She asked me out on a walk…

Hey everyone, Angie asked if I would share some thoughts today.  It is a very special day for us.
Before I share, I want to say thank you to all of you who have traveled this incredibly painful road with us.  You have no idea how your comments and emails have encouraged us.  How your prayers have helped carry us though.  You have been family to us, the body of Christ, carrying this burden with us.  I can’t express how painful it has been to lose Audrey, and how empty some days have been, but we know she is with Jesus, and that He makes no mistakes even when it doesn’t make sense.  Thank you again for caring, thank you for sharing, and for your prayers. 
My name is Todd and I am Angie Smith’s husband!  This is my first time posting, and judging by the length it will probably be my last.  Writing is not my strong point, nor is grammar, spelling, sentence structure, or anything related to English, so be prepared for more a “ungifted post.” 
For most of our married life Angie has been known as my wife, but since she has started writing that has changed.  I’m completely okay with that. 
Two weeks ago we were in Georgia visiting Angie’s family.  We decided to go to the local mall with the girls.  Ellie, Abby, Kate, and I went to Chick-Fil-A while Angie went to the Apple store.  As we stood in line a lady came up to me and whispered “If you’re who I think you are I LOVE YOUR WIFE’S BLOG!!  Not, “if you’re who I think you are, I love your music, your voice, your group.” 
Right after she left Angie came to eat with us and as I was sharing about what had just happened another lady came up, recognized Angie and told her how much she loved Audrey’s blog.  She continued to share how Angie’s writing had ministered to her.  Then she noticed I was there and for the sake of being friendly said, “Oh, your music is good too.”  Than she went right back to Angie.  That day I officially became “Mr. Angie Smith.”  I’m smiling as I write this.
How could you not love Angie?  She is strikingly beautiful.  Her smile lights up a room.  She is one of the most caring people I have ever known.  She invests so much in relationships with others.  She has showed me by example what friendship really is.  The time and devotion that she gives to those relationships is incredible.  She has the ability to focus and make someone feel like they are the only person in the room.   When people share she truly empathizes with them.  She has a heart bigger than herself. 
I think that’s why so many people have been drawn to Angie during this time.  She is honest and funny.  She has wisdom beyond her years. She has incredible insight, and the ability to put thoughts onto paper that so many of us feel but don’t know how to put into words.  She’s a mother going through unbelievable suffering, trying to make sense of it, and dealing with it one day at a time.  She’s someone you feel like you’ve known all your life the first time you meet her.
Allow me to praise my wife and honor the life she has lived not only these past 8 months, but the past 7 years we have been married.  I want to spend some time reflecting on memories I have shared with this amazing woman I am blessed to call my wife .
Today we are celebrating 7 years of marriage!!!  7 YEARS!  One thing we were trying to figure out was, is the 7 year itch from year 6-7 or 7-8?  I think it’s 6-7, so it’s all good from here baby!
I remember October 14, 2000.  We were leading worship for a singles retreat at 1st Baptist Nashville when this beautiful red head popped her head in during our sound check.  The next day we played flag football and she kept lining up next to me.  The thing was she was on my team! 
I knew she was into me, but I wasn’t ready.  I had to keep a spiritual face because I was leading worship.  The great thing about leading worship and singing in general, is that it makes you look much better and more spiritual than you really are. 
Later that night she asked me out on a walk and our lives were never the same after that.
I remember January  17th, 2001 when she came to me in tears and told me she had truly accepted Christ as her savior.  That it finally made sense.  I have never seen someone so hungry to know God, and someone who has grown so much in such a short time.
I remember August 26, 2001 when we got married.  Angie looked so beautiful.  It was such peaceful easy day.  We had so much fun with our friends and family, and the new life we were going to share together.  It was also two weeks before 9/11.  Looking back it was a time period that felt safer.
I remember a day in January 2002 when I came home to Angie in tears.  She had just miscarried our first pregnancy.  Our baby was only 6 weeks old but you would not have known that by Angie’s face.  She was devastated.  She went through all the questions, “Is God punishing me?,” “what did I do wrong in college or high school?,” “will I ever have children?”
I remember the joy she had several months later when we found out we were pregnant again.  Several weeks later we went in for our first ultrasound.  As our nurse practitioner did the ultrasound I was the first to notice two flickering lights.  No one was saying anything about it, so I asked what both lights meant.  As soon as our nurse and Angie saw it, they screamed.  We were having twins!!
I remember going for an unscheduled ultrasound in September and finding out that Angie was going to be on bed rest in the hospital for 10 excruciating weeks.  She was so scared and so brave.  She did everything to keep our girls in her.  She endured medication for weeks that most people wouldn’t have been able to tolerate a couple days.
I remember December 2, 2002 when two little girls were born that would change our world.  Ellie was 4 lbs 11 oz, and Abby was 3 lbs 11 oz.  Abby was so small she had to stay in the NICU for 17 days.  When she first came out she didn’t look alive.  She didn’t move or make a sound. 
Later that day I went to check on her.  She had all kinds of tubes, IV’s, and sensors on her.  Her oxygen mask kept falling off.  I wondered if she would be okay.  Than the nurse tried to put the mask back in her nose and Abby took her little hand and swiped the nurses fingers off her nose.  She was irritated.  I knew right than she was a fighter and would be okay.
I remember when we found out in December of 2004 that Angie was expecting our 4th child.  She was so happy, and at the same time wondering what type of complications might arise.  Would she go on bed rest again?  Would she need a lot of medication to keep our baby inside her womb? Nine months later with no complications God gave us Sarah Katherine (Kate) on September 7, 2005.  She is a fireball, a little pistol.  She’s full of life and knows exactly what she wants.  Hmm, who does that sound like?  She looks and acts just like her mommy.  I lovingly call her “my little Italian.”  Angie’s maiden name is Battiato (Ba-tee-at-toe).
I remember the summer of 2007.  We were talking about having another child.  How great it would be for Kate to have a playmate, and for Ellie and Abby to have a baby sibling to take care of.  Our kids were really excited!  I was hoping God would give us our first boy! 
We found out in October 2007 we were expecting and about 14 weeks later that she was a girl!!  She was perfect.  We decided to name her Audrey Caroline after Angie’s best friend Audra and after Angie whose middle name is CaroIe.  When you go to your first couple ultrasounds your heart is racing because you want to make sure the baby is okay.  At 16 weeks Audrey was looking great.
I remember a phone call in late December from our nurse practitioner Susanna, saying that Audrey’s test for downs syndrome came back positive.  What that really meant was that there was a 1 in 120 chance that she had it.  The chances were very slim but still thoughts flood your mind. 
How I was going to tell Angie and how would she react?  At first she was devastated and than a couple days later she came to me and reminded me of a prayer she had prayed many times.  Angie’s master degree is in developmental psychology.  She worked with special needs kids and God had given her a gift with being able to help these beautiful children communicate.  She had told me many times how she had prayed that if God was going to give a downs syndrome baby to anyone that it would be us.  That’s what is so amazing about this woman. 
I was really scared and angry.  I felt like we had been given too much.  We had had so many problems with pregnancy why was God doing this?  My perspective was going to change very quickly.
I remember January 7th as we walked in for our 20 week ultrasound.  My mother was with us and there was a lot of anticipation, worry on my part, and wonder if our
Audrey had downs syndrome.  The technician started the ultrasound and immediately got quiet.  The doctor came in and in a matter of ten minutes he stopped everything and told us Audrey had complications that were terminal.  He asked Angie how she was feeling.  She was in complete shock and horrified, but her response was immediate, “I think my Jesus is the same as He was before I walked in here.”
It’s interesting when tragedy occurs how your perspective changes.  I went in praying “God please don’t let her have down syndrome,” and left praying “please just let it be down syndrome.”
My most vivid memory of Angie before Audrey’s birth was in March of this year.  We drove to the funeral home to make arrangements and pick out a burial spot for Audrey.  As we went to the grave site something happened that no mother should ever have the foreknowledge of experiencing.  Audrey started kicking as Angie stood over the very spot where she was going to be buried a couple weeks later.  Angie was frightened and in disbelief, but she was so brave that day.  She carried herself with so much dignity and strength, even though I know she felt hopeless.
I remember April 7th.  One of the best days of our lives!  Your prayers and God’s comfort gave us one of the most peaceful wonderful days we’ve ever experienced.  I remember being in the operating room right after Audrey was born.  We were crying over her and telling her all the things we wanted to say before she passed.  Angie was something to watch that day.  She was beaming as she showed off her little girl! 
I remember looking at each other as the nurse was checking Audrey’s heartbeat.  It was just the six of us on the bed.  The nurse nodded signaling Audrey’s passing.  We looked into each other’s eyes and felt complete peace in that moment as we looked on at her three older doting sisters holding her.
 Angie has poured out herself with every pregnancy.  She has poured out herself to God in this devastating time.  She has poured out herself to you.  Things I would never share she has shared gladly, and you all have been incredible in your response to her. 
She is an amazing writer.  In 11 years of Christian music ministry I have never seen a response to God like I’ve seen since Angie started this blog.  God is using her and I believe will continue to use her in ways she never imagined. 
Baby, I know this is long and everyone is probably asleep, or going back and reading one of your posts but I want to finish with this. 
Thank you for your life, thank you for the incredible mother you have been to all 5 of our children.  Thank you for the wife you have been to me.  Thank you for these incredible 7 years we have been together.
When we found out about Audrey’s complications we prayed that whatever Jesus decided He would do what brought Him the most glory, and He has.  It’s not what we hoped for.  Mom has described the deaths of Audrey and Luke like they are amputations.  You continue but you are never the same.   A dear friend of my family who lost her son shared that with her.
In the midst of all we’ve been through you have brought Him glory with the way you have chosen to handle this.  All the people who have asked Jesus into their hearts.  All the believers who have written in saying how they understand God’s love for the very first time because of your writing.  You have kept Audrey’s memory alive and honored her life by sharing honestly from your heart. 
You are braver than I will ever be.
Thank you for asking me out on that walk back on October 15th, 2000.
I love you
Toddy

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  • A-and-Z’s Mom

    Praise God, that He IS ALWAYS THE SAME, regardless of our circumstances!
    Todd- your English is excellent.

  • Megan

    I balled my way through that post and am still wiping the tears from my eyes. Thank you for sharing Todd. It was heartfelt and meaningful.

  • sarahrichter

    Happy Anniversary to a amazing couple. You show the love and character of Jesus through your joy and your grief. Thank you for sharing your hearts with me.

  • mandyb

    well done Mr Angie Smith you have written the most beautiful and special post ever…. COngratulations on the last 7 years and enjoy all the future adventures that your lives together will bring.
    Mandyb all the way from NZ
    (ps Angie you are very lucky and blessed- enjoy him)

  • Aunt Rhody

    Thank you. For this post. For your music, for loving your family, for loving Jesus. I “discovered” Angie’s blog during a difficult time in my life–the final two years of my dear Daddy’s life. Not only did I find comfort in Angie’s writing and brutal honesty, but I found her blog in searching for more information on Selah, whose music sustained me in those two years. I am a musician myself, and became utterly connected to Selah’s songs, musicianship, and ministry. I downloaded it all. I listen at home, in the gym, at the nursing home, in the car and still absorbed it. I bought the sheet music and played it on my violin with my daughter who is a violinist. We recorded it to CD to be played at my Daddy’s memorial service. And still, when I listen, when I read the blog posts, it takes me to the thin edge between the Kingdom of Heaven and the kingdom here on earth. What a very thin place that is! Do you not sometimes feel yourself slipping over the edge, so that you can hear the music of heaven, feel the presence of the great cloud of witnesses, taste and see that the Lord is Good, no matter what the present time reveals?
    Thank you both. I bless you with many, many more happy, and happier anniversaries. I bless you with restoration in your families. I bless you with more and more beautiful music.

  • Jenn

    Angie and Mr. Angie Smith,

    happy anniversary!

    about 10 minutes ago i decided to check if you had updated your blog, and saddened that you hadn’t, i closed the window. then for some reason i decided to check again and there was a new post!

    thank you for todd for posting on this special day. :) God has blessed you both with each other and a beautiful family! i am amazed at how you are always there to help each other up when the other stumbles, as well as reaching out to the rest of the world. thank you Angie for deciding to make this blog, it has changed my relationship with God so much.

    i hope i will find someone just as special to me when i am older. =)

    do you know how amazing you guys are? God makes no mistakes. =)

    -jenn

  • Alex and Jill

    You’re a better writer than you give yourself credit, Todd.

    Your family continues to amaze me. Your ability to praise God through such pain and loss. Every post (yours included) brings tears to my eyes and just makes me want to praise God for the life we’ve been given! A life to serve and praise Him, even through the trials.

    Thank you for sharing your heart.

  • Carrie

    As a former English teacher, you did a GREAT job! What a testimony to your family and to your relationship. Thank you for sharing your perspective! We all agree … God is doing great things and I am thankful that so many people are being ministered to by Angie’s words (and yours!).

  • mama2lsa

    Thank you so much for letting us see Angie through your eyes, she truly is a beautiful person.

    Be Blessed.

  • noahandlylasmommi

    wow that was the sweetest thing I have ever read. You are an awesome writer Todd!! I think you should start your own blog :) Angie is so lucky to have you as a husband. Happy Anniversary!

  • JDaultonM

    That was precious. Angie, you are a wonderful wife with a wonderful husband. As many others have written before, I am a newbie at commenting. My name is Jennifer and I have read your blog since the post about Luke’s passing. I have grown to love you and your family because of your willingness to share yourself. I think of you all often. The work of God is being done everyday through this blog and I thank you for having the strength and courage to follow the path that he has for you in such an intimate way.

    I recall the first time that I got a chance to sit and read your blog from the beginning. It was late but I had to stop, get up and hold my baby girl, Isabella, who is now 6 months old to the day. She stayed sleeping in my arms until I finished. Through your words and the good Lord’s guidance, I have felt a deeper love (I didn’t realize that it was possible) for her, my two boys and my amazing husband. Thank you again for being who God wants you to be. You and Todd are both an inspiration.

  • Sara

    At my sister’s wedding I told her husband that there is nothing more beautiful about a man than way he loves his wife.

    That makes you a beautiful man, Mr. Angie. Your love for her, pride in her, admiration of her and devotion to her is spirit-filled. And you did a lovely job showing us all that tonight.

    I hope you realize that as we all write to Angie and pray for her, the words and prayers are always for you as well. A part of your heart was amputated when you lost Audrey and I want you to know I see that and I pray for that wound.

    Your whole family has blessed me simply by allowing me to pray for you and be a part of your journey. Thank you for that.

    Blessings on your day, friends…

    sara
    http://www.gitzengirl.blogspot.com

  • Marci @Finding Joy in the Journey

    Wow, even with a guest writer I’m still sniffling at the end!

    Todd, thank you for sharing Angie with us. I know that this new world that is unfolding before her must take a lot of time and energy. Not all husbands would understand how she is following the Holy Spirit’s lead. You are both blessed to share that love of Him and of each other! Thank you for coming and letting us see your wife through your eyes!

  • Mahan Family

    I really enjoyed the “male perspective” post.

    I am a longtime reader, but this is my first comment. I followed the link to this site because I too have been blessed with a baby Audrey this year. Little did I know that this curiosity in the shared name, and of course Angie’s words, would revitalize me. God works in mysterious ways – who says He can’t use the Internet? Angie, I don’t know if you take blog requests, if there is such a thing, but I’d love to hear your advice to “average” (for lack of a better word) Christians who aren’t where they want and need to be in their faith… You have such a gift for writing and relating, and your site is always a blessing to visit. Must be something about the name Audrey :) Todd, congrats on your amazing family AND music, and I’d love to read more of your blog entries as well!

  • Brooklyn Sweetie

    Todd,

    You got me crying just as much as Angie’s post have. Thanks so much for sharing. I needed to hear that Jesus, doesn’t make mistakes.

    I continue to pray that your marriage gets stronger each day.

    Happy Anniversary!

  • The Rose Room

    Dear Todd and Angie, I have been coming here for a while and have been here through the final days of your pregnancy and Audreys passing and have wept tears for you all, strangers across oceans but through the miracle of technology so true and so real. Angie, I have marvelled at your photo’s, especially holding baby Audrey and the inner beauty I could see shining through. God has a purpose for all of us, Angie your grace has and does teach me something wonderful. Todd, your tribute to Angie is written from the heart and is so beautiful and honest. I wish so much for your precious family. Blessings to you all. Rachael in NZ

  • Jaci

    Nice post Todd!! Happy anniversary to you guys. I am so glad you guys have eachother..

  • Greta

    I crocodile-tear cried through this post (the whole post, Todd).
    Thank you both for sharing all you do. Happy anniversary!

  • Monika

    Happy Anniversary!!! You are so great family, God Bless You All!

  • Jenny

    Happy Anniversary to you both!!
    Your wife is an amazing woman, and by the sounds of it perfectly matched with her hubby.
    I love this blog. I am a new Christian and love how Angie shares her life, her struggles, her love of Jesus with us all.
    I look forward to her new posts as they constantly minister to me and to many.
    Hope you had a wonderful anniversary.
    :)

  • Skerry

    Happy Anniversary!! Thank you Todd for such a beautiful post in tribure of your Bride Angie. Her words touch my heart and remind me that with God all things are possible.

  • Anita J.

    Congratulations! That was beautiful. BTW: My husband and I wondered the same thing about the 6-7/7-8. Take it from an old couple (17 yrs) like us, the fact that you’re watching out for it is a really good sign.

    What am I saying? You two are the most in-love looking couple I’ve seen in a very long time. You seem to have been paired up by none other than our Creator Himself. God bless you as you celebrate seven years together!

  • Stacy

    First and foremost~ HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

    Todd- thank you for sharing your memories with us. And thank you for sharing Angie with us.

    Angie- I was in my car today when "Bring the Rain" came on KLOVE & I of course thought of you. How all you have been through has created this huge community that continues to glorify God in a magnificent way. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your life

  • mamatucci

    If only we all had a love like that

  • Rachel E.

    Todd, thank you so much for sharing with us! I hope you’ll come back and post again. Grammar is NOT the most imporant thing; as you said at the end of your post, it’s that God be glorified, and you glorify him so much with your heart for Him above all other things.

  • Christina Joy

    Congratulations to you two!

    I have been following your blog for a few months now. You guys are such an encouragement, I have always loved writing and since reading your blog, I’ve been inspired to start up again!

    Thanks for your ministry, your unwavering faith, your passion, and love for our Sweet Savior.

    PS- I acutally remember seeing you guys at OCharleys one Sunday after church, and I remember thinking oh my goodness what beautiful children! and the next day was the say I came across your blog! Now that I know who your are, I will be sure to say Hey if I see you guys out eating :-)

  • Annalien

    Happy Anniversary! You are an amazing couple who does so much to share God’s love. Thank you! This was a lovely post.

  • Jen

    Happy Anniversary. I love to hear from both of you!

  • nicholei

    Happy Anniversary! May God continue to bless your marriage. You both are an amazing example of what it means to honor your husband and wife. Thank you!

