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1/25/15

Unconditional

Last Thursday, I set up a last minute doctor's appointment because of a rapidly changing lump on my chest.  Before I knew it, I was scheduling a minor surgical procedure for later that afternoon to have -- what turned out to be -- a sebaceous cyst removed.  The doctor told me I will probably have a scar on my chest and there is a chance it could grow back.

I came home that night minus one cyst, plus one scar. . . courtesy of three big black stitches.  While I'm not the one to flash my chest to the entire world, therefore minimizing my need for a scar-less one, I'm not going to pretend I wasn't disappointed.  But Adam's about yet another flaw I will forever carry on my body?!

It will be a cute scar!  I will kiss it everyday. 

You guys.  This man!!  I am humbled and overwhelmed by the way I am unconditionally cherished and loved by him.  I can't think of one thing I could do that would make him cherish me less.  I can't loose these last few pounds of baby weight slow enough to make him less attracted to me.  I can't have enough emotional days to make him loose his desire to spend time together each evening.  He still looks at me like he did on our magical wedding day.  So much love.  So much adoration.

He humbles and teaches me with this quiet, constant love, because my personality is too quick to judge those around me.  Too quick to place value on the physical instead of strength of character.  Too quick to pull back when hurt and disappointed.  I had no idea how much I needed to grow in this area.  No idea that my own world would be rocked and changed by true unconditional love.

So I find hope in this new scar on my body.  Hope in a daily reminder to truly cherish the ones God has placed in my life.  Hope that someday I could learn to love in the deepest, truest way that I am each day by the sweet man I call my own.
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Who do you feel the most loved and cherished by?!

// wedding and engagement photos by the gehmans.  i definitely cherish these memories! // 


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18 comments:

  1. I love this, Nicole!! What a wonderful reminder of what marriage really is all about - you are each other's biggest cheerleader, no matter what! Thanks for sharing. It warmed my heart. :)

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  2. Wow, what a story! I'm glad it was just a cyst, and happy for you that you've found a love that goes so far beyond the surface. <3

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  3. This is sweet.:) I had to comment, because I can't get over how awesome your engagement pictures are!!!

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  4. That is so beautiful! My hubby is the same way, sometimes I feel so unattractive and that's when he seems to rave about how sexy he thinks I am- and I melt. Its such a beautiful feeling to feel loved like that.

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  5. i'm so glad you have this kind of love also!! seriously, aren't we so blessed?!
    xo

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  6. seriously!! our friends did a better job than i could have ever hoped for!
    thanks for saying hey!!
    xo

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  7. i love that! being each other's cheerleader is such a crucial part of a healthy marriage!
    xo

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  8. <3 what a special man! I just love love. :-)

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  9. haha! YES! love is a lot of hard work but truly such a gift. xoxo

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  10. So glad you're OK. I love men who love women well!

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  11. I'm glad you are alright and I'm glad you have someone that has your back and loves you that way! Loved these pics of you two! :)

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  12. yes! i am so thankful each day for adam!!
    xo

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  13. doesn't it seem like they are rare?! i feel really grateful to have snagged one. ;)
    xo

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  14. as a single girl (but in love with my Heavenly Bridegroom:).....reading this is so encouraging....a beautiful testimony to what TRUE love is. Thanks for being one of those rare couples who exudes real love and adoration for each other......if I ever get married, that's the kind of marriage I want. It is lovely, but so rare these days.

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  15. Aww this is so beautiful, seriously. I love his unconditional love for you. So so sweet. It's nice to find confidence in our imperfections and having someone who can help you find them is invaluable xo

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  16. i feel so so grateful! he is such a gem.

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  17. you are so sweet. i feel pretty blessed by this sweet man and i can't wait to meet your equally amazing one someday!! ;) xo

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