I Do, I Do, I Do

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Gideon is blind-sided when three woman all name him as their intended! Why had he been chosen? How can he make room for them all? He believed that plural marriage was a blessing… but couldn’t the Almighty bless someone else?

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Gideon is contented with his life. He’s a general contractor, a happily married man and father to seven – soon to be eight – children. He also has two wives, as the small community where he lives practices plural marriage. They also believe that God will reveal to the woman whom she is to marry. So he is blind-sided when three woman all name him as their intended! Why had he been chosen?

How can he make room for them all? He believed that plural marriage was a blessing… but couldn’t the Almighty bless someone else? Polygamy story.

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The bathroom door swung open with a bang, startling Gideon in the middle of shaving. His reflexive jump gouged a small chunk of skin from his jaw, and elicited a muffled comment that the children shouldn?t hear. He grabbed a tissue and held it to the cut to stem the flow of blood, scowling at the youngster who had invaded his space.

?Josiah!?

His five-year-old son gulped, as he finished up at the toilet, then came to wash his hands. ?I?m sorry, Daddy. But Jason and Jeremy wouldn?t let me in, and Mommy Two was in the downstairs bathroom, and I really had to go!?

Gideon tossed the tissue a bit prematurely; the cut was still bleeding. He took a washcloth, dampened it with soap and water, and pressed it to his face. He gave the boy a wink, to let him know everything would be okay. ?Just, try to knock next time, and don?t slam doors.?

?Yes, sir,? the boy said sharply. He hugged Gideon?s leg, then bolted out the door, slamming it behind him. He charged back, opened the door carefully, shouted a quick ?Sorry? and closed it a fraction more quietly, before thundering down the stairs for breakfast. That boy didn?t do anything in slow motion! He was nothing like his mother.

Leah, his first wife, was the epitome of the godly woman. She was kind, patient, loving, graceful? he felt his loins stir with thoughts of her. Her soft brown hair fell to her waist, pulled back attractively in a braid that was the custom among the community. Although the rules had become more relaxed in recent years, she still preferred the traditional homemade dresses, hers usually in soft yellows or pinks like springtime flowers. Her eyes were a pale, pale blue ? with just the faintest touch of green about the outer rim. In fact, when she wore green, her eyes took on a more green hue.

She never ran. She never slammed doors. She never raised her voice. Yet, her hands were never still. They were quietly busy all day and long into the night, as she provided a nurturing home for their seven combined children? eight in about six more months.

The bleeding stopped, Gideon resumed shaving. It would be so much easier to just grow the beard, but it was frowned upon in the community. They were expected to present a unified front to the often antagonistic outside world of a clean-cut, upstanding community of God-fearing believers. It didn?t matter that while most members worked in town, and so really needed to adhere to the standard of dress, Gideon was a general contractor. He wore flannel shirts and denims, and a yellow construction helmet. His hands got dirty. Would it really matter that much if he allowed his beard to grow?

Ah, that undisciplined spirit of his was threatening to rear its ugly head again. He tamped it down. It would do no good to confront the Elders on such a trivial matter. He forced a smile and felt the tension drain from his shoulders. Before long, it was no longer necessary to force the smile. He was truly blessed. He had a big home on fifty acres, lovingly built by his own hands for Leah. They had been blessed with five precious children ? four sons and a daughter who had just turned four. He had put on a big addition a few years ago when he took his second wife Karen, with whom he had two fine daughters and a little one on the way. Life was very good, indeed.

Gideon rinsed the razor and put it away, toweling his now-smooth face dry. He winked at his reflection. ?Time to face the horde,? he said cheerfully. Then he galloped down the wide staircase with as much enthusiasm as his young son.

?Mama, mama! Tell him to give me back my backpack! I have to get ready for school!? howled eight-year-old Jeremy.

Nine-year-old Jason was giggling mercilessly, holding the backpack just out of Jeremy?s reach. ?Why don?t you grow some legs, and get it yourself,? he taunted.

