Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Romance Spotlight: Tiffany

Hello everyone and welcome to my ROMANCE SPOTLIGHT! Tiffany from Health-N-Balanced is here to talk about the sweet love that her parents have for each other. I absolutely love it and know you will too. Hope you take a second to read it and be sure to stop by her blog and say hi to her!
Take it away Tiffany! 

My grandparents back in the day


I admit it. I am incredibly blessed. Not only do I have a husband who loves me, but I have parents who taught me and showed me what love truly is.
My parents met and were married within 6 months. I guess my dad didn’t believe in taking things slow….actually, he would probably say, “Why wait when you know?”. When my parents met, let’s just say my dad really liked his alcohol. But when he asked for my mom’s hand in marriage, she agreed with one condition. Stop drinking! He did and he has never returned to it.
They have been married for 36 years and have loved each other everyday with a 1 Corinthians kind of love. Not the kind of love that many people “fall out of” once they are tired of each other, but the kind of love that endures.
My daddy still sneaks up behind my mom, wraps his arms around her waist, gives her a kiss, and tells her, “I love you.” This is usually followed by my mom shouting his name (faking being annoyed) and wiggling her way out of his arms as he laughs.
Throughout my life I have seen that love displayed time and time again.
My parents never argued in front of us. That doesn’t mean they never argued. They just knew the importance of not arguing in front of us kids. They knew that in doing so they were providing a home that was filled with love and peace.
My mom would almost always have dinner ready for my dad when he got home; not because it was “a woman’s job” but because she loved him and she loved to bring him joy….and believe me-one thing that brings joy to my dad’s life is food! ;)
My mom taught me not be ashamed of being a housewife and to take pride in having a clean home and a hot meal on the table. Her relationship with my dad taught me not to be bullied into thinking that I was falling into some kind of “macho” mindset just because I wanted to do those things for my husband and family.
Their relationship also taught me that submission is not a bad a thing. When the Bible teaches that a wife should submit to her husband, it’s not saying that the husband should treat his wife as his slave. Submission is something that flows naturally from a relationship where two people love and respect each other. When you have that kind of relationship, submission is never a master/servant issue.
My dad loved, and continues to love, my mom..he still will wait for her so he can follow her home from church if they happen to be in two cars. He still brings her balloons, flowers, or a card just because.
My mom loved, and continues to love, my dad…she still makes his favorite homemade biscuits for him at least once a week. She still respects the decisions he makes and stands by him no matter what.
They have stood together through job losses, rebellious children, cancer, surgeries, financial troubles, and many more storms of life. They have also stood proudly together as they have seen each of their children marry, start families of their own, and follow hard after God’s plan for their lives.
They will be the first to tell you that the only reason they are able to love each other is because of the love that God showed to each one of them. He is the one who has remained in the center of their relationship throughout the years, throughout all the ups and downs. They will also be quick to tell you that it is a love that was shown to them by their parents.
That love is a legacy that I hope to be able to pass down to my children as well.
So today, I am thankful for the example that my parent’s love has been for my life. Without it, I wouldn’t have had a clue as to what to look for when I was in search of my soul mate. Their example allowed me to be able to spot a REAL man who TRULY loved me when the time came and how to TRULY love him back. Today I am not only thankful for my wonderful husband but I am thankful for my amazing parents.
I love you both so much and here’s to at least another 36 years of true love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Thanks so much Tiffany! Loved it!
Hope you stop by next week for another ROMANCE SPOTLIGHT!

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