Relationship Series: Dear Husband

For the month of February, I am sprinkling a series of relationship/ dating blogs in honor of my five year wedding anniversary. I’m beginning with one I wrote a year or two ago and decided to update.

Dear Husband,

I wish a camera could briefly hone in on our real-life fairytale. Not for show, but for inspiration and proof that love can be pure, love can be fun, and love can be genuine.

Dear husband, I remember the very first email you sent me. It was simple, yet sweet; sweet enough for me to wonder immediately after if you would be my last first date.

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Dear husband, I love when we pray together.

Dear husband, you get on my nerves sometimes. At times, I want to punch you in the face, but more than anything, I just want to make up with you because I hate it when we fight.

Dear husband, I know I get on your nerves too and drive you crazy often. Thank you for loving me anyway.

Dear husband, I love how incredible of a father you are. I always knew you would be, but to see you interact with our son is the most priceless gift.

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Dear husband, thank you for filling our home with laughter and laughing at my corny jokes.

Dear husband, thank you for letting me be my goofy, awkward self which I’ve never been entirely comfortable showing anybody until now.

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Dear husband, thank you for breaking out in dance for no reason, especially when there’s no music.

Dear husband, I love seeing you fix things around the house and the joy you have with updating our home to a smart home. It is the sexiest thing in the world to see you exit the attic dirtied with sawdust, and particle board.

Dear husband, thank you for being positive and listening intently to my most vulnerable thoughts after the miscarriages and reminding me God has a perfect plan.

Dear husband, I love the times we play together and stay up late talking about any and everything.

Dear husband, I love our family and what we have together.

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Dear husband, I believe in your dreams and will do everything in my power to help make them a reality.

Dear husband, thank you for making me feel safe: spiritually, emotionally, and financially.

Dear husband, I look forward to growing old with you, living out our dreams, and checking off our bucket list together.

Dear husband, I love being YOUR wife

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Dear husband, I hope when you read this that it will make you smile again. : ) (You just did, didn’t you? haha!)

Dear husband, I love you more than I did yesterday and I hope to love you more tomorrow than I do today.

Happy Five year Anniversary!

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Your best friend and partner in crime,

Your wife

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Day

We are living in time that it is difficult to be proud to be an American. I am disappointed with the path we are going. However, in the words of Dr. King “we must accept finite disappointment, but never loose infinite hope.” There will be better days. I will continue to fight and speak out against injustice, racism, and inequality.

The New Resolution: Finish What You Started

I could write another blog about new beginnings and “new year, new me”, but this year feels different.

2018 has a trend of no more new year, new beginning resolutions.

I understand some may need a fresh start after last year because, for many, it was a whirlwind of the highest of highs and lowest of lows. Nevertheless, I am embracing the new anti-new beginning. For me, this year is not about beginning something new.

To clarify, I have a horrible habit of procrastinating on things that do not have an instant reward. I know, how millennial of me. So, this year will be a “picking up the pieces” kind of year.

Also, it is the year I’m choosing not to share details of what that looks like. We all have something we’ve planned and for whatever reason (fear, disappointment, lack of motivation, fear, etc)  did not follow through

Consider what you have left unfinished: a weight loss goal, an unwritten story, a job application, your degree, dating, finally quitting the job you hate, _______________.

Let the ringing of the new year be motivation to refuse to celebrate another new year with that dream unfulfilled, that project left unfinished.

You may not reach every goal or be where you want to be by December 2018, but you will be closer than you were last year. Progress matters too.

So, get out of your funk, stop feeling sorry for yourself, stop being afraid of what may or may not happen. Beginning today, create a plan with realistic steps towards your goal. It does not matter how long you have been procrastinating, get out there and finish what you started.

-Ebby LeBlanc

Philippians 1:6 “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

James 2:17 “Faith without works is dead”

Christian Writer: How Real is Too Real?

I’m often torn with how “real” to be, when it comes to writing. I’m not a cookie cutter Christian and I don’t want to pretend to be.

Christians make a huge mistake of pretending to be something we are not.

We are flawed, we make mistakes and sometimes, our actions do not match what we profess. Don’t get me wrong, I know some true Mother Teresas and Ms. Claras (War Room) out there, but they too, are flawed.

Like many, my past is not some wholesome Christian journey to freedom. So, when I write fiction, realistic fiction, I want to stay true to my reality and the reality of so many others. Yet, I struggle with knowing where to draw the line.

I’ve learned the main culprit of my struggle is worrying too much about what other people think.

My biggest pet peeve is being misunderstood and hearing incorrect perceptions of me. The thing is, as an introvert and more as writer that comes with the territory. Thankfully, my husband and a few close friends have mastered the art of not caring and remaining true to them regardless. I’m slowly learning from them.  More importantly, I’m reminding myself of the only opinion that matters. In everything I do, I strive to please God above all else.

Ralph Emerson once penned, “To be great is to be misunderstood.” You have to be you, wp-1463495330817.jpgand not worry or care too much if people get it. At the end of the day, you must know and remember Who and why you write.

Do you struggle with how real to be in your writing? Do you struggle with being misunderstood? What are some ways you handle it?

Ebby ♥


 

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