

    Simply beautiful. Thank you for letting me be a part of your world. I might never meet you face to face (in this life), but I pray for you daily.
    Happy Belated Father’s Day, Todd.

    Now, if 24 will just hurry up and come back on……;-)

  • Julie

    This was a beautiful post!! You describe love so well…the highs and lows, the depth and the width.

    I had to comment because my husband and I love 24 and every year we stay up all night watching the entire season on DVD.

    May God bless you for glorifying HIM!!

  • Jenny

    Beautiful!

  • Nicki

    That was so sweet Angie! Thanks for sharing that! Love those pictures of the girls with him!! So precious!!

  • Eric and Michelle

    Angie…. I so enjoy reading your words. You have a wonderful way of communicating with them. It makes me feel. It makes me cry and smile and look to my Heavenly Father. What a beautiful marriage you have. what a beautiful faith. I have been going through a time of struggle in my own life. It in no way even compares to how you have suffered. And reading your words brings perspective and encouragement. Thank you for sharing your beautiful, vulnerable obedient heart.

    Blessings!
    Michelle
    http://www.waitingformercy.blogspot.com

  • shelby1232

    That was so beautifully put into words.
    Happy Father’s Day Todd

    Fran

  • SARAH

    That was beautiful! Would you please share the details of the twins pregnancy some day ( I know I know more prying into your life) but finally becoming a mom after a late loss and a scary difficult 2nd pregnancy myself, one year later (born @ 32 wks with resp distress and 11 yrs to get preg naturally – now 30 pounds at 10 mos old) I’d love to hear your success story too!

  • Elmwood

    thank you for this reminder of love and happiness in a marriage…

    I read everyday sometimes twice a day sometimes several times as I try to grasp your life being REAL and having to deal with so much, my heart aches for you and I have found myself turning to God a lot more since I started reading you. I never commented before as you have so many people that love you I didn’t feel the need to “stand out” but I want you to know you are teaching great lessons, and spreading enormous amounts of love just through a computer screen that speaks voumes about you!!!!!
    And I too agree with everyone else it’s good to see you smile again.
    I can just feel the shift of your energy

    Thank you for being so sincere
    Kelly

  • Andrea

    Angie,

    Great post! I’m a new reader and have enjoyed getting to know your family via your writing. I love the video of your 3 girls…that Kate is hilarious!

    I’m wondering which book you were referring to in this post?

    Thanks!

  • Natalie

    what a great tribute to your man! i am going to write one today… i have my own ‘Todd’ and his name is David. We have stayed up all night several different times to watch a whole season of 24 too! We haven’t experienced so much the better and worse part of marriage as you have but we have really tested the in sickness and health part! I am so glad that I found your blog. It challenges me to be a better wife and mother and child of the King!

  • Erin

    This is a beautiful post. Yes, finding “him” is “good”. I get that, and for that I am thankful!

  • Laura

    I laughed and then I cried. Thank you so much!

  • Alicia Beth

    Angie,
    i’ve been reading your posts for quite a while now.I have fortunately never suffered the loss of a child.It’s something I can’t even fathom.The cool thing is that our God is so big that I feel your pain and carry your burden as my sister.He’s given me that ability and called me to do it :) I have been so blessed by your writings.You have impacted so many people through your blog that it doesn’t surprise me Satan feels attacked by it and is trying to bring something ugly into God’s work.So,persevere sweet sister persevere knowing that “what was meant for evil God turned around for good” ! Praise our God that He’s that kind of God.
    Again,I just want you to know what an impact your writings have had on me.I look forward to each and every one of them :)

  • Tasha

    Angie~I had the oppurtunity to meet Todd about 8 years ago after a Selah concert.I was in awe.I remember thinking”This is what I desire in the man that I marry”.Well,today I have my own Todd.My Scott is a wonderful christian man who takes such good care of me and our two little girls.Oh,and he has a beautiful voice.He actually sang to me when he proposed at our Christmas Eve service at our church.Fathers day has a new meaning when you are married.I am so happy that you are blessed with a man like Todd.I can’t wait to meet you someday.Love~Tasha in Indiana

  • Rebecca & Sam

    you are so cute! i loved reading about what his sisters did to him. very clever! ah…

    i don’t know if you can get to my blog or not
    but it is zellmerfud.blogspot.com

    and i am real…

  • Rebecca & Sam

    you are so cute! i loved reading about what his sisters did to him. very clever! ah…

    i don’t know if you can get to my blog or not
    but it is zellmerfud.blogspot.com

    and i am real…

  • Rebecca & Sam

    you are so cute! i loved reading about what his sisters did to him. very clever! ah…

    i don’t know if you can get to my blog or not
    but it is zellmerfud.blogspot.com

    and i am real…

  • Rebecca & Sam

    you are so cute! i loved reading about what his sisters did to him. very clever! ah…

    i don’t know if you can get to my blog or not
    but it is zellmerfud.blogspot.com

    and i am real…

  • Rebecca & Sam

    you are so cute! i loved reading about what his sisters did to him. very clever! ah…

    i don’t know if you can get to my blog or not
    but it is zellmerfud.blogspot.com

    and i am real…

  • Rebecca & Sam

    you are so cute! i loved reading about what his sisters did to him. very clever! ah…

    i don’t know if you can get to my blog or not
    but it is zellmerfud.blogspot.com

    and i am real…

  • Rebecca & Sam

    you are so cute! i loved reading about what his sisters did to him. very clever! ah…

    i don’t know if you can get to my blog or not
    but it is zellmerfud.blogspot.com

    and i am real…

  • Rebecca & Sam

    you are so cute! i loved reading about what his sisters did to him. very clever! ah…

    i don’t know if you can get to my blog or not
    but it is zellmerfud.blogspot.com

    and i am real…

  • Rebecca & Sam

    you are so cute! i loved reading about what his sisters did to him. very clever! ah…

    i don’t know if you can get to my blog or not
    but it is zellmerfud.blogspot.com

    and i am real…

  • Rebecca & Sam

    you are so cute! i loved reading about what his sisters did to him. very clever! ah…

    i don’t know if you can get to my blog or not
    but it is zellmerfud.blogspot.com

    and i am real…

  • Rebecca & Sam

    you are so cute! i loved reading about what his sisters did to him. very clever! ah…

    i don’t know if you can get to my blog or not
    but it is zellmerfud.blogspot.com

    and i am real…

  • Rebecca & Sam

    you are so cute! i loved reading about what his sisters did to him. very clever! ah…

    i don’t know if you can get to my blog or not
    but it is zellmerfud.blogspot.com

    and i am real…

  • Rebecca & Sam

    you are so cute! i loved reading about what his sisters did to him. very clever! ah…

    i don’t know if you can get to my blog or not
    but it is zellmerfud.blogspot.com

    and i am real…

  • Rebecca & Sam

    you are so cute! i loved reading about what his sisters did to him. very clever! ah…

    i don’t know if you can get to my blog or not
    but it is zellmerfud.blogspot.com

    and i am real…

  • Rebecca & Sam

    you are so cute! i loved reading about what his sisters did to him. very clever! ah…

    i don’t know if you can get to my blog or not
    but it is zellmerfud.blogspot.com

    and i am real…

  • Rebecca & Sam

    you are so cute! i loved reading about what his sisters did to him. very clever! ah…

    i don’t know if you can get to my blog or not
    but it is zellmerfud.blogspot.com

    and i am real…

  • MaryB

    I usually check your site every day to see if you have posted something new…I was away, and just read the last few posts. All I can say right now is dear sweet sister Angie….I am on my knees in prayer for your hurting heart and raising my arms in praise for the relationship you and Todd have. I have written before to let Jesus and His Father wrap Their loving arms around you and hold you close. You are loved more than you will ever know!!!(until you are in heaven of course! ;) )
    Blessings abound to you, my “heart string” friend!!!!
    Mary

  • Shannon

    I have been reading your blog for just about 2 weeks now and love it! I really enjoyed your father’s day post to your husband. I hope God gives you the desires of your heart.

  • Susan

    Hey Angie,

    Once again you’ve touched all of our heart strings…

    One of my favorite quotes reminds me of how you live your life out loud before all of us:

    “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” —Melodie Beattie;

    God loves your grateful heart♥

  • Jess

    What a sweet tribute to such a sweet man!
    Wow. They broke the mold on him, didn’t they? :)
    What a blessing he is to you, and now your precious children.

    God Bless,

    Jessica

  • superlindsey

    Hi Angie,
    I’m not sure if I’ve ever commented before, but I read your blog and pray for your family as I do. It’s so incredible inspiring, and at 19 I am constantly challenged and also encouraged by you and your amazing faith. This is the kind of attitude I want to have as I continue to grow as both a woman and follower of Christ–complete trust in Jesus, no matter what.
    I recently ended a 3 year relationship with the man I thought I was going to marry, but God had different plans. It’s been very hard for me to let go of both my best friends and plans for my future (though it really doesn’t compare to your loss). But as I read this post, I’m so encouraged and reminded of why I’m choosing to do what God asked of me, no matter how hard it is…because there is something better waiting for me down the road. I know that I can put my faith in the Lord and wait anxiously for the day He provides me with such a Godly man and blesses me with the kind of marriage you and Todd have.

    Thank you so much for sharing your story–your grief, joy, hope and faith–with all of us. Your testimony is so encouraging. It means so much.

    Lindsey

  • Shawnda

    Angie, you are such great writer! I feel like I have stepped one foot into your shoes each time I read your blog…you ‘paint’ the picture so very well! : ) This was a beautiful tribute to your hubby!! Thanks for sharing – it’s neat to get to know your through your blogging. We continue to pray for you here. My 3 year old continues to pray for ‘Audrey and Luke’s Mommy and Daddy’. When I fail to remember, they are faithful!

  • Joy

    That was so beautiful! What a wonderful tribute to him and a hearty “HAPPY FATHER’S DAY”.

    And a lot of what you said reminded me of my husband and myself. Both of the “for better” and the “for worse” parts!!!

  • georgia tarheel

    WOW! How great was that!? I am a sucker for a great love story and so I read and reread that post! :)

    I have to say–we, too, have watched 24 hours of 24…love that show and sure hope it comes back on! :)

    You are a great writer Angie—please don’t stop. I am sorry for the people who have not been real. I do not have a picture of me to put on my blog, but I added a picture of my children so you could know I am real.

    Praying for you!

    Paige

  • RSR2003

    Angie,
    Your posts always touch my heart. Reading your words is an experience everytime :)

    Praise God for you both and your beautiful marriage. What an example your beautiful children have forever.

    In Christ,
    Rosie……..:)

  • trinity

    what an absolutely beautiful description of marriage. i wish i had known that quote prior to having my husband’s ring engraved. it’s perfect.

