Okay….so we realize we have been MIA around here!  Summer got the best of us this year.  Ministry, Camps, and transitions have just proved overwhelming!  We are alive and well and I hope to be a blogging machine this week but we’ll see what happens!

This week we are in celebration mode…..Today is our 7 year anniversary and Thursday (the 29th) is Mike’s big 30th birthday.

Celebrating our 7th anniversary at the St. Louis Zoo

Seven years ago today I met the man of my dreams at the front of a chapel in Muskogee, OK.  We spent a few moments together praying before the events of our wedding day got underway.  The entire day felt like a fairytale that I wish I could relive every year.  I would gladly say “I do” again every year and I never want to forget the vows that we made to each other that day.  I can honestly say I love him infinitely more today than I did on that day 7 years ago and I loved him a lot then!  I wouldn’t trade these years for anything.  We have grown so much together and can often anticipate each other’s reactions and thoughts.

I cherish each of these last days of it just being “us.”  I love our easy way of being together and enjoying just riding in the car whether we are talking up a storm or just sitting quietly.  We recognize the importance of being intentional with our time and words and never let a day go by without sharing our thoughts and feelings with one another.  We are entering a new season of life and I couldn’t be more thrilled than to do it with Mike.  He will be the best dad in the world.  ALL the kids adore him and his funny antics and I long to hear our little one belly laughing because his “daddy” is so funny.

Mike inspires me every day to live out the gospel because he shows me what it looks like.  I can’t help but notice how kind and attentive he is not only to me, but to anyone we encounter.  The waitresses, the employees at the grocery store, even others around us in public.  He constantly has a smile and a kind word for everyone.   He has a calling on his life that he can’t ignore….he thinks about the implications of life on people he cares about and is often burdened with what the spiritual applications are of decisions that are made.  He is centered on walking in faith rather than fear and challenges those around him to consider the same. My prayer is that he would never lose sight of the influence he has to speak life into darkness!  I pray that everyday for him.

I feel honored to walk alongside and minister with Mike. He is my best friend and I will be forever grateful that he took a chance of losing our friendship pursued a romantic relationship! 🙂