  • Megan

    Todd,

    I don’t know what you are talking about. That blog was AMAZING. Most women just wish that their hubbys would say let alone write something like that. Good job!!!

    I am so glad that you took time to let us in on another piece of your life. I am so glad that I got to share in your wedding day and the festives that happened before it. I will always remembered being tricked into dancing at I think it was called Cancun and being completely terrified because I didn’t know how and how you told me how proud you were of me because of the things I was doing with my life. It was 7 years ago but those words still ring in my memories. No matter what bad arises in my life I still have hopeful memories that keep me going and happy memories that make me laugh. Remember going go carting with Dan. I hated it lol fat girls don’t go cart for the simple fact that if you are fortunate enough to get in the car you can’t steer it LOL but it was so fun. I remember asking you why a bald man had shampoo and the enlightenment you shared with me about skin differences and how soap would dry your head out lol. I learned alot on my trip to Nashville. I am glad and thankful for the part I got to play with your family those many years ago. You all took me in during those crutial high school years where no one knows anything but feels so lost and you showed me what a family looks like. (I miss game nights (we nowplay dutch blitz and phase 10 with our friends and I get to be the sore loser and completely crazy person lol and YOUR TOES eww lol) I got to see the love of a big brother and the love of a mom and dad. It was amazing and its something that I instill in my family today. Remember canceling your flight back to Nashville one day because I said I wasn’t going to go to College I was going to wait? You weren’t having that. You drug my butt up to Tyndale and made sure I stayed. I remember you yelling at me to GET BACK IN THERE when you thought I was trying to leave and really I was just done lol. I can never thank you for that. You and your family were such a huge part of my life at the peak of growing and having so many questions that I was grateful and thankful to you all for the example. I think you dad prays 24 hours a day, I don’t think there was one time that I was over that he wasn’t praying or sharing a story that involved how God operated and so forth. I had a wonderful example placed in front of me of what a family was. Inperfections and all I LOVED IT. We now have two wonderful boys: Matthew James and Andrew Ryan and they will grow up and live in a family that loves each other so much it hurts and a family that loves the Lord even more that it just ozzes out all because of the example I was shown those years back in Detroit MI. Thank you….

    Love Megan (Megs)

  • April

    I have become so used to reading Angie’s posts and during the last few months, i have needed them more than ever. you see, i was diagnosed with kidney cancer and lived. but earlier this month, my best friend from work, who was diagnosed with a condition earlier in the year died. it was not expected. her condition typically does not end in death. it has been nearly unbearable, and each time i find myself becoming angry or bitter, i come here and read alittle. my husband and i will also be married 7 years come this may. but with my cancer and my friends death, we have learned the importance of leaning on one another and keeping faith in the God that we know is true. I loved reading about your love for Angie and your family. Thank you for your honesty, your music, your respect for the work of mother’s, and most of all, your willingness to speak to all of us.

  • Gayle

    A real man has the ability to put into words the true values in his life. You have written of God, Angie and your girls like so many wouldn’t. Thank you for such a meaning post.

  • Marcia

    oh wow, this was a beautiful post, Todd. i feel so honoured to read your story because I do love hearing the how and why that happened before.

    Congratulations to both of you!

    Love from Marcia in South Africa

  • LadyBug

    Thank you so much for sharing!

    Your story is very inspiring :)

    I found Angie’s blog from a link on another and then started reading and reading and it wasn’t for a while that I discovered that Angie was Todd of Selah’s husband. Well! I had loved Selah for a long time and connection was astounding ! – so slow was I!

    So thanks!

    Katrina from NZ

  • ginger

    Todd(and angie) you guys are truly amazing…givining God ALL the glory even when it’s painful… his grace and mercy are so evident in the life that you guys talk about. i hope some day i can meet you, if not here then in heaven.(and mr Angie…i’ll be sure to give you a hug first!!and tell you I love your music) and then angie, I give you a hug and say thank you..
    Thanks for Sharing your heart…I think I need to get my husband to write on mine…i’ll be workin gin that!
    oh HAPPY and BLESSED anniversary

  • KYMOMMA

    Happy Anniversary!! I’m so glad that God put Angie in your path that weekend. It’s amazing the plans that He has for us. Todd, thank you for opening up to us all this morning. Your words are powerful! Enjoy this special day with all your women!!

  • Amanda

    That was a super sweet post!!! You have such a beautiful family! Happy Anniversary!
    Amanda

  • rebecca

    Happy Anniversary to both of you! May the Lord continue to bless your family in ways that you cannot even imagine. Thanks for sharing your heart with us, Todd and for loving Angie like you do! You both are truly blessed.

  • sheridan

    Praying that this coming year brings more joy than sorrow, more laughter than tears and more Jesus than anything!

    Happy Anniversary!

  • Southern Gal

    Happy Anniversary! How I wish I lived closer so I could participate in the Beth Moore study. But since I don’t and can’t, I’ll continue to read this wonderful blog. Todd, you did an excellent job. I knew Angie was a special woman from all the months of reading this blog. You have given us another dimension of the beautiful person she is. May God continue to bless you both.

    Renee

    P.S. Todd, you’re a fine singer, too!

  • copper2gold

    WOW! Thank you Todd! May we all be so blessed to be loved as you and Angie love each other

  • Elizabeth

    Well. One of the things that bugs me the most is when one of my friends is married to a guy that just isn’t good enough for her. It makes me so happy to know that Angie, my friend-I-Haven’t-Met-Yet, has a guy like you. Todd and Angie, Happy Anniversary.

  • Shawnda

    *tears* Beautiful, beauitufl, beautiful! So glad to hear from Todd! Happy 7 years!!!!! What a faithful God we have!

  • Pam

    First of all, Happy Anniversary Todd & Angie–I pray that you will have many, many years together. I really appreciate you both sharing your hearts with all of us–personally it just touches me. I cry at just about every post and this was no exception–thank you Todd.
    I think that we should all share with our spouse the things that bless us about them–how the Lord works in our lives through them. I know that I take so much for granted and know that I should praise my husband more for the godly man that he is and the wonderful husband that he has been these last 28 years–wow, I can't believe that I have been married that long–time flies.
    I praise God for using you and for you to be willing to use your experience in this tragic loss for HIS GLORY. Love you both.

  • Katy

    Oh my goodness, you are the most amazing family I have had the privilege of knowing, even if it’s just online. :-) Thank you for continuing to be transparent with us, for sharing yourselves for God’s glory. You are ALL such a blessing.

  • lori

    Oh my Stars. Well you tell Mr. Angie Smith :) He can post anytime and that writing is a strong point for him.. That was good

  • Therapy Mom

    I’d say that you too are a blessed writer! Thanks for sharing your heart and your love for your wife! What a beautiful testimony. It is evident that you love her as Christ loved the church!
    Congrats on 7 years! You both have endured so much heartache and grief with such courage and grace!
    And thanks for bringing me to tears. You are both a beautiful witness of God’s goodness, faithfulness and love!

  • Devan

    I have to agree with the previous poster that indeed that was very “well done, Mr. Angie Smith”! Happy Anniversary to you both – your story continues to bring many to God.

  • Kristen

    That was beautiful……The love that you have for your wife is amazing and she is such a strong woman, her posts encourage me everytime that I read them. The date that you and your wife met….Oct.14, 2000, that was the day that my husband and I got married…….almost 8 wonderful years ago. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us!

  • KristyIves

    Todd- YOu are an AMAZING writer. Do you really think most men would be willing to come and share there thoughts like that on here…not mine! And I think my husband is great! All men have different strengths. Mine is the hardest worker you could possibly imagine! But can’t write for anything!
    Angie-You are very lucky to have a husband who loves you so much and stands close to you with (I’m sure) such a busy schedule himself. That is very rare and in between nowadays.
    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO YOU GUYS!
    I feel very blessed to have been able to keep reading Angie’s posts. I think this is the first time since the very beginning that I’ve posted because I figure you have to many people bothering you. I love Audrey’s story and she has touched my life like you wouldn’t believe! Strong little girl to have pulled through for 2 hours for you all to have the chance to talk with her and cuddle with her! I wept so hard during that time! Her birthday is one day after mine! I love her like my own! Thank you both for sharing with us the love of Jesus!

  • Kari Dawson

    Todd thought he was “less gifted” but when you let the Holy Spirit work through you God’s message is always crystal clear. That was really beautiful. I was brought to tears because you pain is still fresh. But after 13 years of a Christ-centered marriage I know you and your family are blessed and I know first-hand the love you share. I am blessed with each visit.

  • EC

    I’ve been reading for months, but have never had the courage to leave a comment till today.

    Thank you both for your honesty, your openness, and your genuine, all-consuming love for God.

    Your family is beautiful. Thank you for allowing us a peek into it.

    Happy anniversary! May the coming year be less trying than the last.
    -Emily

  • carriex3

    Todd and Angie-
    Thank you for both sharing. Angie has made it possible for wounds from 6 years ago, and my baby boy’s passing, to be given up to the heavenly father. You are both wonderful “human” people, who have shared your pain, and joy.
    Thank You,
    Carrie

    http://www.creativeandblessed.com

  • Tracy and Andy Yates

    Happy Anniversary! Todd, what you wrote was beautiful. I think you both are amazing,and ha ve such a beautiful family. And I too must confess that I only found Selah through Angie’s blog. Now, I can’t stop listening to the Greatest Hymns CD. May you have a lifetime of Blessings and Love!

  • Jennifer

    Oh man… talk about making a girl cry at 8am. That was a beautiful post, Todd. You guys seems like such a wonderful couple. Angie – I love reading your blog. It seems like we’re old pals. :-)

  • The Sanchez Family

    WOW! What am amazing husband you are, how blessed Angie is to have you and you to have her. I cried the whole way through the post and I am still crying now. Your wife’s posts have truly inspired me and now yours has too. Thank you for sharing your thoughts so honestly with us.

    Melissa
    KY

  • Pajama Mama

    Happy Anniversary…Todd, thank you for popping in and honoring your wife today.

    Many Blessings…

  • kristina

    What a beautiful post! Happy Anniversary to you Angie and Todd! Thank you both for the beautiful words and music you share with all of us! Blessings to you!

  • Monica

    Wow, wow, wow. You have blessed me this morning, Todd. Angie, I know you know how blessed you are to call him Husband.

  • proudmommy4

    simply beautiful and simply put. thanks for sharing your heart with a sappy emotional pregnant lady! prayers. amanda

  • The Reid Family

    Happy Anniversary to both of you. Thank you for sharing your journey with us, Mr. Angie Smith. My husband & I love each other the same way you both do, as best friends. God is so good & the way h uses both of you to minister to others is so amazing. Angie, way to take charge and go for the man God intented you to be with. Todd, way to listen to her. :)
    Thank you for opening your hearts and souls for the blogging world to read & see.

  • Court

    Happy Anniversary. Thank you for sharing your hearts and lives with all of us. May God continue to bless your marriage, family and ministry.

  • Jesslyn42

    Todd,

    Thank you for sharing your heartfelt thoughts!! Yes, it may be true that you have become “Mr. Angie Smith” but out of anyone here we ALL know that you are SMILING bigger than any other guy ever would!! What a blessing you are to each other! I truly pray that one day I can meet both of you, in person, and let you know how you have changed my whole entire outlook on life and my relationship with Christ! I thank you for that more than you will ever know!

    Continued blessings for all of the glorious years to come!

    Lots of LOVE and HUGS,
    Jess :)

  • Jen

    Beautiful! Happy Anniversary.

  • wanita

    what a great post! i was cracking up! i think someone’s a little more talented than they claim. =) congratulations on 7 yrs!

  • lyly

    Happy anniversary, dear Smith Family-Todd&Angie.

    Your lives change people's perspectives. And your love for Him is one of the greatests ever.
    May God keep you both in His palm. You and your kidos.

  • J.C.

    What a beautiful and fitting tribute, Todd. Happy Anniversary to both of you!

  • LaLa

    What an incredible tribute to your beautiful wife : )

  • Deedra

    A sweet, beautiful post! Happy Anniversary to you both!

    p.s…I’m loving the Chik Fil A incident!

  • Pam

    Don’t stop writing, Todd. Your recollections and your pure and tender tribute to your precious wife and family touched my heart.

    I’ve been walking this road alongside y’all since our friends, Hector and Christy Cervantes mentioned you and Audrey to me. I pray regularly for you and now for Nicol and her family as well.

    You may think you are not a writer, but if you have a story to tell, you ARE a writer. Thanks for sharing your heart with us.

  • Jenny

    I thought that was quite well written, Todd. It was a beautiful tribute to your wife. Happy Anniversary to you guys. You are an incredible couple with such a neat family. May God bless you with many, many more wonderful years together!

    Just for the record, I do love your wife’s blog, and I do love your music. I have 3 Selah CD’s and they are awesome! Worshiping along with Selah CD’s in my van has renewed me after some pretty long days lately.

    Happy 7th Anniversary, Todd and Angie! I hope your celebration is sweet.

  • Lex

    I’m sitting here at work with tears in my eyes :) . What a beautiful post. You are both a blessing to everyone you witness to through this blog, your music, and your family’s example. Also, happy anniversary! You are both extremely talented writers and I hope to read more from you in the future, Mr. Angie :) .

  • Cheri

    What a man, what a man, what a mighty good man! He’s a mighty, mighty good man!! :)

    Behind every good man is a good woman. And behind every good woman is a good man.

    Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful tribute to Mrs. Todd Smith!

  • Baseballs and Tutu’s

    What an amazing story. You and Angie are such an inspiring couple to me..I truly do not think that I could have made it through what you have in this past year. Thank you for allowing us into your lives and sharing your innermost thoughts! I will forever be changed by Audrey’s story.

  • Buffy

    Congratulations Angie and Todd! Thank you precious Todd for sharing YOUR heart with us! What a blessing Angie has in YOU, too! Thank you both for being Jesus to so many!

  • AsIponder

    Well “Mr Angie Smith”…you proved yourself wrong in that you “ARE” quite eloquent and write very well! The honor that you’ve given Angie is so sweet and dear! Seven years!!! WOW!!! What you have for the base of your marriage is awesome and I’d love to be able to come back…say in 40 years to see what the two of you have to say! Will there still be blogs then??
    Congratulations on your anniversary and may you BOTH enjoy many, many more! Blessings!!!

  • Lindsay

    Happy Anniversary!

    I too, found myself crying my way through this. Your life together is a true testimony of God's goodness and mercy! Thank you for sharing your life, your family, and your love for Him with all of the world.

    Peace & blessings prayed for you!

  • tn-girl-n-ms

    Happy Anniversary! Todd, thank you so much for sharing this and giving us a another view into your lives. Sometimes I forget that I don’t actaully “know” you and Angie. lol! And thank you for the song “You Raise Me Up”. It has been my son’s favorite song since he was 4. (he sings your part, btw)

    Angie, I’m sure you know how lucky you are to have a husband who cherishes you…but it’s still nice to hear. *g* You two are an amazing couple that God has such plans for! Thanks for allowing me to follow your journey through words.

  • Griffith Family of Texas

    Good job, Angie’s husband! You both have the gift of communication and glorifying our Precious Father. Thank you!

  • Lorren

    Beautiful. What a loving honor to your wife. Congrats on 7 years!!

  • Elleoz

    Happy Annivsersary! May you have a lifetime of beautiful memories. Thank you Todd for sharing those memories and honoring Angie. It was amazing and very well written.

  • KellyB

    That was beautiful!! Angie you are amazing!! Thank you for blessing us with your writing!!!

    Happy Anniversary!

  • Hailey

    That was beautiful Todd. You and Angie are two of the most amazing people. Stay strong. You may not know it… but you keep me strong.
    Hailey

  • ilaoli

    thank you for sharing your thoughts and thank you to you and angie for sharing your life with us.
    you’re in my prayers every day.

    and happy anniversary!

    Ilaria

  • Courtney

    Mr. Angie Smith…I listen to your amazing voice as I scrapbook, and I worship our God right along with your voice (and your sister’s!). It’s wonderful to hear from you on Angie’s blog and to hear a man proclaim his love for his wife in such a beautiful way. I’ve been praying for the Smith’s and Sponberg’s for many, many months now and will continue to do so. Your children are so blessed to have you both. Thank you for the way you love and support your wife…she has ministered to SO many and I’m so grateful she’s opened herself up to be used by God in such a marvelous way. God Bless you both….

    Courtney

    p.s. My hubby and I just shared our 7th anniversary in June!

    http://www.courtneyandtheboys.blogspot.com

  • Cass

    Todd and Angie, You are both very special people who deserve the happiness and love you obviously have for each other. Thank you both for the encouragement I get from reading this blog. I won’t meet you on this earth, but I’ll be seeing you in heaven one day. God bless you. Love, Cass

  • dr. Bray

    Mr. Angie Smith…you have outdone yourself.
    Congratulations on 7 years of pure joy and many more to come.

    Your voice and music are amazing!

  • Kristy

    Congratulations on your 7 years! That was incredible and it is so wonderful to see a husband pour out his heart like that to his wife. Your entire family has been a blessing to us all. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

    God Bless you all!

    The Eckel family

  • Kelly

    Todd!!!

    I hung on every word! What a gift you have given your sweet wife and then allowed us to peek in! I am so honored to be one who reads “from the bushes”! Today I just had to stop and let you BOTH know how blessed I have been by watching Jesus alive today thru each of you!!

  • Erin lee

    hi my name is erin. i’ve been reading this blog for a while. i love reading here so much. i am a stay at home mom with 3 little kids and i literally don’t go anywhere all week because we only have 1 car and my husband goes to work with it. so readin this blog helps me cope sometimes. angie, thank you for being so open and friendly. i wish so much that i lived close enough to be part of your Bible study. I would love to know you personally and have you as a friend. and Todd, your music is truly wonderful. You are one of mine and my kids favorite groups. thank you both!

  • Liz @ My Full Cup

    Thank you for sharing Todd, that was beautiful. The love you have for each other is an encouragement, a picture of how Christ loves His bride.

    Happy Anniversary! May your 7th year be your best yet!

  • Nancy

    Happy Anniversary!! This was such a wonderful heartfelt post.

    It is funny I was just sending out birthday invitations and I thought how fun it would be for your family to join us. I feel like I know you all so well. Did I mention that everyone at the party will know your wife?

    May the Lord bless all the years to come.

  • jamie in rose cottage

    Congratulations on SEVEN years! That was such a sweet post — and you did great, Todd!

  • Green Acres

    Happy Anniversary to both of you! You have written a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing your heart and letting us see Angie through your eyes. God Bless You and your family.

  • Mandy

    Wow. That’s all the words I have. Thanks Todd for your thoughts.

    Oh! Okay…so I have a few more words…I really, really enjoy Selah’s music and have been a fan of Selah for years. Thanks for your ministry.

  • Janell Fredericks

    Happy anniversary…

  • Melissa

    Beautifully written, Todd! Thank you for sharing. Happy Anniversary! :)

  • Kellie

    Angie…

    May you remember every day that God has given you a man who loves you, cherishes you & adores you.

