Veronique is a mother of three. Her everyday consists of cloth diapers, meal planning, coupon clipping, kids crying, kids laughing, spills, lunches, reminders, housecleaning, homeschooling and surprise visits from neighbors…until the door opens at 5:45pm and Ben comes home. A sigh of relief wafts through the house, he is home!
He plays with the kids, she finishes dinner, each debriefing their day in between instructing their kids, answering emails and setting the table. At the end of the evening, the kids are in bed and tired, mom and dad, husband and wife, are able to lay into each other’s arms and breathe in one another. They close their eyes. The quietness of the night is the lullaby that puts Ben and Veronique to sleep.
7 + years of husband, 7 +years of wife, 5 +years of being daddy and mommy, 1 year of owning their first home.
Deeper they go. Each day choosing grace, loving in the midst of difficulty, through arguments, unmet-expectations, over-scheduled calendars, unswept floors and crying out to God for his sustaining power to endure.
Deeper they go. Loving and laying their lives down for each other.
Deeper they go. Loving and laying down their lives for their children
Deeper they go. Loving and laying down their lives for their friends and strangers.
Deeper they go. 7 + years, more long conversations, more kisses, more hugs, more laughing, more dinners, more life together.
7+ years. Ben and Veronique. This is Beloved.