A spouse, a lifelong companion and path to holiness, is not something stumbled upon. It is a hard won quest for unconditional love, and once discovered, it becomes the work of a lifetime to nurture and grow with each other.
We certainly aren’t perfect, as like every couple we have our challenges; but, I have never encountered another heart filled with such a deep love and a desire to do good for God, Our Lady, family, friends, and me – as humbling as that is. I am a better version of myself today because of you, and even amidst the moments where the dying-to-selves part of life may become palpable, always know that I am thankful for the gift that I, and many people for many years, prayed for — YOU.
So, in honor of your 40-something Birthday today, drumroll please… a poem for my beloved husband.
A Sketch of my Lifelong Companion
As I am pensive, he is dreaming.
As I am eager, he is enduring.
As I am consumed, he is consuming.
As I am riotous, he is calming.
As I am solid, he is bending.
As I am abrupt, he is deliberating.
As I am spicy, he is moderating.
As I am strategic, he is improvising.
As I am trustful, he is protecting.
As I am witty, he is conjoining.
As I am sentimental, he is romanticizing.
As I am cheerful, he is reveling.
As I am creating, he is supporting.
As I am beloved, he is loving.
As I am blessed, he is blessing.
©Lisa Martinez, August 13, 2015
A little photo montage of our earlier days, moments where you found your way deeper into my heart…