Before I got married, I so clearly remember many people telling me that marriage was hard work. That it takes time and effort to make it work. A part of me was always afraid of marriage. My parents got divorced when I was young, and I had seen family members get divorced. I had even seen friends end up in broken marriages. The thought scared the dickens out of me.
I often wondered how it would be for me. What would my marriage look like? Could a man love me just the way I was–with all my flaws and imperfections?
Faithfulness was a huge deal to me. My experience in relationships up to the point when I got married was not good. Could I trust someone forever?
All my questions got answered the day Anthony walked into my life.
I met my soul mate.
The man I always dreamed I would spend the rest of my life with.
Yes, he really is a rocking Daddy.
But he’s also an incredible husband.
He loves me unconditionally.
He loves his children fiercely.
He’s as passionate about the fatherless as I am.
And he loves His Father in heaven with reckless abandon.
He’s willing to go where God sends Him–do anything God tells him to do in this life.
I love that about him.
His journey in the Lord has not been an easy one. Anthony has stood on the mountaintop. But he’s also been so deep down in the valley too.
Over the years that we have been together I have watched his heart become so yielded to the will of God. I’ve observed as his heart has changed and softened to the things of God.
Has it been easy?
Is it ever?
Since I started this blog, I have asked Anthony to share his thoughts here every now and then. He is a fabulous writer. Seriously.
But more than that, he has journeyed the road of being the reluctant spouse! He understands. On my blog he has shared from his own experiences of making his way down the road less travelled. The road that has led us to our children in faraway lands.
Many, many of you know the kind of husband mine used to be. I hear from you all the time. “I would so love to adopt a child, but my husband is not there yet.” Or, “My heart is longing to bring a child home, but my husband has many doubts and fears.”
The reluctant husband.
So for a while now I have been nudging my dear husband to start a blog of his own. A place where husbands can connect with a man who has “been there, done that.” A blog where reluctant husbands can know that they are not alone in their fears, and that someone understands.
Finally he has agreed! Anthony has started a blog.
Our prayer for Anthony’s new venture is that it will be a place where adoptive Dads, those who are considering adopting, and those who have hestitations, can come together to share hearts, concerns, fears, doubts and everything that is adoption (and everything else God lays on Anthony’s heart to share).
I am so thrilled to have my beloved join me in the blogging world as we try as best we can to be a voice for those who have none. He is…No Greater Joy Dad. Just click on the link below.