Crazy For Love Day 7: Lindsey + Ryan (and the whole family)

Today is our last day of the Crazy For Love series. It’s a story sent in by Lindsey, mom of two littles and the wife of Ryan. She lives her dream out at Beyond Motherhood, recording the moments of parenting two kids less than two years apart. I admit I don’t know how she does it. 
She wanted to share a few of the things she loves about her family, and she couldn’t pick just one of them. Read on for Lindsey’s list of things she loves:


“These are the ones I love. My first and true love, Ryan. The patient man whose calm strength guides our family.  The little people who run wild with big smiles and never ending energy.

Our daughter Sarah, who is full of curiosity, spunk, and a healthy dose of drama. 

Our little guy Andrew, whose smile can light up a room and who is a source of laughter and joy. 

This is my family. When I look into their eyes, I see purpose, futures, potential, and lots of love!”

This concludes our wild week of Crazy For Love stories
Thanks for reading. It’s been so wonderful to hear from readers who have lives full of love, hasn’t it? And it’s been a great reminder to me to slow down and appreciate the beauty of my favorite people. I hope you’ve benefited from the stories as well.

Now it’s our turn to be Crazy For Love, not just once a year or around the holidays, in everything, and especially in the small things. 
Let’s live lives full, enjoying and soaking up the precious moments with our favorites. 
Soak them up, everyone. Soak them up.

{If you’ve missed a few of the stories, don’t worry. Click here to read the entire series.}



Crazy For Love Day 6: Jessica + Ryan

Today’s Crazy For Love story comes to us from the East Coast, and really, it started all the way across the ocean, in Madrid, Spain, just a few years ago. It’s a love story from my friend, “Ica”, also known and Jessica and the love of her life, Ryan. 

I remember when Ica was just getting to know Ryan, just letting herself fall in love, scary as it was. And we gushed across the miles, hoping the feeling was mutual. 

And boy, was it! 

It was a great day when they finally shared their “I like you too” feelings, and then the whole thing took off. These two are a pair I don’t get to see often, but I thoroughly love it when I do. Their love for each other and for life is contagious. They know how to enjoy extravagance and simplicity, and how to make any old day fun and adventurous. 

So let me introduce to you: Ryan + Jessica.

Oh my gosh, these two. They are such a crack up. I like them a lot.

Jessica tells us the story of what she was looking for most in a mate, and the moment she found it in Ryan. Here it is:

I asked him, “Would you describe yourself as whimsical?”
It was the first time we walked together in the city where we eventually fell in love.

He looked slightly amused and confused and didn’t stifle the laugh as he replied “Hmmm, I don’t know how to respond to that, why do you ask?

I didn’t answer, I need not have asked in the first place. He was whimsical, I knew it. And this meant that he possessed one of the most important qualities I was looking for in a soul mate. Life became a little more intriguing.

So we spent many days together that hot, dry August in Madrid. We wandered about the deserted city- long meandering walks where we spoke of life, music, people and nonsense. We ate red velvet cake with summer berries and always kept our eyes peeled for the rarely seen Spanish squirrels. He rode the carousel with me and wholeheartedly agreed that we should ride the pigs instead of the horses, giving them names and voicing their animated pig conversations as we swirled around.

“I like you.”
“Because you play my games.”

I am introverted, oh so introverted…happy as a little clam to be alone, drinking in the world around me and smiling at its peculiarities. But, here was someone who noticed those same peculiarities and wanted to smile with me. What great fun it was! I had never felt so completely free to share the ridiculous part of myself. And, even more than that, to know that it is appreciated and loved. 

He is a writer, a musician- an artist. He knows how to feel the fullness of life’s seriousness and has a beautiful way of expressing that which is solemn or even dark. This is one of the things I deeply admire about him. 
But…what do I love about him? I love that he is whimsical.

Do tell. Could two people be more whimsical than this. 

Happy Love Week, Month and Life to you both! And to all of us. Jessica, thank you for reminding us that playfulness, fun and friendship are what make relationships last. 

{We only have one more day in our Crazy For Love series, the story of sweet family of four. Stay tuned.}

Crazy For Love Day 5: Deb + Tom

{Happy Valentine’s Day, Everyone}
Today is Day 5 of 7 in our Crazy for Love series.

I chose this Crazy For Love submission from Deb for Valentine’s Day because I think this couple is an excellent example of what it means to love each other for life. And not just that. They let their love overflow into the lives of others. Many of my friends and I have benefited from Tom and Deb’s fun-loving, playful, God-centered relationship. 

Let me introduce to you: Tom and Deb

Here’s what Deb has to say about what she loves about Tom:

“We will have been married for 33 years in May and are still very best friends. We finish each other’s sentences or often don’t even need to talk because we know what each other is thinking. We are living out the One-ness of marriage and act as a unit in all that we do. God blessed us with each other and He knew exactly what He was doing! All His ways are good!”

