That's where the name of this site came from as well, by the way. Carroll Crossroads. We certainly have seen our share of crossroads; and ancient roads as a matter of fact. I couldn't be more thankful in this journey of life than to walk these roads with Geoff, who truly does lead me along the "Good Way."
We've had a great 7 years together full of excitement, trial, adventure, grief, joy, hope, and most of all - LOVE. Marriage is an amazing gift, not just for all the obvious reasons, but for the harder lessons. The lessons of learning how to truly love another, and be loved in return.
Though we often prefer to wrestle with peripheral possibilities of what our life purpose, meaning might be, the answer is all too simple. Love. Love God, love others, receive HIS Love. GOD is LOVE, therefore any act of love around the world can come only from HIM.
Marriage is a hard but incredible to learn more about what love is, whether it's your marriage or the examples of those around you. It's why you stick it out in the hard times because it's not always about "happy" or "romance" but about learning the often sacrificial, overwhelming power of a love that's bigger than all of us. Because it's not easy - and I DID marry Mr. Perfect.
I'm thankful for the refining fire of loving this man, being loved by him, and as a result learning what it means to be a presence of love in the world. I still have a lot of work to do on this subject, but I'm thankful to know it, to be aware of the challenge and opportunity, and to walk with someone excited to grow in that Truth with me.
And besides, 7 is my favorite number, so you know this next year is going to be FANTASTIC! I love you Geoff Carroll! Happy Anniversary, and I look forward to 77 more to come.
ask where the good way is and walk in it and you will find rest for your souls."