  • Michele Stewart

    I think what you posted about Todd was wonderful and beautiful. Your friend Jessica did a similiar thing about her husband. Todd is very blessed to have you as his wife and the mother of all his daughters. I think it is so pretty when we as wives can openly praise our husbands and not be ashamed of it. Like it is demoralizing to us as woman to place ourselves below them because God calls us to and not be ashamed. I love it.
    I love my husband so very much. We have been married for 20 years. I love him so much more today than I ever did when we married. I have fallen so deeply in love with all of him. God chose him for me before I was born and Yes he too has 4 sisters and yes he too did not ever wish to be married. Funny how things are so simiiar between us sometimes. His dad just passed away this past May18, 2008- so this Father’s Day was especially hard for him. As a gift I had framed a very special picture of him and his Father on Easter Sunday. He is about 4 and in a suit holding his easter basket with his dad behind him leaning on the fence rail that is still there to this day.My husband is now 6’5 and a very tall man. He looks so tiny in this picture. I too have a picture of Andy as a baby. My boys all look like him when they were around 1-2 years old. So cute.
    I love ya Angie. Keep up the good work you are doing for the Lord. He will bless you fo rit.
    Your sister in Christ and a repeater blogger
    Michele Stewart

  • Jenny

    What a wonderful post!!!
    Thanks again, for sharing!
    :)

  • Jaci

    What an awesome tribute. I hope his day was special. I love reading your blog and check it often to see if you have updated.

  • Daniel & Heidi Schatz

    Hi Angie,
    A friend of mine just told me about your blog and after many tears and a couple hours of reading from the beginning….all I keep saying is, “WOW, my God is so good.” Your story is an absolute testimony to how real God is, how Powerful He is, how Loving, and Merciful He is! As a mother of 2 boys (carter 2, and evan 7 months) you have inspired me to be a better mommy, a better wife, and most of all a better Christian. I ask myself often, “What is God doing in my life right now to draw me closer to Him?” Though many of us may go through harder trials than others, the point of each trial is to draw us closer to the Lord. You have obeyed God through all of this and I’m just in awe! How sweet your stories have been to my heart. May God bless you and your precious family, may He give you strength in every moment of the day, and may you continue to say “yes” to His plan for your life. I will say yes to Him. Your story is a living testimony of the love and grace that comes from God when we say, yes. If God should ever lead me into the shadow of the valley of death….I will remember that He has lead me, and I will remember your story. God bless.

  • Daniel & Heidi Schatz

    Hi Angie,
    A friend of mine just told me about your blog and after many tears and a couple hours of reading from the beginning….all I keep saying is, “WOW, my God is so good.” Your story is an absolute testimony to how real God is, how Powerful He is, how Loving, and Merciful He is! As a mother of 2 boys (carter 2, and evan 7 months) you have inspired me to be a better mommy, a better wife, and most of all a better Christian. I ask myself often, “What is God doing in my life right now to draw me closer to Him?” Though many of us may go through harder trials than others, the point of each trial is to draw us closer to the Lord. You have obeyed God through all of this and I’m just in awe! How sweet your stories have been to my heart. May God bless you and your precious family, may He give you strength in every moment of the day, and may you continue to say “yes” to His plan for your life. I will say yes to Him. Your story is a living testimony of the love and grace that comes from God when we say, yes. If God should ever lead me into the shadow of the valley of death….I will remember that He has lead me, and I will remember your story. God bless.

  • Daniel & Heidi Schatz

    Hi Angie,
    A friend of mine just told me about your blog and after many tears and a couple hours of reading from the beginning….all I keep saying is, “WOW, my God is so good.” Your story is an absolute testimony to how real God is, how Powerful He is, how Loving, and Merciful He is! As a mother of 2 boys (carter 2, and evan 7 months) you have inspired me to be a better mommy, a better wife, and most of all a better Christian. I ask myself often, “What is God doing in my life right now to draw me closer to Him?” Though many of us may go through harder trials than others, the point of each trial is to draw us closer to the Lord. You have obeyed God through all of this and I’m just in awe! How sweet your stories have been to my heart. May God bless you and your precious family, may He give you strength in every moment of the day, and may you continue to say “yes” to His plan for your life. I will say yes to Him. Your story is a living testimony of the love and grace that comes from God when we say, yes. If God should ever lead me into the shadow of the valley of death….I will remember that He has lead me, and I will remember your story. God bless.

  • Daniel & Heidi Schatz

    Hi Angie,
    A friend of mine just told me about your blog and after many tears and a couple hours of reading from the beginning….all I keep saying is, “WOW, my God is so good.” Your story is an absolute testimony to how real God is, how Powerful He is, how Loving, and Merciful He is! As a mother of 2 boys (carter 2, and evan 7 months) you have inspired me to be a better mommy, a better wife, and most of all a better Christian. I ask myself often, “What is God doing in my life right now to draw me closer to Him?” Though many of us may go through harder trials than others, the point of each trial is to draw us closer to the Lord. You have obeyed God through all of this and I’m just in awe! How sweet your stories have been to my heart. May God bless you and your precious family, may He give you strength in every moment of the day, and may you continue to say “yes” to His plan for your life. I will say yes to Him. Your story is a living testimony of the love and grace that comes from God when we say, yes. If God should ever lead me into the shadow of the valley of death….I will remember that He has lead me, and I will remember your story. God bless.

  • Daniel & Heidi Schatz

    Hi Angie,
    A friend of mine just told me about your blog and after many tears and a couple hours of reading from the beginning….all I keep saying is, “WOW, my God is so good.” Your story is an absolute testimony to how real God is, how Powerful He is, how Loving, and Merciful He is! As a mother of 2 boys (carter 2, and evan 7 months) you have inspired me to be a better mommy, a better wife, and most of all a better Christian. I ask myself often, “What is God doing in my life right now to draw me closer to Him?” Though many of us may go through harder trials than others, the point of each trial is to draw us closer to the Lord. You have obeyed God through all of this and I’m just in awe! How sweet your stories have been to my heart. May God bless you and your precious family, may He give you strength in every moment of the day, and may you continue to say “yes” to His plan for your life. I will say yes to Him. Your story is a living testimony of the love and grace that comes from God when we say, yes. If God should ever lead me into the shadow of the valley of death….I will remember that He has lead me, and I will remember your story. God bless.

  • Daniel & Heidi Schatz

    Hi Angie,
    A friend of mine just told me about your blog and after many tears and a couple hours of reading from the beginning….all I keep saying is, “WOW, my God is so good.” Your story is an absolute testimony to how real God is, how Powerful He is, how Loving, and Merciful He is! As a mother of 2 boys (carter 2, and evan 7 months) you have inspired me to be a better mommy, a better wife, and most of all a better Christian. I ask myself often, “What is God doing in my life right now to draw me closer to Him?” Though many of us may go through harder trials than others, the point of each trial is to draw us closer to the Lord. You have obeyed God through all of this and I’m just in awe! How sweet your stories have been to my heart. May God bless you and your precious family, may He give you strength in every moment of the day, and may you continue to say “yes” to His plan for your life. I will say yes to Him. Your story is a living testimony of the love and grace that comes from God when we say, yes. If God should ever lead me into the shadow of the valley of death….I will remember that He has lead me, and I will remember your story. God bless.

  • Daniel & Heidi Schatz

    Hi Angie,
    A friend of mine just told me about your blog and after many tears and a couple hours of reading from the beginning….all I keep saying is, “WOW, my God is so good.” Your story is an absolute testimony to how real God is, how Powerful He is, how Loving, and Merciful He is! As a mother of 2 boys (carter 2, and evan 7 months) you have inspired me to be a better mommy, a better wife, and most of all a better Christian. I ask myself often, “What is God doing in my life right now to draw me closer to Him?” Though many of us may go through harder trials than others, the point of each trial is to draw us closer to the Lord. You have obeyed God through all of this and I’m just in awe! How sweet your stories have been to my heart. May God bless you and your precious family, may He give you strength in every moment of the day, and may you continue to say “yes” to His plan for your life. I will say yes to Him. Your story is a living testimony of the love and grace that comes from God when we say, yes. If God should ever lead me into the shadow of the valley of death….I will remember that He has lead me, and I will remember your story. God bless.

  • Daniel & Heidi Schatz

    Hi Angie,
    A friend of mine just told me about your blog and after many tears and a couple hours of reading from the beginning….all I keep saying is, “WOW, my God is so good.” Your story is an absolute testimony to how real God is, how Powerful He is, how Loving, and Merciful He is! As a mother of 2 boys (carter 2, and evan 7 months) you have inspired me to be a better mommy, a better wife, and most of all a better Christian. I ask myself often, “What is God doing in my life right now to draw me closer to Him?” Though many of us may go through harder trials than others, the point of each trial is to draw us closer to the Lord. You have obeyed God through all of this and I’m just in awe! How sweet your stories have been to my heart. May God bless you and your precious family, may He give you strength in every moment of the day, and may you continue to say “yes” to His plan for your life. I will say yes to Him. Your story is a living testimony of the love and grace that comes from God when we say, yes. If God should ever lead me into the shadow of the valley of death….I will remember that He has lead me, and I will remember your story. God bless.

  • Daniel & Heidi Schatz

    Hi Angie,
    A friend of mine just told me about your blog and after many tears and a couple hours of reading from the beginning….all I keep saying is, “WOW, my God is so good.” Your story is an absolute testimony to how real God is, how Powerful He is, how Loving, and Merciful He is! As a mother of 2 boys (carter 2, and evan 7 months) you have inspired me to be a better mommy, a better wife, and most of all a better Christian. I ask myself often, “What is God doing in my life right now to draw me closer to Him?” Though many of us may go through harder trials than others, the point of each trial is to draw us closer to the Lord. You have obeyed God through all of this and I’m just in awe! How sweet your stories have been to my heart. May God bless you and your precious family, may He give you strength in every moment of the day, and may you continue to say “yes” to His plan for your life. I will say yes to Him. Your story is a living testimony of the love and grace that comes from God when we say, yes. If God should ever lead me into the shadow of the valley of death….I will remember that He has lead me, and I will remember your story. God bless.

  • Daniel & Heidi Schatz

    Hi Angie,
    A friend of mine just told me about your blog and after many tears and a couple hours of reading from the beginning….all I keep saying is, “WOW, my God is so good.” Your story is an absolute testimony to how real God is, how Powerful He is, how Loving, and Merciful He is! As a mother of 2 boys (carter 2, and evan 7 months) you have inspired me to be a better mommy, a better wife, and most of all a better Christian. I ask myself often, “What is God doing in my life right now to draw me closer to Him?” Though many of us may go through harder trials than others, the point of each trial is to draw us closer to the Lord. You have obeyed God through all of this and I’m just in awe! How sweet your stories have been to my heart. May God bless you and your precious family, may He give you strength in every moment of the day, and may you continue to say “yes” to His plan for your life. I will say yes to Him. Your story is a living testimony of the love and grace that comes from God when we say, yes. If God should ever lead me into the shadow of the valley of death….I will remember that He has lead me, and I will remember your story. God bless.

