happy birthday, my J

My darling husband,

Happy Birthday to you. 

This day is one of the very best days to celebrate. 32 years ago today the Lord gifted the world with you and 8 years ago today the Lord gifted you to me. That day 8 years ago is so vivid in my mind, like watching a home video. I can picture every bit of the moment our friends introduced us. I still get butterflies in my stomach as I remember how nervous-excited I was to be meeting this rather attractive man with the most wonderful eyes I'd ever seen, and I can still recall the very moment that, as we walked away, Hannah said to Chris, "we need to find a girl for Coobs," and I thought to myself, "it'd be pretty great if that were me." And I am grateful every single day that that thought is now, "it's pretty great being his girl." ;)

My love, you are the best man I know. Over the past months I have learned even more how true that statement is. Never have I known a love more patient, more sacrificial, more gentle, and more devoted than your love for me. To be on the receiving end of that love is to truly experience a picture of Jesus. The way that you live everyday teaches me so much. Every bit and piece of you is so firmly rooted in truth, in Jesus. I see in you a devotedness to the Lord and such a desire for Him that I'm daily reminded that "He is better than it all." My heart rests so fully in the way that you lead me because your heart rests so fully in HIm. 

I am so proud of you, Jason. I'm so proud to be your wife. I will never grow tired of saying, "this is my husband," or hearing you say, "this is my wife." You work tirelessly and uncomplainingly, you give generously and thoughtfully, you are creative and witty, you are wise and full of discernment, you love adventuring and you love home, you hung the moon for our daughter and you never cease to make my heart flutter, you are strong and gentle, stubborn and sweet, you are humble, gracious, kind, and faithful. 

8 years ago was one of the very best days of my life, but the flutter I felt then doesn't hold a candle to the love I have for you now. I adore you.

Happy Birthday, my husband. I'm so very glad you were born. 

With all my heart,

your wife