Happy Birthday to My Husband

To say I was nervous would be an understatement.

We’d met just a few short months before, and while our relationship was just blossoming from casual acquaintance to something akin to friendship, somehow I knew it would blossom into something even more. And if I didn’t know it then, I certainly hoped so – though I wasn’t ready to admit that to very many people.

He was a young seminary student, and he looked the part of a minister with his red beard, blue dress shirts, and khaki pants. He was quiet, but I’d already discovered that he was a deep thinker with a tender heart. I didn’t know it then, but someday I’d realize that His heart is filled with mercy and compassion – so much more so than mine.

We were meeting my parents to spend the evening shopping at an annual holiday fund-raising event. My mom and dad had met him before this night, but they had not had the chance to get to know him, and I wondered what they’d think of him.

Under the guise of celebrating his birthday the four of us went to dinner and went Christmas shopping. He was far from home, new to town, and in need of friends to celebrate his birthday. It wasn’t a date. But in a way it seemed like one.

Since that night ten years ago I’ve developed a special fondness for this time of year. It was in November and December that my future husband and I forged our deep friendship – building a foundation upon which our marriage would be built. The cold air, twinkly lights, and Christmas music make me nostalgic for those days of hoped-for-love.

Ten years ago today my parents and I took him out for his birthday. How crazy wonderful these last ten years have been. My sweet husband is a steady rock, a true example of mercy and grace, and everything God knew I needed in this life.

Happy Birthday, Babe.

Happy Birthday to my Husband

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