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When you pursued me in an honorable way while dating. 
I knew you loved me then. 

When you promised me your forever “yes.”

I knew you loved me then. 

When you gave me time to messily grow into a wife.
I knew you loved me then. 

When you gave up your dream job to move states for mine.
I knew you loved me then. 

When motherhood transformed me into a different wife than you married.
I knew you loved me then. 

When you left room for me to step away from my career to stay home. 
I knew you loved me then. 

When a sharp reply was warranted, but you kept quiet. 
I knew you loved me then. 

When you ate my dry chicken time after time with a silent smile.
I knew you loved me then. 

When you held our babies through the night to give me rest. 

I knew you loved me then. 

When your criticism was accurate, but you held your tongue. 
I knew you loved me then. 

When you worked late, yet spent hours washing dishes as I slept on the couch. 
I knew you loved me then. 

When you carried my precious mother to her wheelchair.
I knew you loved me then. 

When you chose to engage me though marriage got boring.
I knew you loved me then. 

When you got the kids ready for church, so I could sleep. 
I knew you loved me then. 

When you quietly extended grace as I fell short. 

I knew you loved me then. 

When you wrapped your arms around me as I grieved.
I knew you loved me then.

When you believed in me more than I believed in myself. 
I knew you loved me then.

I regretfully fret about too many things in this life.
But your love is not one of them. 

Because when I grow old and gray and have little earthly value . . . 

I know you’ll love me then. 

Originally published on the author’s blog

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Paige Pippin

Hi, I'm Paige. I’m an attorney, blogger, wife, and mama. I’m mostly a social misfit. I'm the world's best hugger, and some of my friends hate me for it. I drink uncanny amounts of coffee. Jesus is my greatest adventure. Laughter is my medicine. Encouragement is my purpose. Let's be friends. Find me at paigepippin.com, on Facebook, or Instagram.

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