Last night I was backstage during another amazing performance of Annie. This perspective is a lot different from sitting in the house and watching the show; it was so much fun. I loved the energy of the actors and crew and how they gracefully “danced”, in the dark, to execute another spot on performance. I love this cast and crew and once again can’t thank them enough for their love and support. We will miss them this week as we are finished with nightly rehearsals.

Being backstage brought up some emotions for me that I hadn’t experienced while watching the play. Listening to Tom sing “Tomorrow” as I stood just off stage brought a stream of tears and an overwhelming sense of gratitude for a man who has brought so much love and joy into my life. I am so incredibly proud of his performance each night in honor of our girls. I know that at times it is very hard for him to go out and be a cheery servant of Warbucks – but he does and I know his girls are proud!

When I met Tom it didn’t take me long to realize that he was someone truly special and it had nothing to do with the fact he had an English accent. I had been waiting for him, this man who would love me unconditionally and would love Anna as his own. Our lives were running parallel and then finally crossed. I am so blessed to have him in my life and I thank God everyday for bringing him to me.

Tom is one of those dads that enjoys his kids to the fullest. He plays with them and cherishes every moment he has. I could see this when I met him and it never wavered and still doesn’t with our oldest, Ben and Emily, who live most of the time in Medford. He misses his kids, all of them, so much; we both do.

I thank God for this man who stands by me and I know will continue to do so forever. He loves the Lord and is committed to his will. He is such a good man and amazing dad. I am so blessed to have him as my partner in life and our kids are blessed to have him as their dad.

Our journey is a hard one right now but we will do this together. Our girls are together and so are we.

June 26, 2011

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15 thoughts on “Blessed

  1. So thankful to know you – so thankful to count you family. We love you and Tom so much. Always there are prayers…..thank you for sharing the pictures of the wedding. Your personalities just come through! My love to all of you!


  2. Whew! I can admit now to being thankful to have snuck into the back row, where no one saw me weeping 🙂 I was struck a few times, caught a little off guard by tears, so suddenly, as the orphans sang Hard Knock Life and I imagined sweet Abigail in their midst, joyously singing her guts out… And when FDR said “stand up Harrold, stand up and sing”, and I knew what was coming.

    I’ve been thankful for Tom so often over the years, he’s been such a treasure in our family. I’m so glad you found each other 🙂 Thank you Susan for this sweet post and sharing yourself and your beautiful pictures with us!


  3. Thank you for sharing Susan! We are so happy you and Tom found each other… definitely meant to be! We love you both so much!~


  4. Tom singing tomorrow made me cry too. I was blown away at his performance. The whole production was beautiful but knowing it was for your girls and seeing the two of you just made it so special.


  5. Susan, I love your beautiful words spoken about Tom and your children. I love all the pictures from your wedding day, your family is gorgeous, thank you for sharing. Praying for you all throughout my days, you are never far from my thoughts. (Kaleb’s mama)


  6. Oh Susan, that is the most beautiful tribute to a husband i have ever heard. Tom sounds like such a wonderful man and i hope one day our paths will cross again so i can meet him and hug him for being able to make you so happy. You truely deserve this man and he is more than lucky to have found you. And your wedding is nothing more than i would expect from a chick who carries around rafts all day behind a van. Love ya xo


  7. Love your testimony and these creative and memorable pictures. What a beautiful bride! The exciting part is that the rest of your story is yet to be told…..God always works good for those who love Him…..though the journey may not always be easy ♥


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