  • Daniel & Heidi Schatz

    Hi Angie,
    A friend of mine just told me about your blog and after many tears and a couple hours of reading from the beginning….all I keep saying is, “WOW, my God is so good.” Your story is an absolute testimony to how real God is, how Powerful He is, how Loving, and Merciful He is! As a mother of 2 boys (carter 2, and evan 7 months) you have inspired me to be a better mommy, a better wife, and most of all a better Christian. I ask myself often, “What is God doing in my life right now to draw me closer to Him?” Though many of us may go through harder trials than others, the point of each trial is to draw us closer to the Lord. You have obeyed God through all of this and I’m just in awe! How sweet your stories have been to my heart. May God bless you and your precious family, may He give you strength in every moment of the day, and may you continue to say “yes” to His plan for your life. I will say yes to Him. Your story is a living testimony of the love and grace that comes from God when we say, yes. If God should ever lead me into the shadow of the valley of death….I will remember that He has lead me, and I will remember your story. God bless.

  • Daniel & Heidi Schatz

    Hi Angie,
    A friend of mine just told me about your blog and after many tears and a couple hours of reading from the beginning….all I keep saying is, “WOW, my God is so good.” Your story is an absolute testimony to how real God is, how Powerful He is, how Loving, and Merciful He is! As a mother of 2 boys (carter 2, and evan 7 months) you have inspired me to be a better mommy, a better wife, and most of all a better Christian. I ask myself often, “What is God doing in my life right now to draw me closer to Him?” Though many of us may go through harder trials than others, the point of each trial is to draw us closer to the Lord. You have obeyed God through all of this and I’m just in awe! How sweet your stories have been to my heart. May God bless you and your precious family, may He give you strength in every moment of the day, and may you continue to say “yes” to His plan for your life. I will say yes to Him. Your story is a living testimony of the love and grace that comes from God when we say, yes. If God should ever lead me into the shadow of the valley of death….I will remember that He has lead me, and I will remember your story. God bless.

  • Daniel & Heidi Schatz

    Hi Angie,
    A friend of mine just told me about your blog and after many tears and a couple hours of reading from the beginning….all I keep saying is, “WOW, my God is so good.” Your story is an absolute testimony to how real God is, how Powerful He is, how Loving, and Merciful He is! As a mother of 2 boys (carter 2, and evan 7 months) you have inspired me to be a better mommy, a better wife, and most of all a better Christian. I ask myself often, “What is God doing in my life right now to draw me closer to Him?” Though many of us may go through harder trials than others, the point of each trial is to draw us closer to the Lord. You have obeyed God through all of this and I’m just in awe! How sweet your stories have been to my heart. May God bless you and your precious family, may He give you strength in every moment of the day, and may you continue to say “yes” to His plan for your life. I will say yes to Him. Your story is a living testimony of the love and grace that comes from God when we say, yes. If God should ever lead me into the shadow of the valley of death….I will remember that He has lead me, and I will remember your story. God bless.

  • Daniel & Heidi Schatz

    Hi Angie,
    A friend of mine just told me about your blog and after many tears and a couple hours of reading from the beginning….all I keep saying is, “WOW, my God is so good.” Your story is an absolute testimony to how real God is, how Powerful He is, how Loving, and Merciful He is! As a mother of 2 boys (carter 2, and evan 7 months) you have inspired me to be a better mommy, a better wife, and most of all a better Christian. I ask myself often, “What is God doing in my life right now to draw me closer to Him?” Though many of us may go through harder trials than others, the point of each trial is to draw us closer to the Lord. You have obeyed God through all of this and I’m just in awe! How sweet your stories have been to my heart. May God bless you and your precious family, may He give you strength in every moment of the day, and may you continue to say “yes” to His plan for your life. I will say yes to Him. Your story is a living testimony of the love and grace that comes from God when we say, yes. If God should ever lead me into the shadow of the valley of death….I will remember that He has lead me, and I will remember your story. God bless.

  • Daniel & Heidi Schatz

    Hi Angie,
    A friend of mine just told me about your blog and after many tears and a couple hours of reading from the beginning….all I keep saying is, “WOW, my God is so good.” Your story is an absolute testimony to how real God is, how Powerful He is, how Loving, and Merciful He is! As a mother of 2 boys (carter 2, and evan 7 months) you have inspired me to be a better mommy, a better wife, and most of all a better Christian. I ask myself often, “What is God doing in my life right now to draw me closer to Him?” Though many of us may go through harder trials than others, the point of each trial is to draw us closer to the Lord. You have obeyed God through all of this and I’m just in awe! How sweet your stories have been to my heart. May God bless you and your precious family, may He give you strength in every moment of the day, and may you continue to say “yes” to His plan for your life. I will say yes to Him. Your story is a living testimony of the love and grace that comes from God when we say, yes. If God should ever lead me into the shadow of the valley of death….I will remember that He has lead me, and I will remember your story. God bless.

  • Daniel & Heidi Schatz

    Hi Angie,
    A friend of mine just told me about your blog and after many tears and a couple hours of reading from the beginning….all I keep saying is, “WOW, my God is so good.” Your story is an absolute testimony to how real God is, how Powerful He is, how Loving, and Merciful He is! As a mother of 2 boys (carter 2, and evan 7 months) you have inspired me to be a better mommy, a better wife, and most of all a better Christian. I ask myself often, “What is God doing in my life right now to draw me closer to Him?” Though many of us may go through harder trials than others, the point of each trial is to draw us closer to the Lord. You have obeyed God through all of this and I’m just in awe! How sweet your stories have been to my heart. May God bless you and your precious family, may He give you strength in every moment of the day, and may you continue to say “yes” to His plan for your life. I will say yes to Him. Your story is a living testimony of the love and grace that comes from God when we say, yes. If God should ever lead me into the shadow of the valley of death….I will remember that He has lead me, and I will remember your story. God bless.

  • LadyBug

    Thank you for sharing that!

    Its so good to be able to get a glimpse at a Godly marriage especially this day and age when it seems to be so rare!

    I appreciate seeing and knowing that it still exists and this gives me hope!

    Thanks :)

  • Missie

    Beautifully writen.
    Please know that you and your precious family are being lifted up in prayer by my daughter and I when we pray on our car-rides.

  • Rachel

    Angie, I just had to laugh at your 24 comment. My husband and I were recently in Central Asia adopting our second child (our daughter) and we brought the first 3 seasons with us. We just had to watch the last 3 after we came home, so that’s what we did, night after night once the kids were in bed.

    Sometimes, in the midst of all we are feeling, we just need to laugh and get lost.

  • a woman found

    That’s so awesome! I always cry when I read your posts, with a smile and a worshipful heart! Thanks for sharing your life with us. Christ shines through. You all are such a great testimony of His power!

    Sheila

  • Mab

    Loved this post!!!
    Loved the tears that came with the reading of this post too.
    And I love knowing more and more about you, your family and your faith. You go girl!
    :)

  • Becca Sports

    I love reading your posts. It is a friendly reminder for me to take time each day to enjoy each one of my girls. Sometimes the “routine” of each day is so tiring. Reading your post makes me hug them each tightly and enjoy every moment God gives me with them and my husband.

    Beautiful tribute to your husband! I love Selah!

  • Misty

    that is so sweet.

  • The Gang’s All Here!

    “It’s the sharp voice that comes out of you when you just meant to ask where your shoes are. It’s your heart breaking because you can’t fix it all.”

    Thank you for that. That was a beautiful post, and it met me right where I am right now. My heart feels as if it might be breaking, even if just little tiny tears and splinters compared to others’ heart break. And I can’t fix it any of it.

    This was beautiful and I’m so grateful for godly men like your Todd and mine (I call him The Boss, but he is Todd too.) to walk with us through these hard seasons.

  • Faith

    This is absolutely precious! I’m so thankful that the Lord brought you two together and I pray that He will bless you with many more wonderful years of marriage.
    Happy Father’s Day Todd!

  • Kerri

    You have an AMAZING ability to put your thought & feeling down on paper. I so enjoy reading your blog!!
    Bless You!!!

  • mitchells2000

    Thanks for the post, Angie. God has used you tremendously in my own life, as we, too, are going through our season of “worse” and “better”… can it be that it happens at the same time?!?! This week was hard in dealing with the grief of losing our babies and never getting to meet them, as well as Father’s Day, and being with an insensitive family member who happens to be pregnant for the second time in 2 years. Thankfully, though, God is still giving grace, and has given me a wonderful husband much like your Todd. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have God in my life! Thank you for being so transparent with us… you are a blessing.

  • Rachel

    Angie,

    I’m a new reader, but I’m so blessed by your journal. Thank you for such a beautiful tribute.

    Rachel

  • Sun

    WOW – this has to be one of the most amazing posts that I have read – May God continue to pour Himself into you…both of you! Sunshine

  • Sun

    Oh and the part about what his sisters told him – that is HILARIOUS! Sunshine

  • cadra74

    Oh goodness – the photo of the twins is just precious beyond words! Naturally, Kate’s is equally sweet, but I can’t get past the baby faces! Thanks for sharing your praise, love, and admiration for Todd with us.

  • Sophie’s Mom

    What a beautiful, heart-felt post. Sounds like you two are perfect for each other!

  • JJ_West

    Angie,
    I SO get the highlighted AND starred system! I do the same thing.

    What a beautiful tribute to your husband and what a testimony of the oneness that God created us for in marriage.

  • Cara

    Angie,

    I was in the middle of church Sunday morning, and I could not get you and Todd out of my head (or my heart, really). We were singing “Blessed Be Your Name”, and the line “You give and take away” was hammering away at my heart repetitively. I was thinking mostly of Todd, I guess, because it was Father’s Day. I prayed that he could feel peace beyond what he can understand, and that his heart would find refuge in Christ.

    I’ve never had anyone “stick” with me that I meet via blogs like you and your family have. I find myself praying for you so often, and sometimes just staying up into the early hours of the morning, just hurting for you.

    One night I went into my 6 month old daughter’s room and picked her up out of her crib. I sat in her rocking chair and held her and breathed her in…and I sat amazed in the presence of God and what He has given me. I’ve been angry for you, and questioned why God would have this path laid before you. But ironically, each time I read your words, you are actually the one who reminds me of the greater picture–you who have been deeper inside the pain than I could ever imagine or want to be.

    Thank you for sharing your heart with us. You will never know just how much your words speak to my soul.

    Sincerely,
    Cara

  • Noah and Grace

    Angie,
    That was a beautiful tribute to Todd. It sounds like you both are very blessed to have each other.
    I feel blessed to have found your blog. I have been praying for your family.

    Sheri

  • shartalbot

    Oh Angie, I laughed so hard when I read the part about you and Todd staying up all night to watch an entire season of 24. My husband and I do the same thing as we don’t have cable and only watch our favourite shows when they are released on dvd. I was glad to hear that we aren’t the only crazy people to do this :)
    On a side note…I can’t tell you enough how much I LOVE reading your blog. Thanks for always sharing from your heart and being you.

  • twondra

    Angie, this is beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Tina Vega

    What a beautiful true picture of marriage, a wonderful gift you’ve each been given. The good and the bad – together.

  • Michelle

    I am crying. Beautiful post.

  • stephanie garcia

    You have a gift with words … What a precious tribute to your husband and the life God has given you together.

  • Leah

    Such aweet tribute to your loving relationship. I’m still thinking of you family and praying.

  • christi28

    what a love story you have. your girls will love to read this one day!
    blessings and love to you both!

  • mommymae

    such a beautiful insight on your love for each other. nul autre, en effet.

