For the last 8 years I have been blessed to live life along side of my best friend, my hero, my wife. Marriages get a bad wrap and we hear about all that is wrong. I want to share the good and place honor where honor is due. I honor my wife.

Our lives over the past few years have been interesting to say the least. Here’s an aerial view:

  • 2011 – Quit our jobs and moved to a new city to plant a church from scratch. Lived in a home with another family to make this move possible.
  • 2012-2014 – Gave up our every single weekend to setup for church on Saturday, have church and tear it back down on Sunday. All this while she has worked all week and on Saturday.
  • 2013 – Miscarried after being excited about “finally” being pregnant. She had emergency surgery and was told she may not be able to conceive without the help of a doctor.
  • 2015 – Two failed attempts at the in vetro process. I watched her give herself shots, deal with emotional pain of disappointment and worry. I watched her faith both rise and fall.
  • 2016 – After a successful in vetro on round 3 she was put on bed reset for nearly 3 weeks. The baby was trying to arrive 9 weeks early.
  • Because of this she was disappointed to miss her baby shower (she watched on iPhone in the hospital).
  • She lost the opportunity to have a natural labor (something she wanted badly) due to an emergency c-section.
  • Asher was born 2 months early and spent time in the NICU.
  • Asher has been in severe pain since July (one month after birth).
  • We have had 7 happy and healthy days with him since July (we counted)

What a whirlwind in just a few years. In the middle of it all, she has served the Lord, served her church, and served her family. She runs her own business, organizes Cultivate Worship, and fulfills so many more roles for Cultivate I can’t even list it all. She cooks, cleans, washes clothes, and takes incredible care of Asher and I. I’m amazed to really take inventory of what she accomplishes, how much she gives, and how much she loves.

All to say I honor my wife. I’m thankful for her friendship, character, and integrity. I thank God for His gift to me.

Brandon Matthews

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