Monday, March 7, 2011

Happy Birthday, Baby!!

You know, it's hard to find a picture of you when you're the one always hiding behind the camera. Just saying. (Hmmm....)

Gosh, David, you know that I adore you. And I love how much your kids adore you, too. You are an amazing man, and I don't know how many times I've told you that over the years, but I know that I've thought it many, many more times. I'm so thankful that God created you, saved you, and has continued "the good work that He has started in you." You amaze me!

Your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control... =) Yeup. You're a good one to imitate, as you imitate Christ. Thank you for being such a good leader for me. Thank you for being such a good father to our children. Thank you for loving us in our imperfection. Thank you for being so quick to notice your own imperfection and, through the grace of God, deal with it.

Thank you for being wise and long-sighted. Thank you for being gentle and compassionate. Thank you for loving God. (And God, thank you, thank you, thank you so much for loving David, first!)

God has richly, richly blessed me through you, David. And I'm very, very thankful. I pray that God will richly bless you this year -- that in all the areas that I can already commend you, you will grow even more, and that your delight in our Lord will strengthen and bolster you. I pray that the prayers of your heart will be answered and that you will know, more and more, the goodness of His will.

I love you, Baby, and I thank God for you. Happy, happy birthday!!

Saturday, March 5, 2011