Another Year, A Grateful Heart

I am celebrating another birthday today. 28 years. The years go by faster all the time it seems. This past year was a full one with so many ups and downs, so many new things and new people which seemed to make it fly by even faster. As I celebrate the blessing of another year here on earth my heart is so full. I have so many amazing things to be thankful for.  I have a beautiful family who loves me and whom I adore, I am healthy and so is my family. Our needs are met and then some so we can help others. I am working where I have been called and there is so much peace in that. I have made amazing new friends this year and I have managed to keep in touch with many more amazing friends from around the globe. I am part of something bigger than just me. I see God working all the time. I am blessed to have had so many rich experiences and to have met so many different people from all over the world. We have an awesome support team behind us back in Canada. We have people praying for us every day. I am incredibly blessed. I know this next year will have its own challenges and hurdles to overcome, but I also know that God goes before me and He has never given me a reason to doubt Him. In my life He is strong. And so on this day, another birthday, a year older, hopefully a year wiser — I am so thankful. Every day is a blessing and a gift and I want to live a life that reflects that that – taking nothing for granted and realising I am still here, on this earth, for a God-given purpose. There’s more I can do for His Kingdom; to make a difference in this hurting world. I am truly excited to see what this, my 29th year will hold.

A Little Shout Out To My Hubby

Today is my Husband’s birthday. I won’t tell you how old he is – but he’s older than me and always will be.  🙂

Because it’s his day today and because I should probably tell him these things more often (even though I think them a lot) – here’s my list of why he’s simply the best.

1. He loves me – flaws and all. (I won’t mention said flaws but I’m more than grateful for his love and patience with me).

2. He puts his family first.

3. He gets down on the floor with the boys and plays and wrestles and does rough boyish things with them – which I am not good at nor do I really enjoy.

4. He deals with a lot of little things so I don’t even have to worry about them. (i.e. garbage, paying bills, dealing with my phone (buying credit, helping figure things out, doing updates etc.), dealing with my computer (back-ups, trouble shooting etc. – you can see I’m not so techy – good thing he is), small repairs around the house (he’s actually quite handy), BBQ-ing, and more.

5. He even cook sometimes! And he let’s me get away with making french toast or pancakes or eggs or some other easy breakfast-type food for dinner at least once a week. 🙂

6. He’s not a complainer; he’s a problem solver.

7. He’s silly and fun and he makes me laugh a lot.  (Which I need, since I can be (a tad) uptight).

8. He makes the coffee every morning. Enough said.

9. He helps with bath time every night.

10. He puts Ezra to bed every night, and makes that time with him really special. They tell stories to each other and pray – they have a little routine which I know Ezra looks forward to every night.

11. He believes in me and pushes me to be my best.

12. He has been known to do laundry! It doesn’t happen often, but just saying, he’s capable. 😉

13. He is generally calm and doesn’t get uptight; he doesn’t sweat the small stuff – which is the balance (and example) I need.

14. He changes some diapers. Even poopy (sp?) ones.

15. He thinks I’m beautiful in my sweats, with no make up and my hair up in a messy bun. (Of course I’m sure he thinks I’m even more beautiful when I’m done up a bit more but like a good husband he never says this and I love him for that).

16. He’s oh-so-handsome and charming and still makes me swoon a little – 8 years together, almost 6 years of marriage and two little boys later.

17. He always makes me feel safe and secure.

18. He is an extremely hard worker and a very determined person.

19. He is an excellent leader and someone I admire as a person very much.

20. He (sometimes) will let me watch Gilmore Girls while he’s home. 🙂

I could go on, but I’ve reached an even 20 so I think I’ll stop here. Bottom line? My hubby is the best and I am so incredibly grateful for this amazing life we live together. I hope and pray we are able to celebrate many more birthdays together.

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