The Blessings of the Journey

Today marks nine years.

Nine years since October 25, 2003

Nine years since I watched my amazingly beautiful bride walk down the aisle of Centerhill Baptist Church in her white gown.

Nine years since I first said “I do” and Brandi King became Brandi Parker.

Nine years since we started on our journey of life together.

And what a journey it has been.

Over the past nine years we’ve moved from Florida, bought a house, bought and sold/traded more vehicles than I care to admit, taken in several animals, had several die, worked a handful of jobs (typically several at a time), started a family (that now includes 5 kids), started a lawn care business, lost everything to thieves, repurchased lawn care equipment, lost our heart to a couple of Latvian orphans, walked away from a career that I always wanted to do to pursue my rightful calling, and the list could literally go on forever.

It has not always been an easy journey- not in the least. In fact at times it has been incredibly hard. Having our young child diagnosed with a disease that could one day could take his life would definitely be an example of some of the darkest days. Losing loved ones to death, and cancer has been tough.

Life has just been tough. In fact- it’s rarely been easy.

But it’s been worth it.

Every. Single. Day.

That my best friend in the whole world agreed to marry me and take my last name still floors me. That she is willing to put up with me and all my bad moods, sarcasm, and bad habits. That she continues to love me. That she continues to show what it looks like to be a Godly example to our boys, and the people that come into contact with her. That I come home to a house full of energy, for my boys to come running to me wanting me to hold them and kiss them. To know that we are living the life that honors and pleases God.

Blessed just doesn’t do it justice.

It’s almost unfair that I have it so good.

I’m a lucky man and I know it.

I can’t wait to see what the rest of our journey holds for us. I know it won’t be easy- but I know it will be worth it.

I  Love You Princess!

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