If you were to ask 95 percent of the people in our lives through the years they would tell you that Todd and I had a healthy marriage with no conflicts. That was our public life. But there would also be 5 percent who could tell you of another side, a uglier, darker side of our marriage. The side we kept silent about in small group Bible studies and worship services. A side we didn’t tell anyone about.
I remember the first “slip” as clearly as if it were just yesterday. Todd and I moved to his hometown so he could be closer to his mother when his dad died. I’d never had a problem finding a job in radio before but I was sure that God wanted me to be in Christian radio and Bentonville didn’t have any opportunities. Not within any reasonable driving distance. So, since Todd was anxious to start our family we agreed we’d work on having our first baby and I’d be a stay-at-home mom.
We were blessed that I got pregnant right away and seemingly sailed through the months Ally was in my womb with remarkable ease. I enjoyed getting the nursery ready, painting a beautiful butterfly mural on the walls, clouds on the ceiling and a white picket fence border. I refinished furniture and sewed curtains, quilts and clothes for our daughter. I didn’t have a clue that Todd was seeking companionship elsewhere until Ally was two weeks old.
One of the best pieces of advice my mother-in-law gave me was to sleep when Ally slept so I often would wrap up in Grandma’s crazy quilt and have time with God before falling asleep beside Ally’s bassinet. Todd came home one afternoon for lunch and when he found both his “girls” asleep fixed himself a peanut-butter and jelly sandwich and left me a note.
“Came home for lunch and found you and Abby sleeping. You both looked so beautiful! I hate to bring a bit of rain into our lives my love but I have a confession…I kissed Lisa at the conference the weekend before Ally was born.”
Todd’s confession sent me back to huddle beneath Grandma’s quilt and to cry out to God…it was a provision only God can provide because I was to find out there was a whole part of my husband I didn’t know and never dreamed existed…
To be cont….