When Gabe and I first started dating, for whatever the reason, I thought his birthday was November 28th. For our first Christmas together, I made him a photo calendar and wrote birthdays and holidays in the little squares. November 28, 1996–Gabe’s 20th birthday! Thankfully, before I gave him the calendar, I somehow discovered he was actually born on the 25th. Oops! I put a big Thanksgiving sticker over my mistake, and wrote “Gabe’s 20th birthday!” on the proper square.
So, in honor of the 10-year anniversary of Gabe’s not-birthday, here is a tribute to my 30-years-and-3-days-old husband:
G —God is first in my husband’s life. The more time that goes by, the more he wants to know who God is and grow closer and closer to Him. Watching him grow drives me to grow, too.
A–As attractive as the day we met. The girl campers all had a crush on my future hubby, the camp counselor, and called him “Gabe the Babe.” The name still applies today. Even more so actually.
B–Best daddy three little girls could ever, ever want. They adore him. Their eyes light up when he walks in the door from work. They roar with laughter when he plays with them and tickles them. He invents games and stories and teaches them life lessons they’ll remember forever. They are blessed beyond measure.
R–Real, honest, a man of integrity–what you see is what you get. No games, no dishonesty. He’s the real deal, and I trust him with every ounce of me.
I–In love with his wife unconditionally after all this time and all the grief she’s put him through. He loves her mind, her body, her spirit–unexplainable, but he makes it beautifully obvious.
E–Ever-learning, ever-growing, he is fascinated by the world around him. He wants to know more and more, never content with the knowledge and skills he possesses today. Always has something interesting to discuss, and his wife finds this very attractive.
L–Life wouldn’t be life without him in it. I need him. We need him. He is such a vital part of us. He’s why I wake up in the morning.
Thank you, Lord, for Gabe. Happy Birthday, gorgeous! I love you!