    Todd…

    May God bless you for honoring Angie in this way.

    God…

    You are awesome…

  • Sharon, Isabella’s Mommy

    Thanks, Todd, for stopping in and sharing your perspective on your incredible wife. I think she’s pretty special too! And I will say, in all seriousness, that while I was living in Guatemala and struggling through an incredibly difficult adoption, Selah’s Hiding Place was such a comfort and source of hope for me. Thank you for your own ministry. I am blessed by both of you! Blessings!

  • Linda

    Oh, that my husband pays the same tribute to me someday. Angie, you have the BEST husband…Todd, your words are so eloquent! You lifted your wife up as you see her, and that is wonderful and amazing. You brought tears to my eyes (as this blog is wont to do quite often).

    And for the record? My daughter loves to fall asleep to Selah playing in her CD player! (she’s SEVEN!)

  • Laurie

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Mr. Angie Smith and Angie:) This is a beautiful post from the heart of a wonderful and loving husband. You two are such a blessing to the rest of us out here. May your day be filled with joy and love as you celebrate ALL that you have been through together in such a short time. You have blessed my life.

    Love and Happy Hugs, Laurie in Ca.

  • mommymae

    what a beautiful way to share your love.

  • Mandi

    Todd,
    You have written such sweet words for your wife that I’m sure she will treasure for always.

    Angie,
    You are SO blessed to have such love and adoration from your husband.

    Happy Anniversary!
    May the Lord give you many more happy years together.

  • Erin

    So precious. :)

  • Amanda

    Todd, thank you for sharing your heart for us to ‘see’…you have publicly honored your wife in a way so many women wish their husbands would, and it’s so good to see! God did a wonderful thing in bringing the two of you together and I can’t wait to see what else He does with your lives from here on out. God bless both of you and your precious family. And Happy Anniversary!!!!!! :)

  • IAmDenise

    Todd thank you so much for that post!

    If it wasn’t for me finding Angie’s blog then I would have never heard of your group and let me tell you its all I listen to and I love it!
    You guys are an amazing couple.

    Denise

  • Ruhiyyih Rose

    I’ve never left a comment before, but I want to today. Happy Anniversary to you two and thank you so much for this great post!! We are all teary here…

    That was some great writing. Wow.

  • Erin

    Happy Anniversary, Todd and Angie! Todd, you spoke eloquently and from the heart. What a priviledge to have a glimpse into your beautiful relationship.

  • Michelle

    oh my goodness…pass the kleenex. Mr. Angie Smith, I have not listened to a lot of Christian music in my life, but I have discovered yours since I began reading this blog several months ago, but you should know how much you BOTH have ministered to me. Happy Anniversary!

  • mitchells2000

    Congratulations on 7 years… God has blessed you incredibly, even through the pain. Thank you for sharing your lives with us. You both have been a blessing and encouragement to me as my husband and I travel through the journey of infertility and all the issues that go with that. Todd, thank you for sharing your thoughts about your wife… what a testimony that even the one who knows her best on this earth would be able to share such beautiful things about her. Angie, keep it up, girl. God is using you in a great way! I love reading your blog, and usually end up in tears by the end of each post. It is convicting and encouraging me in my own walk with God. Thank you, and Happy Anniversary!

  • The Spears

    What a blessed women Angie. I know, because I have a husband that is very similar to Todd who loves me this much. We just lost our first son on August 9th and the love he has shown me and how he has taken care of me looks jus like the love of Christ. The same love you see in this entry by Todd. Keep loving like Jesus.

  • aubreym1980

    I am in tears after reading your blog this am. Your husbands words hit home for me. And I havent ever posted before but I want you to know that I read all the time and am always looking for new updates. You gave me the hope to go on when I thought there was none. I see what you all have been through in such a short period of time and I just knew that if God can allow them to deal with this pain and make it to a new day then I can and will too. Ive suffered 5 miscarriages in my short life of 28 thus far. I was able to have a beautiful son in 2001 who is my world. I will be having surgery finally to try and figure out what is the cause for all this maddness. I grieve the loss of my babies each day but I know that as time goes on the Lord will show me why he choose me to have so many babies in my life for such a short time. I know that no matter how hard I tried all that has happend to me was out of my hands. I prayed each day for God to bring me another miricale and give us another baby. But then one day after I started reading your blog I quit praying for that. I started praying for God to make me feel complete with my life as it was and to allow me to have answers for my many losses and why I wasnt able to concieve again. The love Todd has for you is amazing. I believe that the 2 of you were meant to be. In our time of need we must always remember that somewhere out there no matter how far away it may be there is that person, or that family who has been through much worse then you have and it allows you to be able to just breath and know that you can make it another day. By reading your blog it allows me to do just that, take a breath and just live and breath as I am for now. Much love, prayers and hugs for you and all of your family. All of your girls are absolutly beautiful! Aubrey In Kansas

  • Kim

    Thank you for your example of what living out this life for Christ truly looks like. You are such a blessing! God bless you and your family!!! Happy Anniversary.

  • Darrah

    Happy Anniversary Angie and Todd! You two have such an amazing, unique story. How you two got together made me think of how my husband and I met, a different story, but much in the same way. Thank you for helping me to think back on those memories when we met 7 years ago. All that you have endured with your children is truly a testimony, and I am so thankful that you are sharing it and letting us all be a part of what God has done in your lives. Todd, you aren’t too bad of a writer yourself–I was boo-hooing all throughout this post! Dec. 2nd is a good day to be born, my oldest was born that day in 04. :) I still just cannot express how much this blog has meant to me. It brightens up my day, and has helped me realize just how blessed I am and how big God is. Thank you for sharing your lives, and God bless.

    Darrah

    http://darrahpyle.blogspot.com/

  • Katie

    Happy Anniversary! I think that was a wonderful, heart felt post!

    God’s Blessings,
    Katie

  • Jill

    “Mr. Angie”
    What a great devotion to your wife and your daughter(s). Happy Anniversary! God Bless your family

  • Michelle

    Todd,
    What a wonderful tribute to your amazing wife. I just lost it when you wrote about standing at the grave site with Audrey kicking. I cried throughout the rest of the post, but it was truly beautiful.

    Like you, I believe God has big plans for Angie… this blog is just the beginning. God has blessed you both with tremendous gifts. I love your music and recently gave away two Selah CDs on my blog.

  • KK

    Hope you had a wonderfully blessed 7th Anniversary! Congratulations!
    Thanks for sharing your honesty and I am grateful “Angie asked you out on a walk…” HIS timing is perfect. Your amazing musical talents continues to bless us, Mr. Angie Smith:) Praying for your family without ceasing,
    Kaye
    Psalm 46:10
    Jeremiah 29:11

  • Cindy

    So nice to meet you Todd.
    Happy 7th Anniversary.
    Your lives are a true reflection of Christ.
    Cindy ~ Phoenix

  • Emma’s Mommy

    Happy Anniversary to a very blessed couple!

    And Todd…….you did a wonderful job writing this. You wrote from the heart. Thank you for sharing.

  • Lissette

    Great job Todd! I loved reading it. Happy Anniversary to you two. You are truly amazing and God will definitely continue to bless you. You are indeed an inspiration!

  • Tami

    Todd,

    What an AMAZING man and husband you are! Thank you for sharing your heart also. My husband and I lost two boys several years ago, and he still doesn’t know how to share his heart regarding the pain. I know each one is different, and I don’t judge him because of it. You and Angie have an incredible opportunity to use the grief that you are experiencing with the loss of Audrey (and Luke too)… and you are doing just that! Thank you both for your ministry. I pray that God continues to hold your family up so that your ministry can continue.

    Love,

    Tami

  • KELLY

    Todd…simply beautiful! Both you and Angie truly have a gift for words, and for making tears stream down my face. :)

  • Rathi

    I cried all the way through that post as well, what a special letter to your wife! Happy Anniversary!

  • Annabelle

    Happy Anniversary!

  • Harris Family

    Thank you for sharing, Todd. You are a wonderful writer- wonderful because it is from your heart! It brings tears to my eyes reading your words about your precious wife! I think you both are so blessed to have each other! I continually pray for your family and the Lord never ceases to amaze me with how your story has spread and new ways that He is using BOTH of you! He truely has received the glory through your hardships. I hope you guys have a wonderful Anniversary!

  • Hall Family in MD

    Happy Anniversary! Wonderful post, Todd! We have always been huge Selah fans – our son wouldn’t go to sleep unless your CD was on playing “You Raise Me Up” on repeat! – and have been blessed by Angie’s blog. Thank you so much for your honest hearts! You and your family are amazing!

    Marlen in MD

  • Julie

    Beautiful…just beautiful. All I can say through my tears.

    Thank you for sharing, Todd. Happy Anniversary to you both!

  • ~*~Allison~*~

    Todd,

    Your words are just as beautiful as Angie’s. You wrote from the heart and it was felt in every single word.

    Thank you for allowing your family to be a part of our lives.

    Many blessings,
    Allison

  • JayHayKay17

    Todd you words are beautiful! Give yourself a little credit! Happy Anniversary guys! God Bless!

  • Candy

    I read every word. Both of you share an honesty and ability to face life head on that encourages us to do the same. Thank you. Happy Anniversary and I would have to say you have given your wife the best gift ever with this post. May God pour out His richest blessings of love, joy and peace over your family today.

  • Lynne Piper

    Dear Todd:

    Thank you so much for sharing your heart with us so we can celebrate with you on your anniversary.

    You are both incredibly blessed to have eachother.

    Blessings,

    Lynne Piper
    Houston, Texas

  • brandiandboys

    well said Todd… thanks to both of you. you’ve walked this path as a team and that is a wonderful example to all about marriage.

  • Kimberly

    Todd, you sell yourself way too short. Your words are a poet’s, and your love is so visible, so honest. You are one in a million-not all husbands remember exact dates like you do (and my husband is one in a million too).
    Thanks for putting your thoughts into words for all of us.

  • jennifergriffin

    You are both a wonderful example in your love for God, each other and your kids. I have loved your music for many years and God has used it many times to influence my life. God now uses that PLUS Angie’s blog to touch my heart. I love how God is using you to reach so many people! Happy Anniversary!

    Jen

  • Stephanie

    Wow…tears are rolling down my face. You 2 are a gift from God!
    Thank you both so much for sharing these times with us.
    Happy Anniversary!!

  • Sean Hanzelik

    Thank you for your heartfelt words. My wife and I met on October 15, got engaged on October 15, and got married on October 15.

    Thank you for the ministries you and your wife share with the world.

    God bless,

    Sean
    http://seanhanzelik.blogspot.com/

  • The Miller Family

    happy anniversary and may God continue to bless you, use you, and be glorified through you both. we love you!

  • angelaraew

    Oh boy, I am wiping the tears from my eyes.

    Todd & Angie – Thank you. There's so much more I could write here, but I think "thank you" is enough. You are beautiful amazing people – thank you for sharing your lives with us.

  • qUeEn oF tHe cAstLe

    HaPPy aNNiverSary ToDD anD AnGiE!!!!
    God has blessed you BOTH and I thank you for this small glimpse into your lives.

  • Anne

    What a beautiful, beautiful tribute to your unbelievable wife. Happy anniversary to the both of you!!

  • Katie

    Thank you Todd! You guys are truly amazing- to take your pain and allow the love of God to wrap around it and turn into something that pleases Him, honors Him and blesses His children. Happy Anniversary!

  • Sarah

    All I can say is “WOW!”. I seriously sat here with the bar blinking waiting for me to type something but I was honestly speechless.
    Todd, what an amazing man you are. Your family is such a blessing to so many strangers and we too feel like you all are family.
    Thank you for sharing all of this and what an amazing story and ministry this all is. God is just awesome!
    ~Sarah

  • CIRCLE OF LIFE

    FIRST OFF HAPPY ANNIVERSARY:
    NO ONE CAN IMAGINE THE STRESS THAT YOU HAVE HAD TO DEAL WITH OTHER THEN YOU TOO, YOU BECOME STRONGER AND FORM A LASTING BOND WITH ONE ANOTHER EACH DAY.THIS IS AMAZING YOU SHARE IN THE LOVE OF GOD AND CARRY ON EACH DAY EVEN IF YOU ARE STRESSED AND IN PAIN .I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST ! I HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR DAY TOGETHER, I JUST MADE 15 YEARS WITH MY HUSBAND HE IS MY FRIEND, HUSBAND , CONFINDANT, AND A AWESOME FATHER , I WOULD NOT EXCHANGE HIM FOR ANYTHING. IAM GLADE YOU TOO HAVE EACH OTHER TO SHARE THE MEMORIES THAT YOU HAVE AND WILL CONTINUE TO CREATE TOGETHER AS HUSABAND AND WIFE. BLESS YOU BOTH . IN JESUS NAME AMEN.

  • Jennifer

    that was beautiful!! Angie is an amazing writer and has inspired us all! I continue to pray for your sweet family.

  • Karen

    Obviously, Angie’s gift for writing has rubbed off on you. Or maybe it’s just that truly sincere words from the heart are always beautifully spoken/written. Bless you both for allowing God to use you and your heartaches for his glory.

  • Amanda:

    I don’t know, Todd – that was a beautiful post. You might not give yourself enough credit.

    Happy Anniversary to you both. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

  • The Rhoderick Family

    Happy Anniversary guys! You both are an amazing example for all of us greiving parents out there.

  • pakosta

    todd,
    that was such a beautiful tribute to such an amazing person. you are both so blessed to have each other. angie is ministering to so many. you say you can’t write, but you had me from the first sentence. i have never had so many tears streaming down my face. you are a wonderful writer as well….thank you for opening your heart and giving praise to such a deserving woman. i wish angie could teach an online bible studY! because then i could join! but for now, i continue to read her words and yearn to be closer to God. I am so sorry for all you two have been through, but thankful you have been able to share it with others and help so many!
    sincerely,
    tara pakosta

  • Jennifer Burgett

    Happy Anniversary!

    The post was beautifully written.

  • Cindi

    Happy Anniversary, Mrs. and Mr. Angie Smith! :) That was too cute! Thank you Todd for such a fantastic post! As always, thanks for sharing your struggles, keeping it real,and inspiring all of us! **Cindi**

  • janagibson

    Happy anniversary to an amazing couple. I am so thankful for this blog. Thank you for sharing your hearts. As evidence with the # of comments, you are touching so many lives.

  • Wanda

    Todd & Angie

    Your ministry is amazing! Thank you for serving in such a mighty way!
    God will continue to work……especially in our brokenness!

    Your post was precious! Your love is a giant testimony to God.

    BLESS YOU on your anniversary!

    Keep on….keeping on!

  • Tina and Todd

    Happy Anniversary Angie&Todd!!!
    I am sorry for your deep sadness and pray for your family often as I hold my 2 month old baby and struggle to imagine that I would have the faith to trust God if he was taken from me….

  • OMH

    OH TODD – asleep NEVER crying and praising God YES! My lovely daughter-in-law sent me the link to Audrey’s Blog and my first reading was where y’all had been to pick out Audrey’s physical bodies resting place…..knowing her soul would be held by Jesus and the angels! I have witnessed Angie’s love for you and the girls in her writings. Have known the love was returned but thank you for the look into your heart.

    May God carry you and your lovely family in the future dances he has planned for y’all.

  • Dawn

    What a special post this is!!!

    Angie, I have shared an award with you at my place. Just want you to know that your blog is a fave of mine and I hope others will link here to read your precious story of Audrey.
    Blessings on you and Todd this day.
    May you enjoy at least seventy-seven more years!
    xo

  • Sockrma18

    God has big plans….BIG PLANS….for your family. You truly are the kind of husband every woman deserves, Todd. THANK YOU SO MUCH to both of you…for being transparent, for being so in love with each other and for not being ashamed of it! A 9 year old girl said something to me last summer that I will carry around in my heart until I my very last breath…she said this: “My momma always tells us to BE FAITHFUL, NOT FEARFUL.” That is exactly what you are both doing. God bless you and your family.

  • Jodi @ SNAPPED

    Sleeping on this post? I don’t think so. Crying is more like it. :)
    What an incredible job BOTH of you have done to show the Love of our Lord in one of the most difficult circumstances I can imagine. God has used Audrey to touch so many hearts and I know some have been changed for eternity.
    Happy Anniversary! I know we don’t know each other in person, but as your sister in Christ, know I am still praying for you and thankful to you for blessing me so much with your honesty and faithfulness.
    Jodi

  • DJones

    I don’t think that I could add to what everyone else has said. But, WOW! How beautiful.

  • Crystal

    Todd…wonderful, wonderful post. I can only hope that one day my boyfriend will admire me the way you do, Angie. Angie is a wonderful person that has brought God to many people, including me and I love that you are proud to be Mr. Angie Smith!

  • SixValentes

    Praise God for both of you. I am so humbled and blessed this morning.

  • Julie

    Powerful, Incredible, Inspiring, God glorfying! Thank you for sharing and I agree your writing is just as good.

    Angie, I have been praying for you and your homeschooling, I had family come from out of town and I shared Audrey with them.

  • The Hart Family

    I have read this blog for quite a few months, but never left a comment. I must say, you and your wife have left such an impression on my heart and I thank God for you and what you have taught me.
    Thank you.

  • Jill

    TIME!
    Happy Anniversary Todd and Angie!!
    you both are an amazing example of what it truly means to follow after Christ~

    every time I read your blog~ the Lord speaks right to my heart~ it is truly amazing how God is using you in the lives of so many.

    words could never express how truly thankful I am for your sharing~ for the way you’ve allowed God to work through you through all you have been to to reach others~

    You both inspire me to continue seeking Him no matter what~ and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    love you!
    jill

  • Deidre

    Excellent, excellent post!

    Happy Anniversary! God is using your family for his glory and you are following Him with wonderful grace.

    I love visiting this blog and reading your thoughts. It’s peaceful here amidst such pain and that’s all Jesus. He is certainly glorified through your words!

  • Yvonne

    Asleep? How could any of us fall asleep during that! It’s not nice- both you and Angie have the ability to turn me into a big sobbing baby!

  • Darlee

    Mr. Angie,

    Your words for your wife are incredibly sweet, your voice is crazy beautiful and the two of you together make pretty children!

    We can’t get enough of your wife.

    Now we’ll be begging for you to post more!

    Darlee

  • Jacquie

    What a great post, Mr. Angie. Thanks for giving us a greater glimpse into your lives. I have been reading Angie’s blog for a couple of months now and have truly been blessed and ministered to!! It is obvious how faithful you and Angie live your lives by the fruit you are bearing.

    PS – I love Angie, but I love me some Selah, too!! (you’re both famous, to me)

  • walkingbyfaith

    First off, Happy Anniversary to an incredible couple.

    Todd you posted just as beautifully as Angie does. Your love and admiration for her shines through your words. You are two very talented, amazing children of God and I feel priveleged to read your words.

