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I have commandeered Lauren’s blog to wish her a wonderfully happy birthday. As her husband, it is obviously my job to ensure her day is, indeed, wonderfully happy. As an honest man, my wishing for her to have such a day is actually creating more work for myself, because a wish like that is really only lip service if not followed up with actions. So I’m starting with a public compliment-fest for her by mentioning just a few things I love about her. As a behind-the-scenes character of the blog, I will give you a behind-the-scenes perspective of the woman who continually invites you over (virtually) for breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and dessert with our family.
For my 29th birthday she reached out to many of my family and friends to have them each write about a good experience, memory, or impression of me. It was very sweet and impactful on me to read such kind words from so many people that I look up to. Before we were married, she would write notes to me and leave them in my textbooks, or in my car, and to this day she continues to leave notes for me.
I’m sure you’ve picked up on Lauren’s witty and sarcastic side in her blog posts, which I’ll have you know also takes place outside of her blogs. She is also sincere and sweet, though. She helps our family strike the balance between sassy and sweet.
She is very organized and busy. For many, being very busy translates into being unorganized or scattered, but she is good at prioritizing and turning her busy-ness into productivity (she may argue that she is not productive, but trust me, she is).
She willingly admits that she fell in love with me the moment she first saw me. I don’t know how I became so fortunate to be so loved, but I’ll never let her go. As much as I wish she would sit down and watch a good action flick with me, she can’t be pulled away from romantic comedies. She loves love.
Most important to me, is her love of motherhood. As is needed in a mother, she has a strong work ethic, and a desire to help her kids learn and succeed. She makes necessary personal sacrifices for their benefit, and she offers kindness, love, and one-on-one mommy time.
I am grateful for this day because it is the day my wife was born. Since that day I believe that God was preparing her (and me) for our marriage and spending forever together through building the kind of character, morals, skills, and attributes that I would desire in an eternal companion. Though we have faced challenges and will undoubtedly face many more of greater difficulty, she continues to love, serve, compromise, and laugh and smile.
Have a wonderfully happy birthday, Lauren!