Thursday, February 13, 2014

This Is What Love Looks Like!

Amazing Love

  Most everyone has a love story to tell whether it be your own or belong to someone else. Some of the stories I love are those of people I know. For example my grandfather served in the Marines and every time he was deployed he sent my grandmother the most unbelievable love letters. Only those who knew him would understand the impact these letters had. Never would I have imagined he could write such romantic letters to my grandmother. So many of our friends have displayed an amazing picture of love by choosing to adopt children. When I see these families at church I'm reminded of their incredible love for their children.

 It only took three months

 My favorite love story of all time has to be my own. (insert big smiley here) Most people would think we were crazy because we only dated three months and got married! Yes I said three months!! We will soon be married twenty-two years, it seems like forever and like only yesterday at the same time. I can't imagine my life without this man of mine. He challenges me to become a stronger Christ- follower, and a more patient mother and friend. I love knowing I will soon have him all to myself when the nest becomes empty…ha!

Never give up

   This past week my mother-in-law sent me an article from the February issue of Readers Digest about a man who would do anything for the love of his life. No doubt this couple has a love story to outlast time. I'm posting the article below and including a picture from the article.  I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine's Day!

He tracked down a kidney
When doctors told Larry Swilling, 77, that his wife 
Jimmie Sue’s only kidney was failing, he knew he had 
to do something quickly. Larry couldn’t donate to his wife of 57 years, and Jimmie Sue, 76, was too sick to wait three years or more for an anonymous kidney donation. So Larry took to the streets of the couple’s town of Anderson, South Carolina, wearing a homemade sign that read Need Kidney 4 Wife in big red letters. Larry got some strange looks as he hung around busy street corners, but “I don’t care what people think,” he told CBS News. “She looks after me, and I look after her.” After the local news covered the story, Larry’s act of love went viral, inspiring more than 100 strangers to get tested to donate to Jimmie Sue. Nearly a year after Larry began his unconventional search, the couple found a match, and Jimmie Sue underwent surgery to receive a kidney from Kelly Weaverling, a 41-year-old retired Navy lieutenant commander from Virginia. Says Kelly, “I just had a feeling that it was the right thing to do.”    —A. J.

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