Five Minute Friday: Remember

Hello, Friends. Welcome back for another Friday spent with Lisa-Jo and the Five-minute crowd. Today, we’re taking five minutes to write on the prompt Remember. Do you have five minutes to write, read, or both? Why don’t you join us?

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Today’s Prompt: Remember


My husband turned forty last week. For his birthday, I asked family from a distance to send me a little something–a note, a memory, a laugh wrapped up in alphabet characters–and I printed them out and bound them into a plastic folder as a gift for my man. As each one slid into my inbox, I took the time to read. The notes from the cousins and his siblings made me laugh until tears came to my eyes. They wrote pages of anecdotes, memories of a boy, then a boy turning man, that were as good as receiving gold. They offered very few stories I didn’t remember. His sister’s note nearly slayed me with the sweetness, and I pulled my son to my side and said Read this, this is the brother you want to be.

My husband was ten when we met. I have known him thirty years–through ugly hairstyles (his) to ugly cars (again his) to ugly attitudes (usually mine). And so on. I remember him as a boy, his voice, and the way he leaned against the cold concrete wall across the hall from my classroom as if he held that wall up. I have only eight years of my life in which I don’t remember him skirting the edges of it. For twenty one years, he’s been at the center. And at the center he’ll stay.


How did you meet your spouse? Could you produce a book bound with memories?


  • Oh wow, to have known my husband when he was still a young boy would have been fabulous. We will celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary in August. We met when we were both young leaders at church. We met, and were engaged in 3 months! We have some beautiful memories together and I could probably fill a book too!

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Three months?! Wow, that’s a story I’d love to hear! Thanks for popping in.

  • Brie E

    This is the sweetest! I can’t imagine knowing my husband at ten- we’ve always said we wouldn’t have liked each other until we met. It was just the right time. I love the birthday idea though; that’s a very personal touch!
    From #fmf too!

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks for stopping by, Brie:) I think this gift may have been his favorite.

  • Oh, to know each other as kids! Fun! My husband and I knew of each other as teens going to cross town schools from each other and playing sports – and it’s fun to think back and imagine all of the times we may have crossed paths not knowing what was to come! {We were eventually set up by his best friend where we attended the same university. We were smitten…}

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Isn’t it wonderful to have some shared memories of the town you grew up in? It’s a true gift.

  • Wow! As kids till now?! That is so special 🙂

    I’m still waiting for God to bring him to me. hehe 🙂
    Oh and what a smart way to teach your son about being a brother.
    My brother needs some teaching too. hahaha :p

    • KimberlyCoyle

      I think most brothers do, Esther:) I thank my mother-in-law for that!

  • HisFireFly

    sweet memories shared, lovely

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks so much for reading:)

  • LOVE this! I mean – honestly- LOVE this!

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Love your comments, Karrilee:) Every time!

  • Precious Kimberly. What a sweet sweet story. Funny you asked…I shared this week with a MOPS group about my hubbie. We joke that our dating life consisted of Round 1 (enter a 2-year break) and then Round 2, which still continues…:)

  • Denise Oldham


    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks, Denise:)

  • Ruth Povey

    I ADORE this gift idea, such a wonderful way to remember

    • KimberlyCoyle

      My husband declared it a hit, after he recovered from laughing over his former antics;)

  • Michael

    Thanks babe. Love your post, and perhaps I should remind you that there were a few hairstyles of yours which deserve a mention. Think 1/2″ bangs or a wild perm 😉 Love you! Glad we have these memories together. especially the perm (and so glad there are pictures).