    Love & Hugs…

  • Kate

    Angie and Todd- I stumbled across your blog a few months ago and have become a faithful reader ever since. I truly believe that God led me to it because I was broken and needed to know that God is alive and there in my life. It is comforting for me to know of what God is doing in your life and how he brought you both to each other. I remember your family in my prayers everyday. May God bless you and keep you close during this hard period in your life.
    Katie in Kansas

  • lsutigersamy

    as usual i’m crying while reading. Angie you sound like an amazing woman. Todd thanks for taking the time to share from your side. I hope ya’ll have a very Happy Anniversary and many many more to come.

  • Wendy

    What a beautiful post, thank you. Happy anniversary to you both, and may God continue to grow you together in unity and the strong, unchanging foundation of His love and grace.

  • shelby1232

    Happy Anniversary to you both!!! Your marriage is an inspiration. What a great post.
    Thanks for opening your hearts to all of us too!!!

    Fran
    Illinois

  • Pam

    Happy Anniversary! What a touching post, Todd! Thank you for sharing your love for your wife with us.

  • Lady-in-the-Making

    Um, exactly WHO is the writer in this family?!?!?!?!?!? Todd, that was beautiful. It was a sweet, touching and real tribute to your beautiful wife. May God bless both of you immeasurably!

    Your blog has changed my life.

  • Kelly

    What an awesome display of a family’s love and faith! I have cried today as you have been so honest sharing the love of your life with us.

    I have passed this blog to many. One of my favorite things about it is .. it matters not what your religion is or if you are a believer, you speak to everyone on even terms!

    Happy Aniversary Todd and Angie! Oh and we made it through 6-7 and almost 7-8, no itching yet! Jury’s out.

  • Brittanie

    Todd that was just beautiful. There is something so wonderfully amazing about a man vocalizing everything you just did, about your wife, about your children. Don’t think that we didn’t read all the way through your post and respond the way we do to Angie’s. Sincere words are always a joy to read.

    Happy Anniversary to the both of you!

  • Simon

    Bless you all! Congrats on 7 years! Love to you all! Jen from Cali

  • Twice as Nice

    And lucky for you it was a walk the two of you would take for a lifetime! I visit this blog often but never reply. You are a great writer. You need to give yourself more credit. You have a wonderful family.

    Sadness touches each of us. My twin and I are new bloggers and todays post talks about two brothers that were in a car accident Monday and one brother didn’t make it. I pray that the Lord will some how replace the heart in their hearts with peace and happy memories. My heart goes out to the brother that was driving and all the young people that have to go through this hard time. God Bless

  • Jenna

    Happy Anniversary!!!!

    Todd, what an absolutely beautiful post to honor your amazing wife! I hope ya’ll have a wonderful day celebrating, and I wish you the very best always!

    Thank you both for being such wonderful examples of God’s love – you are such a blessing and I will continue to pray for you beautiful family. With Love, Jenna

  • Amy

    All I can say is thank you to you both…

  • Amy Evans

    Dear Todd,

    Your music through Selah has blessed me more than you will ever know.

    Dear Angie,

    Your blog through your precious daughter Audrey has blessed me more than you will ever know.

    God bless you both, and thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  • Brooke B

    Happy Anniversary! Thank you both for all of your amazing posts. You are so strong and thank you for sharing your stories. God bless you both and your families.

  • vaneblu

    Happy Anniversary, you both are amazing!!!
    Those were beautiful words Todd… as usual I am crying.
    Txs for letting us see God thru’ you…you could never imagine how much your words hae changed our family, I will be forever grateful

  • Dugans

    Amazing what a walk begins…

  • Super B’s Mom

    dtjwyThis is the most romantic thing I’ve ever read.

    Both of you have touched my life in ways you’ll never know. It’s amazing that although I’ve never met your family in person, I can “feel” the love you share. It’s inspiring.

    May God bless you all. And Happy Anniversary, Mr. Angie Smith. :)

  • Jennifer

    I have been following your story since mid April. Todd and Angie, you are such an inspiration to us all. And yes, we all feel like we know you…and that we are walking this with you. You guys make us want to be better people. You have drawn me and so many others closer to the Lord. Thank you for that! Happy Anniversary!

  • Carrie

    Good thing I can type without looking at the keys! This was such a wonderful post, I cannot describe how much it touched me deeply. Thank God for your family and this blog, it has strengthened me! Thank you!

  • Jessica

    simply beautiful

  • Camelia Grace

    Todd,
    After reading your post, I sit here with “Our Love Will Survive” playing through my head; I recall your words about Angie’s strength in the Crosspoint video; I think back to your joking references in concerts about the “redhead” and “Italian” combination you’ve been blessed with in Angie. Here’s what I know:

    Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
    (9)Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. (10) If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! (11) Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? (12) Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

    This braid: you, Angie, and God WILL survive– and thrive.

    Camie

    PS: I predict double the blog hits for this entry… because every woman is going to sit her husband/boyfriend down and make them read your post… and say, “See? I want you to love me like that.”

  • Juel

    Happy Anniversary you two!

    It is so evident how much you love each other. It is wonderful to see and here!

  • Carolyn

    Happy Anniversary, you are both amazing people and parents. Thank you for sharing your lives in this blog. I spend a lot of time praying for God’s Will to be done in my life, and also for him to bring a wonderful man to me to share my life with…looks like he did that with you Angie.

  • Stephanie

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Todd, yes, you have an amazing voice and your ministry had touched me in so many ways. I’ve also had the opportunity to see Selah in concert twice in Maine!

    Reading your post reminded me of the interviews that you, Alan, and Amy did with Positive 89.3 when you were here June 07. You were talking about having Angie and the kids with you and how Angie was having a blast shopping in Freeport (who wouldn’t?) I thought then that here was a man who was crazy about his family and wanted the world to know how awesome his wife is. I can see that again in your post. (Your writing is just as insightful!)

    I also want to thank you for sharing Angie with all of us. I suppose you could be one of those husbands who tells his wife to keep things close to the vest and not let others see your pain.

    She may have asked you on a walk years ago, but she also invited all of us on your walk through the valley of the shadow of death, and I have been richly blessed by this walk.

    God bless your family as you continue to mourn, grieve, and worship.

  • Dennison4Ever

    Beautiful!

  • Tasha

    What a beautiful tribute to our dear Angie.You know,my husband and I started our relationship just 5 days before you guys did.We will celebrate our 6 year anniversary on September 28th.Our gift to each other is going to be a weekend get away a couple weeks later with the highlight being a Selah concert!SO EXCITED!!!You guys are such a blessing to me!

  • JanMary

    First, let me confess I have not yet read all previous 195 comments here.

    Second, let me confess that since I started to read this blog I did not know she was married to a singer, and I still don’t know who you are! (oops!).

    Third, thanks for a wonderfully written post. Must be something in the water, but my dh emailed me the most romantic birthday love letter last week.

    Fourth (and finally) I want to thank you both for opening up your hearts to God and sharing it with us.

    Hugs and prayers from N Ireland.

  • Rachael

    Todd, that was beautiful and I am in tears as I write this. I have followed Audrey’s story for quite some time but have never commented because I felt like I just could not find the words to express what I wanted to say. But now as my fingers are flying across the keyboard I know it is God guiding my hands. You and Angie are such an inspiration and an amazing example of God’s love and grace by pouring your hearts out to us believers and non believers alike. GOD BLESS YOU ALL and Happy Anniversary!

  • THE BOONE’S

    Happy (belated) Anniversary!!!

    Hey Todd… when your heart is doing the talking, all writing skills or lack there of, go right out the window, I really don’t think any of us would have cared anyway after reading your “love letter” and I’m sure your beloved wife was blessed with every word you shared. :)
    God bless you both and all

    all my heart Robin B.

  • makemineaquad

    well, I am in tears, and I blame you people. how is a mom supposed to take care of her kids in a normal day around here when i walk around crying? you are BOTH such a joy to read. Thank you for your words, for your Praise to Him, and most important, for sharing it all with us.

    We are the lucky ones.
    Peace with you on this, your special day together.

  • Gina

    awwwwwwwwwwww!
    love you guys!

  • Simply in Control

    Happy Anniversary to the both of you! Looks like you two have another thing in common-the ability to move people to tears with your honest writing. :) Thank you so much for sharing your lives with us.

  • His Amazing Grace

    Todd –
    Thank you for sharing your heart! What an amazing tribute to your wife…this blog ministers to me in so many ways…thanks again.
    Blessings to all of you!

  • Rose

    Todd, that was absolutely beautiful! I have been coming here for a while and have been so blessed to be a part of your family’s journey. Angie is amazingly gifted and I always leave here with something to think about. Your family has been in my prayers and on my heart since before you lost your precious Audrey. I had never heard of Selah before but I have visited your site and I love your music. I also like the songs Angie has on this site. Thank you for giving us a glimpse of Audrey from your perspective, it is like I have known her forever, she is one in a million.

  • Mocha with Linda

    Wow. Happy Anniversary to you, Todd & Angie. That was simply beautiful. How cherished Angie must feel.

    You are right: she is a gifted writer and has touched many many lives. But so have you, both with this post and with your music.

    Thanks for sharing your heart with us.

  • Monkey’s Mommy

    asleep or going back and reading pshaw – beautiful, simply beautiful

    happy anniversary to you both!

  • Deb Lieber

    Well done. You two wonderful people are gifts from God. What a beautiful love you have for one another, for your family, and for God. You are inspirations! And Todd, your music IS incredible. I bought the whole collection after getting to know Angie and her blog–and it’s all we listen to.

    God Bless You!

  • Jill

    Todd and Angie,

    Happy 7th Anniversary!

    As you can see and hear Todd, you are a beautiful writer! Your love for your wife, family and God shined through your every word! Your love for God shines through your voice and passion as you praise His holy name.

    You are such a blessing to each reader – how you encouraged us to be the best for our spouses and all those we come in contact with to always shine Him and His love!

    Wow! I too can’t wait to watch God work out His plan through your family. I have often wondered what it would be like when Angie climbed out from behind being Mrs. Todd Smith and stood on her own as Mrs. Angie Smith – child of the MOST HIGH! What a beautiful thing to witness through your eyes. THANK YOU for sharing her and everything about who she is to you with us.

    I praise Him for bringing the rain and allowing us to grow from the drenching in the storm of your lives!

    You are a true blessing giving Him all the glory! I love you both and pray daily for Him to keep giving you the strength as He uses you all!

    Love and blessings,
    Jill

  • Mama Lily

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary. May God continue to bless your lives. Thank you both so much for your openness and honesty. It’s refreshing for people in the minstry who are “real” and don’t sugar coat anything. God is REAL and will carry us through the fire and flood! You are blessings to the Body of Christ!

  • WendyCarole

    A very happy anniversary. You are both amazing. I think of you often

  • Erin

    I think you discredited yourself. YOu also are a beautiful writer and painted a picture with words that brought tears to my eyes. You are both very special and God’s light is shining through you.

  • Shannon

    Happy Anniversary to you both.

    Reading your post, Todd, was as touching as Angie’s. You both have a gift of words. To see the love that you have for your wife is proof of a God centered relationship. Thank you both so much for sharing your lives with us.

  • Rachel

    My husband and I celebrated our first anniversary yesterday as you celebrated your 7th. I can only hope that over the coming 6 years we can continue to grow in our love of one another and in God through whatever hardships and heartaches we may face, and in all of the joyful times we will share as well!

  • Luanne

    Happy Anniversary you two terrific people.
    Todd, sorry you’re having to take a back seat to Angie these days, but your still my favorite singing group if thats any consolation.
    You are a great blogger too.
    Hope to read more of you.

    Luanne

  • Tish

    Happy Anniversary! And what an eloquent post, Todd!

  • Kathryn

    My husband and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary on the 25th – we have been married a whole day more than the two of you!! Congratulations!! I wish you many more…

  • Tara

    Dear Angie and Todd

    Ive been reading your blog for a while now and it has definatley touched me in ways only someone who has lost a baby could know. I would like to finaly share my story with you. I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on May 6, 2008 her name is Kaylee Ann Goldstone. To go back to the begining, I had previously had a miscarage the year following getting pregnant with Kaylee and I was very traumatic for both my husband and I, we got thru that by telling ourselves that there is a reason for everything and there was a plan for us. Now we are very spiritual not religious. We believe there is a God who has a plan for us in life. Anyway , the day I found out I was pregnant I couldnt believe the fear and the joy, I get goose bumps thinking about that day. I had the best pregnancy , I felt great . A few weeks before I gave birth I told my husband that I could deffinatly do this again. Well my due date came and went , no baby. She was sitting really high and didnt want to drop. Well I was sceduled to be induced on May 5 I went into the hospital and started the process, no luck this first day. She was very stubborn and didnt want to come out (very much her mothers personallity I figured). The next day they tried again, finaly at 10:45 pm my beautiful baby girl come into this world and only moments later the lord took her to a better place. I only remember the doctor telling me they did everything they could but she was gone. I remember hitting the bed and telling the doctor he`s wrong there is no way this could be happening to me. That was the best and worst day of my life. We just found out the other day that the reason she passed was her lungs were so under developed they were unable to support life on earth. This has been a very heart breaking ordeal and Ive found stregnth by reading about how you and your husband have been dealing with the passing of Audry.
    If you would like to talk more with someone who has been thru a similar situation. Id love to talk. My email adress is urbeautifulangel21@hotmail.com.

  • Maddy

    Simply beautiful. Thanks for the reminder..He is always the same. I needed that today.
    Bless you all and Happy Anniversary!
    Maddy

  • Sheryl

    Whoa!! How amazing was that? Happy Anniversary to the both of you. God is sure using you in the lives of many. Thank you for sharing that Todd, I mean, Angie Smith’s husband. Blessings and still praying on-
    Sheryl

  • mommamel

    Happy 7th Anniversary! 7! The number of perfection! No itching allowed…lol. I pray that you and Todd will come to know God and each other more deeply and intimately than ever before and that you’ll experience more of God’s peace! Angie, I always feel closer to God when I read your blog. Thank you for your sharing your heart, your life and your family. God’s Word says that life comes from death and look at how Audrey is living through you and all of the people touched by that. May God bless you and your beautiful family! And Todd, I think you’re a great writer and I do truly love your voice and your music.

  • lmashe81

    I have been a reader for many months, but this is my first comment. You guys’ strength to me is amazing. Todd is right Angie you do have an amazing gift of writing. I feel your pain and hurt.

  • christi28

    happy anniversary! it was so nice to get to hear from you todd. that was beautiful. you are so blessed!

  • Stacey

    I loved reading this so much! Ya’ll really are doing amazing work through God and reaching out to so many! God Bless you both!

  • Wonderful World

    We have heard of you through reading Audrey’s blog. She speaks of your love for her and I know from her writing that she feels protected and safe with you. I remember the story of the two of you cleaning the bathroom with the Target cleaner after the memorial service with such tenderness. Praise God for a husband who lives with his wife in and understanding way! You guess are presenting the world with a great picture of the way that Jesus loves his bride, the church! Thank you!!

  • RN and OSHP

    Well Todd, you made me cry, that has to count for something! Congratulations to you guys on 7 years. It is a testament to your relationship and to God that you have let this difficult time bring you closer together and not drive you apart! Praying for your family! Jenny in Ohio

  • Kelly

    Thank you for sharing this Todd – it’s so sweet. No wonder Angie asked you for a walk and married you.
    I started our reading her blog knowing she was “the lead singer from Selah’s wife” and now I just think of her as Angie – one of the most geniune, kind, and Godly women I wish I knew personally. I know we would be good friends if we met in real life. I thought I adored her until I read that she prayed God would give her a down’s syndrome child and now I just love her. That kind of heart is someone I want to be around all the time.
    Happy anniversary to both of you! May you have 57 more years of marital bliss and God’s blessings!

  • JJ&K

    You two are an amazing couple, building an amazing family. Thanks for sharing your story, your hearts.

  • JJ&K

    You two are an amazing couple, building an amazing family. Thanks for sharing your story, your hearts.

  • JJ&K

    You two are an amazing couple, building an amazing family. Thanks for sharing your story, your hearts.

  • JJ&K

    You two are an amazing couple, building an amazing family. Thanks for sharing your story, your hearts.

  • JJ&K

    You two are an amazing couple, building an amazing family. Thanks for sharing your story, your hearts.

  • JJ&K

    You two are an amazing couple, building an amazing family. Thanks for sharing your story, your hearts.

  • JJ&K

    You two are an amazing couple, building an amazing family. Thanks for sharing your story, your hearts.

  • JJ&K

    You two are an amazing couple, building an amazing family. Thanks for sharing your story, your hearts.

  • Lynn

    You BOTH are a blessing!! God bless you always and keep you in His tender care. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY and many many more! : )

    Loving you in Jesus,
    Lynn

  • Michelle

    This is beautiful. Todd, thank you for sharing your heart. I have often wondered how you were doing. Thank you for posting today. It was beautiful. Angie, I’m praying for all of you. I’m so glad that you two have each other!

  • Heather

    Happy Anniversary!

    Thank you for sharing your heart with us. Both of you. You have blessed my life through your music and writing more than I could ever tell you.

    Love to you and your family!

  • Katie

    What a beautiful tribute to Angie! I can only hope that my husband could write something so encouraging like this about me.

    Angie and Todd, thank you for your precious love for Jesus.

  • Tonya Gray

    Angie, WOWEEE!! What a man you found for yourself! Thank you for all that you guys have opened yourselves up to.

  • Alyssa

    I definitely teared up! There’s no way anyone fell asleep or went on to read a different post, Todd!

  • Lauren Kelly

    Not too shabby for your first post Toddy :) Happy Anniversary to you both, and many more to come! Be blessed on your journey together!

    With lots of love,
    Lauren

  • Kim

    Well, that was beautiful. And, Todd, everything you described Angie to be is exactly how I think of her from reading this blog!
    I think your family is so special.
    I thought the 2 of you may want to know while I was reading this post, my 14 month old, Chandler Grace, climbed onto my lap and smiled, started jabbering, as she repeatedly poked Audrey in the family picture. Your baby truly is special. Thank both of you for sharing your special gift and all that it has meant to me and so many others. May God continue to bless your family.
    Happy Anniversary-it’s nice to know the 2 of you have each other. What a great match!

  • jennyhope

    My heart still grieves your loss. I just celebrated the life and death of my firstborn, Shelby Hope, this past week. It has been 4 years. Your ministry is so wonderful and I know it has come from your brokenness.

  • Kris

    Happy Anniversary you two!
    Thank you for sharing your heart with us Todd!

  • BooSheep

    thank you

  • Bonnie

    Whoa…you are both amazing is all I can say. We have a little granddaughter that is almost a year old and she has spins bifada. Her complications are serious and she will never walk. I have felt so much joy and sorrow..day in day out and been through many of the things Angie speaks of. Any tragic situation with children is so hard to bear. I have thought of your parents, Todd, losing two beautiful grandchildren and your mother’s description is perfect. It is like an amputation. The only peace there is in our Savior, constant prayer, and choosing to view it in a certain way. I have the greatest love and respect for your family and pray for you all.

