Today is my love's birthday! He is 39 today. Most people reading this blog know Greg pretty well. Most of you have your own reasons for loving him. Here are mine.
He loves my God. He is a devoted follower of Christ. I learn so much from him, and he inspires me to love Him better. He serves our savior with a quiet determination. His is not a flashy faithfulness but an ever consistent one.
He loves people. He enters easily into other people's lives. He makes people happy. He's such a good friend. If you are his friend you are lucky, and you probably know that he will always be there for you. That's how he is. He's the kind of guy you meet and later say to yourself, "That's the nicest guy!". He smiles a lot and his smile is contagious.
He loves his family. He's a mama's boy, did you know that? It's true! I tell all my girlfriends that marrying a mama's boy was a really good thing. He knows how to treat a woman. He knows that love and respect are flip sides of the same coin and he is generous with both. He is fiercely devoted to his family which is very big, because it includes his family, my family and everyone else he is even remotely related to! It even includes some people we are NOT technically related to but have somehow gotten absorbed into our family. He is devoted to all those people. He would never disown any family either. It's not his way. One of our children could totally go off the deep end, they may get into some unbelievable stuff one day (though we pray not), and he will always love them. They will always be his and he will never disown them.
He loves his children. I know our kids are our family, so I seem redundant right now, but it's special with your very own kids. He is an amazing father. He is gentle and kind and when he loses his temper (like we all do), he is remorseful and tries not to do it again. He's much better at that than me...yet another way he inspires me. He builds his kids up. He is always talking to them, teaching them things. They respect him, and they love him so much. They still scream "Daddy, Daddy, Daddy" when he walks through the door. They love being with him. He is very protective of our relationship with our kids. He is my biggest supporter in our homeschooling them. While I do the teaching, he is always reinforcing what they are learning. He is always encouraging me in my mothering and schooling the kids.
He loves me. He has pursued me since the day that I met him. I can be so difficult and so unlovely at times and he still pursues me. He reminds me, often, of the lavish way the Lord loves me. No one else reminds me of this the way that he does. No one else even comes close. I didn't love him when I first met him, but it wasn't long before I somehow knew that I would...and then it wasn't long after that and I did. I still feel like there are places to go with our love. It's still growing, changing and deepening. I know him better than anyone else on the planet, but I don't know him fully. There is always more to him and I am really enjoying getting to know him!
He doesn't let me get by with stuff. He holds me accountable, and he looks for me to do the same for him. We are partners. We're doing this thing together. He has never once lost sight of that. That's a big deal, because a lot of times in a marriage one spouse will want everything to be all about them...you know, like centered around them. I've been like that before, but Greg never has. Really, he never has.
He gives me more ice cream. If one of us is going to have 'more' of something, it's always going to be me, because he makes sure of it. He's always been this way.
There is a lot about him that is really cool. He plays soccer and tennis and basketball and well just about any sport he can. He doesn't obsess over any of them though. He loves the Jaguars. He's pretty conservative politically, but he gives everyone a fair shot and he doesn't obsess about any of that either. He's so reasonable. He's just got so much common sense. He is really refreshingly smart. Actually, he's really, really smart but a lot of people don't always know how incredibly smart he is cause he doesn't show off. And my goodness! Do you see how cute he is!?
I could go on. I definitely could, but I know I should stop here and give my readers a chance to ponder my hubby's greatness all on their own! Seriously, if you are reading this, leave a comment and give him a nod on his birthday.
Happy birthday baby! I love you!