And a lack of motivation, at that. How can I convey in words all that's in my heart?
My dearest Eric,
Yesterday was your 27th birthday. Maybe I should have said "my old man." Wow, 27! When we met you were only a boy at 21. It's amazing to see all that's changed and grown in the past 5.5 years. There are so many things that I love about you. You, my husband, are the measure that everyone else is compared to, but seem to fall short.
I love you. You are the epitome of a perfect husband. You love us with the love of Jesus and with that there is nothing to be made better. I know you love me with all that you are (even when it's expressed in your love language and not mine ;). So often I hear of husbands who don't spend time with their families, who don't show love, and who do much worse things than that. But, I know that I never have and never will have to worry about those things. With you, we are safe. I know you would never do anything to hurt us and you will never let anything happen to us.
I'm so glad that our boys have you as their role model. There is noone else that I would want them to be like. I know that as they grow and become like you they will love Jesus, love people, be disciplined. have strength of character, and speak with authority and power because these are all traits that you have mastered.
Every year with you is new and exciting. I can't wait to see what this year holds for us, because they just keep getting better. It's crazy to think of the young, immature people we were and now how God is using us to impact the people around us. He's given us two perfect little baby boys to love and care for and see grow up to impact eternity. And, other precious people to disciple and see be saved and grow in relationship with Jesus.
I know that we are of like mind. That we both want to do things that are eternal and not just temporal. I love that you understand that life is fleeting. That you don't take the term "Christian" lightly- it isn't just a decision you made or something you do on Sundays. You are recklessly abandonded for Jesus and always pushing me to be more radical, whether it be through fasting, praying, leading my cell, and doing things take me completely out of my comfort zone. The way you push me is not always easy, but it always pushes me to grow. Thank you for building into my life and for being the perfect leader and priest of our home.
I love loving you and being your wife!
Judah says, "Happy Birthday!"