he chose us

it was the most gorgeous, perfect day. the idyllic beach day i dream of all year long. the water was crystal clear and calm. not a cloud in the sky. the girls were playing paddle ball with dan. i was knee deep in Kisses from Katie and emotionally spent as i read each page. i had just found out that morning that i didn’t make the team that would head to Uganda with Passion. {yes, you had to apply. sorta like rush for a mission trip}. anyway, my thoughts were all wrapped around the dichotomy of enjoying this blessing of a day , full of abundance, in Seaside and yet wanting to head to Uganda and Rwanda while reading about Katie.

i was sitting under an umbrella, tears on the brims of my lashes as i glanced up to watch my little family. overwhelmed by His grace and abundance towards me, especially in the gift of Dan. dan knows how much i love seaside. he knows i wanted to head to Uganda later that summer. he knows everything about me. every secret. every dream. every failure. i’ve shared it all with him.

after Gregg died i never prayed for a new husband. maybe part of me didnt’ want to look for God to “fix” my situation in that way. maybe i feared my heart would be so consumed wanting to be loved again that that would become a focus.in spite of myself, he sent me Dan. he adopted the girls and legally became their daddy. he chose us. all four of us. together.

i watched dan out in the water with the girls and prayed that i would never ever take any of all of this for granted. He sent dan to the girls and me and we’ll grow old together.  he’s the soul mate i pray each of my girls finds in their forever love one day.

happy birthday dan. i love you more today than yesterday. but not as much as tomorrow.

November 29, 2012 - 9:28 am

dantheman - Marrying you, adpoting the girls, and Caroline’s birth are the three best days of my life. I am blssed beyond measure with you and them. I love you, now and forever!

November 29, 2012 - 9:47 am

Kelli - sweetness, purity, and love **note to self – read paige’s blog at home so as not to get teary-eyed at work** 😉

November 29, 2012 - 9:52 am

heather heaton - ok … this is the first time i’ve seen ‘dantheman’ comment.
this is beautiful … and i love that i knew him BEFORE ‘ya’ll’ — and I thought he was the coolest then. 🙂


November 29, 2012 - 9:56 am

Amy Avery - Your family and your story speaks volumes of God’s infinite love. I continue to be inspired by all that you share. Happy happy birthday to Dan! His words to you in the comment section are true love. Have a blessed and celebratory day!

November 29, 2012 - 9:59 am

Diane - This just made my day Paige. To know that my sweet Austin shares his special day with such a great man as “Dan” makes my heart smile. I love to read your story, it never gets old and it brings joy and hope to so many of us. There are good guys out there and they will find us and love us.
Happy Birthday Dan!
All my love to you and your family today and every day my sweet friend.

November 29, 2012 - 10:31 am

ellie - awww. you’ve made me cry. god is so good.

happy birthday dan!

xo ellie

November 29, 2012 - 10:46 am

Dee - This post, and then reading Dan’s comment literally brought chills to my body and tears to my eyes. I pray for this kind of happiness each and every single day. You are living proof that it really does exist.
Happy Birthday to your Dan. I’m certain his day will be just as amazing as him.

November 29, 2012 - 11:18 am

angela - Love this but love Dan the Man’s comments more! How precious!

November 29, 2012 - 3:17 pm

heather - oh my… tears after dantheman’s comment. I don’t comment much… but I just love your blog, your words, your wisdom… thank you for sharing! xo

happy birthday dan!

November 29, 2012 - 3:22 pm

chrissi - paige, if wishes from strangers (me ;),had the power to grant unending days at the shore for you and dan and the ladies, then you would have them. lots of them. enjoy the celebration of the day!

November 29, 2012 - 4:14 pm

Tammie - Oh, Sweet, It was meant to be, you are a lucky lady and I believe he is a very lucky man. Great family

November 29, 2012 - 5:57 pm

Colleen - Tears in my eyes and goosebumps at the same time. What a nice tribute to your husband and I loved his response. I have a friend who was widowed and is the single mom of two. I pray that she will find a soulmate like your Dan.

November 29, 2012 - 8:45 pm

Michele - Beautiful! As if your words didn’t already have me in tears, Dan’s comments brought even more tears! I love reading about your love story 🙂 Happy Birthday Dan!!

November 29, 2012 - 9:28 pm

Tamara - Ah! Very Sweet post! Love the pictures too! Precious!

November 30, 2012 - 12:49 am

Sophie - Such a beautiful post and you two are absolutely adorable in those pictures, Paige you glow!! Happy birthday to your Dan and God bless your marriage and your family!

November 30, 2012 - 9:01 am

tara - is it weird that we all love dantheman?

praying blessings over him this year….and over your marriage and over all those girls…that they would indeed find husbands like him. 🙂

November 30, 2012 - 5:10 pm

Becky - What a sweet tribute to your sweet man. I love love love the photo of Dan and baby girl. Yes sister, you are one blessed girl, but I’m thinking Dan knows how blessed he is as well.

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