Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A Beautiful Husband

Doug, Andrea, and Savannah Faith, Our First Grandbaby!

"....each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband." Ephesians 5:31

God is definitely a God of second chances. I suffered through a 17 year marriage of pain and heartache at every turn. With divorce came tremendous baggage. It has taken years to overcome the damage to my heart.

Soon after my divorce, GOD gave me a wonderful man, who loves and cherishes me. Most importantly, Doug loves the Lord with all his heart and soul. Ideally, I should have received counseling after my divorce and before entering into another relationship. However, God's plan was different for me. He chose to show me through the gentle hands of the person he placed in my life.

Doug and I support each other in "all" things. He loves to fish and I love to sit on the bank or in the boat with him with my Bible, journal, and pen. We do "everything" together. Early in our relationship, I realized meeting his needs was not difficult. He made it easy for me, because he lovingly supported my dreams and desires.

God always blesses our time together, our journey, and our ministry. We love people and we love our animals. GOD quickly gave us a ministry using our dogs. We are the proud doggie parents to three Therapy Dog's, Sitka, Nanuq, and Trouble. We use them to encourage patients, to perform needed physical therapy, participate in group meetings (psychiatric), and much, much more. For more information on our Therapy Dogs go to: All GOD's Creatures.

My husband awakes happy every morning. I am privileges to live with someone who dances on rainbows with his Heavenly Father. He sees the good in me when I can not see it myself. He encourages me to write and pursue my dreams. Today, I confess if he were not in my life I would not be blogging or publishing other works. I would likely have remained curled in the corner somewhere. GOD knows just what we need and when we need it. Thank you, GOD for giving me a beautiful husband with a heart full of love.

Blessed to be loved,



LisaShaw said...

PRAISE THE LORD Andrea! Your Grandbaby is beautiful and you and your husband make a very attractive couple.

I thank GOD for the husband he gave to you and for the one he gave to me. PRAISE THE LORD!

Love ya and enjoy each other.

Sharlyn Guthrie said...

Thanks for sharing your story. A wonderful husband is indeed a blessing! I'm glad your husband is "dancing on rainbows." LOL

Saleslady371 said...

What a gorgeous couple and grandbaby. I am so happy for you. You look like a restored woman, glowing and shining forth God's abundant love for all who enter on this "home." May God's blessings pour out on your two. Love learning more about you personally.

Leslie said...

What a wonderful tribute to your husband! It's such a blessing to have a loving, supportive man in your life. Congratulations on your granddaughter! I love the name Savannah. Do you all shorten her name to Savvy? I have a precious little Savannah in one of my classes and her parents call her Savvy.

Thanks again for the award. I have passed it along!

Blessings, Leslie

RCUBEs said...

Beautiful grandbaby! And you and your husband make a loving couple! Well, why not when the Lord made you to be :)
Glory to God Who heals broken relationships and sooo happy for you that you are blessed with a wonderful man! I am, too and it really makes a big difference to be able to enjoy life's simplest things with the one you love and who loves you back. God bless.

Kelly's Ideas said...

What a beautiful tribute to your lovely husband and your marriage... I loved reading this.
Thank you.

Your sister in Christ

RM said...

With a wonderful friend and husband by your side..what more can you ask? God bless you and your family.

Erin said...

What a wonderful love note to your husband...I'll bet he feels as blessed to have found you, too.

Laurie said...

What a precious, precious picture and post!!!
I love how God always restores, redeems, and wipes away our pain! I am so happy you and Doug have each other and that beautiful grandbaby girl! I know you are a wonderful wife and grandma as well. Love to you, Laurie

Lisa said...

Andrea, congratulations on your first grandbaby and so wonderful to have a husband who loves the Lord. You two look beautiful together and the grand baby looks nice on you as

Alleluiabelle said...

Dearest Andrea,

And what a very fine couple you are! Your picture is beautiful and I love to hear it when someone speaks so lovingly about their spouse. God placed this gentle spirited man into your life, one that loves the Lord and loves you so completely too. I'm so happy for you happy. You know that I love grandchildren and this little one is a precious doll.

Hugs & love,

Heart2Heart said...


What a beautiful couple, you and your hubby make!

I am so happy for you, that like you, I too, found myself living a life I believe God personally created for me through a second chance marriage, his first!

He loves unconditional, never harbors grudges and is the best friend anyone could ask for. He would never pass up the opportunity to help someone out.

Love and Hugs to you both! ~ Kat

Ruth said...

Beautiful he is! God knows how to give best gifts to His children. Doug is surely a gift from above.

Beautiful testimony! Thank you for sharing your heart here, Andrea.


Ozjane said...

That is so lovely and such a blessing to read. My marriage was a happy one for three years when my ex left, obviously unwillingly, but you could sense a breakdown coming after he had moved from teaching into his first training years as a psychologist which had been his dream. We met studying psychology.
That was in '82 and I have watched many others happily remarry but it seems it was not God's choice for me. But that does not stop me enjoying those who have been blessed as you have. God is good.