  • chi-chi

    Angie…

    I never comment, I’m just not the leave a comment girl anymore, but I must this time. You, your faithfulness and your heart amaze me. You say the things I feel or hope to feel some day in ways more eloquently than I believe I ever could. THANK YOU for being so transparent as you share yourself with us – these strangers who have come to love you and in my case God differently than I have before. I am reminded of His love, faithfulness and sovereignty with each of your posts. What struck me today: “It’s believing that what God does with what we give Him is far greater than what we could have done with it ourselves.”

    Thanks again.

    Chiyah

  • Darlene

    Angie, your tribute made me cry. Thank God for husbands and daddies who love our Lord! You inspired me to write a tribute of my own to my sweetie. Your writing is wonderful! It is gift worth sharing; and clearly, God is using your willing hands and heart and hurt.
    Darlene

    here is a link to my hubby’s tribute:http://worthwalkingtoward.blogspot.com/2008/06/happy-fathers-day-to-my-beloved-matt.html

  • jason

    I recently found your blog and so much of it reminds me of me … I’ve been literally drawn to it the last week or so. And I feel clique even typing the words b/c I imagine you’ve read them over and over in other comments.

    This post specifically made me smile. I could have written it word for word {minus the Coach part ;-) ! }. You and no other … that’s our saying. I am wearing my Posey necklace today actually(French on the front, English on the back) and just ordered wall stickers for above our bed that say the same. And really, you just CAN’T turn off 24 can you? — no matter how tired … ya just HAVE TO see what happens! lol.

    We just celebrated the
    3rd ‘birthday’ of our twin daughters, they were born and died on June 4 {2005}, and as I’ve read through your posts the last few days I’ve been awed at how I feel like I am glimpsing into my own thoughts from time to time. There is something beautiful about transparency and sharing in grief with others who understand.

    Thank you for sharing your heart and your words and your tears. Someone once told me that every ounce of grief is a stepping stone for further Kingdom building, and you and your sweet daughter are proof of that. Lifting you in prayer this morning …

    ::Traci::

  • cristie

    Your words are the truest form of a heart felt expression! I love every keystroke you make, allowing us to get a glimpse of a family … we don’t even know! I’m sure you’ve been told this a thousand times, however, I will say it to you myself … you should take your writings, bind them and share them with the word over and over again! They inspire, convict, encourage, and re-new each of us that get the joy to stumble upon them. It looks as though from the number of comments that the Lord is directing more and more “stumblers”. He can use any and all means to share the heart of him! Many days, he uses YOU, Angie!
    Thanks Angie!

  • Epec

    Angie, this is the first I have commented, not because I didn’t want to, simply because I wasn’t sure how to. But this touched my heart because you say things about what marriage is that I learned through a failing first marriage and a God sent second marriage. I have 4 beautiful, healthy children, and my heart was broken for you when I first read your story. Now, I am in awe of you, the way that you are so real, and so truthful. It is something to be admired. I pray for you often, and know you do the same for each of us. I will be travelling to Women of Faith this weekend, and I will pray for strength for you there. In Christ’s Love!

  • Mommy

    Beautiful! I love your sincere heart.

  • kjoy

    This is awesome! And again, your frank honesty has me tearing. I hope to have a marriage like that… and I love the French. :-)

  • collybird

    Once again I’m left thinking that I have no words that can do yours justice Angie.

    What a beautiful tribute – once again you brought tears to my eyes. I only hope that one day I am lucky enough to find someone as wonderful as Todd.

    You ooze warmth Angie, I can feel it thousands of miles away and I can say without a shadow of doubt that Todd feels the same about you.

  • kris

    How much I hope to know this kind of love again, one day.

    How much I hope.

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I just worte this lengthly post & lost it because I didn’t have a blogger ID, so I guess I have one now…so, I will try again…ouch!

    Just got back in town & had to run to your blog…I have laughed & laughed…I am ahighlighter queen & stars (they sometimes end up looking like snowflakes with lots of points LOL) marker also…I’m going to see if I can find out the meaning of that statement.

    I remember meeting my husband for the first time….love at first site & I knew that the minute I opened the door & there he stood. He told me that he knew I was in love with him after the second day we spent together. However, he was scared to death & it took me about four years to get him to the church altar for our wedding, Angie!! It’s been 27 years since we met at the church altar and he is still the love of my life!

    Girl, you tell the most precious stories. Todd & his sisters……I’ve laughed myself almost into an accident (LOL)! I am one of ten children (I’m #5there is a 5 year space & then 5 after me!) I can remember so many stories about our childhood. The Donny Do, bouillon cube & “Echo-man” are fabulous! I’m laughing again just typing the words!

    Angie you are so honest about everything. I admire you for that. People tend to think that christians read their Bibles daily, do daily Bible studies, never make mistakes, etc. It is so warming to know that you are human too. We strive to do our very best, we grow from our mistakes and our trials. HE loves us in spite of our imperfections.

    God hand-picked Todd for you & you for Todd. God knew what HE had in store for your lives together. HE knew all about the trials & heartaches that were coming your way. HE picked a strong man for you side, Angie & he picked a strong woman for Todd’s side. Together you are a perfect GOD-match. I know that Todd is a good Daddy to his girls because he loves God & serves HIM so honestly.

    It’s amazing that you mentioned the newlyweds…we attended a wedding for our friends’ daughter on Saturday night (we’ve been friends for 22 years now)…God was there & you knew that this couple wanted HIM in their marriage. When they spoke at the reception the bride said “we know there will be highs and lows & we are prepared to go through those together….”. My thoughts were about The Todd Smith Family….I thought you have no idea what is in store for you….hopefully you will never have to endure any of the trials & heartaches of the Smith Family. You just never know what those two words are going to mean someday.

    It’s Wed. PM, no really early Thursday morning, but Happy Father’s Day (late) Todd. You have the most precious GIRLS in your life.

    The pictures of Todd & the girls are fabulous. I only wish I had known you when they were all babies. I’ve always wanted a set of twins. I’ve already told my kids “I’ve ordered a set of GrandTwins for someday!”….my son just walked away from me, imagine that!

    Love & Prayers from Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I just worte this lengthly post & lost it because I didn’t have a blogger ID, so I guess I have one now…so, I will try again…ouch!

    Just got back in town & had to run to your blog…I have laughed & laughed…I am ahighlighter queen & stars (they sometimes end up looking like snowflakes with lots of points LOL) marker also…I’m going to see if I can find out the meaning of that statement.

    I remember meeting my husband for the first time….love at first site & I knew that the minute I opened the door & there he stood. He told me that he knew I was in love with him after the second day we spent together. However, he was scared to death & it took me about four years to get him to the church altar for our wedding, Angie!! It’s been 27 years since we met at the church altar and he is still the love of my life!

    Girl, you tell the most precious stories. Todd & his sisters……I’ve laughed myself almost into an accident (LOL)! I am one of ten children (I’m #5there is a 5 year space & then 5 after me!) I can remember so many stories about our childhood. The Donny Do, bouillon cube & “Echo-man” are fabulous! I’m laughing again just typing the words!

    Angie you are so honest about everything. I admire you for that. People tend to think that christians read their Bibles daily, do daily Bible studies, never make mistakes, etc. It is so warming to know that you are human too. We strive to do our very best, we grow from our mistakes and our trials. HE loves us in spite of our imperfections.

    God hand-picked Todd for you & you for Todd. God knew what HE had in store for your lives together. HE knew all about the trials & heartaches that were coming your way. HE picked a strong man for you side, Angie & he picked a strong woman for Todd’s side. Together you are a perfect GOD-match. I know that Todd is a good Daddy to his girls because he loves God & serves HIM so honestly.

    It’s amazing that you mentioned the newlyweds…we attended a wedding for our friends’ daughter on Saturday night (we’ve been friends for 22 years now)…God was there & you knew that this couple wanted HIM in their marriage. When they spoke at the reception the bride said “we know there will be highs and lows & we are prepared to go through those together….”. My thoughts were about The Todd Smith Family….I thought you have no idea what is in store for you….hopefully you will never have to endure any of the trials & heartaches of the Smith Family. You just never know what those two words are going to mean someday.

    It’s Wed. PM, no really early Thursday morning, but Happy Father’s Day (late) Todd. You have the most precious GIRLS in your life.

    The pictures of Todd & the girls are fabulous. I only wish I had known you when they were all babies. I’ve always wanted a set of twins. I’ve already told my kids “I’ve ordered a set of GrandTwins for someday!”….my son just walked away from me, imagine that!

    Love & Prayers from Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I just worte this lengthly post & lost it because I didn’t have a blogger ID, so I guess I have one now…so, I will try again…ouch!

    Just got back in town & had to run to your blog…I have laughed & laughed…I am ahighlighter queen & stars (they sometimes end up looking like snowflakes with lots of points LOL) marker also…I’m going to see if I can find out the meaning of that statement.

    I remember meeting my husband for the first time….love at first site & I knew that the minute I opened the door & there he stood. He told me that he knew I was in love with him after the second day we spent together. However, he was scared to death & it took me about four years to get him to the church altar for our wedding, Angie!! It’s been 27 years since we met at the church altar and he is still the love of my life!

    Girl, you tell the most precious stories. Todd & his sisters……I’ve laughed myself almost into an accident (LOL)! I am one of ten children (I’m #5there is a 5 year space & then 5 after me!) I can remember so many stories about our childhood. The Donny Do, bouillon cube & “Echo-man” are fabulous! I’m laughing again just typing the words!

    Angie you are so honest about everything. I admire you for that. People tend to think that christians read their Bibles daily, do daily Bible studies, never make mistakes, etc. It is so warming to know that you are human too. We strive to do our very best, we grow from our mistakes and our trials. HE loves us in spite of our imperfections.

    God hand-picked Todd for you & you for Todd. God knew what HE had in store for your lives together. HE knew all about the trials & heartaches that were coming your way. HE picked a strong man for you side, Angie & he picked a strong woman for Todd’s side. Together you are a perfect GOD-match. I know that Todd is a good Daddy to his girls because he loves God & serves HIM so honestly.

    It’s amazing that you mentioned the newlyweds…we attended a wedding for our friends’ daughter on Saturday night (we’ve been friends for 22 years now)…God was there & you knew that this couple wanted HIM in their marriage. When they spoke at the reception the bride said “we know there will be highs and lows & we are prepared to go through those together….”. My thoughts were about The Todd Smith Family….I thought you have no idea what is in store for you….hopefully you will never have to endure any of the trials & heartaches of the Smith Family. You just never know what those two words are going to mean someday.

    It’s Wed. PM, no really early Thursday morning, but Happy Father’s Day (late) Todd. You have the most precious GIRLS in your life.

    The pictures of Todd & the girls are fabulous. I only wish I had known you when they were all babies. I’ve always wanted a set of twins. I’ve already told my kids “I’ve ordered a set of GrandTwins for someday!”….my son just walked away from me, imagine that!

    Love & Prayers from Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I just worte this lengthly post & lost it because I didn’t have a blogger ID, so I guess I have one now…so, I will try again…ouch!

