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Thread of Life

The other day my 9 year old son asked me, "Do you think there's one person for everyone?" So, this is what I said to him.. Let me tell you a story... When I was young, I attended a very small school (less than 100 kids total). All of us who grew up together at that school, we're pretty much all still friends. It was the passion of a few adults to have their children get an affordable Christian education. Those few adults mortgaged their homes and started a school. It was directly across the street from the house I'd just moved into and eventually grew up in. My teacher, for almost all the years I was there, was the brother of my best friend. His name is Steve. My volleyball coach and gym teacher, for almost all the years I was there, was the other brother of my best friend. His name is Tim.

My husband grew up 90 miles east of where I lived. He's a few years younger than me. When he got to highschool and started going to the church youth group, he had an amazing new youth pastor that changed the lives of those kids. Just a fresh way of presenting the Bible that really impacted their lives. That young youth pastor was good friends with my husband's older brother, Dan. I'd never met my husband or his family - not until we started dating many years later- but I grew up hearing about these brothers. I knew about their family, their adventures at summer camp, when they won basketball games, etc.

In my sophmore year of highschool Tim left our small school to take a job as a youth pastor in the Chicago suburbs, the very church where Dan and his family attended.
And this is not even the story of how I met my husband! It wouldn't be until some 12 years later that we would meet, fall in love and have a garden wedding at my parent's house across the street from that tiny little school. Tim and Steve... they are the pastors of the church we currently attend. Tim... the pastor who married us so many years ago today.


Sometime I'll tell you the whole story (it's slightly scandalous, twisted, repentant and oh what a love story...) I'm amazed now at how God wove our lives together, gave us nearly identical childhoods with the same impacting people, the same friends. He is the tie that binds... Is there one person for everyone? There may be several in the course of a lifetime but in my life, it wasn't until I became obedient that God gave me the love of my life.

When I was pregnant with our daughter, I typed up the whole thing. These are the last two pages... (you should be able to click to enlarge them)

19 comments:

  1. What a beautiful story Polly!

    I went to a Christian school for a few years myself, it was very small also. I like your story about yours better though ;)

    That picture of you and your husband is beautiful, you look gorgeous and radiant I just love it. We need to see more pictures of you! :)

    My Birthday give away is today and I thoguth of you when I was putting it together so make sure you come enter! :)

    *muah*
    Michelle

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  2. That is really a lovely story. You seem to reach deep inside of yourself and share so much with all of us. You really should be a writer!!
    Have a happy Tuesday:-)
    Michelle

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  4. Beautiful story Polly! We want more, we want more!! :-)

    Have a wonderful day!
    Blessings,
    Shelly

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  5. I know what you mean, You are so close, but so far away. My DH and I lived 30 miles away from each other, in 2 different states, for most of your lives. It took turning it over to God for us to meet and be together.
    Love Erin~

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  6. Polly, you are such an facinating person. Your wedding photo is precious:)

    Rhonda

    BTW I have rented "The Painted Veil" and I am hoping to be able to watch it tonight.

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  7. Polly that was beautiful. Is today your anniversary? I agree with Michelle wholeheartedly! The picture is beautiful and we need to see more!

    My anniversary is on Thursday. One more thing in common honey...

    Love,
    Julie

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  8. what a wondeful story...you always meake me smile...blessings, rebecca

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  9. what a wondeful story...you always meake me smile...blessings, rebecca

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  10. Happy Anniversary!!!!
    So glad you have your soul mate at long last :)

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  11. Polly, you do realise you have to turn this into a post don't you! I can't wait to hear the story of how you two finally got together and more of those gorgeous wedding photos if you're not too shy-completely understand if you'd rather keep things private though lol! You have a gift for story-telling you know...xx

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  12. Beautiful story, kept me on the edge of my seat and now I need to read more! I have a similar story, someday I will share it! God does amazing things when we surrender our lives to God in obedience to Him.

    Blessings,
    Melissa

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  13. Great story and what a wonderful picture! Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Gosh, Miss Polly - you are beautiful! What a lovely story. Looking forward to the racey version though, too ;D

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  15. Loved the story Polly! Beautiful photo of you and your husband.
    Barbara

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  16. yes, the ties that bind... I must say when God blesses... the is no turning and no variation... it is perfect how He knits us together! Blessings to you!

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  17. Beautiful photo...how romantic! Loved your story...thanks for the "peek"!
    Blessings,
    Robin

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  18. I loved reading your story. I was a very good question your son asked and I think you answered him very wisely. Good job!

    Laurie

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  19. Thanks for sharing your story hon. Very precious Testimony of the goodness of our God. Sounds like you have found your match. ox Ali

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