    And by the way, you are a wonderful writer yourself. You guys will probably never get through all these comments..sorry to be so long winded.

  • Hollie

    Well, I mean…how do you even leave a comment on that one? BOTH of you are amazing and it is evident you’re doing amazing things for HIS GLORY!

    Happy Anniversary! And Happy early Birthday, Kate!!

  • karen44

    Oh, Todd. If only more husbands adored their wives so fully (and told them so!!) as you have done here! Have no worries, my friend, about whether that “7-year itch” was this year or last year. It’s irrelevant in your marriage!

    Many blessings on you both!
    -karen l.

  • sarah

    thanks for sharing as well. great post. love that angie asked you out :) !!! thats so much fun. great memories. God is using you both in HUGE ways for Him. To God be the glory!

  • Colette

    Oh Todd it was wonderful to hear from you. You’re wrong you know, you write wonderfully! Thank you for sharing.

    We are all as grateful for you are you are of us.

  • Karen Jolly

    Not a writer? Thank you for sharing your amazing story. God bless you.

  • Hope Wilson

    Well, Todd, you may need to start your own blog – ha! That was great! Congratulations to you both for your 7 years of marriage. I found your post to be a wonderful example of the verse…"husbands love your wives as Christ loves the Church." What a special post for your girls to have about how much their daddy loves & respects their mom! Thank you for sharing…Love to you both!

  • SonReignsRanch

    that. was.

    BEAUTIFUL.

    Thank you.

    AND HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to you BOTH.

    ps: you can post again, you made me cry!

  • MBKimmy

    L:ove Love love it … makes me understand why you are you even more than i already did … LOVE it! he should guest write once a month!

  • the parental unit

    God has truly blessed you both with music, the gift of writing, children and each other!
    Thank you, Todd, for your wonderful post, I doubt anyone needed the No-doz, but I’m sure they all reached for their Kleenex!(I know I did!)
    Hope to see y’all in Michigan soon.
    God Bless and Happy Anniversary!
    Lyne :)

  • goodtwin

    Todd and Angie,
    Happy Anniversary.
    Todd, you are a wonderful man to do a post so lovingly for your wife. I am in awe.

    Here is a little something for you both.

    MAY YOUR DAYS BE BLESSED AND PROSPEROUS!

    Psalm 23

    The Lord is my Shepherd = That’s Relationship!

    I shall not want = That’s Supply!

    He maketh me to lie down in green pastures = That’s Rest!

    He leadeth me beside the still waters = That’s Refreshment!

    He restoreth my soul = That’s Healing!

    He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness = That’s Guidance!

    For His name sake = That’s Purpose!

    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death = That’s Testing!

    I will fear no evil = That’s Protection!

    For Thou art with me = That’s Faithfulness!

    Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me = That’s Discipline!

    Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies =
    That’s Hope!

    Thou annointest my head with oil = That’s Consecration!

    My cup runneth over = That’s Abundance!

    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life =
    That’s Blessing !

    And I will dwell in the house of the Lord = That’s Security!

    Forever = That’s Eternity!

    I hope you both have a wonderful evening and have many, many more wonderfully, happy years together.

  • Susan

    Thank you!

  • Amie

    Just beautiful, Mr. Angie Smith. :)

    And for the record, I am betting that no matter when that itch is suppossed to come, you guys are good. ;)

    Thank you for sharing your heart and for Blessing all of us!

    Happy Anniversary!

    Much Love!

    ~Amie

  • touchofglory

    It is so precious to see Angie through your eyes Todd. Congratulations on seven years! I have been so moved by this blog and the sharing of the experiences that you have been through together. God bless you both as you continue in your ministries!
    In Christ,
    Melissa H.

  • Tammi

    Hey Todd,
    It’s Tammi (Burgerhoudt- now Dryden) from your SCS days. Beautiful post- Mrs. Allebach would be proud!! It has been a blessing for me to watch as God has used your music and now Angie’s writing to encourage and change so many lives. What a testimony of what God can do with lives completely yielded to Him. I love reading Angie’s blog, and wish I could know her better in person. Angie, I would love to be a part of your study- but will be praying for your group from afar! My family continues to pray for yours, Nicol, and your parents too. Hope to see you in Oct. in Mi. Happy Anniversary, Tammi

  • Chocaholic

    Happy Anniversary! Thank you both for your amazing testimony and for sharing your walk with us. Love and God Bless!

  • Mami Sue

    What a beautifully written post.
    Happy Anniversary to you two.
    Thank you for your ministry, your music and your comittment to our wonderful God. You two are perfectly matched and compliment one another. I have loved this blog from the start and am excited to see what God has planned for you both. In His Spirit,
    Sue

  • Peas on Earth

    Happy Anniversary, Todd and Angie, Angie and Todd … either way. :-)

    I say God has blessed you richly with each other and we celebrate with you! Blessings~

  • Nichele Lynn

    I could NOT help but to get all teary-eyed throughout this whole thing. The exact line, “My Jesus is still the same..” has blessed me beyond measure today! Thank you endlessly!

  • Dave and Tara Harris

    I loved reading Todds thoughts and emotions. I have always been a huge fan of Selah, and then when I heard about Angie’s blog, I now listen to your music with a totally different perspective. It is truly amazing that God allows for things to happen that will ultimately bring Glory to Him….if we allow Him to do it. I will now look at life with a different perspective as well! Thank you for allowing God to minister to so many others through your heartache.

  • Rae

    What an amazing family you are. Thank you for continuing to be a blessing in my life.

    All my love and prayers,
    Rae

  • Sun

    WOW – how beautiful – both of you just pour forth the love of Christ and it is amazing. Thank you SO much for sharing your lives. Happy Anniversary and may God continue to comfort and guide you both – you both have SO SO SO much talent and it is SO well invested! Thank you for being who you are in Christ! Sunshine

  • Kelli :)

    Okay, so I’m in tears! I mean do you guys just love making us cry? :) You’re family is such a blessing! Thank you for sharing your wife, your children, and your life with us. You deserve more credit than you give yourself. That was great. :) I hope it isn’t your last post! Happy Anniversary to such an amazing and inspirational couple!! God bless!

  • georgia tarheel

    Happy Anniversary! I pray that God blesses you more than you could ever imagine in the next 7+ years!

  • Dani

    TODD!! That was beautiful!! I am praying from now on that God will bless me with a Husband JUST LIKE YOU! :) Angie is soo blessed to have you as you are blessed to have her. She is an amazing woman of God and I am so excited to continue to see where God leads ya’ll. I LOVE this blog and God has used it to bring so much glory and honor to himself. I Love ya’lls family so much and can’t wait to meet ya’ll! :) Because I know one day I will. Oh and I told Angie when I emailed her a while back that One day I am going to do a duet with you because I have ALWAYS loved your voice and love singing your songs and just wanna sing with you. :) Anyway…Thank you for posting this. It made my day!

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! :)

    I LOVE YA’LL,
    Dani

  • Rebecca

    happy anniversary!! and may i say this is one beautiful beautiful post, todd! you and angie are so blessed to have each other. thank you for sharing your perspective. it was beautifully written!

  • Mary Helen

    Happy Anniversary, Todd and Angie! I love reading your blog and listening to your music. May the Lord continue to bless your marriage, family and ministry for many, many years to come!

  • MEGAN

    Todd, your post was NOT too long! It was a beautiful tribute to your daughter, and a wonderful anniversary gift to your wife. I think of your family all of the time, and pray that I could have the same strength, courage and trust in Christ should the circumstance every arise. Happy 7 years together!

  • Karen and Shane

    So sweet!

  • Mattam

    Todd, thank you for sharing your heart! I still have tears streaming down my face. Thank you for supporting your wife in her vulnerability with us! In Him, Tamara

  • Joy

    Todd, you’re an amazing man. Angie is very lucky to have you… and likewise you are incredibly blessed to have her!

    Be reminded of Job in the Bible. God loved him, knew that he could withstand much. I know it’s not about the reward, but I have a feeling Angie’s crown is going to be so incredible in Heaven. A beautiful crown offering to lay before the feet of Jesus, as a representation of all the love and righteousness she exhibits here on earth.

  • Sara

    Wow, I just witnessed the great amount of love that Todd has for you, Angie.

    Beautifully written.

    Happy 7 Years!

  • truth4nothing

    No wonder she asked you out on a walk- DANG!

  • kendra

    Dear Mr.Angie Smith,

    Thank you for sharing your heart with us as well!! What a blessing that was. It sounds like now you each know what it is like to be married to a celebrity =-).

    I have written this to your family before, but I will say it again today: I know Jesus better because of Audrey Caroline.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing her story with us.
    Happy Anniversary to a wonderful couple! May God continue to bless your marriage.
    Blessings,
    kendra (Portland, OR)

  • SingerMamaMelody

    What a beautiful story. Thanks for sharing your heart, Todd. May God continue to bless your marriage and your family, and may He give you the great peace & strength that only He can give!

  • ren

    What a beautiful and honoring post. I can’t tell you how many people I know who have been ministered to by this blog! Congrats on 7 years! Love from Albuquerque…

  • ~Alicia~

    My first thought was "I want a love like that!"

    Angie & Todd, I'm sure you know it already but you are SO BLESSED to have what you have and in this world it has become rare. Take all the opportunities you can to admire and love each other!

    Todd, that was absolutely beautiful. I loved hearing from your perspective. Angie is so special to us and so is your family. I love hearing you both talk about how you met and built what became such a solid foundation for your family.

    Know that your family, especially your beautiful Audrey remains such a blessing to all who hear about you and her.

  • Madeline

    Todd,
    Thank you for sharing ‘your Angie’ with us, she truly seems like an incredible person. Your love for her and your girls seeps through your words. I’ve read this blog many times, check regularly (at least once a day) for updates, watched the Cross Point video and watched the incredible video for I Will Carry You. Each of these has brought me to tears, and I am once again astounded by the strength, faith and love within your family.
    Happy Anniversary, Todd and Angie. May the next 7 years be even sweeter.
    My thoughts continue to be with you all, travelling the long distance from New Zealand to Nashville, Tennessee. Audrey’s story has touched my heart, she won’t be forgotten.

    Madeline

  • Katherine Page

    Angie has encouraged me so much and even challeneged me to look at life different although I have not experienced what you have.

    Todd, it is awesome to see two people who love each other talk about each other like you just did. You have just touched my life (NOT ONLY BY YOUR MUSIC) but my these words you just spoke. I grew up in a family where there wasn’t much communicatication. I never heard my parents say I love you or go on anniversary dates or anything.Just yelling and cussing at each other. I don’t know how they never followed through with the many divorce threats. So, what I am getting at is I am 23 (YES YOUNG) but I have never dated because I have told myself since I was a little girl “If that is what love is, I don’t want to ever be in love”) You have just shown me that there is love, Godly love. That in a marriage Christ has to be #1. You two have been through alot and praise God you two are so much more in love than you were 7 years ago. I hope you both celebrate! Thank you both for being an example of Christ. I don’t even know you and I love you and your precious girls! I am always praying for you.
    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

  • Lianna Knight

    Just beautiful! Your wife is one God loving AMAZING woman :)

    Blessings!

  • kjoy

    Todd, you have the same gift of honest and exquisite words as anyone I've ever read, and it made me cry just like the best of Angie's! It is beautiful to know more of the story from your perspective, and to see how deep the love is between you and Angie. Thank you so much for sharing. Your words are as powerful as your music. :-)

    Congratulations (a day late) on your wedding anniversary, and on going through all that life has given you and still maintaining your faith & focus on Christ. It's a blessing to share in the Smith story!

  • MandieGirl

    This is awesome. You are both blessed to have each other! Have a fantastic anniversary!

  • Jennifer

    Happy Anniversary!! and THANKS!

  • PurpleFlowerFairy

    w*o*w! you and angie are AWESOME!!!!! i’m usually just a blog “lurker” here and have never commented before but i just had to say something today, although it’s not much… =) thank you, debbie

  • Carrie

    Thank you for adding to this blog, Todd. I do not think it is just Angie that God is using to do His work. It is your entire family. Thank you for sharing your vulnerability and wife with the multitude of readers! God Bless you!

  • tksthoughts

    Happy Anniversary. May God continue to bless your family and may he continue to guide you as you minister his words to others.

  • maggieallen123

    Your family is so precious…You are just so real…great examples of the love of Christ. Thank you for sharing with all of us…letting us into your home and being a part of your life as well. What a privelege….praying for all of you and your family to continue to grow in grace and mercy. Becky

  • Jen & Her Crew

    Todd, I am again touched Mr. Angie Smith but your words, love of your family and most of all, your unwaivering faith in your Lord. Thank you for being a transparent family we are all learning from. Love, Jen and her 7 children (5 in heaven)

  • Jen & Her Crew

    Todd, I am again touched Mr. Angie Smith but your words, love of your family and most of all, your unwaivering faith in your Lord. Thank you for being a transparent family we are all learning from. Love, Jen and her 7 children (5 in heaven)

  • Jen & Her Crew

    Todd, I am again touched Mr. Angie Smith but your words, love of your family and most of all, your unwaivering faith in your Lord. Thank you for being a transparent family we are all learning from. Love, Jen and her 7 children (5 in heaven)

  • Jen & Her Crew

    Todd, I am again touched Mr. Angie Smith but your words, love of your family and most of all, your unwaivering faith in your Lord. Thank you for being a transparent family we are all learning from. Love, Jen and her 7 children (5 in heaven)

  • Jen & Her Crew

    Todd, I am again touched Mr. Angie Smith but your words, love of your family and most of all, your unwaivering faith in your Lord. Thank you for being a transparent family we are all learning from. Love, Jen and her 7 children (5 in heaven)

  • Jen & Her Crew

    Todd, I am again touched Mr. Angie Smith but your words, love of your family and most of all, your unwaivering faith in your Lord. Thank you for being a transparent family we are all learning from. Love, Jen and her 7 children (5 in heaven)

  • Jen & Her Crew

    Todd, I am again touched Mr. Angie Smith but your words, love of your family and most of all, your unwaivering faith in your Lord. Thank you for being a transparent family we are all learning from. Love, Jen and her 7 children (5 in heaven)

  • Jen & Her Crew

    Todd, I am again touched Mr. Angie Smith but your words, love of your family and most of all, your unwaivering faith in your Lord. Thank you for being a transparent family we are all learning from. Love, Jen and her 7 children (5 in heaven)

  • Jen & Her Crew

    I am again touched Mr. Angie Smith by your words, love of your family and most of all, your unwaivering faith in your Lord. Thank you for being a transparent family we are all learning from. Love, Jen and her 7 children (5 in heaven)

  • Jen & Her Crew

    I am again touched Mr. Angie Smith by your words, love of your family and most of all, your unwaivering faith in your Lord. Thank you for being a transparent family we are all learning from. Love, Jen and her 7 children (5 in heaven)

  • Jen & Her Crew

    I am again touched Mr. Angie Smith by your words, love of your family and most of all, your unwaivering faith in your Lord. Thank you for being a transparent family we are all learning from. Love, Jen and her 7 children (5 in heaven)

  • Jen & Her Crew

    I am again touched Mr. Angie Smith by your words, love of your family and most of all, your unwaivering faith in your Lord. Thank you for being a transparent family we are all learning from. Love, Jen and her 7 children (5 in heaven)

  • Jen & Her Crew

    I am again touched Mr. Angie Smith by your words, love of your family and most of all, your unwaivering faith in your Lord. Thank you for being a transparent family we are all learning from. Love, Jen and her 7 children (5 in heaven)

  • Jen & Her Crew

    I am again touched Mr. Angie Smith by your words, love of your family and most of all, your unwaivering faith in your Lord. Thank you for being a transparent family we are all learning from. Love, Jen and her 7 children (5 in heaven)

  • Jen & Her Crew

    I am again touched Mr. Angie Smith by your words, love of your family and most of all, your unwaivering faith in your Lord. Thank you for being a transparent family we are all learning from. Love, Jen and her 7 children (5 in heaven)

  • Jen & Her Crew

    I am again touched Mr. Angie Smith by your words, love of your family and most of all, your unwaivering faith in your Lord. Thank you for being a transparent family we are all learning from. Love, Jen and her 7 children (5 in heaven)

  • Denise

    That was an amazingly heartfelt post!! You two probably have no idea how much of an inspiration you are to others and how much you minister to the hearts of people. Your words cause people to feel a desire to become closer to God, our spouses, and better parents to our children!! Happy Anniversary and THANK YOU!!!

  • Amy

    happy anniversary, thank you and God bless your family. your walk has made losing a child in my own life a little easier to understand.

  • bethany

    Happy Anniversary one day late!
    You guys are amazing!!!!
    I love this blog and I just love you to pieces Angie! Todd you are an amazing man…thank you for being an example of a godly husband and for being so open about your love for your wife!
    I pray that God would give you many more wonderful years together!

  • surfmomma4

    Todd that was a wonderful tribute to Angie and to the life you share with her. Now that you have posted please don;t let it be your last. May God bless your family with peace and joy and as many children as your heart can hold. I bought your CD Alive and just love it..

  • LaurenH

    Wonderful post!! Wonderful writing by you Todd and sooo true about Angie’s gift of words and her ability to minister to all of us out here.

    She is touching many lives, bringing many to Jesus for the first time, many others back to him and reminding many of us who he is- always the same.

    I feel blessed to have found this site and these words. What a wonderful blog you have, what a wondeful Lord we have!

  • Laura

    Glory Glory!!!! What an awesome husband you have! I’m praying I can find someone as suppostive and insightful as yours!

    All the best as always!
    Laura

  • Mae

    Oh wow! I am sitting here wiping the tears away. That was beautiful!

    Happy Anniversary!
    The two of you have touched so many with each of your gifts. God is so amazing! I feel blessed to just have the chance to know a little about you through this remarkable blog.

  • Isabel

    Todd,
    I actually found Angies blog by goint to Selah’s web site to see where yall would be in concert. I saw the prayer request for Todd and Angie and I’ve been reading her blog since….right after her 1st blog had been posted. She has ministered to me many times and I’ve referred several couples that have had miscarriages to her blog. God is using your family in a mighty way! Thank you for sharing your sweet words with your “extended family.” We love you and may God continue to comfort and lift you up!!! Isabel—Plese have a concert near Memphis—I live in northern MS!!!!

  • Jen

    *sigh* I sat, head propped on my chin, with the dopeyest expression on my face reading this. Todd, you are a sweetheart.

    Angie, thanks for letting him highjack your blog so we can be blessed by BOTH your hearts.

    Happy Anniversary, Angie and her husband Smith :)

  • Jenibug7

    I found your blog after my best friend, Jenna, delivered her baby totally unexpectedly at 22 weeks Saturday before last. She and her husband held him in their arms while he lived for an hour and a half. Both of them and my husband and I went to seminary for grad school together, and no class we took there could have prepared any of us for what they are going through now. I have read your posts back to the day Audrey was born and have cried for your loss and the loss of so many other families out there. Several people have sent Jenna links to your site, and she has had short looks. It is just too soon and raw to read it all. But I wanted to say thank you both for being a light to others. Christ is truly shining through you as you walk down this dark road.

