Dear Aaron,Today we get to celebrate a quarter century of life for the most wonderful person I know: you. Of course, I'll do everything I can to celebrate you in a million little ways. (And you know that surprise-lovin' me has several tricks up my sleeve.) But you know what makes me happy? That every day is a day worth celebrating with you. That you aren't the showy, I expect everyone to celebrate me kind of guy. That you're humble and kind and a million other things that all roll up into the awesome guy God created you to be. And that today, I'm writing for you.
Today I'll give you gifts, because you know that's one way I show love. But the truth is, these gifts could never compare to the gift you've already given me: a life with you. The memories we've made together and the memories that are to come. The joy of road trips, sleepovers every night, unexpected dashes through downtown cities, white chicken chili with friends, Bachelorette and Walking Dead watch parties, and just the opportunity to walk side by side through all our adventures. I couldn't have chosen a better person to share life with, and I am so blessed that God chose you to be mine. Trust me, you're a gift that my parents, and grandparents, and myself prayed for and prayed for, for basically all my life and all of yours. You're the best gift I've ever been given.
Today I am thankful for your parents. For your sweet mother who carried you, your father who raised you to be a man, and your loving grandmother who poured (and continues to pour) so much of her heart into you and into us. I'm thankful for those who have raised you and for those who came before that I never even knew.
Today I am thankful to be your wife. I'm thankful that you chose me, and that you continue to choose me daily, despite my imperfections and annoying habits. Thank you for loving me no matter how many times I move your shoes or get cranky with you about laundry. Thank you for giving me the most beautiful picture of Christ-like love in the way you pursued me patiently and never gave up on me. And you never will give up.
I can't wait to see all that God has in store for the next twenty five years, and for the next twenty five after that. I can't wait to see all that you'll do as you continue to impact kids, both in YoungLife and in school. I can't wait to stand by and watch proudly as you work on your Master's, continue to pour blood and sweat into our home, help serve others through car work, and even finish up the good ole pontoon boat. I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings, or the day after that, or the next day, because they'll never be boring with you.
And you know what I really can't wait for? I can't wait to see what an amazing Daddy you'll be someday. (Okay, I can wait a little bit because I love it being just us right now....but someday) I can't wait to see you love our future kiddos with the most wonderful, sincere, genuine, and passionate love- because that's the kind of love you give to everyone you meet. I can't believe that someday I'll get to look down at a sweet newborn baby in my arms and know that God allowed the two of us to bring a new life into the world, a life that contains a little bit of you and me. I can't wait for the days when my heart melts as I watch you crawl around with the kids on the floor or tuck them in. I just know that you will be the most incredible father.
I love your heart for the Lord, the way you love others, and the way you pour all that you have into all that you do. I love the way you point me back towards God, challenge me, and comfort me all at the same time. I love your smile, your eyes, and hearing your voice when I wake up and when I go to sleep. When you sing, it makes my heart melt, and for a moment, nothing else matters. I love that I can be real with you, and you can totally be yourself with me (and we are both in fact super weird and total goofballs). I love that you'll wipe my tears, make me laugh, and make me feel like the luckiest girl in the world. Because I am.
So let's make the most of each moment today and everyday. Let's not regret a single second. Let's make these next twenty five years even better than the last, and let's continue to walk the path the Lord has set out for us- hand in hand, laughing all the way. I'm excited for our adventures together, and I wouldn't want to be going through this crazy life with anyone else. Happy birthday, love. May your day be just as amazing as you are.
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