Today you're 26. Officially closer to 30 than 20, and yet, still younger than me (lucky duck). The years are ticking by, and I love spending all of them with you. I love the way you love others with all that you have, know all the words to the oldest country songs, and can't make it through the evening without falling asleep on the couch. I love your passion for learning new things, teaching middle school kiddos (who think you're the coolest), and inviting people into our home on a regular basis. I love that you're not afraid to tackle anything, no matter if it's gardening indoors, sewing pontoon boat seats, or navigating the streets of Venice with me. And most of all? I love getting to sit back and watch you rock at basically everything from a distance, then point and say, "That's my husband." You make me proud.
I want you to know that I think you're the best guy in the world. That even when I'm cranky or passively-aggressively making a statement about cleaning or something stupid, that I'm so completely head over heels for you. That I wake up daily still not completely sure why you chose me, especially when I'm so good at revealing my selfish side on one too many occasions. And that I truly believe with all of my heart that you are the best thing that has ever happened to me on this side of eternity.
For the past six months, I've had the joy of carrying our unborn child. I've shared tears, excitement, and dreams with you. You've been there for me through the struggles of being afraid of a baby to being afraid for our baby, the one we have yet to meet but pray with all we have that they will love Jesus with all that they have. You've wiped away my tears, been a listening ear, and made me laugh at the stupidest things at the perfect moments.
And as the time for baby draws near? I've felt my heart leap with just the thought of you being a dad. That the very moment our child comes into this world, you'll be so completely in love with and protective of our little one that I'll love you even more than I already do. And that even though you joke about wanting to be the one carrying the baby right now because you're missing out, that you won't miss out on a thing as Baby K grows up. I know you'll be there, whether it's for Boy or Girl Scouts, ballet or basketball (or both). You will be so amazing.
I know our lives are about to change, and that this is your last birthday without fully being "dad", but I also know that you will fight for our marriage with all that you have. That you'll still date me and dance with me and rub my feet on the nights when your hands don't hurt too much from car work. I know that we will have our challenges and sleepless nights, but I also know without a shadow of a doubt that you will always pursue my heart, just like you have from the moment you decided you wanted to date me. And my goodness, I'm so glad you did. Because life without you would just seem empty. Because you truly get me and you are my very best friend in the entire world.
Thank you for choosing me, again and again, day after day. Thank you for greeting me each afternoon with a smile and leaving me each morning with a kiss, even though I'm still in bed. Thank you for telling me that I'm beautiful even when I can't fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes, and letting me drive the new car with the butt warmers (which is no small sacrifice). You have shown me what a hard-working man who provides for his family looks like, and I don't want you to ever think I take it for granted. You put up with my indecisiveness, my buyer's regret on all purchases over $100, and my constant inability to make it through a movie without crying- and you do it all with a smile and a snuggle. You make me a better person, and really, you make everything better.
So thank you for being my rock, my joy, my constant reminder that God is good and that He had us planned from the start. Thank you for the blessing of being your wife, and for making me a mommy. Thank you for sharing your days with me, supporting me, and making everything fun. You remind me that we don't need much in this life, other than Jesus, each other, and a whole lot of laughter. I hope this is the best birthday ever, Love, because you deserve a day just as special as you are. Here's to many, many, more.
Sometimes our words can be best summarized in a letter to those we love most. Check out last year's 25th birthday letter for more about my amazing hubby.