  • Tina

    Tears are flowing. Todd, I think this readership welcomes your writing any time!

  • Angie

    Wow Todd, you are an amazing writter also. Thank you for sharing this with us. Happy Annivesary! I feel that you two are amazing and your ability to write your feelings down is incrediable. The strength you have given me, I can never thank you enough. And I do Love YOUR MUSIC!!! Thank you and I thank God every day for this blog. God Bless you and your family. Adrian, MN

  • Michelle

    I am in tears as I read this. I can feel the love this man has for you. You are amazing. I read your blog and have never posted until tonight.
    I am in the Nashville area and want to try to attend your Bible Study.

    You have moved me!

  • Rachel

    awww, that was so sweet. what a good man you have, kinda reminds me of mine ;0). HAPPY ANNIVERSERY!

  • Sheri

    Happy Anniversary!
    You obviously underestimated your writing skills Todd. That was absolutely beautiful.

  • Mommy Cracked

    I always leave ths blog in tears, but not in a bad way. My heart aches for all you have been through, but to see you both holding tight to our Lord and Savior through it all moves me to tears everytime. Happy Anniversary. You did an amazing job with this post.

  • Jenileigh

    You two amaze me. I thank God for leading me here to read, share and be a part of your lives through this blog. I pray that the Lord continue to bless and anoint you both. What you two have been through has helped me too to see things through a more spiritual set of eyes. It has helped me to stop asking why so much and just trust Him. It’s reminded me that He is in control. Thank-you both so much. I wish I could hug you both in person! (Todd this was priceless.)I’m very grateful to have a husband much like you.

  • seth

    Happy Anniversary! Praying for you guys! Todd, thanks for you encouraging writings–you wrote wonderfully! You are both very blessed to have one another–I know you know that!! :) Sincerely, Anya

  • Maria’s Mommy

    Happy Anniversary. May God continue to watch over and bless you, and your family.
    Thank you for sharing, it was beautiful.

  • Jaci

    That was absolutely precious. What a beautiful family you are. Congratulations on 7 years of marriage!!

  • Melissa

    Congratulations Todd and Angie!! Here’s to many many more blessed years to come!!

    Hugs From CO,
    Melissa
    (PS.. Todd, your post rocked–don’t be a stranger now, ya hear?)

    ;o)

  • ABW Photography

    Thank you for this wonderful post.
    Blessings to you all!

  • Sue

    Todd
    That was wonderful! Thank you for sharing with us. It is funny but I feel like I know your whole family even though I have never met you. I did see you perform in Tonawanda NY in January and I enjoyed every moment of it. I honestly think that you have one of the best male voices that I have ever heard. Thank you for continuing to use it for God’s glory!

  • christie

    Happy Anniversary!!! And just for the record Todd I found Angie’s blog through the Selah website. I saw you in Bangor in May and have never been so moved. Your ministry that night helped me begin a true relationship with the Lord. Angie’s blog has helped me to make my relationship stronger. You are both amazing people!!!!
    Praise you both for your ministries! My daughter has been ill and is undergoing lots of testing right now and it’s been a very trying time for my entire family. We are now waiting for one more test before traveling to another state to seek specialized care at Boston Children’s Hospital. Your music and Angie’s blog keep me centered and bring me peace during this uncertain time.
    God Bless!!!
    Christie

  • melanie

    It truly is a gift to be transparent and real, you have Angie’s ability to touch right at the heart! Blessings to you both.

  • Beth

    Todd, i could never think of you as Mr. Angie..cause i’ve always thought of you as the “other smith” who sang with Nicole and Allen.
    Just a joke.. really, your voice and the music of Selah has carried me through more hard times then i can count.It was the way Selah spoke to me in my grief that made me want to reach out to Angie in the beginning.
    Your family is truly called by God for a purpose. From your parents, to your siblings, yourself and your children, God has used you to make changes the world. Thank you for sharing Angie with all of us.
    Beth

  • Nicole

    Thanks for sharing Todd! God is amazing. Your wife’s blog has been truly inspiring to read and opened my eyes even more to God’s love and his plan.

    And I LOVE your music Todd! :)

  • Danielle

    First time posting on here but I have been following your story for a long time. Congratulations on 7 years of marriage. You both seem to be AMAZING individuals and GOD chose just the right parents for 5 of HIS children. I will continue to pray for your family.

    GOD BLESS….

  • KELLY

    Todd, thank you so much for sharing your heart about Angie and all you’ve experienced together. What a blessing you have been for each other!

  • Vaeh’s Blog

    What a wonderful husband you have, Angie! Todd, don't stop writing… you seem to have a touch of a gift yourself. The two of you & your lives together are a perfect ministry for God!

    Happy Anniversary & may God grant you many more happy years together!

    In Christ's love,
    Tina Walp:0)

  • We Happy 3

    The tears rolled down my cheeks tonight. I came across your blog through a friend. Let’s just say “it captrured me”. I lost 9 angles before I had my one MIRACLE and one after her. I thought that I had become a strong person, but there is no one like you. You are amazing, I wish we all could be so strong. Thank you for using the tools that God gave you to teach us all. You children are amazing and they always will be, you are blessed. Your sweet little Audrey Caroline, will always be apart of your family and will always be with your girls. Thank you for being a woman of God and being strong.

    Blessing to no end,
    The Muller 3

  • joyfulmom

    Happy Anniversary and may God bless your union. You two are so sweet. Your love for Jesus just overflows to all who read your blog. I’ve been blessed over and over as I read your posts.

    Enjoy this journey, with God as your guide.

    Hugs from El Paso,
    Karla

  • Elizabeth

    Todd, I never fell asleep. I’m sitting here in tears, so grateful for your story. And grateful for your transparency. You give me courage to face the little things in my life that seem so insurmountable. Thank you for letting God use you!

    Happy Anniversary guys!

  • Julie

    Todd, you are right on. Your wife has ministered to me in ways I never thought possible (on the internet!) You shared straight from the heart, thank you. I have to say, you are a great writer as well. You made my eyes well up with tears, and you made me laugh out loud. You pulled on my heartstrings. THANK YOU!

    Angie, do you know you are missed? Even though you’ve been busy with other things than your post, I am still praying for you every time you come to mind. You are so humble Angie, a true servant and blessing in my life even if it’s from afar.

    Your entire family is in my prayers tonight. Thank you for letting us get to know the other 1/2 of you.

    Priase God, He does not make mistakes.

    Your friend,
    Julie
    Sacramento

  • Julie

    PS. I owned your CD’s BEFORE I happened upon Angie’s blog! My father in law had it in his CD player when we swapped cars… I bought it on ITunes that very day : )

  • Amanda

    Happy anniversary! I hope you had a blessed day.
    Welcome “Mr Angie Smith” :-)

  • kaycar

    Who says your not a wtiter…. amamzing. You guys are incredible and God is using you mightly….
    Happy Anniversary!

    Carla

  • Danielle

    Happy Anniversary=0) What an amazing love God has blessed you two with. I have been reading this blog for quite some time now, but have never left a comment. I am amazed at how much you are all continuing to look to God for strength! It is a great reminder, thank you. I have cried thru many postings reading about Audrey. God is truly amazing in the strength He gives us to handle life’s circumstances! God bless you both as you continue on with your journey and the raising of your family!

  • dream-catcher57

    “Baby, I know this is long and everyone is probably asleep, or going back and reading one of your posts but I want to finish with this. ”

    Umm NO! I think at that point everyone was crying! :) I do not cry easy, but this post was amazing. You guys are great, and very inspirational.

  • Jessica

    Todd and Angie,
    Thanks for sharing so much of yourselves! Happy anniversary! My husband and I have been married for eight and a half years and we experienced a “Seven Year Itch” of sorts — we were itching to grow closer to each other than ever before! I think the year between our seventh and eighth anniversaries was a time of tremendous joy in our love for each other and was definitely our best year so far! Many prayers for both of you and all your family as well.
    God bless!

  • AJ

    Amazing. Thank you for sharing those words with us and thank you for sharing Angie with us ! We love you all.

  • julie

    Todd, thank you for the beautiful post. A lot of times dads get lost in the shuffle. The love you have for Angie and your girls is beautiful. My husband and I have been married for 17 years (in sept.), and have 3 beautiful children. We were told we were infertile with no explaination, and would most likely never concieve. I’m so glad my God is the ultimate physician. We never take our marriage or our children for granted. My heart aches for your loses, and yet rejoices with you, in knowing they are with Jesus. It never makes the pain go completely away, even though we know life here on Earth holds no comparison to heaven. I consider myself blessed to be able to lift you and your family in prayer daily, knowing that there is no distance in the spirit. May God continue to bless you both, sustain you, and use you for His glory. You are truley amazing and a blessing to all who get the opportunity to read your story. Thank you for the painful, beautiful,soul bearing, inspiring pictures you paint for us with your words. Thank you Jesus for your love and mercy, which sustains us always. You and Angie are a gift to be cherished. Thank you for showing us God’s love and healing power that is made available to all who call upon Him.

  • Celie

    Happy Anniversary Todd and Angle! Todd, God has truly honored you with the wife he has given you. Pro 18:22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favor of the LORD. Thanks for your realness and allowing to set your life out here on the internet for all to behold, to be such and example. Some dear friend of our a pastor in California called us on Sat. Morning the 16 there son was in auto accident God had taken him home. My husband and I were in such a pit that day it just brought so much pain back to us. The hurt not for us but knowing what they would be living . You Ange have been such a example of giving of self even in your deepest hurt. Thanks for this blessing and show of how I can come alone side even at this distance.
    Loving from afar,praying,praising
    Celie

  • Where we are right now

    HAPPIEST ANNIVERSARY TODD & ANGIE! Angie thanks for asking Todd to take the walk down the journey of your life… if you wouldnt have followed the Lord's leading then we would not all be gathered around our computers to laugh and cry alongside of yall. Todd, thank you for sharing from deep down in your heart… i cried all the way through your post and im still wiping the tears away as i write this… yall are super awesome! know that you are loved. enjoy the journey of the years to come

  • Walking by Faith

    Oh my word this was too sweet! I only made it through the first 2 paragraphs with a dry face! The 2 of you make marriage so attractive! Thank you for this…so many times these days marriage is painted as something that one could easily live without. Thank you, Todd, for showing God's design for marriage through this post..so precious & sweet. You both are such a blessing to so many. Thank you for sharing your beautiful life with us! God is so good…I'm happy to say I have a 'Toddy' in my life too…only his name is Daniel, oh and he wouldn't make it for an audition to be in Selah if it was based on his singing skills, but he's a looker…haha.

  • Amanda B.

    No way I fell asleep…I can’t even hardly read it for the tears. You are BOTH amazing. I’ll confess, I just found Angie’s blog yesterday (so I don’t even know about your music, but I hope to find it on here somewhere), but WOW!! What Love!! You BOTH are the picture of Jesus!! Amazing!! Happy anniversary!!

  • Jennifer P.

    How precious is your love for one another. Thank you for sharing more about Angie, Todd. Happy Anniversary!

    You and your family are often in my thoughts and prayers.

    May our Lord bless and keep you,

    Jennifer
    http://www.pleonast.com/jkmram

    I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving,
    And I will call upon the name of the Lord.
    Psm. 116:17

    The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me
    To preach good tidings to the poor;
    He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted…

    To comfort all those who mourn in Zion,
    To give them beauty for ashes,
    The oil of joy for mourning,
    The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
    That they may be called trees of righteousness,
    The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.

    Isa. 61:1-3

  • Courtney

    Happy Anniversary Guys! Hope you get a chance to do something special to celebrate!

  • Missey~

    Well Mr. Angie Smith, that was wonderful. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about your lovely wife with your blogging family. You both are truly amazing people. I am so thankful I found out about your blog. Everytime I read it, I feel closer and closer to Jesus.
    Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.
    Missey

  • Susie

    I pray that I will someday find a man of your faith and character. The way you speak of your wife is awesome.

  • Shannon

    I continue to be in awe of your faith…great post Todd :-) I can honestly say Angie is the first person I’ve ever truly “listened” to regarding faith…and I check here all the time for more guidance. Bless you all :-)

  • Jennifer

    Happy Anniversary to you both!!

    Todd, you are definitely a lucky man. And Angie is definitely a lucky woman! I have tears in my eyes as you share your love for your bride and for your girls. I don’t think you put anyone to sleep! We’d welcome you back anytime. Thank you for sharing your wife with us. She is loved my many. And she made me a fan of Selah!
    I continue to hold you in my prayers.

    Jen P

  • bleemdc

    Happy Anniversary! God has blessed you and I know He will continue to carry you. I’m blessed to know that my husband Ren and I share the same Anniversary date. We were married 14 yrs ago on 8/27. I pray we all strive to do better and be better in our marriages. Thanks for the beautiful post!

  • Jungheims

    Mr. Angie, we love you too! You are both awesome and gifted…no wonder God put you together. You are an excellent writer and we hope to hear from you again.

    Happy Anniversary!

  • Cherylsblog

    Wow! What a great testimony of God’s grace and love and the love of a husband in a culture that disregards and disrespects marriage. Your lives are examples in so many ways to a lost world. Thank you for sharing your heart so openly and honestly.
    God bless you!

  • Jamie

    Awesome first post, Todd!! What a blessing your family has been to me! Praise God for 7 years and blessing on many many more!! You and Angie have awesome ministries!!

  • Creekermom

    WOW! Angie, I thought I had the worlds best DH. I have tears in my eyes and I am just totally in AWE of how the handiwork of God is being shown through the both of you. Thank you Todd for supporting Angie in her blogging ministry and what is to come.
    After all it is all for HIS Glory.

    Have a blessed and happy anniversary!

  • Holly

    Look out Angie.. I have fallen in love with Toddy!!
    Todd, thank you for writing. It is wonderful to hear your point of view. You are an excellent writer and Angie has written about how much you mean to her numerous times.
    It is so nice to see strength in two people who are dealing with something so terrible. You are an example to many and a light to this world. Continue shining in His light.
    God Bless you both!!

  • Our Everchangin’ Clan

    Asleep, are you kidding me – I was glued from the second you started & cried my way thru the rest, you are both amazing at sharing at God's love, My heart aches for you as I read yet I see God working thru you both which is simply AMAZING!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Darlene R.

    Happy Anniversary to both of you!
    Todd, this was such a beautiful post. You all have become so special. I will continue to lift you up in prayer.

    Love,
    Darlene – Indiana

  • Candie

    Oh Todd that was beautiful. I’m crying as I write this. It’s nice to hear the other side of the story. It’s so amazing to watch how the Lord is bringing you through this. Congratulations on 7 years of marriage!! God bless you both.

  • Isunji

    This is an amazing post. Your love for your Angie and your family is so evident. Thank you for sharing and Happy Anniversary!

    I saw this post a couple days ago, but felt compelled to read it today and I know why. I’ve been feeling so unworthy of ministering to others for one reason or another this week. I’m also a writer and a member of my church’s worship team and you’re right. When you’re up front like that it makes you look more spiritual than you are… especially when you know differently. Anyway, thanks for sharing.
    Blessings 2 u all!

  • Shaina

    You should keep this up. You’re not so bad :-) . *leaves to go kiss husband*

  • daniella

    After 350+ comments, if you’ve made it this far, consider yourself an exceptional man. Todd, you are one blessed, blessed man. I can honestly say that Angie is the one true godly woman I’ve ever known and when I think of someone seeking God with all their heart, soul and mind AND finding Him, I think of your wife. I cannot emphasize how big of an inspiration and role model she is for me. I pray and hope that God reveal Himself to me the way He has to your wife. That comes with a price but I’m willing to take it because Angie has taught me to have that kind of courage and faith. Bless you, husband of my precious friend that I’ve never met. She loves you the way Christ does. Can you get luckier than that? Mmmmmm, I don’t think so.

  • Honea Household

    I’ve got tears running down my cheeks. She is an amazing woman, Todd! Even Beth Moore mentioned her name at the Siesta Fiesta on Saturday in San Antonio!

    Beautiful!

  • Simone

    That is beautiful. You made me cry! What a special tribute to Angie. And Happy Anniversary!!

  • Kaye

    There is nothing I can add to what other commenters have already said, but I did want to leave a note of appreciation to you both. You are both obviously in love with one another as well as with the Lord. The world needs to see more people like you and there would be no difficulty in trying to help people come to know Jesus as Savior–they would be lining up to have just a portion of what you two do.

    Thank you again for being what you need to be for one another and for truly being an example of our Lord.

    God bless you with many, many more years together.

  • Traci Best

    Happy Anniversary!!!!!!

    So much love in such a short amount of time!

    Much Love and hope of many many many more years to come!

    from our brood,

    The Bests

  • Bills Family

    Wow, I can’t even think of what to type….except Wow.
    Happy Anniversary!!!

  • Karen

    One of the most beautiful and moving posts that I have ever read. What a testiment to Angie and to God. I found this blog quite by accident (or was it divine intervention?) and I look forward to each new post. I have found a deeper, stronger committment to God because of it. Happy Anniversary!

  • Dana D

    First of all, Happy Anniversary!

    Secondly, I just want Todd to know that I knew Selah and loved Selah long before I ever read this blog. Your music is beyond beautiful! However, I love Selah even more after reading Angie’s blog! When you know there’s a story behind a song– behind a group– behind a family, it makes it even more special!

    Your post left me in tears, and I just had to leave a message!

  • Susan

    How wonderful! What? you ask. EVERYTHING ! Meeting the two of you (it’s ok that you won’t remember) has changed my life. The hope I have found through your blog, your music, other Selah members, has and continues to remind me that Jesus is ALWAYS loving me even when I’m not loving myself. I love you and your family like you were my own. I thank God for all of you and all you do. … and Todd – I may not have kept up with all of Esengo last May in Frederick Md, but catch me in Ohio in Oct and I’ll keep up with you !!! ;0)
    Loving thoughts and prayers are constatnly with you,

  • Michelle Bentham

    Oh My goodness… Mr. Angie Smith… You wrote it very well. What a blessing to read the other side of this story and you are a treasure to your wife I am sure.

    May God continue to bless both you and Angie as well as your precious little ones.

    You know since you shared the previous miscarriage, I want to acknowledge something and just let it rest where it will.

    If it is of the Lord, then use it – and if it is just something from me, then well.. then it is what it is, right?

    Angie and Todd, a few months ago as I was beginning to anticipate the last couple of weeks of our life (the third anniversary of my son’s accident and passing) his funeral was held three years ago on your wedding anniversary and our own wedding anniversary was the day before he passed. So… this is all kind of strange for me.

    Anyway, God showed me that the enemy has an assignment against the future generations of our family. It is a long drawn out explanation – but anytime there is more than one loss in a family – one should examine the possibility of an assignment from the enemy.

