Monday, June 7, 2010


I can see Parke and I fifty years in the future just covered in grandchildren. Parke will have a wooden leg from World War III. He’ll be tapping his wooden leg on the front porch, yelling at the grandchildren to get out of the flowerbed. I will be shrunken and plump after baking hundreds of children, er, I mean, batches of chocolate chip cookies. We may be a little crotchety, but we still are crazy for each other.

Although our marriage has had its typical ups, downs, kids, a dog, and a mortgage, there is an additional ingredient in our marriage. It’s an eternal commitment. Waiting to marry the right guy, in the right place, at the right time proved that God knew what, and who, I needed. I’m so glad I listened! Not only am I passionate about Parke in a surprising-him-at-his-office-with-nothing-under-my-trench-coat kind of way, I love him as a friend and companion as well. Our love continues to grow every day as we cultivate our relationship. I love Parke more than I did on our wedding day; more than I did when we had our first, second and third child; more than I did when I sat by his hospital bed wondering if he’d make it through the night.

I surrendered to his love ten years ago. Every moment of every day, I am not alone, even when I’m alone. He is part of me and all of me. Our love has been a crescendo; a symphony of experiences that make our commitment strong and beautiful.


Arathi said...

Hi Melissa,

I started with Chapter-1 and could not stop reading. What a wonderful life story! May God bless you!


Wendy said...

What a great writer you are! Such a cute, fun and amazing story! We sure have a lot in common, lol. Thank you for sharing this! I'm going to pass it on to the divas!

The Dating Divas

Raree said...

I love this! It makes me feel like I should give writing my own love story a try. My husband and I have discussed more than once that we thought our story would make a great movie. There's certainly plenty of drama (pre-mission drama - after the mission it was pretty much smooth sailing . . . mostly). And of course, the necessary happy ending (I personally can't stand movies w/o a happy ending unless it's history).

Giuls said...

i absolutely loved reading your story! so much that i had to read it all at once!
It made me think a lot about my personal situation and about God too.Thanks a lot for sharing!

Kassie and Peter said...

I was on dating divas and saw the link to this! I love it so much! So fun to read! Is it pretty true to your real story?


Kathryn said...

Wow! I really enjoyed reading your story. I have sat here for the past hour or so and read the whole thing because I could not stop. I would love to see a picture of you and your family now! I hope that I see this story in print someday it was wonderful!

Tyson and Emily said...

I saw this link on dating divas. Cute, cute story! I couldn't stop reading once I started! Thanks for sharing! :) I, like you wrote many many journals throughout my life, and I've often wondered what it'd be like to go back through and read about my dating years/dating my husband. You gotta love journals. ;)

hdavis514 said...

I got this link from The Dating Diva's! I'm actually at work, and I honestly couldn't stop reading it!

It has made me realize the true meaning of love again. My husband and I have been doing through a rough patch and you really just made me see the light in our marriage again! Thank you for that!

I would love to see a picture of Parke and you :)

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Anonymous said...

I remember reading this several years ago and today I read parts of it again today. I loved it then and I love what I read today! I am in the process of writing my own love story. It's in my own journal and someday I will type it and print it out for my posterity.
Great times!! Love you Mel!!!