This is the first time that I, Andrew, have ever written on our family blog after 7 years and over close to 500 posts from Kelly. So, I’m basically hijacking the page. But I wanted to hijack it to honor Kelly, who, today, is celebrating her _____rd birthday (I’ll let you guess the blank ;) and list out some things I’m thankful for and love about her.
I’m thankful for a wife who thinks outside of herself and her needs, always eager to serve another person even at the cost of her own convenience and ease.
I’m thankful for a wife that is generous. She has taught me to not be so stingy in many areas of life.
I’m thankful for a wife that is like a rock emotionally, not emotionless, but strong and confident in God.
I love the fact that she rarely cries and laughs at me when I tear up at the end of Undercover Boss.
I’m thankful for a wife that is willing to care for 4 very young children full time, 24/7 when she could easily be out doing many other things.
I’m thankful that she’s always planning ahead, thinking of important details.
I’m thankful for a wife who is one of the hardest-working people I have ever met, working up to 3 jobs at once during our seminary days at the beginning of our marriage so I could work part-time, go to school full-time, and finish school debt-free....and she still runs non-stop today, mothering full-time, teaching piano, running a mom's group, and a gazillion other things.
I love that she started the Pittsburgh Momtourage which represents both her industrious nature and care for others.
I’m thankful for a wife who is an extremely gifted pianist but serves in a self-effacing manner in our local church.
I’m thankful for a wife that is different than me and for the way she has taught me that my ideas aren’t always the best.
I thankful for her hospitable spirit, caring more that her home serves others well than it serves her well.
I love her creativity in the kitchen…even when the result is kale chips. :\
I’m thankful for a wife who is realistic about life, parenting, and marriage, not expecting things to always be perfect and full of warm fuzzies.
I’m thankful for a wife that respects me but isn't necessarily impressed with me, being willing to tell me when I'm wrong or being stupid.
I’m thankful for her incredible patience with me, putting up with my inconsistencies and extending grace over my sin.
I love that it's hard to articulate all the things I love. I love you, Kelly. Happy Birthday.