    I shared what God showed me about my own family with my Bible study leader who prayed with me to break the assignment in Jesus’ name. I am praying that God would show you if such an assignment exists against your family. He has no authority there and I believe that God wants to break those assignments. I hope this is not out of line. I’m not trying to be mystical… I just know his schemes are to kill, to steal and to destroy. I am grateful for your testimony and the truth you share here – I pray God will do His mighty will and that everyday from this point on is one of victory and favor.

    Blessings.

  • four4now

    May God continue to use your family.
    Blessings,
    Scherer Family

  • Trudi

    Todd,
    Angie’s made me laugh and made me cry – yes she is an amazing communicator! You didn’t do too badly yourself – I’m wiping my eyes as I type this and hoping no one walks up to my desk to ask for something!

    You said the pain is like amputation…I’ve seen some incredible people survive that in a wonderfully victorious way! I think some of that victory is already visible. May God comfort your hearts as you learn to walk again.

  • Dawn

    Happy 7th Anniversary to Two amazing people who have touched my life in away I am not even able to express here in writing. Audrey was a gift to your family and to the world – how amazing and honored you must both feel to have been chosen to be her parents.

  • Connie@Little Red Hearts From God

    Beautiful Mr Angie

    Tears and admiration….

    praise your family and Our Lord

  • Marcie

    Dude, you rock.

    Happy Anniversary to both of you talented writers!

    Marcie

  • Tim, Cody, and Egan

    Yay for Mr. Angie Smith!

    Your mother came to a women’s retreat our church (Oakwood Community Church, Ortonville, MI) had in April- the day before my son’s first birthday- and she brought us to tears. I’ve been reading Angie’s blog since then, although I have never before posted.

    Your family is in my prayers and I thank-you for everything your entire family does to bring others closer to God. Your music, your mother’s words, and Angie’s words have been an encouragement and inspiration.

    :) Cody

    p.s.- My husband and I are also at 7 years! And every year gets better and better…

  • Sheri

    I know you guys will probably never get this far down on the comment list, but just in case, I want you to know how thankful I am to have come upon Angie’s blog. Todd, it’s so obvious you are in love with your wife…that’s such an amazing testimony in today’s world! Angie, I found your blog in the middle of reading “The Shack” (which you should definitely read if you haven’t). The Lord used your blog along with this book to confirm so many things in my life. And the sweet story about your little girl drawing the picture of Audrey and Luke playing golf- in “The Shack” there’s a scene where the main character walks across the water with Jesus. The night I read that scene was the same day I read that story from your blog. It touched a deep place in my soul and moments later, my sweet little girl brought me a picture of “God on the Water” ( what she called it)! I now understand just how precious that picture must have been to you!

  • Susan

    I am so blessed by all this. Happy anniversary to you and your wonderful family!

  • Elaine

    So sweet Todd. You honor well your Father as you honor your wife.

  • gramridenour

    Thank you Todd and Angie for sharing your walk with us. You have ministered to far more than we could imagine. You have been an encouragement to our family as we have begun the path of separation from our youngest daughter’s firstborn. Six week old Jacob Niels Marlowe ran into the loving arms of Jesus much the same way Luke did. Your family and Nicole’s have reinforced the faith we know and live according to His promises.
    We continue to pray for your families and for the many others we have met through this blog. What a great reunion awaits us all in Eternity. To God be the Glory!

  • Ani

    angie and todd, happy anniversary!

    this is the sweetest, most heartfelt post i’ve read in a long time. thank you for sharing this with us.

    God bless.

  • Joni

    Happy Anniversary! I certainly will always remember your special date, because Aug 27 is my birthday!!
    What a special post, Todd; a beautiful tribute to loving your wife! I’ve been praying for your family since we prayed for Angie on the KT Cruise earlier this year, then reading this wonderful blog ever since. I praise God for how you have been able to minister to so many!

  • marilyn4him

    What an awesome tribute from a husband to his wife.

    I feel like I know you just by reading…all…of your husbands words about you. Tell him he did good.

    I am so sorry that you lost your precious baby girl. My heart breaks for you and your family.

    God Bless You.

  • Jennifer

    Mr. Angie Smith…that was the most beautiful account of 7 wonderful years of marriage and an amazing tribute to your wife and the wonderful mother to your children. Thank you for sharing your heart and the love for your wife and children…through your eyes.

    I know that I have been completely and utterly blessed with each entry that has been written by Angie. We have shared in your pain, laughed with you, cried with you and prayed for you.

    I was a Selah fan and have many of your CDs…long before I began writing or reading blogs. So…I truly love your music…and I’m not just saying that.

    May God continue to richly bless you and your beautiful family.

    Well done…both of you!

  • Tammy

    Todd,
    You have a wonderful way with words and your post was the most beautiful words to say to your dear wife. God is the same today tomorrow and always and so on that I would like to wish you Happy anniversary and may you be blessed with so much more.

  • Jenn

    Thanks for sharing Todd.
    Both you and Angie are inspirations to thousands of people through your words sung from the heart and Angies words penned in a simple blog. You have both made huge impacts in the lives of many followers.
    <><
    Jenn

  • Jenn

    Todd, That was a beautiful post! There are tears filling my eyes. Thank you (and Angie) for sharing your journey, hearts and souls with us!

  • ourprecious4

    Thank you for your post. I just recently found your blog. It has helped me through a very similar circumstance. God is good, all the time. I cried through the whole thing, very well written.THank your for your from the heart post.

  • robin

    what a beautiful love letter, todd :) i can tell she truly has your heart, and it’s a wonderful example of the type of love/relationship i hope to have one day.
    i don’t believe there’s one person for everyone, but do believe God’s in control and has a way of bringing people together; by creating the circumstances, w/ His timing, and gives you the chance to choose to be more, to take that step….ya’ll chose well, and He is definitely w/ you both :)
    you and angie are amazing, and i’m blessed to know you. happy anniversary!! –robin c.

  • vjbdolphin

    Wow – that was an amazing post and I am also wiping away my tears to write this. How amazing it is to have such a wonderful and supportive family and an even more wonderful God in your life. Thank you Todd for the wonderful post and thank you for sharing your wife with us ! May God bless your family !

  • Twice Blessed China Mom

    I’m glad to meet you, Todd. You have an amazing wife who is touching the lives of many. I’ve described Angie’s blog to so many friends and encouraged them to follow her. I truly believe that God has amazing work planned for Angie. You’ve been blessed with an awesome wife and your children have been blessed with an amazing mom. I was so touched by the ways that you and Angie helped your daughters prepare for the birth and death of Audrey. I’ve told friends that Angie will touch many, as she could be our neighbor or girlfriend; someone we’d like to pray with, laugh with, and cry with. I wish your family many blessings. Thanks for taking the time to share with us. My sister’s family and my family are considering relocating to the TN area in the next few years, and now that I’m following Angie’s blog, I’m even more interested, because I’d love to have the chance to attend Angie’s Bible Study!

  • Janice

    oh my goodness, Todd that was beautiful. It is totally apparent why you two are together and why God is using you both for His purposes. Thank you for sharing your beautiful memories with complete strangers.

  • These Three Kings

    wow!! PRaise the LORD for your union …what a picture of how all marriages should look like here on earth as well as the hope of what they can be in heaven..I love your support for each other…

    COME QUICKLY LORD JESUS!

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!
    Nicole

  • kylah’smommy

    I found your blog through a friend of a friend’s blog. I am so grateful that I did. I have been reading from the beginning and can not fathom how you were able to endure. God is awesome and has a plan that we can’t always see or understand – which is really easy to say if you aren’t the one in the situation. Praise God for your family. I feel blessed to have found you. :o )

  • Jessica

    Beautiful…Absolutely Beautiful. Happy Anniversary!

  • Jamie

    Praise God for your wonderful family! Happy Anniversary!

    In Christ,
    Jamie

    Daegu, South Korea

  • A 5 time mom

    Thank you, Todd, for sharing your heart with us too. You both are an incredible example to us who read as faithfully as we can. Life has been extremely difficult for my family these last 7 years, but this blog has helped me to stay real with my walk with the Lord. Thank you to you both. You are indeed bearing much fruit and glorifying our Father in heaven. Thank you for that example to us all that the Lord can be trusted even in suffering.

    Beckie

  • Jess

    I’ve been reading her blog for a few months now and you are right, she is truly amazing.

    After experiencing the loneliness of infertility and miscarriage in the midst of “Christian Community” my husband and I carried the pain of also being alone during that time as our “friends” and “Community Group” left because they couldn’t handle the pain.

    What Angie carries is truly a gift. She is honest with herself and God in a way that is very uncommon. I am incredibly grateful for the ways God has encouraged me to continue to strive for transparency in my relationship with him and with others through reading Angie’s blog.

    It’s been so tempting to shut down and retreat, but when I go to “Bring the Rain” God continues to say, “See, she’s doing it. Transparency and realness isn’t wrong. I want you to keep forging ahead Jess.”

    Thank you Angie for being so obedient to God in such a hard time in your life. And thank you Todd, for being her husband. ;)

    Nothing will ever take the pain of Audrey not being in your life, but I can see God is using her life for His glory. That’s the highest achievement for a little girl’s life.

  • Julie

    Wow! What a great post. Not boring in the least bit Todd! I am still wiping away the tears. You two are amazing. And I am thankful that Angie asked you on a walk too that day in October Todd!! God is definitely smiling down at you and the people you have become. Hope you had a great Anniversary and may He continue to bless you all.

  • Liz

    Todd, you may not feel gifted in writing, but clearly you are! You & Angie are beautiful people with such a precious relationship & amazing heart for bringing God glory in all ways–writing, singing, sharing your lives. I love ya & I have never even met you. You're right, Todd..Angie has a knack for making everyone who reads this blog feel like they've known you guys forever. I know I sure feel that way. You're both very talented.

  • mandy-marie

    I cried the whole way through. Very articulate post! I love to hear a man pour out his heart for his wife & you were so genuine! Congratulations & Happy Aniversary

  • sara

    I cried through most of this. I think I started crying when you said "I knew she was into me" – I love your sense of humor :) it is easy to see how you & Angie were planned for each other!!

    Happy 7 years, beautiful people! Mr & Mrs Angie smith!

  • Mary

    I see that there are 393 posts already and normally I wouldn’t bother leaving another one because in my mind it wouldn’t get read. But I just have to say….I truly enjoyed what you wrote although I don’t know Angie, I see your beautiful wife through your eyes and you are so blessed. May God pour out His love on your family.

  • 6 Bottelberghe’s

    Thank you for that post it was beautiful! You are an amazing couple that God is using right now during this season of your life! Here is to many more years together and many more memories!

    Cathi

  • The Kirkpatrick Family

    God is so good and so very faithful!

  • Lisa

    Thank you Todd for sharing, it was great to hear from you….I hope you two have an amazing anniversary! God has richly blessed you both…I continue to pray for you and your family, may God continue to give you comfort and help you find the joy in everyday moments!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings,
    Lisa

  • Kim

    I am speechless and tearing. Happy Anniversary!
    Praying to God that He will continue to bring healing to your family.
    Praying,
    Kim

  • Mrs. Mother

    I want to thank you for your blog. I just lost my baby girl, Jenna Grace, to Trisomy 18. I am in Tennessee, too, and Dr. Fortunato was one of the doctors who called to deliver my news. I actually saw one of the other doctors in his practice.

    Your story is beautiful, and you are both wonderful writers.

  • Allmykids123

    What an amazing story! I have tears rolling down my cheeks. The love you two share for each other and for the Lord is truly a beautiful thing.

  • Tabbie:)

    Wow. God was glorified in that post as well as all the others I have gotten to read. He is a good Father and He shine brightly out of you both. Wow. Praise Jesus & Happy Anniversary.

    Thanks for being transparent and allowing your lives' journey to inspire and change others.

  • lillian08

    WHAT AMAZING LOVE!!!

  • Shannon

    I’ve never read such a post that gave me goosebumps. And no matter the outcome of any situation – He is always the same. Sometimes, it’s easier said than believed.

  • Mommy2Boys

    My husband and I will also be celebrating our 7 yr. anniversary. Ours will be in October. Right after the September 11th attack. I hope God gives him such loving words to share with me this year. I discovered your blog from a friend, and I am a new reader. I shared your story with my family, and we too, are praying for you all.

  • Jill

    Wow– I’m crying — God is good…thanks for sharing, Todd.

  • Mariel

    I am utterly speechless at the precious love of a man for his wife. The two of you look just like Jesus and His church…thank you for your ministry through this beautiful, encouraging and real blog.

    Todd, you are in a band?

    haha, just kidding!!! you are very talented singer, no doubt! But your wife has a gift of encouragement and faith that blesses many!

  • Cindi

    An absolutely incredible post.

  • Kelly

    What a sweet and loving husband! Todd, thanks for sharing with all of us stranger/friends! Happy Anniversary! I have to say, you two have been thru a lot together. Congratulations on sticking with each other thru the great and the terrible times.

  • Leah

    What a wonderful post from a loving husband and father. Still thinking about you all and praying for you.

  • karin

    Happy Anniversary to you both! Todd, your post was beautiful. You both have an incredible amount to be thankful for, indeed!

  • Mab

    Loved the post, Todd. Your wife is incredible and so are you.
    You both are blessing so many people. Thank you. Happy Anniversary!

  • Mrs. U

    Happy HAPPY anniversary to both of you!! Thank you both for allowing the Lord to work so beautifully in each of your lives!!!

    His,
    Shari

  • Jane-Jane

    what a beautiful couple you are! and even better looking on the inside than in the pictures we see via this blog.

    thanks for writing, Mr. Angie Smith :)

  • nelsontwinsmom

    I have started to read your wife’s blog every day. When I read the story of Audrey,I sat at my desk and sobbed. It was so sad and yet so beautiful and uplifting at the same time. Your post to your wife was just as beautiful. You got me in tears again.

    You and your wife are truly the pictures of what Christ’s love can do.

  • Kristi

    Happy Anniversary! Thank you for sharing your life. It was a tearful, touching post. Beautifully written!

  • joyboytinkertoy

    happy anniversary.. behind every good woman is a good man.. she wouldnt be so brave stong and holly if she did not have the support of a good family.. i pray one day my family will be wholey like your..thanks

  • The Kempiak Party of Five

    This is a beautiful post. God is honored in both of your doings.

  • Anna Willett

    so it is two thirty in the morning and i have just spent the last three hours reading your blog. the entire thing. and crying and aching and hurting with you. i wish i could hug each of you. thank you for pouring out your hearts to us. thank you for being a picture of Jesus for all the world to see. your honesty and transparency is incredible. i am so thankful that God had me stumble on your blog. i am thankful that He knits our hearts together and makes us one body. i am thankful that we can mourn together and we can rejoice together.
    <3 anna

  • Mandy

    It was the date Oct 15th that caught my eye – the same day my husband proposed. I have been reading your blog for a couple of months now and I am so moved by your faith in God. I just learned today that you though Audrey had Downs — our fourth child has DS……and today I am sitting in the Chicago airport, going home from Ukraine – we are adopting a child with Down Syndrome and he will hopefully be coming home in a couple of weeks. I want to say thank you for sharing your life – it means so much :)
    Mandy

  • Raelyn

    I think Todd was wrong…he CAN write.
    What a beautiful post.
    Your blog has helped me to grieve for my losses and it always makes me feel good after I have read an entry. So thank you!
    And I hope you had a wonderful anniversary!

  • Michelle

    OH, no matter who the author, i’ve yet to make it through a post without breaking and crying and being ministered to by God and experiencing His great love and compassion to you, and to me! Amazing – thanks as always for sharing adn teaching!!! Honored to think I will meet you all one day in Heaven and we will serve side by side forever – what other God is there who comes up with that?! :) Praise Him!!!

  • Michelene

    We have clung to God’s promises as we walked through the loss of our three year old son, Caleb. It happened three years ago and we cannot believe what God has brought us through. Thea heartbreak, the love of our heavenly Father, the grace to get through another day and two more girls. We enjoy resting in the Father’s arms. Still in shock sometimes, but knowing that He does all things for the good of his children. Enjoy one another.

  • David, Ashley and Noah

    Wow…your post was amazing! What an awesome and supportive husband you are! Angie is amazing and I know your whole family has blessed everyone that has read this blog. She is so strong! Still crying!!
    Ashley, Houston, Tx

  • Miller Family

    Todd, Your words are so precious and wonderful and for a man to express is love for his wife in a forum like this is just so amazing. Angie is soooo lucky to have an awesome husband like you and you are so truly lucky to have Angie. God has definitely blessed you with each other and knew you two would do such amazing things as a team. A team for God. Your examples and your sharing of your emotions through these devastating circumstances have completely helped others in turning to God. Thank you for your honesty and your testimony. Our God is an Awesome God! I have so enjoyed your blog and know God brought me to it for a reason! God Bless your entire family!!! Love, Michelle

  • Miller Family

    Todd, Your words are so precious and wonderful and for a man to express is love for his wife in a forum like this is just so amazing. Angie is soooo lucky to have an awesome husband like you and you are so truly lucky to have Angie. God has definitely blessed you with each other and knew you two would do such amazing things as a team. A team for God. Your examples and your sharing of your emotions through these devastating circumstances have completely helped others in turning to God. Thank you for your honesty and your testimony. Our God is an Awesome God! I have so enjoyed your blog and know God brought me to it for a reason! God Bless your entire family!!! Love, Michelle

  • The Dortenzos

    Sweet, sweet family! Somehow God directed me to your blog yesterday while reading a friend’s page! I was having a rough day and He knew where I was! Four years ago we delivered our first child, Cicely Grace, stillborn! We knew at our 18 week ultrasound that she had severe hydrops (which we had never heard of) and would not survive outside the womb! We would not give up hope and I carried her for another 11 weeks! At 29 weeks I felt no movement and knew that she had gone to heaven! Each day she is with me and although we have two beautiful, healthy children now, there is always an empty achy spot in my heart! I thank you for your words, for your honesty, and for trusting in God’s incredible planning even though pain may come….I am confident God continues to use Cicely’s life and death each and every moment of my life and I love telling my children that they have an extra angel in heaven just for them! GOd bless you!

  • Pam

    Oh Todd and Angie… what a beautiful post.

    I stumbled upon your blog just days ago (a link to it from comments on another blog). I read a bit and got caught up on what the last few months have been like for you. I’m so sorry you’ve had to hurt so badly.

    Angie, your transparency and authenticity makes me feel like you’re not just a sister in the Lord, but my dear friend, too!

    Todd, I saw your picture here and read your name, but I didn’t realize it was “you” …Selah’s Todd Smith (I just thought Angie must be a really big fan… a REALLY big fan!). I made the connection when I linked over to Greg and Nicol’s site from your site. I realized who Nicol is and it dawned on me. Gracious, that they are also enduring such loss.

    In March of this year I was struggling with what would be my dad’s imminent demise (7-year miraculous battle with cancer), and somehow discovered Be Still My Soul. I don’t recall how I heard of it (other than the original hymn version being my grandmother’s favorite…she’s a Finn and loves Jean Sibelius), but oh how that song (Selah’s version) ministered to me. I blogged about it here: http://paminflorida.blogspot.com/2008/03/be-still-my-soul.html
    And here: http://paminflorida.blogspot.com/2008/03/winds-and-waves-still-know.html

    I heard Selah occasionally on the radio, but never owned a CD… I now own three and love them – they still minister to me!