Gideon took the backpack from Jason and handed it to Jeremy. ?Both you boys wash up for breakfast. And Jason, you will do Jeremy?s chores afterschool for teasing him. That wasn?t kind.?

Jason groaned, but immediately fell silent when he caught his father?s disapproving glare. ?Yes, sir,? he answered.

Jeremy splashed water on his hands, plopping down at the table with them still dripping water, and stuck his tongue out at his big brother. Jason was only thirteen months older, but he?d done a heap of growing in those extra months that Jeremy didn?t think he?d ever catch up. And he could be right. Jeremy had more of his mother about him, while Jason was the spitting image of Gideon. He was tall, broad-shouldered for his age, and usually good with young children ? everyone except his closest age-mate.

Gideon took one of Jeremy?s hands and turned it over, amazed at how much dirt he could have found so early in the morning. He knew the boys had all had baths the night before. ?Try that again, and this time, use some soap. Get them thoroughly clean before you wipe them dry on the towel. If I see that you?ve left dirt on your mama?s towel, you will help her do laundry for a week.?

?Yes, sir,? Jeremy said solemnly. The boys hated doing any chore they felt was ?women?s work?. For that reason, it was an excellent disciplinary tool.

?Daddy, I?m gonna be five soon, aren?t I?? little Janet proclaimed. She held up all the fingers of her right hand.

?No, sweetheart,? he said calmly. ?You just turned four. You will have to wait a whole year before you can have another birthday.? He folded her thumb back and kissed it, so only four fingers were displayed.

She pouted, but not for long. Like her mother, she was mostly good-natured.

A loud squeal split the calm that had just started to settle over the kitchen. Gideon waited a moment, to see which of the little ones it was. The squeal repeated, louder this time, coming from the playpen. That would be Jack, Leah?s youngest. Gideon motioned to Leah that he would take care of him, and she returned to her breakfast preparations.

Leah arose two hours before anyone else in the house. She said she loved the morning quiet. He wasn?t sure what she did then, only that breakfast was always on the table by six-thirty, allowing the family to eat as one before they all went their separate ways.

Two-year-old Jack stood in the playpen, biting on the rim. All the varnish had been peeled up by earlier rim-biters, and now it displayed a variety of dental records. Jack let out another squeal when he saw Gideon, then babbled cheerfully in his baby-speak something that might have been, ?it?s about time you got here dad!? What he actually heard was, ?Da-da! Da-da!? Jack?s speech was a bit delayed. There was nothing wrong with his aim, though, and he threw a bright plastic toy right at Gideon?s forehead. Good thing it wasn?t one of the wooden ones.

Gideon scooped the child into his arms and swung him around in a circle. ?How?s my boy this morning,? he boomed, bringing the little airplane in for a landing so he could tickle his tummy. Jack giggled and squealed.

Gideon held him over the sink, washing the goo off his chubby fingers, then setting him in one of the three highchairs that surrounded the massive table he had build himself. He helped Mary ? three, and little Mandy ? eighteen months, to wash and join them at the table. Mary sat in one of the highchairs, but with the tray removed, so she could feel like one of the big kids. Mandy, although younger than Jack, was a bit more coordinated and spoke more clearly. She banged her hands on her tray, impatient for the toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, fried potatoes, applesauce, and orange juice that was sure to appear any minute now.

The only one missing was Karen.

?How?s she doing this morning,? he asked Leah.

?Not well, I?m afraid,? she said sadly. She nodded toward the downstairs bathroom, as she set platters of food on the table. Gideon took the hands of the children on either side, and waited until all hands were held. They bowed their heads and waited for him to give the blessing. Then he helped Leah dish up the children?s plates, cutting their sausage or potatoes into bite-size pieces as needed. When the children were all taken care of, he rose and went to the bathroom door, knocking quietly.

