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Author Glennon Doyle Melton and soccer star Abby Wambach got married on Mother’s Day and just announced the blessed news on social media.
“My beloveds,” Melton wrote on Instagram, “please never give up on love. Life could surprise the hell out of you. Trust me — you might just wake up one morning and find yourself smackdab in the middle of heaven. I love my wife. LOVE WINS.”
Melton, 41, founded the Momastery blog and penned two beautiful, brave memoirs: “Carry On, Warrior” (Simon & Schuster), about her decades-long battles with substance abuse and bulimia; and “Love Warrior” (Flatiron Books), about the painful unraveling of her marriage to Craig Melton, with whom she has three children.
Somehow she is still widely referred to as a “Christian mommy blogger,” but we’re focusing on the happy news today, so I’ll choose to sidestep the implications of that wildly narrow label.
Wambach, 36, was a member of the United States women’s national team until she retired late last year. She helped her team earn gold medals at the 2004 and 2012 Summer Olympics and played on the team that won the 2015 World Cup.
Tuesday morning, Melton wrote this:
“When I fell in love with Abby, I was scared. I thought that my fear might be bigger than my courage, and that because of that size difference, I might miss out on my chance at happiness. This was so painful.
“One day, I was talking to my dear friend Martha Beck. I told her that losing this love would be painful, but that I was used to learning from pain.
“And Martha said: ‘Honey. It’s true that God teaches us through pain. But it is also true that God tries to teach us through joy first. You can keep choosing heartbreak and pain, Glennon. But you can also choose joy. God can use that choice too. And I actually believe that God prefers to use joy to teach us.’ And so, for once, I chose joy.”
She signed the note, “G (Ms. Doyle-Wambach if you’re nasty).”
Best wishes to the lovely couple, and may their nonlinear, unconventional path to joy inspire others to seek out and seize their own.