    My dad went home to Jesus on April 10th, and if you’ll also take a look at this post, http://paminflorida.blogspot.com/2008/04/take-my-hand-precious-lord-and-lead-me.html the reference to Precious Lord is Selah’s version. The Be Still My Soul CD was in the player.

    Just wanted you both to know you are in my prayers and you have a new cyber friend. May He lavish you with His love and grace. Pam

    PS. Todd, now that your picture is strewn about my house (on 3 CD covers), I have to say you remind me of my brother…http://paminflorida.blogspot.com/2008/03/some-old-pictures-most-of-them-silly.html

  • Denise C

    Happy Anniversary to one of the Sweetest couples ever! May God richly bless your marriage for all the years to come!
    I lift your precious family in prayer daily!
    Sweet Blessings!
    Denise C

  • judith

    You two have been through a life time of pain in 7 years yet you have reminded strong in your faith and allowed God to use it all to bring honor and glory to him. I commend you for your faithfulness and May God Bless you with love and long years of marriage for the rest of our time here on this earth

  • MAC5

    Awwww!
    You both are an inspiration. Todd, do not be so worried about spelling puctuation and all that grammar stuff. We all would love to hear from you also.
    Ang, what an incredible man! I am so glad you both have each other.

    I have a friend you is 35 she just lost her 34 yr old husband.

  • nurseheather

    What an amazing and honoring gift to your wife. Angie, you are one lucky lady. I have been following your blog and am captivated by it. Thank you for your honesty – May God continue to bless your entire family

  • Faith Hope Love Mama

    Many tears have fallen since I’ve met you through this blog. This one tops the list. What a beautiful love you have for eachother and for us to read this was absolutely precious. May you be blessed in your marriage and your walk that you continue 8 years later. :)

  • Linda

    How can you say your are not a good writer. I am sure Angie was impressed and loved by your recent post. God helps us deal with things in many different ways and as you can see Angie’s way is blogging and she has helped so many of us along the way. Your song “Rescue Me” has helped me so much. I bought the 3 cd set and listen to it daily – it is the only cd’s in my car – I never tire of listening to them and Praising God as I do. I am truly excited that you are coming to Midland Michigan in December and it will be the first of your concerts I have ever seen. Happy Anniversary and many, many more.

  • The Evans Family

    We live in GA. When you are visiting again we’d LOVE to have lunch or something!

  • Nuts in a Tree

    Thank you Todd for sharing with us all through such awesome writing!

  • mommy2carston

    So many comments each time I come and read. I just now found Audrey’s story a few weeks ago and I’m just about fully caught up but still find it hard to try and read the blogs after Audrey’s passing.

    I never feel like I should comment, mainly because your wife’s is so full and one more comment to read just might put her over the edge… LOL!

    I will say, my husband, my newborn daughter, my two year old son and I went to church today. We don’t go often but I have felt the need to go since learning about Audrey. She has affect my life more than anyone will ever know. A baby I don’t know, a baby I won’t meet until I’m in heaven with the Lord. She has made me a better mother and a better christian. I still have a lot of work to do in that part but I do feel better about myself, I feel grateful each and every day for my family and I know that God is taking care of us even when his plans are very different than what we want for ourselves.

    This is already much longer than I wanted it to be. Thank you, thank you Angie and Todd, THANK YOU AUDREY!!! If you couldn’t tell, my writing is much much worse than yours Todd so very well done on your part. Oh and by the way, your music is amazing! :-P

    Maybe one day you will be at our church singing, maybe Angie will find the strength to travel with you and tell Audrey’s story and hopefully I will be there listening.

  • cjnsmom

    That was one of the most beautiful things I have ever read. I think Todd could start his own blog.

    We don’t understand why things happen to such good people BUT if Angie’s blog has brought even one person to Christ, and it has brought many I am sure, then Audra had an incredible calling for those short hours she was here.

    I wish that I lived in Nashville, not Knoxville, just so that I could come to Angie’s Bible Study to meet her. You both are so blessed and I am sure that God is going to give you that Little boy one day. If not you can just make the next girl a major Tom Boy. haha

    Blessing to both of you.

  • Katherine Page

    I commented earlier but wanted to add something. I mentioned my parents marriage and how unstable it was. Now as a christian I can’t imagine how they have managed to stay together for as long as they have not knowing Christ and his merciful love! Yesterday was their 34th anniversary! Now that is a praise! God is amazing!!! I continue to pray for the both of them and know that God works in mighty ways.

  • Rachel

    Proverbs 31:28 says it well… “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” What a sweet blessing to Angie. Thanks for sharing, Todd.

  • Rebecca & Sam

    precious! your husband did a great job writing about you. frame that girl!
    i am little behind as i just gave birth to precious little girl a week ago.
    zellmerfud.blogspot.com

  • Rebecca & Sam

    precious! your husband did a great job writing about you. frame that girl!
    i am little behind as i just gave birth to precious little girl a week ago.
    zellmerfud.blogspot.com

  • Rebecca & Sam

    precious! your husband did a great job writing about you. frame that girl!
    i am little behind as i just gave birth to precious little girl a week ago.
    zellmerfud.blogspot.com

  • Rebecca & Sam

    precious! your husband did a great job writing about you. frame that girl!
    i am little behind as i just gave birth to precious little girl a week ago.
    zellmerfud.blogspot.com

  • Rebecca & Sam

    precious! your husband did a great job writing about you. frame that girl!
    i am little behind as i just gave birth to precious little girl a week ago.
    zellmerfud.blogspot.com

  • Rebecca & Sam

    precious! your husband did a great job writing about you. frame that girl!
    i am little behind as i just gave birth to precious little girl a week ago.
    zellmerfud.blogspot.com

  • Rebecca & Sam

    precious! your husband did a great job writing about you. frame that girl!
    i am little behind as i just gave birth to precious little girl a week ago.
    zellmerfud.blogspot.com

  • Rebecca & Sam

    precious! your husband did a great job writing about you. frame that girl!
    i am little behind as i just gave birth to precious little girl a week ago.
    zellmerfud.blogspot.com

  • Kim

    Oh-I also wanted to say, I haven’t heard your music yet although my husband has. However,I did graduate from high school with all the guys in Glorify Him-know any of them??
    Just curious!

  • Tara Marie

    Todd & Angie,

    Thanks to our God for your lives. Thank you for the incredible example of a God-centered marriage you display to your brothers and sisters in Christ. I just ended a relationship that I thought was headed toward marriage. Your example confirms that what I had was not what God has for me.

    Thank you that I know I can have high hopes and not settle for anything less.

    Love,
    Tara – from Pittsburgh, PA

    ps: angie, send along a charming man who loves Jesus as much as your husband! haha!

  • mom22girls

    Todd it was not at all boring and I was barely able to read through my tears. Your wife is an amazing woman, thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  • Keri

    Ok, there are like a bizillion comments already so you’ll probably never see this one, but I feel like I have to comment.

    You just never know what story God has written for your life. Amazing to look back to a simple invitation to go on a walk and fast forward several years to this moment. WOW!!! We serve a great and mighty God.

    I absolutely can not wait to see what God has in store for you both as you continue to serve Him!!

  • Melissa S.

    If my own losses have taught me anything, it’s that I really don’t have much to say. However, I did want to write and thank you for sharing your story and to let you know you are not alone. So much of what I read here could have come from my own pen (or keyboard). God bless you and your family as you struggle through this darkest grief. You shall be in my prayers.

  • Liza’s Eyeview

    Todd, that was beautiful – honoring to Angie, honoring to God.

    Todd and Angie, you two are an inspiration. Thank you for shining Jesus through your life (and blog :)

  • Heather

    Great post for Todd! My hubby’s name is Todd, too, and we are just a year ahead of you in marriage! Happy Anniversary! You both amaze me and I am so thankful for the fact that your life is ministry to so many! may God be glorified!

  • Quinn

    I think your English is alright. :P
    Thank you for sharing your story.
    Quinn

  • Kathryn

    Your blog is wonderfully encouraging. My son almost died in April. Casting Crowns contacted us then and it was a true blessing (we live in Atlanta). I found your blog through someone else and just wanted to say thank you for your uplifting words and faithfulness.

  • Sarah

    The two of you reveal the Truth of this passage:

    “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
    2 Corinthians 12:9

    Thank you for sharing your love, and the love of Christ with all of us.

    Hugs,
    Sarah

  • Lynn

    What a wonderful blog this is, and I have been blessed as both you and your husband have shared your journey. I have given you a “one of my favorite blog” awards… and I hope that those who make their way to you through my blog will be just as blessed as I have been!

  • Huddle Girls

    Angie and Todd, you are so very blessed to have one another. Losing a child can be an incredible test of a marriage and your love for one another has shone through it all. What an amazing testament you both are to others.

    I have thought of you both as the
    7th approaches again. I know how hard it is each month as that day comes around again. Your Audrey and my Gavin would both be 5 months old this month. It is at times impossible to understand how it has been 5 months already. I am lifting you up in prayer this week. As always, thank you for sharing.

    Blessings,
    Amanda

  • Rhonda Bryant

    Dear Todd and Angie,
    What a beautiful post! I have followed your blog for a while with my 10 year old daughter, Bailee. Bailee has a mild form of cerebral palsy that affects her legs and she walks in a walker. When she heard your song, You Raise Me Up, for the first time a few years ago she said Mom, “I love that song!” That song has a very special meaning to Bailee! As her dad and I listened to the words of the song we knew why it meant so much to her. Even though she cannot stand alone our God is holding her up every single day! That song has been a favorite of Bailee’s for a long time! Thank you Todd and Angie for your wonderful ministry and your faith that you share with all of us!!!!

    Love,
    Rhonda and Bailee

  • Rissa Mendes

    Todd.. thanks for sharing such wonderful memories with us.. Happy anniversary… sorry this is a few days late.. Praying that it was a very blessed one.. and Praying for more wonderful blessings to come your way..

    Love your music too todd!! Thanks for continuing to do what God has called you too do!!
    God bless!

  • Sandys2girls

    Todd,
    You wrote a beautiful post and the love and admiration you have for your wife and children is very endearing. You guys are a blessing to our world and I hope you know that. God is using you to bring more people closer to him. How amazing!
    God bless you and all FIVE of your precious children!
    Love to you all,
    Sandy in Virginia

  • M Yeager

    What a wonderful post. She is an amazing woman.

  • margaret

    Would I sound like a complete nutcase if I asked you to move to Minnesota so our families could be best friends? This blog is a blessing to so many… and it ministers to me in a way that I cannot describe with words. Thank you both for sharing with us!

  • Georgia’s blog

    Todd aka Mr. Angie Smith,

    Thank you so much for sharing your heart and your wife with me. I found Angie soon after the loss of our 15 year old daughter and while our daughter was older than your sweet Audrey, the loss is the same. It is by far the hardest thing we have ever experienced. Yes, God is using her in an amazing way and I believe will continue to use her in ways she never imagined. She has touched me… She has kept Audrey’s memory alive and honored her life by sharing honestly from her heart. She has set an AWESOME example for me. Audrey has touched my life just as my precious Rachel has changed and continues to change mine.

    You guys are and awesome testimony to His faithfulness even when it is painful and hard!!! Thank you for your honesty and transparency! I hope and pray that I can be the same.

    And just for the record, Todd your music is as amazing as Angie’s writing. Always touches me deeply and just when I need it the most. Thank you!!!

    Happy Anniversary too!

    Love and continued prayers,
    Georgia
    http://www.easysite.com/fulenwiderfamily

  • Estelle

    Beautiful, Simply Beautiful

  • Gail Lynn

    What a beautiful love story bound by 3 cords from the beginning; Christ, Todd and Angie. I’m SO glad you took that walk with Angie, Todd. Think of the blessings and lessons we would have all missed in our lives had that event not have taken place.

    Your combined testimony’s as a couple are SO uplifting and speak peace to my heart. I have been walking a road close beside yours this past few months; similar in some ways, but different in many ways. But God…. I always come back to that song. I cannot wait until you are in Michigan again and I can hear you sing and see you face to face.

    Until then, May God bless you both, along with your little family~!

  • Stephanie

    Happy Anniversary! Todd is amazing! I read this blog outloud to my husband Saturday night, we both agree that it was most uplifting and we enjoyed it so much! My sweet, sweet husband, not a reader, but an excellent listner…..we keep up with this blog together….I read, he listens. Thank you for your amazing words! God is mighty, and so are you!

  • Jen

    Completely awesome, Todd. :o )

  • movingthroughlife

    Rock on Todd.

    This was awesome.

    And no worries….I will gladly take Mr. Angie Smith to a Hockey game..but no Detroit this year..can’t have you cheering at the wrong times!!!

    By the way, Theresa and I were married on October 14th! It is a fabulous day.

  • Cynthia

    Happy Anniversary! you are amazing couple. I like many other bloggers can’t wait to go to Angie’s blog to get my daily dose of sunshine. She has lifted me up both spiritualy and phyically. Your family has shown us that Jesus is always with us every step of our journey and you guys have shown that love and character in your every day walk. Yes Angie is truly amazing and I hope someday I will get to meet your family. P.S. I love your music too!!!

  • Lisa

    Simply a beautiful post, Todd.

  • Melanie

    Wow!! That was such a blessing to read and inspiring as well!! Happy Anniversary to you both. Blessings!

  • mom 2 many

    You are both Amazing, Godly & Blessed to have eachother!!

  • Salmon Tolman Fam

    WOW! What an incredible tribute to your amazing wife! Thank you for sharing.

  • Jamie

    What a beautiful post, and Congratulations on 7 years.

  • LyndsAU

    What a blessing to read. congratulations on seven years of marriage. That is great. Thank you for all the wonderful, inspiring posts. You teach me everytime I read, that God is in complete control and deserves all the glory for everything. God Bless!

  • rachelrowell

    Beautiful post! Isn’t it amazing how God really does bring everything that is good and beautiful in us out, even in the midst of the most painful suffering imaginable? I think that’s when He does His best work.

    Unbelievable pain births unbelievable annointing. I believe that is what we are witnessing.

  • Katie

    Beautiful!

  • Andrea

    What a sweet, loving post! Blessings to 7 more years together!!

  • Teesa and Bill

    As a mother of a child with a heart condition, I am really touched by how you have responded to your situation. No parent should go through it, but when you do, it has not only strengthened your relationship to the Lord, it has strengthened all your readers who learn from your experience. Thank you for being so transparent.

  • The Keylors

    This blessed me so much tonight. Thank you for being willing to share this. Thank you for reminding us that Our Jesus is the same, despite circumstances. It’s one thing to know it, quite another to see it lived in such a circumstance as yours. I don’t even know your sweet family, but I love you so much. I pray that the Lord would continue to bless you as you continue to seek Him and live for His glory.

    Ashley Keylor

  • donarbk

    there should be more articulately sappy guys like yourself….do you give lessons….Angie is a lucky girl….

  • Dan Barnett.

    I have not felt a heart for God in an artist like yours. To think that when my wife introduced me to your music, I said what is this? Now, I see what inspires that heart. You and Angie are exemplory in your walk. Thank you for all you do to bring Christ to us.

  • 3 Peanuts

    You are both beautiful people and am glad God put you in each other’s loves.

  • su

    The Mr. Angie Smith part had me laughing and the recounting of Audrey’s life had me crying. Thank you for sharing and happy anniversary.

  • Alysa

    Thanks Todd. That was a beautiful and touching post!

    Sorry to put a damper on things, but I thought perhaps I could offer a word of caution. Many bloggers will not include the first names of their children, let alone their surname. This is for privacy, as well as their own protection. I’m sure you understand. Being that you are now “recognised” when you go out in public, it may be advisable, at least for your children’s sakes, to use a little more caution when referring to them online, with names, photos, etc.

    Maybe just because I work in a school, I’m pedantic about privacy and security, but thought I should pass it on, anyway.

    Thanks again for this post, and I look forward to hearing more from you!

  • Alysa

    PS…

    For some reason, I just can't possibly post in the "Pics & CDs" post. I've been trying for the past four hours, and it keeps coming up with an error message.

    Here is what I was going to say:

    Wow, almost 2000 comments! I guess in that number, I don't have a hope of winning, but I'm going to comment anyway! I don't even know if it's still within the correct timezone for America!

    I love your blog, and how real and heartfelt your posts are. And the pics of your girls are just priceless! This is definately one of my favourite blogs, and I've referred friends to it many times.

    The story of Audrey has touched me, and helped me to begin to understand what it must be to walk that path. Thank you for sharing your heart so many times.

    And, I love Selah's music! I don't own any yet myself, but hope to soon!

    May God continue to bless you and be with your precious family.

  • Dyann

    Todd, thank you for sharing from your heart. I have waited for a post from you and it was perfect. It moved me and encouraged me. I am a friend of Missy & Kevin Mann. Missy sent Audrey's blog to me in February or so. I have followed your journey pretty closely and am so thankful for how God has used your circumstances to minister to me, and to so many others. By the way, I have 4 1/2 year old boy/girl twins. I met yours once and they're beautiful. Dyann Jones

  • Kelly

    BooHoo- amazing letter of love!

  • rgresh

    Thank you for letting me mess up my makeup. That was great!!

  • Robin and Stephen

    I love this post! Todd, even though you said you couldn’t write you don’t give yourself enough credit! You seem to be such an amazing husband! I too cried while reading this quote, but overall I am very encouraged. I pray God will bless you and your beautiful family for the continued trust and strength you find in Him.

  • Terri

    I honestly feel like you all are family…..and you are….family in Christ. Thank you Angie for sharing your heart, your awesome heart for God which has been an inspiration to me. I have read your blog from the FIRST post through this pot so far (all in one day yes) and you have touched my heart. You’ve caused me to see God for what He is and have challenged me to trust him WHOLEHEARTEDLY. You have inspired me to embrace every second with my husband and 3 children. And this post by your husband reminds me of Proverbs 31:28. I LOVE you and your family and can’t wait to meet you on either side of eternity!

  • Trishie

    I have to say, that I agree whole-heartedly with Todd.

    First of all – I desire to have my husband love me as much as Todd loves you, Angie. And likewise, I want to love my husband as such.

    I also desire the relationship with God that you have, and the faith and love for Him that you both have. I am in the middle of trying to restore my faith and dedication to my Father and to my husband, and this blog continually inspires me.

    Your love for God and each other blesses me. I am praying for your family… and what beautiful children you have. Miss Audrey Caroline has blessed ME through this blog.. I pray I can pass it along to my daughter, my family, and the world around us.

    May God bless you beyond imagination.

    Love, Trisha

  • Stephanie

    When I read this post Todd, and Angie, the only thing I could think about was the proverbs 31 woman. It says:
    28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:

    29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”

    30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

    31 Give her the reward she has earned,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

    All I can say is AMEN.

    Steph