Thursday, February 28, 2013

My husband's first love

            It has been a few weeks since Valentine’s Day and somehow I let the holiday pass without ever mentioning the love of my life here on my blog.  So now, before the month of February officially ends, I thought I’d write a post dedicated to my husband.  

            I tell my daughters- regularly- that they should try to marry a man like their father.  Tim is very patient with me, he is kind, loving, forgiving…and he makes me laugh.  I could not be more blessed.  I can only hope and pray that my girls- if they are called to the vocation of marriage- will be blessed with husbands as good and loving as mine.  

            I saw this quote on Pinterest :
The only perfect Man that you need in your life already laid down His life for you.
Search instead for an imperfect man who realizes that he needs Him, too.
I love it, because I think it is the key to a stable, happy, Catholic marriage.  

My husband is not perfect.  Neither is our marriage.  Sometimes we fight.  Sometimes we drive each other completely crazy and get on each other’s nerves.  But, through the good times and the bad, the easy years and the difficult ones, the ups and the downs of our life together, Tim and I have always had our faith.  It is something we both treasure and something we have always shared.  We both know we need God and we both try to rely on Him…..

It is through His grace that we can forgive, through His grace that we can remain always committed to each other and to our marriage, through His grace that we can overcome disagreements and remember (even after a fight) why we love each other.

Tim has a long commute to work each day.  For Lent, he has committed to making the best use of that time by listening to spiritual talks on his mp-3 player as he drives to work in the mornings.  It was from one of those talks that he got the idea to bless his family every night before bed.  For the last few weeks, after our family prayer time, Tim has taken some Holy Water and with it has traced a cross on the forehead of each of our children and me- he prays that God will bless us in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.   

         He hasn’t missed a night yet.  As my husband blesses and prays for me I am reminded- every day- how blessed I am to be married to a man who loves God above all things.  And, how awesome it is to come in second!

If you are interested in hearing how God first brought us together check out our love story here!


  1. So beautiful, Kari! Thank you for sharing your most intimate thoughts with us about the love you share with your husband! I pinned that same quote...some much truth! And I love what your husband is doing for all of you at night with the Holy Water. Interesting...I just accepted a new volunteer position with our Parish to be the Point of Contact / Hospitality Chair for new parishioners. At my Women's Group meeting this morning, we came up with ideas of what to include in a Welcome Basket for each new idea...HOLY WATER!!! I think this would be such a simple, yet profoundly beautiful and spiritual touch for the basket. We also decided to add a Holy Water font....specifically one of the Holy Family, hence our parish name!!!

    Blessings on this bittersweet day, Kari!


    1. Valerie-

      I am pretty sure I first saw that quote on YOUR Pinterest page! Thank you so much for pinning it and sharing! :)

      I love Holy Water. I think it is the perfect addition to your welcome baskets. Every Catholic home should have some!

      May God Bless you for all you do to help and inspire others, Kari

  2. Kari,

    You and your husband make such a beautiful couple. Thank you for sharing your story. I also love the quote.

    Maybe your daughters will marry men like their father. Felicity said that she was attracted to her husband because he reminded her of her dad, both in appearance and personality!

    God bless!

    1. Sue-

      I hope all my children are blessed with spouses who truly love and support them. And, spouses who share their faith. If, of course, they are called to marriage.

      It is so wonderful your oldest daughter has already found her prince and that he is a good and loving husband to her. I know it is hard for you to be so far away from her but it must help some to know she is in a good marriage. :)

      God Bless, Kari



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