    Just got back in town & had to run to your blog…I have laughed & laughed…I am ahighlighter queen & stars (they sometimes end up looking like snowflakes with lots of points LOL) marker also…I’m going to see if I can find out the meaning of that statement.

    I remember meeting my husband for the first time….love at first site & I knew that the minute I opened the door & there he stood. He told me that he knew I was in love with him after the second day we spent together. However, he was scared to death & it took me about four years to get him to the church altar for our wedding, Angie!! It’s been 27 years since we met at the church altar and he is still the love of my life!

    Girl, you tell the most precious stories. Todd & his sisters……I’ve laughed myself almost into an accident (LOL)! I am one of ten children (I’m #5there is a 5 year space & then 5 after me!) I can remember so many stories about our childhood. The Donny Do, bouillon cube & “Echo-man” are fabulous! I’m laughing again just typing the words!

    Angie you are so honest about everything. I admire you for that. People tend to think that christians read their Bibles daily, do daily Bible studies, never make mistakes, etc. It is so warming to know that you are human too. We strive to do our very best, we grow from our mistakes and our trials. HE loves us in spite of our imperfections.

    God hand-picked Todd for you & you for Todd. God knew what HE had in store for your lives together. HE knew all about the trials & heartaches that were coming your way. HE picked a strong man for you side, Angie & he picked a strong woman for Todd’s side. Together you are a perfect GOD-match. I know that Todd is a good Daddy to his girls because he loves God & serves HIM so honestly.

    It’s amazing that you mentioned the newlyweds…we attended a wedding for our friends’ daughter on Saturday night (we’ve been friends for 22 years now)…God was there & you knew that this couple wanted HIM in their marriage. When they spoke at the reception the bride said “we know there will be highs and lows & we are prepared to go through those together….”. My thoughts were about The Todd Smith Family….I thought you have no idea what is in store for you….hopefully you will never have to endure any of the trials & heartaches of the Smith Family. You just never know what those two words are going to mean someday.

    It’s Wed. PM, no really early Thursday morning, but Happy Father’s Day (late) Todd. You have the most precious GIRLS in your life.

    The pictures of Todd & the girls are fabulous. I only wish I had known you when they were all babies. I’ve always wanted a set of twins. I’ve already told my kids “I’ve ordered a set of GrandTwins for someday!”….my son just walked away from me, imagine that!

    Love & Prayers from Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I just worte this lengthly post & lost it because I didn’t have a blogger ID, so I guess I have one now…so, I will try again…ouch!

    Just got back in town & had to run to your blog…I have laughed & laughed…I am ahighlighter queen & stars (they sometimes end up looking like snowflakes with lots of points LOL) marker also…I’m going to see if I can find out the meaning of that statement.

    I remember meeting my husband for the first time….love at first site & I knew that the minute I opened the door & there he stood. He told me that he knew I was in love with him after the second day we spent together. However, he was scared to death & it took me about four years to get him to the church altar for our wedding, Angie!! It’s been 27 years since we met at the church altar and he is still the love of my life!

    Girl, you tell the most precious stories. Todd & his sisters……I’ve laughed myself almost into an accident (LOL)! I am one of ten children (I’m #5there is a 5 year space & then 5 after me!) I can remember so many stories about our childhood. The Donny Do, bouillon cube & “Echo-man” are fabulous! I’m laughing again just typing the words!

    Angie you are so honest about everything. I admire you for that. People tend to think that christians read their Bibles daily, do daily Bible studies, never make mistakes, etc. It is so warming to know that you are human too. We strive to do our very best, we grow from our mistakes and our trials. HE loves us in spite of our imperfections.

    God hand-picked Todd for you & you for Todd. God knew what HE had in store for your lives together. HE knew all about the trials & heartaches that were coming your way. HE picked a strong man for you side, Angie & he picked a strong woman for Todd’s side. Together you are a perfect GOD-match. I know that Todd is a good Daddy to his girls because he loves God & serves HIM so honestly.

    It’s amazing that you mentioned the newlyweds…we attended a wedding for our friends’ daughter on Saturday night (we’ve been friends for 22 years now)…God was there & you knew that this couple wanted HIM in their marriage. When they spoke at the reception the bride said “we know there will be highs and lows & we are prepared to go through those together….”. My thoughts were about The Todd Smith Family….I thought you have no idea what is in store for you….hopefully you will never have to endure any of the trials & heartaches of the Smith Family. You just never know what those two words are going to mean someday.

    It’s Wed. PM, no really early Thursday morning, but Happy Father’s Day (late) Todd. You have the most precious GIRLS in your life.

    The pictures of Todd & the girls are fabulous. I only wish I had known you when they were all babies. I’ve always wanted a set of twins. I’ve already told my kids “I’ve ordered a set of GrandTwins for someday!”….my son just walked away from me, imagine that!

    Love & Prayers from Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I just worte this lengthly post & lost it because I didn’t have a blogger ID, so I guess I have one now…so, I will try again…ouch!

    Just got back in town & had to run to your blog…I have laughed & laughed…I am ahighlighter queen & stars (they sometimes end up looking like snowflakes with lots of points LOL) marker also…I’m going to see if I can find out the meaning of that statement.

    I remember meeting my husband for the first time….love at first site & I knew that the minute I opened the door & there he stood. He told me that he knew I was in love with him after the second day we spent together. However, he was scared to death & it took me about four years to get him to the church altar for our wedding, Angie!! It’s been 27 years since we met at the church altar and he is still the love of my life!

    Girl, you tell the most precious stories. Todd & his sisters……I’ve laughed myself almost into an accident (LOL)! I am one of ten children (I’m #5there is a 5 year space & then 5 after me!) I can remember so many stories about our childhood. The Donny Do, bouillon cube & “Echo-man” are fabulous! I’m laughing again just typing the words!

    Angie you are so honest about everything. I admire you for that. People tend to think that christians read their Bibles daily, do daily Bible studies, never make mistakes, etc. It is so warming to know that you are human too. We strive to do our very best, we grow from our mistakes and our trials. HE loves us in spite of our imperfections.

    God hand-picked Todd for you & you for Todd. God knew what HE had in store for your lives together. HE knew all about the trials & heartaches that were coming your way. HE picked a strong man for you side, Angie & he picked a strong woman for Todd’s side. Together you are a perfect GOD-match. I know that Todd is a good Daddy to his girls because he loves God & serves HIM so honestly.

    It’s amazing that you mentioned the newlyweds…we attended a wedding for our friends’ daughter on Saturday night (we’ve been friends for 22 years now)…God was there & you knew that this couple wanted HIM in their marriage. When they spoke at the reception the bride said “we know there will be highs and lows & we are prepared to go through those together….”. My thoughts were about The Todd Smith Family….I thought you have no idea what is in store for you….hopefully you will never have to endure any of the trials & heartaches of the Smith Family. You just never know what those two words are going to mean someday.

    It’s Wed. PM, no really early Thursday morning, but Happy Father’s Day (late) Todd. You have the most precious GIRLS in your life.

    The pictures of Todd & the girls are fabulous. I only wish I had known you when they were all babies. I’ve always wanted a set of twins. I’ve already told my kids “I’ve ordered a set of GrandTwins for someday!”….my son just walked away from me, imagine that!

    Love & Prayers from Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I just worte this lengthly post & lost it because I didn’t have a blogger ID, so I guess I have one now…so, I will try again…ouch!

    Just got back in town & had to run to your blog…I have laughed & laughed…I am ahighlighter queen & stars (they sometimes end up looking like snowflakes with lots of points LOL) marker also…I’m going to see if I can find out the meaning of that statement.

    I remember meeting my husband for the first time….love at first site & I knew that the minute I opened the door & there he stood. He told me that he knew I was in love with him after the second day we spent together. However, he was scared to death & it took me about four years to get him to the church altar for our wedding, Angie!! It’s been 27 years since we met at the church altar and he is still the love of my life!

    Girl, you tell the most precious stories. Todd & his sisters……I’ve laughed myself almost into an accident (LOL)! I am one of ten children (I’m #5there is a 5 year space & then 5 after me!) I can remember so many stories about our childhood. The Donny Do, bouillon cube & “Echo-man” are fabulous! I’m laughing again just typing the words!

    Angie you are so honest about everything. I admire you for that. People tend to think that christians read their Bibles daily, do daily Bible studies, never make mistakes, etc. It is so warming to know that you are human too. We strive to do our very best, we grow from our mistakes and our trials. HE loves us in spite of our imperfections.

    God hand-picked Todd for you & you for Todd. God knew what HE had in store for your lives together. HE knew all about the trials & heartaches that were coming your way. HE picked a strong man for you side, Angie & he picked a strong woman for Todd’s side. Together you are a perfect GOD-match. I know that Todd is a good Daddy to his girls because he loves God & serves HIM so honestly.

    It’s amazing that you mentioned the newlyweds…we attended a wedding for our friends’ daughter on Saturday night (we’ve been friends for 22 years now)…God was there & you knew that this couple wanted HIM in their marriage. When they spoke at the reception the bride said “we know there will be highs and lows & we are prepared to go through those together….”. My thoughts were about The Todd Smith Family….I thought you have no idea what is in store for you….hopefully you will never have to endure any of the trials & heartaches of the Smith Family. You just never know what those two words are going to mean someday.

    It’s Wed. PM, no really early Thursday morning, but Happy Father’s Day (late) Todd. You have the most precious GIRLS in your life.

    The pictures of Todd & the girls are fabulous. I only wish I had known you when they were all babies. I’ve always wanted a set of twins. I’ve already told my kids “I’ve ordered a set of GrandTwins for someday!”….my son just walked away from me, imagine that!

    Love & Prayers from Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I just worte this lengthly post & lost it because I didn’t have a blogger ID, so I guess I have one now…so, I will try again…ouch!

    Just got back in town & had to run to your blog…I have laughed & laughed…I am ahighlighter queen & stars (they sometimes end up looking like snowflakes with lots of points LOL) marker also…I’m going to see if I can find out the meaning of that statement.

    I remember meeting my husband for the first time….love at first site & I knew that the minute I opened the door & there he stood. He told me that he knew I was in love with him after the second day we spent together. However, he was scared to death & it took me about four years to get him to the church altar for our wedding, Angie!! It’s been 27 years since we met at the church altar and he is still the love of my life!

    Girl, you tell the most precious stories. Todd & his sisters……I’ve laughed myself almost into an accident (LOL)! I am one of ten children (I’m #5there is a 5 year space & then 5 after me!) I can remember so many stories about our childhood. The Donny Do, bouillon cube & “Echo-man” are fabulous! I’m laughing again just typing the words!

    Angie you are so honest about everything. I admire you for that. People tend to think that christians read their Bibles daily, do daily Bible studies, never make mistakes, etc. It is so warming to know that you are human too. We strive to do our very best, we grow from our mistakes and our trials. HE loves us in spite of our imperfections.

    God hand-picked Todd for you & you for Todd. God knew what HE had in store for your lives together. HE knew all about the trials & heartaches that were coming your way. HE picked a strong man for you side, Angie & he picked a strong woman for Todd’s side. Together you are a perfect GOD-match. I know that Todd is a good Daddy to his girls because he loves God & serves HIM so honestly.