?Karen, honey? Let me in.?

The lock moved, but the door didn?t open. He turned the knob, then poked his head inside.

Karen knelt over the toilet, her shoulders shaking. Much of her long, blonde hair had pulled out of the braid, and was dangling precariously. He stepped inside, quickly sweeping her hair into a bundle and tying it back with a covered band, a skill he had mastered only when his youngest daughter had hair long enough to need it. Then he took a washcloth from the cupboard, dampened it with warm water, and tenderly bathed her forehead and face. She gave him a watery smile.

?I?m sorry, darling,? Gideon whispered.

?No, I?m sorry. I should be out there, helping Leah? taking care of my girls ??

?Our girls,? Gideon said sternly.

Karen nodded meekly. ?Our girls. But my responsibility.?

Gideon took a chance, as he closed the lid of the toilet and pulled his forlorn little wife onto his lap. He splayed his massive, work-roughened hand over the small mound of her belly. It was very early in her pregnancy to be showing already, but with three babies in that many years, he wasn?t surprised. The Elders praised him, and told him he was good husband, blessed by God to have his quiver filled with so many arrows, but he wondered if it wasn?t too much for this wife. She was always so sick with her pregnancies.

?You have a responsibility to this little one,? Gideon reminded her. ?You need to take care of yourself. Get plenty of rest. And try to keep something down. Let Leah and the older children help you, and don?t worry about Mary or Mandy. We have many hands in this family, to make light the work.?

?I feel like such a failure,? Karen wailed, and fresh tears spilled down her pale cheeks.

Gideon stood swiftly, depositing her on unstable feet so he could deliver several quick, hard swats to her bottom. Then he wrapped her in the cocoon of his strong embrace. ?You are NOT a failure, wife! And I will not have you insulting the woman I married. Do I make myself clear!?

She nodded, sniffling as she tried to wipe away her tears.

He kissed the top of her head. ?Good. Then wash your face, and come to the table with us.?

?But? the smells! I just don?t think I could do that,? she moaned.

?Try. Leave if you have to. But at least make an appearance. Then you may take some saltines and a glass of water to bed with you. I expect you to stay there until you can keep something down. Leah will call a neighbor to come help her if she needs to.?

Karen snuggled in his embrace a moment longer. She was so young and sweet ? although not the wellspring of calm that Leah possessed. Karen was a bit insecure, and impulsive. She preferred working outside in her garden to doing housework, which Leah didn?t mind at all. Leah hated to dig in the dirt, and felt that Karen was too careless with the house chores. Leah was only four years older than Karen, but some days it felt more like ten.

He kissed the top of her head, then stepped back. ?I?ll see you in the kitchen soon, then.?

?Yes, sir,? she replied.

20 reviews for I Do, I Do, I Do

  1. Evelyn

    Interesting boook even though it is not what I usually read. Man has two wives and numerous children when a third woman declares him as her husband. He definitly is blessed but maybe too much?

  2. Evelyn

    Interesting boook even though it is not what I usually read. Man has two wives and numerous children when a third woman declares him as her husband. He definitly is blessed but maybe too much?

  3. Connie (verified owner)

    A polygamist family suddenly finds out that they will very soon be a family of 16. Gideon has two wives now and seven children with a eighth child on the way and his church leader has informed him of the fact he will have three new wives, one a widow with three children. Interesting and good story about a man who does what he is asked and will provide for and protect his whole family.

  4. Connie (verified owner)

    A polygamist family suddenly finds out that they will very soon be a family of 16. Gideon has two wives now and seven children with a eighth child on the way and his church leader has informed him of the fact he will have three new wives, one a widow with three children. Interesting and good story about a man who does what he is asked and will provide for and protect his whole family.

  5. JC (verified owner)

    Not the type of story I normally read but was interesting. Wish there was a little more action.

  6. JC (verified owner)

    Not the type of story I normally read but was interesting. Wish there was a little more action.

