Chapter 1 - "How Your Marriage Started"
From as far back as I can remember I've thought about marriage. My daydreams and prayers have always been full of thoughts about "her."
Beginning at the age of four or five, my mom tucked me in at night with prayers that made mention of my future wife. We prayed for her protection and well-being. We didn't know who this little girl was or where she lived, but we asked God to arrange all the details for us to someday meet, marry, and build a family of our own.
Twenty years after these prayers started, I met "her," the woman of my dreams, at a party in Palo Alto, California. Seven months later I proposed. Three months after that we were married. Last week my bride of seven years gave birth to our third son, giving us three boys under age four. We've been busy.
My story is rare. Most men don't grow up with a mom who tucked them in at night breathing out sentences and prayers about the grand adventure of being a husband. But the rest of my story is not rare. Every man's marriage begins just like mineŚwith a date and a dream.