My Dad still sends me a Valentine card every year. It's so sweet. This year it had some money in it so Davey and I could go out to dinner. So Saturday night Karissa (my sister-in-law) watched the boys for us. We had an amazing date. It was so much fun to just be alone, talk and laugh. And we laughed A L O T. It was an amazing night together.
I couldn't help but reflect on God's goodness in our lives. 6 years ago today, Davey and I went to Chili's for dinner. It was a very difficult night because we had just broken up 10 days before that. We had been dating for almost 5 years on and off but mostly on before that. The Lord was working on my heart, and I knew He wanted us to be apart. So we broke up, and it was the hardest thing I had ever gone through at that time. Since we broke up so close to Valentines day, we decided to still go out to dinner. It was rough. I cried some of the dinner. A few days before that I had decided to follow God's will and I committed in the fall to go to bible college.
I told Davey I was going in August, and he said, and I quote, "Wow. You will be engaged with in 3 months there!" I said, "I know! I'm so excited." [Hehe]. I was heartbroken, and had nothing but God at this time in my life. I had to trust Him, that His will was better than I wanted in my own will. And it was.
About a month later, Davey surrendered to God's call in his life, and also decided to go to bible college. The next 11 months following Valentines day 2005 was extremely difficult. No matter what I did, I could not get over Davey. We were at the same college and I had to see other girls all googly eyed over him. I was the closest to God at this time, as I needed Him to comfort me and give me hope. At this time I clung to God's promise: "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God; To them that are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28
That promise was so true. God was working on both of us this whole time, preparing us to be together. On January 7, 2006 Davey proposed to me and we were married August 4, 2006. God wanted us to grow in Him first, than be together. And I am so thankful that we both followed God's will for our lives.
February 6, 2008, exactly 3 years to the day that Davey and I broke up in 2005, we gave birth to our first son Shane. GOD IS SO GOOD. His will was more perfect than I could have imagined.
Just like the verse I wrote above, God loves us more than we know! And every Valentines Day, I am so thankful to Him for His wonderful plan.
I surprised Davey for the dinner and took him to Claim Jumpers. Whew. Talk about delicious southern food. My my... it was good.
I was very happy with how I did there. We had an appatizer, which was like fried potato cake things, [so good]. I was full after one, so I stopped. Then I got Parmesan Chicken for my entrée and left this much on my plate!!
Davey didn't leave very much on his plate.
And yes, it's not a Valentines date with out sharing a dessert. Oh my, this Apple Cheesecake was to die for. So good. And... the best part... I only had a few satisfying bites.
I was also very happy that I had no trouble with my Gallbladder after this date. Which makes me realize I am listening to my body and stopping when I should, and not feeling guilty or deprived. Feeling satisfied.
Yesterday was a good day. I stayed on track with my calories and managed to not eat anything after 5:00pm. It was hard, but it helped.
I am excited to go run this evening at the track with my guys. I'm going to a mile PR. Hope my knees hold up.
Happy Valentines Day! I hope you all share it with your loved ones, and with the One who loves us most, God.
Love, The Curvy Housewife