By Don Lindsey
Last week was a busy one. I was fighting some sort of sinus issue early in the week and it seemed to zap my energy leaving me feeling rather exhausted. By the time that Friday rolled around, I was ready for a rest and thankfully yesterday (Saturday 11/17) I got that rest and ended the week on a wonderful note.
The day itself is an important one for many reasons. For starters, my father-in-law would have turned 70 and while I miss him dearly, I enjoy thinking about the time I got to spend with him before his passing. When Tammy and I were choosing a date for our wedding six years ago, we picked his birthday for our day, something that he was very happy about, so not only do we remember the day that he was born but we also celebrate our anniversary on the same day making it extra special for us. To top it off, Tammy’s niece Robyn, loving her grandfather very much, decided to also have her wedding on his birthday. This gave us an awesome opportunity yesterday to spend our anniversary watching our niece marry the love of her life.
I’m learning that the older I get, the more emotional I become and yesterday was a very emotional day. Seeing my kids all dressed up and looking more like adults made me appreciate the fact that I’ve been in their lives to see their growing up process for the last seven years. Being a dad has changed me as a man in so many ways for the better and I could never find enough time to list them all.
Being a husband has changed me for the better as well and it would have been impossible to be at a wedding yesterday and not think of my own six years ago. As I watched the bride-to-be walk down the aisle, I looked at the groom and saw an expression that I remember having myself when I first saw Tammy on our wedding day. I fought tears as I saw my brother in law ceremoniously give the bride away and continued to successfully do so up until they were pronounced husband and wife when my eyes exploded with the tears I had been holding back. The reception was just as wonderful as the ceremony. The food was excellent as was the cake and it was nice catching up with folks I hadn’t seen in a very long time while we enjoyed watching the bride and groom go through various speeches and other traditions.
When it was time for us to leave, we said our goodbyes and headed back home. Tammy drove, and I sat next to her replaying the day in my head. I’ve grown to respect and love my brother in laws and their families, so it was an honor to share such a big day with them. After a while, Tammy and I started to talk about the day and reflecting on our six years and I was flooded with an intense feeling of gratitude for what I have. I have spoken a lot about my love for my wife so it’s no secret that I am grateful for her presence and the love she shows me making the last six years the best of my life. Sometimes when things get hectic, I tend to lose track of these things and only focus on the stress that comes with life. With Thanksgiving coming up, I will look more towards celebrating my blessings and thanking the Lord for everything He’s given me.
Don Lindsey is a follower of Christ, son, husband, father, and a survivor. Originally from Dayton Ohio, and resident of Apopka for six years, Don sees his life as a dedication to his wife, parents, children, and community.