    It’s amazing that you mentioned the newlyweds…we attended a wedding for our friends’ daughter on Saturday night (we’ve been friends for 22 years now)…God was there & you knew that this couple wanted HIM in their marriage. When they spoke at the reception the bride said “we know there will be highs and lows & we are prepared to go through those together….”. My thoughts were about The Todd Smith Family….I thought you have no idea what is in store for you….hopefully you will never have to endure any of the trials & heartaches of the Smith Family. You just never know what those two words are going to mean someday.

    It’s Wed. PM, no really early Thursday morning, but Happy Father’s Day (late) Todd. You have the most precious GIRLS in your life.

    The pictures of Todd & the girls are fabulous. I only wish I had known you when they were all babies. I’ve always wanted a set of twins. I’ve already told my kids “I’ve ordered a set of GrandTwins for someday!”….my son just walked away from me, imagine that!

    Love & Prayers from Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I just worte this lengthly post & lost it because I didn’t have a blogger ID, so I guess I have one now…so, I will try again…ouch!

    Just got back in town & had to run to your blog…I have laughed & laughed…I am ahighlighter queen & stars (they sometimes end up looking like snowflakes with lots of points LOL) marker also…I’m going to see if I can find out the meaning of that statement.

    I remember meeting my husband for the first time….love at first site & I knew that the minute I opened the door & there he stood. He told me that he knew I was in love with him after the second day we spent together. However, he was scared to death & it took me about four years to get him to the church altar for our wedding, Angie!! It’s been 27 years since we met at the church altar and he is still the love of my life!

    Girl, you tell the most precious stories. Todd & his sisters……I’ve laughed myself almost into an accident (LOL)! I am one of ten children (I’m #5there is a 5 year space & then 5 after me!) I can remember so many stories about our childhood. The Donny Do, bouillon cube & “Echo-man” are fabulous! I’m laughing again just typing the words!

    Angie you are so honest about everything. I admire you for that. People tend to think that christians read their Bibles daily, do daily Bible studies, never make mistakes, etc. It is so warming to know that you are human too. We strive to do our very best, we grow from our mistakes and our trials. HE loves us in spite of our imperfections.

    God hand-picked Todd for you & you for Todd. God knew what HE had in store for your lives together. HE knew all about the trials & heartaches that were coming your way. HE picked a strong man for you side, Angie & he picked a strong woman for Todd’s side. Together you are a perfect GOD-match. I know that Todd is a good Daddy to his girls because he loves God & serves HIM so honestly.

    It’s amazing that you mentioned the newlyweds…we attended a wedding for our friends’ daughter on Saturday night (we’ve been friends for 22 years now)…God was there & you knew that this couple wanted HIM in their marriage. When they spoke at the reception the bride said “we know there will be highs and lows & we are prepared to go through those together….”. My thoughts were about The Todd Smith Family….I thought you have no idea what is in store for you….hopefully you will never have to endure any of the trials & heartaches of the Smith Family. You just never know what those two words are going to mean someday.

    It’s Wed. PM, no really early Thursday morning, but Happy Father’s Day (late) Todd. You have the most precious GIRLS in your life.

    The pictures of Todd & the girls are fabulous. I only wish I had known you when they were all babies. I’ve always wanted a set of twins. I’ve already told my kids “I’ve ordered a set of GrandTwins for someday!”….my son just walked away from me, imagine that!

    Love & Prayers from Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I just worte this lengthly post & lost it because I didn’t have a blogger ID, so I guess I have one now…so, I will try again…ouch!

    Just got back in town & had to run to your blog…I have laughed & laughed…I am ahighlighter queen & stars (they sometimes end up looking like snowflakes with lots of points LOL) marker also…I’m going to see if I can find out the meaning of that statement.

    I remember meeting my husband for the first time….love at first site & I knew that the minute I opened the door & there he stood. He told me that he knew I was in love with him after the second day we spent together. However, he was scared to death & it took me about four years to get him to the church altar for our wedding, Angie!! It’s been 27 years since we met at the church altar and he is still the love of my life!

    Girl, you tell the most precious stories. Todd & his sisters……I’ve laughed myself almost into an accident (LOL)! I am one of ten children (I’m #5there is a 5 year space & then 5 after me!) I can remember so many stories about our childhood. The Donny Do, bouillon cube & “Echo-man” are fabulous! I’m laughing again just typing the words!

    Angie you are so honest about everything. I admire you for that. People tend to think that christians read their Bibles daily, do daily Bible studies, never make mistakes, etc. It is so warming to know that you are human too. We strive to do our very best, we grow from our mistakes and our trials. HE loves us in spite of our imperfections.

    God hand-picked Todd for you & you for Todd. God knew what HE had in store for your lives together. HE knew all about the trials & heartaches that were coming your way. HE picked a strong man for you side, Angie & he picked a strong woman for Todd’s side. Together you are a perfect GOD-match. I know that Todd is a good Daddy to his girls because he loves God & serves HIM so honestly.

    It’s amazing that you mentioned the newlyweds…we attended a wedding for our friends’ daughter on Saturday night (we’ve been friends for 22 years now)…God was there & you knew that this couple wanted HIM in their marriage. When they spoke at the reception the bride said “we know there will be highs and lows & we are prepared to go through those together….”. My thoughts were about The Todd Smith Family….I thought you have no idea what is in store for you….hopefully you will never have to endure any of the trials & heartaches of the Smith Family. You just never know what those two words are going to mean someday.

    It’s Wed. PM, no really early Thursday morning, but Happy Father’s Day (late) Todd. You have the most precious GIRLS in your life.

    The pictures of Todd & the girls are fabulous. I only wish I had known you when they were all babies. I’ve always wanted a set of twins. I’ve already told my kids “I’ve ordered a set of GrandTwins for someday!”….my son just walked away from me, imagine that!

    Love & Prayers from Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I just worte this lengthly post & lost it because I didn’t have a blogger ID, so I guess I have one now…so, I will try again…ouch!

    Just got back in town & had to run to your blog…I have laughed & laughed…I am ahighlighter queen & stars (they sometimes end up looking like snowflakes with lots of points LOL) marker also…I’m going to see if I can find out the meaning of that statement.

    I remember meeting my husband for the first time….love at first site & I knew that the minute I opened the door & there he stood. He told me that he knew I was in love with him after the second day we spent together. However, he was scared to death & it took me about four years to get him to the church altar for our wedding, Angie!! It’s been 27 years since we met at the church altar and he is still the love of my life!

    Girl, you tell the most precious stories. Todd & his sisters……I’ve laughed myself almost into an accident (LOL)! I am one of ten children (I’m #5there is a 5 year space & then 5 after me!) I can remember so many stories about our childhood. The Donny Do, bouillon cube & “Echo-man” are fabulous! I’m laughing again just typing the words!

    Angie you are so honest about everything. I admire you for that. People tend to think that christians read their Bibles daily, do daily Bible studies, never make mistakes, etc. It is so warming to know that you are human too. We strive to do our very best, we grow from our mistakes and our trials. HE loves us in spite of our imperfections.

    God hand-picked Todd for you & you for Todd. God knew what HE had in store for your lives together. HE knew all about the trials & heartaches that were coming your way. HE picked a strong man for you side, Angie & he picked a strong woman for Todd’s side. Together you are a perfect GOD-match. I know that Todd is a good Daddy to his girls because he loves God & serves HIM so honestly.

    It’s amazing that you mentioned the newlyweds…we attended a wedding for our friends’ daughter on Saturday night (we’ve been friends for 22 years now)…God was there & you knew that this couple wanted HIM in their marriage. When they spoke at the reception the bride said “we know there will be highs and lows & we are prepared to go through those together….”. My thoughts were about The Todd Smith Family….I thought you have no idea what is in store for you….hopefully you will never have to endure any of the trials & heartaches of the Smith Family. You just never know what those two words are going to mean someday.

    It’s Wed. PM, no really early Thursday morning, but Happy Father’s Day (late) Todd. You have the most precious GIRLS in your life.

    The pictures of Todd & the girls are fabulous. I only wish I had known you when they were all babies. I’ve always wanted a set of twins. I’ve already told my kids “I’ve ordered a set of GrandTwins for someday!”….my son just walked away from me, imagine that!

    Love & Prayers from Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I just worte this lengthly post & lost it because I didn’t have a blogger ID, so I guess I have one now…so, I will try again…ouch!

    Just got back in town & had to run to your blog…I have laughed & laughed…I am ahighlighter queen & stars (they sometimes end up looking like snowflakes with lots of points LOL) marker also…I’m going to see if I can find out the meaning of that statement.

    I remember meeting my husband for the first time….love at first site & I knew that the minute I opened the door & there he stood. He told me that he knew I was in love with him after the second day we spent together. However, he was scared to death & it took me about four years to get him to the church altar for our wedding, Angie!! It’s been 27 years since we met at the church altar and he is still the love of my life!

    Girl, you tell the most precious stories. Todd & his sisters……I’ve laughed myself almost into an accident (LOL)! I am one of ten children (I’m #5there is a 5 year space & then 5 after me!) I can remember so many stories about our childhood. The Donny Do, bouillon cube & “Echo-man” are fabulous! I’m laughing again just typing the words!

    Angie you are so honest about everything. I admire you for that. People tend to think that christians read their Bibles daily, do daily Bible studies, never make mistakes, etc. It is so warming to know that you are human too. We strive to do our very best, we grow from our mistakes and our trials. HE loves us in spite of our imperfections.

    God hand-picked Todd for you & you for Todd. God knew what HE had in store for your lives together. HE knew all about the trials & heartaches that were coming your way. HE picked a strong man for you side, Angie & he picked a strong woman for Todd’s side. Together you are a perfect GOD-match. I know that Todd is a good Daddy to his girls because he loves God & serves HIM so honestly.

    It’s amazing that you mentioned the newlyweds…we attended a wedding for our friends’ daughter on Saturday night (we’ve been friends for 22 years now)…God was there & you knew that this couple wanted HIM in their marriage. When they spoke at the reception the bride said “we know there will be highs and lows & we are prepared to go through those together….”. My thoughts were about The Todd Smith Family….I thought you have no idea what is in store for you….hopefully you will never have to endure any of the trials & heartaches of the Smith Family. You just never know what those two words are going to mean someday.

    It’s Wed. PM, no really early Thursday morning, but Happy Father’s Day (late) Todd. You have the most precious GIRLS in your life.

    The pictures of Todd & the girls are fabulous. I only wish I had known you when they were all babies. I’ve always wanted a set of twins. I’ve already told my kids “I’ve ordered a set of GrandTwins for someday!”….my son just walked away from me, imagine that!

    Love & Prayers from Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I just worte this lengthly post & lost it because I didn’t have a blogger ID, so I guess I have one now…so, I will try again…ouch!

    Just got back in town & had to run to your blog…I have laughed & laughed…I am ahighlighter queen & stars (they sometimes end up looking like snowflakes with lots of points LOL) marker also…I’m going to see if I can find out the meaning of that statement.

    I remember meeting my husband for the first time….love at first site & I knew that the minute I opened the door & there he stood. He told me that he knew I was in love with him after the second day we spent together. However, he was scared to death & it took me about four years to get him to the church altar for our wedding, Angie!! It’s been 27 years since we met at the church altar and he is still the love of my life!

