[Dear Mrs. Welch]: What I Love About You

We are writing love letters to each other this month. He’s good with words, y’all. I cried a bucket when he read this to me, hot breath on my cheek:

Dear Kristen,

I have spoken about this many times and yet it resonates deeply in my soul.

What I love about you is that you are genuine and authentic. Seriously.  It may not be romantic, but you don’t have a high pitched, fake voice that you use when you run into a friend that you haven’t seen in a long time.

You don’t act one way in front of someone and then say malicious things about them when they are gone.

You are not perfect and you are not afraid to admit it.

You serve. You work. You love. You live. Authentic.  Real. True.

What I love about you is that you live your faith.  The good and the bad.  I have personally watched you take great risks in your faith over the past seventeen years.

I’ve seen you in the bath tub reading your Bible.

I’ve watched you go out of your way to minister to other women when I knew you didn’t have the time or energy.

I experienced the very thick, real, genuine love and forgiveness of Christ when I confessed my secret sin.

I’ve wept with you as you prayed over marriages of close friends that were crumbling.

I’ve watched you pick up a little girl, bring her to our home everyday after school and love on her because her now single mother has to work late to make ends meet.

What I love about you is that you serve selflessly.  Myself, our children, friends, Mercy House, Compassion, and our church.

But what I love the most about you is that you are mine.

Love, Mr. Welch

I am my beloved’s and his desire is for me. (Song of Solomon 7:10 ESV)


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    Amber K says

    Oh.Em.Golly. Kristen, I’m so glad he wrote that. How wonderful it feels when our husbands love on us in the way that we deeply desire. You.Are.Appreciated. I know that blessed your heart, therefore, my heart is blessed, too. :)

    Thank you for loving on your sweet friend’s precious kiddo. I know that must bless that momma’s heart TREMENDOUSLY.

    Walking away from your blog feeling blessed by all the blessings. :)

    Hugs and Prayers

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    Debbie says

    Don’t take this the wrong way, but this cracked me up. The idea of my husband writing me a letter like this is too funny to think about. We are NOT that family. And yet, he shows his love to me in very special ways and I wouldnt trade those little subtleties for all the love letters in the world. It just goes to show there is not one right way to have a loving and fulfilling marriage. All that being said, wow! That was such a sweet and wonderful letter. You are truly blessed. :-)

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    That is incredible. I am so happy for you, Kristen. I have to admit, I was convicted as I read your husband’s description of your authenticity. At first I thought, “Yes, I believe I am authentic as well” but when he got to the part about a “fake high pitched voice for old friends” or acting one way in front of someone but saying negative things when they are gone–ouch.
    I never realized how my actions were so inconsistent. Thank you for sharing this and giving me a mirror by which to inspect my heart and my motives.

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