Monday, March 8, 2010

Happy Birthday! (a day late)

I have always loved a reason to celebrate, a purpose for pulling out some decor and partying in style. Yesterday was Brian's 28th birthday, so we've spent a few days celebrating his life.

On Friday, his family (minus a faraway sister and brother-in-law, who we missed terribly) came over for a casual dinner, dessert, and some exciting gifts. This year, I went with a VERY casual dinner, complete with disposable plates. Though my heart and mind wanted to celebrate the stink out of his birthday, my body just isn't up to enormous amounts of preparation and cleanup.

I love the picture below. If you know Brian well, you know that he loves to make others laugh. In fact, when I'm stressed, throwing a tantrum, or just an all-out bear, Brian pulls out all of the stops to make me laugh. This is one, of about 50,000 reasons why I love him so much. I don't know what Brian was talking about. Oh, I think he was telling a story about his college days. But, he often cracks himself up. What a wonderful trait, to be able to laugh at yourself!

Here is the whole crew, gathered around the table. Just a small gathering, but an enjoyable time, nonetheless. Neither Brian nor I care much for crowds.
This is not a great picture, but it's the only posed shot of the night, so I'll include it anyway. I'm still orange from juicing 5 lbs of carrots a day for about a month. Isn't that crazy? That proves that what we put in our bodies is important!
Brian was so sweet to help me get dinner ready. We had a simple meal of chicken fajitas. Isn't that terrible that he had to cook for his own birthday?

Sweet little Wally is looking on, just hoping that we'll throw a scrap his way. And, you can see the monstrous juicer in the background. I hate that thing! But, I sure feel great, so I guess I'll keep using it.

For Brian's birthday, I told him that I would prepare any meal that he chose. Little did he know that "I" really meant "we" :) Anyway, he said, "I wanna stick with our diet. And, I want an apple pie. Do you think we can make an apple pie that you can eat?" So, I poured over dozens of recipes to find one that was wheat (gluten) free and sugar free. Ya'll, there are plenty or gluten-free recipes and there are plenty of sugar-free recipes, but when you are looking for gluten-free, sugar-free, all organic recipes, well, the pickins' get more and more slim. But, I eventually found one that I can use. And, it's not just that I have to eat gluten-free. It's more than that. I'm only allowed about 5 different grains (quinoa, millet, buckwheat, amaranth, and almond flour). The pie wasn't like your grandma's old-fashioned deep dish apple pie, but it was good to us. Not great, but good. The others did top theirs with vanilla ice cream, so that helped it along. But mine was kind of dry. The crust just wasn't fabulous, and the lack of brown sugar was noticeable, too. After I fought with the dough for about 30 minutes, Brian came in and saved the day. He actually formed the crust. Isn't it beautiful!?!

And, our dogs are big parts of any gathering at our house, so I thought that I'd show you their reaction to the festivities. Gladys has decided that she loves to be under our living room table. She is about 75-lbs too big to fit under there, but somehow she belly crawls her way and peeks out at the passersby.
Wally is in a growth spurt. We aren't sure how much he weighs because we can't lift him. But, suffice it to say, he's huge! He doesn't look so big in this picture, but he's bigger than Gladys. Our guess is that he weighs somewhere around 100-lbs. And, he's still got lots of growing to go!
Every single time that Brian has a birthday, I feel so lucky that I'm the one who gets to celebrate it with him. As you all probably can tell, he is my hero and protector and provider and very best friend. He has gone to great lengths to ensure my comfort and my health, my sanity and my success. I only hope that I can support him in a way that is anywhere close to how he has supported me.

We are absolutely NOTHING alike. Brian is light-hearted and free spirited. He likes innovation and change. He is creative and compassionate. He knows how to enjoy life and find humor in small things. He has a genuine concern for those he holds dear, and he is quick to think up unique solutions to devastating problems. He is reassuring and bold, and he has spent the last few years quietly captivating my mind and my heart. I am drawn to him and I find myself thinking more and more like him. I think that's what marriage is all about :) He is a big dreamer. A loyal friend. A devoted man of God. I couldn't ask for more. God knew what He was doing when he put that man with this woman. And, as a result, we are both better equipped to do His work. He has loved me as Christ loves the church, giving himself up for me time and time and time again. I have put him through trials that I don't wish on the strongest of relationships, yet he excels in every single instance. Brian, you have my heart and I can't wait to spend years and years and years worth of birthdays with you.


Marla said...

Happy Birthday, Brian!

Michele said...

Happy Birthday Brian...looks like you enjoyed your weekend!


Amy said...

Happy belated b-day Brian!! Can't believe your 28!!! I remember when you were such a cute little three year old!! And seriously, the one of him laughing is his "classic" laugh look.....I can hear him laughing as I looked at this pic. What a fun celebration!! I miss you all!!

Anonymous said...

I just have to say....I think you look BEAUTIFUL...absolutely

Anonymous said...

The photos of all your family gatherings are always so much fun to see...the obvious closeness of your family, the food and decorations are so awesome.

Also the photos of you and Brian always look flawless.....your hair looks great, I think we are our own worse critics most times.

The last paragraph you wrote about your husband is wonderful and very touching....and yes, God did give you each other for a reason - to love and guide each other.

Blessings from Iowa.....

podso said...

Your love for your husband shines! And that is a beautiful photo of you two together.

Leslie said...

I have tears in my eyes as I am just so in awe of the Lord's perfect way in giving you such a precious husband!! It just fills me with such joy for you!!! I just think it is precious that he wondered if y'all could find an apple pie that you could eat...God is good and your life just blesses me!!!:) Love you & HAppy birthday Brian!!

Beverly said...

Happy belated birthday, Brian! Thanks so much for taking care of our little girl. Lindsey, I just love your hair. Both of you look great. Take care and I hope to see you both soon. I love y'all.

Kathy said...

Lindsey - I just love reading your posts! They make me smile, and tear up - but mostly they make me so very proud of you and your sweet husband! Your strength and faith in the Lord are just so inspiring! and - You two are just the sweetest couple!! As one of the posts said you can always see the closeness of your family in your photos - I have always loved your pictures. Also girl - you look beautiful! Just beautiful! That is all I can say. You and your family continue to be in my prayers daily! You cross my mind often during the day and I just have to stop and ask the good Lord to watch over you, heal you and keep you always in his loving arms! You really touch my heart my sweet child! and yes - I can call you a child because I'm 50 now :) I love you and give my love to your mom and let her know that she is also in my prayers as well.

Sandy Gillett said...

This is a beautiful post Lindsey! The pie looks absolutly fabulous!! I am so proud of you for juicing all those carrots! When we juiced we turned orange too! Heehee! It's a beautiful color!!