16 years ago Michael picked me up and carried me out of the church after we were announced "Mr. & Mrs." He's still carrying me.
Every morning since our first morning as husband and wife he's told me, "I'm so glad that you're my wife. " (there were plenty of mornings he shouldn't have been glad)
On "early days" (days he leaves before the sunrises for work) he kisses sleeping me on the forehead and whispers "Jesus" in my ear.
He's a calm referee between me and one of our kids, whose personality is just like mine- stubborn and always right.
He speaks what I need to hear, not what I want to hear (a blogworthy journey). I respect and trust him more for it.
He is generous in the way he cares for me.
He makes the best Saturday morning breakfasts.
He is my favorite (don't tell Noah, Emilie, or Josie because each one of them thinks they are my favorite, too).
He calls me "Sweetie."
He works 4 jobs (1 full time, and 3 from home jobs) so I can stay home with our kids. He's grateful and never complains about it.
He is intentional everyday about playing or being with the kids.
Cuddling with him is the best way to end the day... best way to begin the day, too.
He likes to bake. He makes an insanely delicious Heath Toffee crunch cheesecake with homemade caramel sauce.
He is my very best friend.
He gives me grace. A lot of grace. A lot a lot a lot of grace.
He applauds me when I am brave.
He reads the word to us, points us to Truth, prays with us and for us.
He steals kisses from me in the pantry.
He's a jack-of-all-trades. He can do, or make, or MacGyver his way out of anything. Fear of failure doesn't keep him from trying. The desire to tackle something motivates him.
He nudges me to use my gifts and tells me repeatedly that I'm capable.
He tries to Patrick Swayze lift me like Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing. "I've had the time of my life" being his wife.
He says the wittiest things.
He is not self-seeking. He gladly considers me and the kids before himself.
He gets me... I don't even get me, but he gets me.
I see a WHOLE lot of who Jesus is reflected in Michael. Because of my "Better Half" I see and know and love Jesus more.
Happy Sweet 16th Anniversary, Michael!
I'm so glad that I'm your wife.