About Us

 

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Samantha and I have been together for almost five years now and have spent the last eight and half months of them being married. She truly is an amazing woman. She is the most loyal person I have ever met, her heart is so pure and kind, and she really is the first thing I think of in the morning and the and last thing I think of at night. I considered myself the luckiest guy in the world when she agreed to marry me last summer. Although these first eight months of our marriage have brought on an unusual amount of difficult tests and decisions, the one constant has been our love for one another and our commitment to putting Christ at the center of our marriage.

Samantha is now a 22-year old wife with a husband that has cancer, and she has been absolutely amazing. I do not know where I would be without her. I honestly believe that she has the hardest position in this whole ordeal. Being the one with cancer, I feel that I have some control over the situation, but she is forced to sit on the sidelines and help in other ways. I thank God daily that He gave me this cancer over Samantha because I would not have been able to handle the situation half as well as she did knowing her spouse was sick. Although I hate to admit it, Samantha is tougher than I am. She has gone through so much in her life, and continues to put on a brave face and take each day in stride. Her relationship with God is inspiring to me and it is amazing to watch it grow through this whole process.

In short, Samantha is the principle reason that I am fighting this cancer so hard. Although I love my family, friends and just enjoying life, I honestly cannot imagine leaving her after just such a short time together. God has just started our lives together and I truly believe that there is much more to our story.

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Nearly five years ago, I began dating the greatest love of my life. And for five years I have fallen more and more in love with him as each day passes- for FIVE years I have been doing that! Considering I was pretty head over heels for him since day one, you can only imagine the deep, true love that has completely enveloped my heart. What drew me to Andrew was his kindness, his sense of humor, and his obvious caring nature. Plus, he was 6’11; I couldn’t really miss him even if I tried. I fell hard. I fell fast. And I have never looked back since.

Fast-forward five years and here we are in 2014. Countless things have changed about our lives and in countless ways we have grown together. Andrew is still kind, funny, and caring; he’s still everything I fell in love with. But Andrew isn’t the same tall, lanky high school boy anymore. Andrew is the strongest man I’ve ever known. He’s good-  to the absolute core. I wish I had the words to describe that further, but he’s just a good person through and through. He makes every single person around him a better person, a happier person. He makes me better every single day. He is everything he used to be, but has grown into everything I’ve needed in a friend, a husband, and a brother in Christ. The way he has tackled this cancer diagnosis has truly been the most inspiring thing that I have ever seen. The day we received the official diagnosis, Andrew blew me away with his strength and faith when he said, “No matter what it was, I was going to give it 100% and fight it just as hard.” And with one full month of countless medications and chemotherapy treatments in him, he still maintains a positive and uplifting outlook. Andrew never complains and he never wishes this burden wasn’t his to bear. In all of this madness, he still worries about me the most and still reminds me daily of how loved I am. He is just selfless, completely selfless. I feel so blessed to be Andrew’s wife. What a blessing it has been to be able to serve him daily; every single day I get to SHOW him how much I love him. I tell him over and over again each day, every day, but to be able to shower him with daily love in servanthood has been an incredible gift. I am the absolute luckiest woman on earth to have this man as my husband and I cannot wait to spend the rest of our lives growing together and loving each other more and more every day.

7 thoughts on “About Us

  1. My Dear Grandaughter Samantha and our Grandson in Law. That we fell in Love with the first time we seen him. We could see Samantha that you and Andrew were meant for each other…
    We loved the kindness , and the wonderful way he excepted Your poppy Your uncle Joseph and me your Mammaw. He just fit into our family just like he had alway’s been here. We so enjoy the visits when you and Andrew came to our Home.and I know we will have many more of those times on the Boat and going to flea markets with each other.
    Going out to Eat. Many. Many more fun things together .we Love you Both so very Much. Mammaw,Poppy And Uncle.Joseph. Our Prayers are with you Both every minute of the Day.and at night before we go to bed. Jesus is in the mist of it all, and will continue too be. Praise his Holy Name.

  2. This is so awesome and inspiring! I’m glad that you guys aren’t negative or down with the whole ordeal, you’re both so amazingly brave 🙂 I’ll pray for the both of you, and may God keep blessing you guys ’cause you really deserve it! :’D

  3. Read the Star’s article on you both attending the Butler/Purdue game, and then found your blog. My heart goes out to you both, and please know that your story has touched my heart and I’m sure many, many others. Praying for healing and the strength you both need. Blessings to you and your families. Merry Christmas!

  4. I am a huge Butler fan, and loved watching Andrew play. Even though I never had the chance to personally know Andrew, except for meeting him once, I can tell he is everything you describe him as, Samantha. I pray that Andrew fights this thing like the bulldog we all know he is, and in the end he will be a champion. May God be with you two in your fight together and him allow you two prosperity and happiness.

  5. I am saddened by today’s news.. I am a VCU fan and Butler beat us in the 2011 semi-finals, but more important, in 2010 I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, another of the blood cancers. It is always a fight with cancer. Andrew’s passing does not mean he lost. He’s just taking a break before his soul moves to overtime. God bless you Andrew and bless you too Samantha.

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