12 years ago as a wide-eyed, naive, optimistic kid, I stood next to Allison Otey and said, “I do”
12 years ago, I had no idea of the gravity of what we were committing to…
…the pain we would walk through together and the incredible experiences we would share
…the children we hadn’t even began imagining yet and the way they would forever alter our lives
…the adventures that we would share
…the hard decisions we would make
…the times we would laugh, and even cry
…the way we would come to know the other so well
…what was going to change about each of us and what would be the same
…how pursing Jesus together would look in each of the seasons of our lives
I had no idea
I was just this kid, who pursued this girl, and had no idea what was in store for us, but knew it was supposed to be with her. Marriage is the biggest risk that you will take, but it has the potential for the greatest rewards. 12 years ago, I had no idea what all I was stepping into, but I knew who I wanted to step into it with.
Mike and Allison Goldsworthy Wedding from Mike Goldsworthy on Vimeo.
This afternoon, Allison is coming home from 17 days with a team from Parkcrest in Africa. I’ve had the kids alone during that time. Before this, the longest I’d ever had them alone that was 2 nights. Here’s a few things I learned from those extra 15 days with the kids alone…
- Single parents are incredible. Seriously…I already had a huge amount of respect for single parents, but it went way up
- There is a special bond that happens with your kids when it’s just you and them for this long together. I didn’t realize what a gift these two weeks would be for us
- Something smells like feet in the fridge and I can’t figure out what it is…hurry home Allison! Speaks for itself
- I’m really grateful for some friends who were able to take the kids when I had to preach, come over to hang out with me for a bit after they went to bed, and take them for a few hours so I could do other things. I’m not good at having to rely on other people…this was a good reminder of the significance of community for me
- I’m so proud of Allison for going on this trip for several reasons, but one of them was that it was hard for her to leave our kids for that long. In retrospect, the two weeks she was gone won’t feel like very long for our kids, but it will be an important example to them of obedience and sacrifice on her part.
I’m so proud of the almost 100 people from Parkcrest who went (and are still going) on mission trips this summer…but really excited to see one in particular later today