The Apple of My Eye…

usToday is our anniversary. Brandon is a “low-key” kind of guy. He doesn’t like a lot of attention, and I hope that this post doesn’t totally embarrass him. I just had to write it though. I want him to know how special he is, and I want everyone else to know too.

Brandon is a simple guy. He’s highly intelligent, fiercely loyal, honest, hardworking, loving, and has a dry humor that can turn even my tears into laughter in an instant. He’s not the kind of man who is out there waving a banner around wanting people to see what all he is doing. He seeks no praise. He’s got his priorities in order… he loves the Lord, his wife, his children and family above all else. He is humble enough, that he truly doesn’t realize how remarkable that is in this day and age. He has no vices to speak of, unless you count Ole Miss Football as such. He’s not real big on long romantic moonlit walks on the beach… but when he proposed to me, that’s exactly how he did it.. under the moon, on the beach, and down on bended knee. Be still my heart!

micah-6-8Unlike most, he chose his children to be his. He came into our lives and filled our hearts with love. He is the perfect role model for our boys. One of my uncles said recently that he is in awe of Brandon as a daddy. He summed it up by saying, that he has the perfect balance of love, fun and discipline that all boys need. Brandon works hard for our boys, and he plays hard with them. He never shirks his duty to them, and is always there for them to know that they can depend on him and that most of all he loves them. He makes sacrifices that they will probably not understand until they have children of their own, but I do. I know what he does for them, even when he’s worn out tired. I see the goodness in what he requires of them, even when they can’t until they’re older. He knows that faith, integrity, kindness and love has to be modeled to kids for them to become good Christian men, husbands, and daddies. I couldn’t have asked for more in a father to my children. The kids and I are blessed beyond measure that the Lord sent him to us, and we thank Him for Brandon each and every day.

So, before this gets too mushy and long, let me just tell you that he is the perfect compliment to me. I tend to be fairly loud and emotional – he’s quiet and steady. You’re more likely to see us together sweating at a baseball game or football game than out to eat in a romantic restaurant. You probably won’t see us on a second honeymoon, but you might find us swatting mosquitoes by a lake somewhere roasting weenies with the kids and camping out. More often than not, you’ll see us together with our kids working on something, or at church worshiping, or building a chicken coop, or blazing through cotton fields on a four wheeler, or sitting in a tree stand waiting on a deer to come out, or maybe even jetting down the river pulling trot lines… and that’s good with me. Nobody makes me feel happier, safer or more loved than Brandon.

When Brother Leon Holly pronounced us husband and wife, we were so happy. As much as we loved each other then we had no idea how much that love would deepen through the years. We’ve had good times.  We’ve been through battles.  We’ve been up on mountaintops, and we’ve been down in the valleys of life. Through it all, we’ve been together. Brad Paisley has a song called “Then.” That’s how I feel about Brandon. No matter how much I have loved him on any given day, I love him more and more with each day that passes.

Now you’re my whole life,
Now you’re my while world,
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you.
Like a river meets the sea stronger than it’s ever been.
We’ve come so far since that day, “And I thought I loved you then.”

I love you, Brandon.  Happy Anniversary!  See y’a on the baseball field tonight!


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