Partnering Through Highs and LowsSubmitted by Kate McGormley
Many years ago, my mom was on a committee for our church to bring in the next minister. The committee brought in the McGormley family. Years later I ended up marrying their son, Joel. I thank my mom every day for being on that committee. I think God had something to do with it too! Joel is my one. When I was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and hospitalized during our engagement, he drove hours to visit me. He believed I would get better. He didn't run when it was really scary. For the last 15 years, he's embraced my best days and gently guided me through my low days. Because of his steadfast and caring heart, I have had very few lows. He makes me laugh and his love has given me the courage to share my story and be myself. It was Joel, in 2013, who encouraged me to create a blog about kindness and do daily kindness acts with my young boys. Joel is the one who follows through always. He texts to check in when something important is going on. He teaches our boys what it means to care for one another. He reminds me to not take things too seriously. I am a better and kinder person because we found each other.