I’ve been married for a year now. It’s been a crazy year for me and I’m so very thankful to have both of you here to help me. I asked Zach not long ago on our way to celebrate our one year anniversary if there have been times in our marriage that he wished he could’ve called his mom and asked her for advice. I have realized just how blessed I am to be able to pick up my phone and call you or text you and share my feelings or ask for advice. I have always loved and respected you both very much, but I have a new respect for you now as I’ve been married for just a minute.
It’s literally the perfect example of sacrifice and humility and love which is why i am sure God used the analogy many times in the word. I just want to thank you for loving one another through every trial and joy you’ve walked through in your life together. It is so difficult to grow and serve your spouse. It’s hard to communicate and sometimes it’s even hard to like them at all. Thank you for never giving up on one another and showing me that it is possible to do marriage.
I know your marriage is not perfect, but that’s what gives me hope and strength.
I know that with God’s strength and guidance I can love Zach and serve him like I’m supposed to for the rest of our lives.
This letter is to celebrate your birthday but I feel like I’m really just thanking you. I just want you to know that your love for one another and always doing your best at helping me and telling me things about marriage truly has impacted my life. I cherish your wisdom. I want to be a wife and mother like you, mom. I want to be strong and sensitive like you, dad. I want to honor you both, and my husband, and God. You loved me and guided me from the time I was a baby into my adolescence. You were there as I journeyed through my teen years and then when I became a mom myself.
and I cannot thank God enough that you’re both still here weeping with me when I weep (like I am as I write this) and celebrating with me when I celebrate.
If it weren’t for that I would have never made it to where I am today.
I don’t even know that I would be here at all.
But I do know that I would not be who I am without the relationship with Christ you’ve always encouraged me to pursue. Now I’m blabbing, but I love you.
Happy birthday, you old farts.