    Girl, you tell the most precious stories. Todd & his sisters……I’ve laughed myself almost into an accident (LOL)! I am one of ten children (I’m #5there is a 5 year space & then 5 after me!) I can remember so many stories about our childhood. The Donny Do, bouillon cube & “Echo-man” are fabulous! I’m laughing again just typing the words!

    Angie you are so honest about everything. I admire you for that. People tend to think that christians read their Bibles daily, do daily Bible studies, never make mistakes, etc. It is so warming to know that you are human too. We strive to do our very best, we grow from our mistakes and our trials. HE loves us in spite of our imperfections.

    God hand-picked Todd for you & you for Todd. God knew what HE had in store for your lives together. HE knew all about the trials & heartaches that were coming your way. HE picked a strong man for you side, Angie & he picked a strong woman for Todd’s side. Together you are a perfect GOD-match. I know that Todd is a good Daddy to his girls because he loves God & serves HIM so honestly.

    It’s amazing that you mentioned the newlyweds…we attended a wedding for our friends’ daughter on Saturday night (we’ve been friends for 22 years now)…God was there & you knew that this couple wanted HIM in their marriage. When they spoke at the reception the bride said “we know there will be highs and lows & we are prepared to go through those together….”. My thoughts were about The Todd Smith Family….I thought you have no idea what is in store for you….hopefully you will never have to endure any of the trials & heartaches of the Smith Family. You just never know what those two words are going to mean someday.

    It’s Wed. PM, no really early Thursday morning, but Happy Father’s Day (late) Todd. You have the most precious GIRLS in your life.

    The pictures of Todd & the girls are fabulous. I only wish I had known you when they were all babies. I’ve always wanted a set of twins. I’ve already told my kids “I’ve ordered a set of GrandTwins for someday!”….my son just walked away from me, imagine that!

    Love & Prayers from Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I just worte this lengthly post & lost it because I didn’t have a blogger ID, so I guess I have one now…so, I will try again…ouch!

    Just got back in town & had to run to your blog…I have laughed & laughed…I am ahighlighter queen & stars (they sometimes end up looking like snowflakes with lots of points LOL) marker also…I’m going to see if I can find out the meaning of that statement.

    I remember meeting my husband for the first time….love at first site & I knew that the minute I opened the door & there he stood. He told me that he knew I was in love with him after the second day we spent together. However, he was scared to death & it took me about four years to get him to the church altar for our wedding, Angie!! It’s been 27 years since we met at the church altar and he is still the love of my life!

    Girl, you tell the most precious stories. Todd & his sisters……I’ve laughed myself almost into an accident (LOL)! I am one of ten children (I’m #5there is a 5 year space & then 5 after me!) I can remember so many stories about our childhood. The Donny Do, bouillon cube & “Echo-man” are fabulous! I’m laughing again just typing the words!

    Angie you are so honest about everything. I admire you for that. People tend to think that christians read their Bibles daily, do daily Bible studies, never make mistakes, etc. It is so warming to know that you are human too. We strive to do our very best, we grow from our mistakes and our trials. HE loves us in spite of our imperfections.

    God hand-picked Todd for you & you for Todd. God knew what HE had in store for your lives together. HE knew all about the trials & heartaches that were coming your way. HE picked a strong man for you side, Angie & he picked a strong woman for Todd’s side. Together you are a perfect GOD-match. I know that Todd is a good Daddy to his girls because he loves God & serves HIM so honestly.

    It’s amazing that you mentioned the newlyweds…we attended a wedding for our friends’ daughter on Saturday night (we’ve been friends for 22 years now)…God was there & you knew that this couple wanted HIM in their marriage. When they spoke at the reception the bride said “we know there will be highs and lows & we are prepared to go through those together….”. My thoughts were about The Todd Smith Family….I thought you have no idea what is in store for you….hopefully you will never have to endure any of the trials & heartaches of the Smith Family. You just never know what those two words are going to mean someday.

    It’s Wed. PM, no really early Thursday morning, but Happy Father’s Day (late) Todd. You have the most precious GIRLS in your life.

    The pictures of Todd & the girls are fabulous. I only wish I had known you when they were all babies. I’ve always wanted a set of twins. I’ve already told my kids “I’ve ordered a set of GrandTwins for someday!”….my son just walked away from me, imagine that!

    Love & Prayers from Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I just worte this lengthly post & lost it because I didn’t have a blogger ID, so I guess I have one now…so, I will try again…ouch!

    Just got back in town & had to run to your blog…I have laughed & laughed…I am ahighlighter queen & stars (they sometimes end up looking like snowflakes with lots of points LOL) marker also…I’m going to see if I can find out the meaning of that statement.

    I remember meeting my husband for the first time….love at first site & I knew that the minute I opened the door & there he stood. He told me that he knew I was in love with him after the second day we spent together. However, he was scared to death & it took me about four years to get him to the church altar for our wedding, Angie!! It’s been 27 years since we met at the church altar and he is still the love of my life!

    Girl, you tell the most precious stories. Todd & his sisters……I’ve laughed myself almost into an accident (LOL)! I am one of ten children (I’m #5there is a 5 year space & then 5 after me!) I can remember so many stories about our childhood. The Donny Do, bouillon cube & “Echo-man” are fabulous! I’m laughing again just typing the words!

    Angie you are so honest about everything. I admire you for that. People tend to think that christians read their Bibles daily, do daily Bible studies, never make mistakes, etc. It is so warming to know that you are human too. We strive to do our very best, we grow from our mistakes and our trials. HE loves us in spite of our imperfections.

    God hand-picked Todd for you & you for Todd. God knew what HE had in store for your lives together. HE knew all about the trials & heartaches that were coming your way. HE picked a strong man for you side, Angie & he picked a strong woman for Todd’s side. Together you are a perfect GOD-match. I know that Todd is a good Daddy to his girls because he loves God & serves HIM so honestly.

    It’s amazing that you mentioned the newlyweds…we attended a wedding for our friends’ daughter on Saturday night (we’ve been friends for 22 years now)…God was there & you knew that this couple wanted HIM in their marriage. When they spoke at the reception the bride said “we know there will be highs and lows & we are prepared to go through those together….”. My thoughts were about The Todd Smith Family….I thought you have no idea what is in store for you….hopefully you will never have to endure any of the trials & heartaches of the Smith Family. You just never know what those two words are going to mean someday.

    It’s Wed. PM, no really early Thursday morning, but Happy Father’s Day (late) Todd. You have the most precious GIRLS in your life.

    The pictures of Todd & the girls are fabulous. I only wish I had known you when they were all babies. I’ve always wanted a set of twins. I’ve already told my kids “I’ve ordered a set of GrandTwins for someday!”….my son just walked away from me, imagine that!

    Love & Prayers from Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I just worte this lengthly post & lost it because I didn’t have a blogger ID, so I guess I have one now…so, I will try again…ouch!

    Just got back in town & had to run to your blog…I have laughed & laughed…I am ahighlighter queen & stars (they sometimes end up looking like snowflakes with lots of points LOL) marker also…I’m going to see if I can find out the meaning of that statement.

    I remember meeting my husband for the first time….love at first site & I knew that the minute I opened the door & there he stood. He told me that he knew I was in love with him after the second day we spent together. However, he was scared to death & it took me about four years to get him to the church altar for our wedding, Angie!! It’s been 27 years since we met at the church altar and he is still the love of my life!

    Girl, you tell the most precious stories. Todd & his sisters……I’ve laughed myself almost into an accident (LOL)! I am one of ten children (I’m #5there is a 5 year space & then 5 after me!) I can remember so many stories about our childhood. The Donny Do, bouillon cube & “Echo-man” are fabulous! I’m laughing again just typing the words!

    Angie you are so honest about everything. I admire you for that. People tend to think that christians read their Bibles daily, do daily Bible studies, never make mistakes, etc. It is so warming to know that you are human too. We strive to do our very best, we grow from our mistakes and our trials. HE loves us in spite of our imperfections.

    God hand-picked Todd for you & you for Todd. God knew what HE had in store for your lives together. HE knew all about the trials & heartaches that were coming your way. HE picked a strong man for you side, Angie & he picked a strong woman for Todd’s side. Together you are a perfect GOD-match. I know that Todd is a good Daddy to his girls because he loves God & serves HIM so honestly.

    It’s amazing that you mentioned the newlyweds…we attended a wedding for our friends’ daughter on Saturday night (we’ve been friends for 22 years now)…God was there & you knew that this couple wanted HIM in their marriage. When they spoke at the reception the bride said “we know there will be highs and lows & we are prepared to go through those together….”. My thoughts were about The Todd Smith Family….I thought you have no idea what is in store for you….hopefully you will never have to endure any of the trials & heartaches of the Smith Family. You just never know what those two words are going to mean someday.

    It’s Wed. PM, no really early Thursday morning, but Happy Father’s Day (late) Todd. You have the most precious GIRLS in your life.

    The pictures of Todd & the girls are fabulous. I only wish I had known you when they were all babies. I’ve always wanted a set of twins. I’ve already told my kids “I’ve ordered a set of GrandTwins for someday!”….my son just walked away from me, imagine that!

    Love & Prayers from Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I googled “Vous et Nul Autre” & it says it means “You and no other”! PERFECT!

    Love, Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I googled “Vous et Nul Autre” & it says it means “You and no other”! PERFECT!

    Love, Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I googled “Vous et Nul Autre” & it says it means “You and no other”! PERFECT!

    Love, Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I googled “Vous et Nul Autre” & it says it means “You and no other”! PERFECT!

    Love, Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I googled “Vous et Nul Autre” & it says it means “You and no other”! PERFECT!

    Love, Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I googled “Vous et Nul Autre” & it says it means “You and no other”! PERFECT!

    Love, Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I googled “Vous et Nul Autre” & it says it means “You and no other”! PERFECT!

    Love, Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I googled “Vous et Nul Autre” & it says it means “You and no other”! PERFECT!

    Love, Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I googled “Vous et Nul Autre” & it says it means “You and no other”! PERFECT!

    Love, Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I googled “Vous et Nul Autre” & it says it means “You and no other”! PERFECT!

    Love, Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I googled “Vous et Nul Autre” & it says it means “You and no other”! PERFECT!

    Love, Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I googled “Vous et Nul Autre” & it says it means “You and no other”! PERFECT!

    Love, Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I googled “Vous et Nul Autre” & it says it means “You and no other”! PERFECT!

    Love, Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I googled “Vous et Nul Autre” & it says it means “You and no other”! PERFECT!

    Love, Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I googled “Vous et Nul Autre” & it says it means “You and no other”! PERFECT!

    Love, Rose in Nashville

  • scrap&cruznaholic

    Angie,

    I googled “Vous et Nul Autre” & it says it means “You and no other”! PERFECT!

    Love, Rose in Nashville

  • Ter

    Angie, you write with such heart and soul. I read your words and I could see some of myself & my husband in your words. It’s difficult to see the good in our relationship since our daughter died nearly 3 years ago. I struggle to see the good parts and we are overshadowed by the negatives. It’s hard to focus on the good because we are in different places with our grief but also because we work opposite shifts. This is not an excuse, just a fact, and I wish we could both (at the same time) be in a state of mind to work together to bring back more of the good.

