On October 12, 2009 my son Trey wrote a letter to his future wife. Today, God willing, he will marry the young lady he wrote to almost four years ago. Here is the text of his letter. Oh… the young lady’s name is Hailey.
Words cannot express the excitement I have when I begin to imagine how God will unfold our lives and how He will bring us together by making our paths cross! I cannot help but wonder what you will be like. What is your family like? What is your age in comparison to mine? What are your likes and dislikes? What are your strengths and weaknesses? What is the testimony of your salvation? What is your favorite color? Are you daddy’s little girl or partial to your mother? How many children do you see yourself parenting with me? What is your career?
These are only a few questions I have when it comes to being your little Curious George. I continually find myself asking God to protect you, bless you, and fill your life with happiness that no one will be able to take away. I know you will be someone who loves and enjoys the small things in life and can have a good time without the trash some people need to “enjoy” this world.
I cannot wait to meet your parents and the rest of your family and let them know that I truly, genuinely care for you and will do whatever it takes to protect you! I am ready and willing to set the example of Christ and His love to you and our families. It excites me for Sunday mornings when we can wake up and get our children ready for worship in the House of the Lord. I am SO ready for the days we will spend playing with our children around the house.
I want you to know God has His hand over both of us at this very moment, although I do not know who or where you are right now! But God DOES and has been preparing us for each other since we first entered into this world. Every heart break and bad relationship will seem to be something small and insignificant once we are finally together and can be each other’s backbone. And we can hold each other’s hand and grit our teeth and fight through whatever God brings into our life. I am ready to encourage you and be your solid rock that I’m sure you have dreamed about since you were a little girl.
Everything will finally seem right when you look down the aisle in your white dress and see me waiting for you in my tuxedo. I probably won’t be able to hold my emotions in as I get ready to fuse our hearts together to become one and embark upon living a life of God, love, devotion to each other, honesty, patience. We will finally be able to live out 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
I want you to know I am praying for you on a daily basis!! You are and will forever be my sweetheart. I love you more than you can possibly know at this moment and I cannot wait to see God’s BIG plans for us. But until that day, I’ll be missing you!! I love you the future Mrs. Ethridge!
Your one and only,