  7. Dinah McLeod (verified owner)

    I think that the problem most people are having with this book is that it is hard to swallow such conservative traditions in a modern day setting. However, with that said, once I got past that I found the book flawless–except that I really, really wished it had another dozen chapters or so. 🙂 I didn\\\’t want it to end, and you won\\\’t, either. I read it all in one sitting and am hungry for more. This book is well-written, well-researched and very engaging.

  8. Dinah McLeod (verified owner)

    I think that the problem most people are having with this book is that it is hard to swallow such conservative traditions in a modern day setting. However, with that said, once I got past that I found the book flawless–except that I really, really wished it had another dozen chapters or so. 🙂 I didn’t want it to end, and you won’t, either. I read it all in one sitting and am hungry for more. This book is well-written, well-researched and very engaging.

  9. Merna (verified owner)

    Gideon is a great HOH, with 2 wives, 7 children, and one on the way. Now his church elders expect him to take on 3 more wives, and one of the them has 3 boys of her own. I really liked how he was careful to get to know the women and decide that he did want them to join his household. I expected there to be more spanking with so many women needing his attention, but still it was a nice story that I will read again. A sequel would be nice.

  10. Merna (verified owner)

    Gideon is a great HOH, with 2 wives, 7 children, and one on the way. Now his church elders expect him to take on 3 more wives, and one of the them has 3 boys of her own. I really liked how he was careful to get to know the women and decide that he did want them to join his household. I expected there to be more spanking with so many women needing his attention, but still it was a nice story that I will read again. A sequel would be nice.

  11. Constance (verified owner)

    I loved this book. I do have a bit of a fascination for polygamist marriages and this one got me interested from the beginning. I hope there’s a sequel because I would love to see how this family blends together in the future.

  12. Constance (verified owner)

    I loved this book. I do have a bit of a fascination for polygamist marriages and this one got me interested from the beginning. I hope there??s a sequel because I would love to see how this family blends together in the future.

  13. drb (verified owner)

    Cute book. Not my style of living but I still enjoyed this book.

  14. drb (verified owner)

    Cute book. Not my style of living but I still enjoyed this book.

  15. KArc (verified owner)

    This was a very good story, what little of it there was. I wouldn\\\’t quite call it a spanking story as there were only two spankings that seemed very unimportant in the story. I would love to have read more about these relationships. The author did well with what she wrote but there just wasn\\\’t enough; so little was touched upon when this story had so much more to tell.

  16. KArc (verified owner)

    This was a very good story, what little of it there was. I wouldn’t quite call it a spanking story as there were only two spankings that seemed very unimportant in the story. I would love to have read more about these relationships. The author did well with what she wrote but there just wasn’t enough; so little was touched upon when this story had so much more to tell.

  17. bianca (verified owner)

    This could have been a great DD or spanking novel, if the author understood that people interested in spanking and DD want to read a story filled with wifes getting spanked. In this 62 pages long story only two women out of five get a mild spanking. It is well written but the lack of spanking is disappointing.

  18. bianca (verified owner)

    This could have been a great DD or spanking novel, if the author understood that people interested in spanking and DD want to read a story filled with wifes getting spanked. In this 62 pages long story only two women out of five get a mild spanking. It is well written but the lack of spanking is disappointing.

  19. Pat

    I really enjoyed this book. It gave some great insights into a family with multiple spouses. I liked Gideon and appreciated how he adapted to the idea of taking on three more wives. I thought all the women were great and very supportive of each other and their kids. Good story. I would love to see what happens after the marriages (the book just takes us from courtship to the wedding day).

  20. Pat

    I really enjoyed this book. It gave some great insights into a family with multiple spouses. I liked Gideon and appreciated how he adapted to the idea of taking on three more wives. I thought all the women were great and very supportive of each other and their kids. Good story. I would love to see what happens after the marriages (the book just takes us from courtship to the wedding day).

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