Let’s take that little bite of wisdom from their story and let it become our own. Thanks, Deb.

{Just because it’s Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean the love stops tomorrow. Two more days of Crazy For Love stories coming your way. And then, we get to keep the Crazy Love on all year.}

Crazy For Love Day 4: Cris + TJ

Today’s Crazy For Love story shows a determined kind of love. It’s a love story between two Soldiers, which withstood the test of years of service to our country. Our submission is from Cris, who makes no fanfare of her and her husband’s loyalty to our nation, but we can appreciate the strength of their love knowing the pressure and transition it withstood.

Here’s to you, Cris and TJ. Thank you for your service to our country. We are grateful. May you have many more years together, enjoying each other’s company. We hope your friendship only grows through the years.

Let me introduce to you our Crazy For Love story of the day: Cris and TJ. 

Here’s what Cris has to say about her hubby and the love of her life, TJ:

“After 15 years of marriage, he still says please, thank you, excuse me, and I’m sorry. He brings me a towel every night when I forget and scrapes ice from my windshield in the winter. He cries during Grey’s Anatomy and laughs during Big Bang Theory. He is my perfect match.”

15 years? Isn’t that awesome? I’m always inspired by couples who are still in love and admire each other after being married for several years. Thank you for sharing, Cris. 

{Stay tuned for daily Crazy For Love stories all week in celebration of Valentine’s Day}

Crazy For Love Day 3: Faith + Joe

This is our third installment in the week-long Crazy For Love series. So much love, and we’re not even half-way done. Valentine’s Day is two days away. Plan something lovely for the ones you love. Don’t take for granted how special they are to you.

Now without further ado, let me introduce to you: Faith and Joe
This story was sent in by Faith:

“I love Joe because he has been through everything with me and has stuck with me when every other guy I know would’ve left in a heartbeat. 

We’ve both endured difficulties in our lives but we’ve always come back to each other. We grew up through many transitions and saw each other grow up through high school and to college. 

We both have committed ourselves to each other as boyfriend and girlfriend and help each other grow in faith and love every day.”

{Stay tuned for daily Crazy For Love stories all week in celebration of Valentine’s Day}

Crazy For Love Day 2: Chris + Stephanie

This is day two of our celebration of love. I’m calling it Crazy For Love week. A little reminder to me and to all of us to love the ones we love.

Let me introduce Chris and Stephanie:

Chris sent in a few pictures of him and Stephanie through the years. You can tell they grew up, but then, they still look the same. Some very good genes you both have. 
A very young Chris and Stephanie on their wedding day

Chris and Steph and their two darling girls, Zoe and Eden

Here’s what Chris had to say about Stephanie:

“One of the many things I love about my wife is her ability to accomplish anything she desires. Most people think she is shy and reserved, which she normally is, but she is extremely intelligent and can work through any problem or fear or concern until the job is complete. She and others might be surprised by it, but I never doubt her. 

Oh ya, and she is an amazing cook. That can never hurt.”

Bravo! You have to love this kind of support from a husband. Thanks, Chris. You’re obviously an incredible husband. And your daughters are adorable too. But, you already know that. 😉

{Stay tuned for more Crazy For Love stories all week long}

Crazy For Love Day 1: Molly + Joshua

Let me introduce to you: Molly and Josh.

This is our first installment of Crazy For Love, sent in by Molly, who was one of the first ones to respond to the request for Crazy For Love stories. Her story is fun and inspiring, and I know you will love it too: 

“They say good things come to those who wait and as of now I couldn’t agree more. I’m 25 and hadn’t ever been in a relationship until this year. Joshua and I met online, long story short we both were coerced into and were leaving the site when he found me. We talked and talked for months before meeting. 

We happened to meet accidentally not on a day we intended but we were in the same place at the same time. I like to think God knew what he was doing. I knew the minute I saw him that there was something there but it wasn’t until 3 months later that Josh asked me to dinner. 10 days after that he asked me to be his girlfriend and now here were are nearly 7 months later. 

Over these months the reasons I love Josh haven’t changed much, though they’ve been added to and strengthened. I love that he found me beautiful before and after losing 25 pounds. I love that he wants nothing more than what makes me happy and lifts me up. I love that he uses words to uplift, encourage and strengthen me. I love that he recognizes my tender heart and protects it. I love his willingness to keep his word and his willingness to sacrifice himself and his time for others.  

Joshua is an active duty soldier in the Army stationed at Ft. Riley. Our first Valentines day together will be spent apart.  Honestly that’s ok, because he’s doing what he’s committed to doing, being who he is called to be and I couldn’t love him more for it. Besides, he makes me feel like every day is Valentines Day.”

What  a cool, unique story, Molly. Thank you so much for sharing.

{Stay tuned for daily Crazy For Love stories all week in celebration of Valentine’s Day}