Introducing our friend & this season's nonprofit partner, Amy Meyer-Terry, Founder & President of WHY Ranch
"Each day a new beginning of Hope even when there has been despair. God walks alongside and carries us through the deepest valleys to the highest mountains, Loving us through all those embarrassing mistakes and cheering us on when we finally glimpse at the finish line . . . so begins my 23-year story in the making . . ."
Wedding season is in the air and we are so blessed to have guest writer's Phil & Joy Hoover share with our readers their beautiful "love letters" written & exchanged during their vow renewal ceremony.
"Joyful" ~ by Phil Hoover
I remember the first time I met you. It was in the parking lot of the terrible apartment complex we both lived in. I remember thinking “God, she's beautiful.” Then I got to know you and it was more like “God, she's annoying.” I remember the blow up fights we had. I remember walking away from an argument with you and thinking “God, she’s strong, smart….and beautiful.”
. . . so, the next several years in my marriage were wildly tumultuous, and that’s putting it mildly. My husband and I spent most of our days screaming, fighting, and slaying each other with insults that cut deep and severely damaged our sense of connection and intimacy with each other. What we didn’t realize then was how much both of our pasts were controlling our interactions with each other. The wounds from our pasts, the abandonment we both experienced and the fear of rejection in our hearts, caused us to lash out at each other. I thought I had done the work in my early 20’s in counseling, but in fact, it only scratched the surface. Marriage and motherhood brought out an entirely new set of fears and insecurities in me that I didn't even realize existed. And my husband, oh how his wounds ran deep. Deeper than anyone could ever imagine...