    May you and Todd have more good days than bad…more happy memories than sad…. and may you always feel Audrey’s soul in your heart…

  • Jessica

    Angie,
    I always want to tell newlyweds about the “worse”. It’s such an important part of the vows. Those times of trial are when we experience the most growth. Our first year of marriage was filled with loss and sadness, but it’s part of what makes us “us”. My husband and I were devastated when we lost our newborn daughter, but our experience made us lean on each other all the more. I’m sure that you and Todd are doing the same.
    Thank you for continuing to share your story.
    God bless,
    Jessica

  • Carrie

    What wonderful thoughts for Father’s Day. I have been reading your blog for a few months now and just felt now was the time to thank you for so openly sharing your heart. I gave birth to a baby girl shortly after you gave birth to Audrey and while I felt blessed, I also asked, “Why do some of us get to live with our babies here on earth while others have to wait to get to heaven?” I have 2 babies in heaven and 2 girls here on earth and while I feel totally and completly blessed and humbled, it doesn’t make it an easy road. However, I find comfort in knowing that there are others out there who struggle through heart ache from losses, know that not everything in marriage and parenthood is perfect all the time and are confident enough to put it out there so that those of us not so confident can be comforted in know we aren’t alone :)

    Not sure why I feel like I should share these quotes, but a friend sent these to me a while back and I feel like I need to share them for whatever reason. These are from Corrie Ten Boom: “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to an all-knowing God” and “Worry does not empty tomorrow of it’s sorrow; it empties today of its strength.” Maybe it is just for me – to “say” it to someone. For whatever reason, enjoy! Thank you for your honesty and vulnerability! Be blessed toady.

  • Holly Bloemhof

    Hello Angie,
    Thanks for sharing your heart, and for this post. My husband and I have been praying for you and Todd since we saw the video clip on “Without Wax.” May our God continue to comfort you and use you to comfort others.
    In prayer,
    Holly
    P.S. I live in Paris with my husband (who is French), so I loved the French in this post. Technically, it should have been “Toi et nul autre,” since the phrase was addressed to their spouses.”Toi” is the personal form of you in French. Excellent post all the same!

  • Holly Bloemhof

    Hello Angie,
    Thanks for sharing your heart, and for this post. My husband and I have been praying for you and Todd since we saw the video clip on “Without Wax.” May our God continue to comfort you and use you to comfort others.
    In prayer,
    Holly
    P.S. I live in Paris with my husband (who is French), so I loved the French in this post. Technically, it should have been “Toi et nul autre,” since the phrase was addressed to their spouses.”Toi” is the personal form of you in French. Excellent post all the same!

  • Holly Bloemhof

    Hello Angie,
    Thanks for sharing your heart, and for this post. My husband and I have been praying for you and Todd since we saw the video clip on “Without Wax.” May our God continue to comfort you and use you to comfort others.
    In prayer,
    Holly
    P.S. I live in Paris with my husband (who is French), so I loved the French in this post. Technically, it should have been “Toi et nul autre,” since the phrase was addressed to their spouses.”Toi” is the personal form of you in French. Excellent post all the same!

  • Holly Bloemhof

    Hello Angie,
    Thanks for sharing your heart, and for this post. My husband and I have been praying for you and Todd since we saw the video clip on “Without Wax.” May our God continue to comfort you and use you to comfort others.
    In prayer,
    Holly
    P.S. I live in Paris with my husband (who is French), so I loved the French in this post. Technically, it should have been “Toi et nul autre,” since the phrase was addressed to their spouses.”Toi” is the personal form of you in French. Excellent post all the same!

  • Holly Bloemhof

    Hello Angie,
    Thanks for sharing your heart, and for this post. My husband and I have been praying for you and Todd since we saw the video clip on “Without Wax.” May our God continue to comfort you and use you to comfort others.
    In prayer,
    Holly
    P.S. I live in Paris with my husband (who is French), so I loved the French in this post. Technically, it should have been “Toi et nul autre,” since the phrase was addressed to their spouses.”Toi” is the personal form of you in French. Excellent post all the same!

  • Holly Bloemhof

    Hello Angie,
    Thanks for sharing your heart, and for this post. My husband and I have been praying for you and Todd since we saw the video clip on “Without Wax.” May our God continue to comfort you and use you to comfort others.
    In prayer,
    Holly
    P.S. I live in Paris with my husband (who is French), so I loved the French in this post. Technically, it should have been “Toi et nul autre,” since the phrase was addressed to their spouses.”Toi” is the personal form of you in French. Excellent post all the same!

  • Holly Bloemhof

    Hello Angie,
    Thanks for sharing your heart, and for this post. My husband and I have been praying for you and Todd since we saw the video clip on “Without Wax.” May our God continue to comfort you and use you to comfort others.
    In prayer,
    Holly
    P.S. I live in Paris with my husband (who is French), so I loved the French in this post. Technically, it should have been “Toi et nul autre,” since the phrase was addressed to their spouses.”Toi” is the personal form of you in French. Excellent post all the same!

  • Holly Bloemhof

    Hello Angie,
    Thanks for sharing your heart, and for this post. My husband and I have been praying for you and Todd since we saw the video clip on “Without Wax.” May our God continue to comfort you and use you to comfort others.
    In prayer,
    Holly
    P.S. I live in Paris with my husband (who is French), so I loved the French in this post. Technically, it should have been “Toi et nul autre,” since the phrase was addressed to their spouses.”Toi” is the personal form of you in French. Excellent post all the same!

  • Holly Bloemhof

    Hello Angie,
    Thanks for sharing your heart, and for this post. My husband and I have been praying for you and Todd since we saw the video clip on “Without Wax.” May our God continue to comfort you and use you to comfort others.
    In prayer,
    Holly
    P.S. I live in Paris with my husband (who is French), so I loved the French in this post. Technically, it should have been “Toi et nul autre,” since the phrase was addressed to their spouses.”Toi” is the personal form of you in French. Excellent post all the same!

  • Holly Bloemhof

    Hello Angie,
    Thanks for sharing your heart, and for this post. My husband and I have been praying for you and Todd since we saw the video clip on “Without Wax.” May our God continue to comfort you and use you to comfort others.
    In prayer,
    Holly
    P.S. I live in Paris with my husband (who is French), so I loved the French in this post. Technically, it should have been “Toi et nul autre,” since the phrase was addressed to their spouses.”Toi” is the personal form of you in French. Excellent post all the same!

  • Holly Bloemhof

    Hello Angie,
    Thanks for sharing your heart, and for this post. My husband and I have been praying for you and Todd since we saw the video clip on “Without Wax.” May our God continue to comfort you and use you to comfort others.
    In prayer,
    Holly
    P.S. I live in Paris with my husband (who is French), so I loved the French in this post. Technically, it should have been “Toi et nul autre,” since the phrase was addressed to their spouses.”Toi” is the personal form of you in French. Excellent post all the same!

  • Holly Bloemhof

    Hello Angie,
    Thanks for sharing your heart, and for this post. My husband and I have been praying for you and Todd since we saw the video clip on “Without Wax.” May our God continue to comfort you and use you to comfort others.
    In prayer,
    Holly
    P.S. I live in Paris with my husband (who is French), so I loved the French in this post. Technically, it should have been “Toi et nul autre,” since the phrase was addressed to their spouses.”Toi” is the personal form of you in French. Excellent post all the same!

  • Holly Bloemhof

    Hello Angie,
    Thanks for sharing your heart, and for this post. My husband and I have been praying for you and Todd since we saw the video clip on “Without Wax.” May our God continue to comfort you and use you to comfort others.
    In prayer,
    Holly
    P.S. I live in Paris with my husband (who is French), so I loved the French in this post. Technically, it should have been “Toi et nul autre,” since the phrase was addressed to their spouses.”Toi” is the personal form of you in French. Excellent post all the same!

  • Holly Bloemhof

    Hello Angie,
    Thanks for sharing your heart, and for this post. My husband and I have been praying for you and Todd since we saw the video clip on “Without Wax.” May our God continue to comfort you and use you to comfort others.
    In prayer,
    Holly
    P.S. I live in Paris with my husband (who is French), so I loved the French in this post. Technically, it should have been “Toi et nul autre,” since the phrase was addressed to their spouses.”Toi” is the personal form of you in French. Excellent post all the same!

  • Holly Bloemhof

    Hello Angie,
    Thanks for sharing your heart, and for this post. My husband and I have been praying for you and Todd since we saw the video clip on “Without Wax.” May our God continue to comfort you and use you to comfort others.
    In prayer,
    Holly
    P.S. I live in Paris with my husband (who is French), so I loved the French in this post. Technically, it should have been “Toi et nul autre,” since the phrase was addressed to their spouses.”Toi” is the personal form of you in French. Excellent post all the same!

  • Holly Bloemhof

    Hello Angie,
    Thanks for sharing your heart, and for this post. My husband and I have been praying for you and Todd since we saw the video clip on “Without Wax.” May our God continue to comfort you and use you to comfort others.
    In prayer,
    Holly
    P.S. I live in Paris with my husband (who is French), so I loved the French in this post. Technically, it should have been “Toi et nul autre,” since the phrase was addressed to their spouses.”Toi” is the personal form of you in French. Excellent post all the same!

  • Grateful for Grace

    A good husband is the best thing (other than saving me, of course!) the LORD did for me that showed true grace. He is more, more, more than I deserve.

    You said someting on an earlier blog that I now can’t find that summed it up for me: God let me have him. That’s how I feel about my husband.

    I’m so glad you have the same gift of a good man.

    I just had to post when I saw you wrote that part of your marriage is ‘staying up til 4am watching an entire season of 24′!! Because we’ve done that. Something about that show was addicting for us.

    Anyway, I’m glad to see you are doing well. God is good.

    In Christ,
    GfG

  • handbags*n*pigtails

    Oh Angie,
    I,like many others, was directed to your blog through a friend. She sent the link to our MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) group for all the moms to read b/c she was so touched by what you’ve been going through and the depth of your faith.
    I log on often to see whats new in your life.:) As I read this particular entry, I remembered many of the same feelings you were describing. I, too, feel blessed to be married to an amazing, deeply rooted Christian man who really is the most unselfish person Ive ever met.
    Even when Im amongst friends its hard to hear them complain about their husbands b/c Im so close to mine. That doesnt mean we dont have tough times. But we’re so blessed that we have these great guys to walk along beside us in the storms of life.
    I am praying for you both that the Lord will continue to strengthen you and draw you closer together. He created you for one another!
    Keep smiling!
    Sarah in NY

  • Margaret

    Hi Angie,
    I hope you get this comment even though it is for June rather than Sept. I was directed to your blog by a friend who posted your link on her own blog. Let me tell you…you’re story has renewed me! God has given you such an amazing gift of writing and sharing with the world your pain and happiness and I thank Him! One of my majors in college was French and the phrase, “Vous and nul autre” is very romantic and I think powerful too. I’m praying for you, Todd and all of your children.

    Blessings,
    Margaret