(I apologize to those reading this that it is not typical blog material, but in these last few weeks we have both been missing our community that is now scattered literally throughout the world, from Africa to Bahrain and DC to San Diego. The gift I wish I could have given my wife would be to have all of you together under one roof to celebrate her birthday. Since that option is not feasible, consider this the toast I would have given her if we had all been together.)
In just a few short minutes my wife will turn 31. Tonight as I was reflecting back on the picture that sits atop our blog, I thought about all of the unknowns marriage brings and how much you take on faith when you say those vows. We don't know for certain how the other will handle kids, career changes, family, friends, growing older, etc. We hope that the character of the person we see in front of us will remain steadfast and true over time.
As I get to watch my wife more and more, see her handle life transitions, uncertainty, motherhood, and mostly me, I can only give many thanks to God for bringing her into my life, for being the mother of my children, and for being an amazing partner to walk through life with.
Kara, everyday, in so many small yet significant ways, you make me love you more than I knew possible. Your authenticity and creativity are inspiring; you are a beautiful model for our girls to emulate, and for that I will be forever grateful. You are more amazing to me today than the day that picture in the vineyard was taken... and that's saying something.
Happy Birthday babe, I love you so much.