Chose wisely

25 year ago today I went on a blind date that my sister set-up.  A college guy named David Gregory just started working at my sister’s work, SEND International, in the accounting department and reluctantly, begrudgingly, “it is already set up and he is calling you in 5 minutes”, I agreed.  The rest is history!

In honor of our first meeting, here is one of my favorite stories about David.

One Sunday night it was the end of another busy weekend.  It was 8:30pm and we were exhausted.  We hadn’t eaten dinner yet and we decided to have our own little date night once we got the kids in bed.  An area restaurant had one of those “2 for $20” offers where you could choose any two entrées on their special list for only $20.  I called in our order and while David ran out to grab our dinner, I put all four kids to bed.  (They were in elementary school at the time.)

When he returned, we were ready for our date night.  We snuggled on the couch together and watched a TV show that we put on DVR earlier.  As we watched the show, laughing, eating our dinner and just enjoying this time together, David turned to me and said, “You know what?  I chose wisely.”

My heart melted.  With all that we have gone through with Sarah’s care; the medical bills that were in the tens of thousands, all the therapies, the specialists, the sleepless nights, her screaming and meltdowns, her poop smearing, her destruction of toys and anything else…  Despite of all of it he still would choose me and this crazy, stressful life all over again.

Tears filled my eyes as I squeezed his arm and nodded my head in agreement; I would choose him, too.

Then he said it,

“Yeah, I was going to choose the steak but I’m really glad now that I chose the bacon cheeseburger instead.”

Touching moment GONE!  My mouth dropped open in shock and then I started to laugh.  To this day, I will never let him live it down!

25 years ago the Lord orchestrated this blind date that I reluctantly, begrudgingly, “it is already set up and he is calling you in 5 minutes” went on and I have to say, I chose wisely that I went.

Proverbs 8:11, “for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire compares with her.” 

(David just said, “Now the “her” in this verse is wisdom, right?  Not you?  I don’t want to mess up again!”  This is why I love him! 🙂 )  

10 thoughts on “Chose wisely

  1. veronicasimon

    I love this post in honor of David and your 25 years of marriage. God gave Sarah and your other children the best parents… and grandparents!

    1. Thank you, Veronica!! Very, very sweet of you! This is our dating anniversary, we celebrated 20 years of marriage last June. Wow!! Time is flying by! Thank you for your faithful prayers for Sarah!! Bless you!!

  2. Sue Windle

    God is with us all the time. He is not surprised by the situations of our life. He continues to lead and intervene in our lives. I am reminded of Joseph in the bible and all he lived through. His father Jacob was not the best role model and yet God continued to intervene, lead and go before him. God brought you and Dave together to live and represent Him in your lives together. He doesn’t expect perfection, but to love God and to love others.

  3. Carol Butler

    Jill, How wonderful to share a moment in time with David and you! The Lord has blessed your lives together! Happy for the laughs and God’s love through the difficult times. Aunt Carol

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