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The Untold Love Story by Riscee Langhorne

book-castle-disney-fairytale-happily-ever-after-favim-com-120572_largeWill and Jada.  Jay-Z and Beyoncé.  These were some of the nicknames given to us by our friends. To them, we had the ideal marriage.  To me, we had a very GOOD marriage because I know there’s no such thing as a “perfect” marriage. Little did I know, that my very GOOD marriage would soon come crashing down.  A series of events uncovered several lies and betrayal, and just like that, my “happily ever after” came to an abrupt end—or so I thought.

The next few months were a blur.  It was like I was having an out of body experience. Voices in my head screamed, “girl LEAVE him,” “what about your kids,” “go to counseling,” “forgive him,” “get him back,” or my favorite line, “men will be men!”  I wanted to just shut down, but I couldn’t.  I had a nine month-old and six year-old who needed their mommy. Somehow I managed to go to work every day wearing the perfect makeup and a smile on my face for eight hours straight.

Every now and then I would take a lunch time drive so that I could cry and scream, then return as if I’d only ran an errand.  My morning commutes were good times to cry as well. I fooled myself into thinking that I was doing an amazing job and handling my broken marriage well but the rapid weight loss and increasing crying spells told a much different story.

After deciding to leave my husband and living on my own for a year, the girls and I moved back to Maryland to stay with my parents. My estranged husband relocated to Washington, D.C. to stay with his sister so that he could be closer to his daughters (and me, as I would find out later). We both agreed to continue our individual therapy so we’d have the tools to make our next relationship work. As far as our marriage, we figured we just outgrew each other, and although we loved each other, our relationship was over.

Our separation involved many losses—our beloved home, jobs, cherished memories, and for a time, our hope. But GOD… This year marks nearly four years of reconciliation—a true love story scripted by Jesus Himself.  Miraculously, we’re back in that same home we thought we’d lost after it sat on the market for two years and two buyers walked away at the closing table.  Not only did we recover the things we thought we’d lost, most importantly, we recovered our marriage.

Through unconditional love, I’ve discovered a husband who is my best friend, my protector and the love of my life.  Today, we often share our story to inspire hope for those feeling hopeless in their marriage. For us, what once appeared irreparable, has been restored and renewed, and together we’ve learned, there is nothing we can’t face and overcome together.

IMG_0463Riscee (Ree-Cee) Langhorne is a wife and mother of two daughters with a strong passion for fitness and the color gray!  An accountant, turned educator, Riscee works as a school business administrator who hails from Maryland but now resides in New Jersey where she and her husband play an active role teaching and mentoring young adults in their community.  To connect with Riscee, follow her on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

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16 thoughts on “The Untold Love Story by Riscee Langhorne

  1. Sharonne

    Your story always has me in tears. I know that pain very well. Thank you for sharing. It takes a lot of courage, especially with the added pressure of having everyone think your marriage was so perfect. A healthy marriage takes work and one that has been scarred with the sickness of infidelity takes a whole lot of extra work. But I truly believe God gives his toughest battles to His strongest soldiers. Luv ya sis.. You are me and I am you..

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    1. Riscee

      You encouraged me!! Yes our stories are very similar so knowing I have a sister in Christ that understands exactly how I feel is amazing!! Love you sis! :)

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  2. Bianca

    Riscee, I Love how you stated that it was a true love story scripted by Jesus Himself. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
    I’m so glad that you and hubby are sharing your love story and inspiring so many to not lose hope.

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    1. Riscee

      Thanks sis! It’s amazing to now have friends that also show us what it looks like to have God as the center of their union! Learning and growing through Christ daily! Love you! :)

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  3. Ronaldlyn Latham

    Thank you sharing your love story Riscee. All praise to God for restoring all that you thought was lost, which included your marriage. After four years, one may have thought to much time had passed for any hope of restoration. We must keep hope alive because when we do, look at God.

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  4. Tee

    Riscee, your story gives me added strength. Currently, in a similiar situation with a love child in the mix. Through all of it, I have gotten closer to God…He is my calm in the storm. Looking at our children, I know I have to be strong for them.

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  5. Frances

    Riscee,
    An experience such as this has taught me to place my faith in God & not in husband. Sometimes when we start believing the “hype ” (perfect couple. perfect life or whatever) God refocuses our attention on the perfect one….Him!
    When I think of the goodness of Jesus and all He’s done for me, my soul cries out….

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