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Monday, July 5, 2010
Kathleen over at Project M (a great blog you should definitely check out, by the way) did a post introducing her husband, and encouraged fellow marriage bloggers to introduce their spouses. So, without further ado, here’s the woman I call “my one true love.”

First of all, this is a somewhat futile exercise, because to know my amazing wife, Jenni, you really have to meet her. But since inviting all of you over to my house would land me in a great deal of hot water, I’ll do my best to give you a glimpse at her here.

First, a few basics facts about us:
  • We met in sixth grade
  • We started dating our senior year of high school
  • We married at age 22, weeks after we both graduated college
  • We just celebrated our 28th anniversary
  • (I’ll save you the math… we are both 50)
  • We have three daughters, ages 15, 19 and 23
Jenni has a zest for life that is completely contagious, and she finds joy even in the tiniest of things. For example, she screams excitedly every time she sees a bunny in our yard or as we drive along (yes this can be a hazard when I am driving, but I’ve gotten attuned to it).

As children of that age often feel, our teenage kids all tended to be a bit embarrassed of their mother’s quirky, fun, outgoing nature. The thing is, all their friends just LOVE Jenni, and wish she were their mother too.

She is a total anglophile. She loves everything English: tea, scones, English movies, British accents. (The pictures on this post are all from our various trips to England.) We have traveled there together “on holiday” three times in the past six years, and she went there last year without me to do children’s ministry training.

Which leads me to tell you that my wife has an amazing and undeniable gift with children. She has a way of reaching them and connecting with them that astounds me and many others. She says it’s because she is really just a six year old inside. She has taught school at various times throughout our marriage, and now leads our church’s children’s ministry team. She has a heart to see kids of all ages, from the youngest to oldest, connect with God in a genuine way.

She now also travels the globe spreading the message that kids deserve the full gospel experience, not to be babysat in a back room while their parents get the real deal. In her travels she trains other children’s teams and also ministers directly to children. In the few years she’s been doing this she has been to: The Netherlands (twice), Ukraine, England, and several US locations. She’ll shortly be going to Malaysia and has invitations for South Africa and Canada. All this for a woman who was afraid to fly a few years ago.

We tease that she is a strong-willed child (remember she is really six years old inside). Tell her NOT to do something and she feels compelled to do it. She has two gold molars to prove this fact from the time I once cautioned her not to walk out on some slippery rocks.

Jenni is an open book. She wears her emotions very close to the surface, whether it’s anxiety or joy, doubt or enthusiasm, disdain or love, you pretty much know what she is thinking and feeling. She is the opposite of me in this regard, and it sometimes causes her to speak before thinking, which can get her into trouble. Examples are too numerous to list here.

She has the biggest heart of anyone I’ve ever known. One way this comes out is the way she is very generous in giving people the benefit of the doubt. At one point when I became angry at another driver’s abysmal road etiquette, she said to me, “Maybe his wife is having a baby and he is rushing to the hospital.” Really, she said that. And I think she meant it.

I love this woman with all my heart. As I said earlier, I could never give an accurate portrayal in mere words. But hopefully I’ve given you a fair glimpse of this amazing woman I get to call my own.


Kathleen Quiring | Project M said...

Hey, I'm so glad you did this, Scott! Marriage blogs can be so one-sided, only giving us a picture of one of the spouses, and so I love to hear from/about the other member of the twosome!

Way to go with all work in children's ministry, Jenni! That's wonderful. I'm sure you're amazing at it. And I had to smile at the mention of visiting England "on holiday." That's how I can tell you really were there (Ha ha!). I'm a bit of an Anglophile myself. Did you visit Oxford and C. S. Lewis' house while you were out there??

I LOVE witnessing beautiful marriages. But I especially love seeing it in couples that have been together for a long time. You two have been together longer than I have been alive and you still adore each other. It gives me such hope. I pray that my husband and I can be just like you! Thanks for being a fantastic example. We could learn a lot from you.

Scott said...

Kathleen, thanks for putting this idea out there. I've been wanting to do this for a while and your prompt was the encouragement I needed to finally get it done!

Anonymous said...

I like seeing couples that have been together for a long time as well! It's inspiration and motivation :)

Scott said...

Thanks, Favor. I'm glad our story inspires you and yours.

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