Thursday, June 18, 2009

So, You Say It's Your Birthday!!!

Well, folks today I've passed up the mid-20s to join the ranks of the older 20s. Today is my 26th birthday. Can you believe that? I'm sure you can, but for some reason, 26 sounds so much older than 25.

I know that this is not a great picture, but I decided to pull it out from the archives because it was taken last year on my birthday. I can't help but be a little moved by the differences in then and now. My, how things change. At this point last year, we were still riding high on the emotion of the wedding and honeymoon. I kept thinking, "I barely know this guy, and I'm married to him?!?" It makes me laugh to think about it now. Sure, we knew each other's histories, likes and dislikes, and weird little personality quirks.

But, I didn't know what a perfect compliment he was to me. I didn't know that he was going to make me laugh when I could do nothing but pour tears. I didn't know that he was going to give up work and pay to make sure that I was okay and that my needs were met. I didn't know that he was going to meet the pharmacist when the counter window opened to get the medicine to relieve my pain. I didn't know that he was going to shave my head and then shave his so that I wouldn't feel so bad. I didn't know that he was going to buy me a pink vaccum cleaner when I couldn't even vaccum simply because I insisted that I should have one. I didn't know that he was going to enforce his flexibility on my rigidity, making me somewhat less scheduled. I didn't know that he was going to protect me when the questions and the advice and the demands simply became to much. I didn't know that he was going to choose me - above friends, above family, above hobbies, above a paycheck. I didn't know that he was going to be able to fix whatever I break. I didn't know that he was going to support me and encourage me on a daily basis. I didn't know that he was going to live out the words of Ephesians 5:25 - "Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her."

But - now, I know.

Thank you, Brian, for making this a magnificent year! We can conquer anything together...


12 comments:

Lindsey said...

Aww you two are the cutest couple!!!

Megan said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I love that verse.. You two really do compliment each other perfectly!

Shelly said...

Happy Birthday!!!

Cari said...

That was by far one of the sweetest blog posts I have ever read. Enjoy your special day with your special man!

one of nettie's girls said...

You gave me goose bumps and tears! WOnderful post.

Amber said...

Happy Birthday! That is incredibly sweet. I love it.

Kelli Davis said...

Oh, well said. I don't know where you were when this picture was taken, or what you were thinking, but this is the first picture I've really looked at of "before." Did you know that there's a different light in your eyes now?
Happy Birthday! May it be one of many, many joyous days to come. Man, it's an amazing day when you look at the person you're going to spend the rest of your life with, and just realize that God is SO great. That he made this man, JUST for you. Hope you're having a great birthday.

SG said...

And I'm crying again. Brian is truly a great guy and you are amazing yourself. You are perfect for each other. This is your year. Blessings, blessings, blessings to you two. Get ready to receive 'em. Love you.

Megan said...

What a great post! Happy Birthday!!

Kristina said...

Lindsey, I certainly hope that Jeremy & I compliment each other as well as you & Brian! I love knowing about wonderful first years of marriage!!!

Michele said...

Hi Lindsey ~ Happy Happy Birthday. Sorry I'm a little late, but I hope you had a wonderful day. Yes, you and Brian are a wonderful couple and lucky to have each other!

Hugz,
Michele

podso said...

You've got quite a guy there, and you do a good job letting us know how special he is! Happy Birthday (a little late, sorry...) What a year you've had. God is faithful.