On your special day

Today is Crystal's birthday. She probably suspects I'm secretly posting this, so I don't claim to surprise her with it. She is by no means old, older than me, yes, but not in that 'old' category yet. Despite me telling her she can turn 29 again, I think she is prepared to face life as a trigenarian. I tend to take birthdays not always as a celebratory time, but more a time of reflection and thankfulness as another year passes.

Ten years ago, I doubt Crystal would have thought her life would be in the place it is today. Ten years ago for me I would be in the same shoes as her. I'm fortunate enough to have a beautiful, loving wife who is raising two wonderful boys. She amazes me with how much she accomplishes in such little time. For those of you who are parents, I'm sure you are knowledgeable to the talents that toddlers possess in tearing up any room in a matter of minutes. Toddlers weren't prepared for Crystal though; before I turn around, the room is cleaned, vacuumed, in order and re-decorated.

Sure, I can't contain her craftiness, and sometimes that leads to furniture being redistributed in rooms and re-purposed, it may lead to 52 simultaneous projects and 12 custom orders, and the constant humming of that sewing machine. Neither of us would have it any other way. I'm thankful for this blog in that she can share her life with others, and document our sons' first years. I'm thankful for the joy it brings when she receives praise, positive comments, and consistent support.

As Crystal turns 30 I am thankful for this blog for the reasons mentioned above, I'm thankful for Etsy and the joy it brings my wife. I'm thankful for being able to get to this point in my life with Crystal and sharing so much together. I'm thankful that marriage is so easy with her. I'm thankful that she is a sounding board, a constant support, an ever present voice of reason, and is always challenging, both to her and myself. Her continous self-motivation is admirable, she has an inability to settle for adequacy when excellence can be achieved. As each year passes, I continue to be able to say "this year has been the best so far." A great deal of that is due to Crystal's push towards fulfilling our potentials.

I'm a pensive, analytical person, but I've thought this one out over and over, and have yet to resort to a different answer. Crystal, simply put, is who I needed. She truly is everything I need, if you think about that magnitude of what that says, it is awe-inspiring. Supurlatives would not do justice, and I'm sure people don't want to read over and over about that.

Going back to my idea of birthdays and using them to reflect and be thankful, I love my wife, and am thankful everyday for her. I tell her everyday I love her. In taking Crystal's idea and using this blog to encourage others, I encourage you guys to do the same with your spouse.

I love you Crystal.

-"The" Doug
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26 comments:

Lace said...

This was really beautiful, Doug! You're both SO lucky to have one another :) Thanks for inspiring me with your love.


Happy Birthday, Crystal!

Tim, Kirsten and Sebastian said...

Doug, that was so sweet and special and real. I'm thankful for how God has brought you two together and how you've grown up (even though you're not that much younger that me, I remember you as "Dougie, the youngest cousin") to be a man of God, a great husband and wonderful father (I can tell from what Crystal shares about you). Thanks for loving and supporting your wife! Happy birthday, Crystal!

la belle fille said...

What a beautiful expression of love - the best gift anyone can give. You both are so very lucky to have each other!

Happy Birthday Crystal!! Wishing you the very best always :-)

Cristi-2 If By Sea said...

Happy Birthday, Crystal!

What a wonderful, eloquent and loving husband you have. You are truly blessed!

Michelle said...

Simply beautiful. Love you guys and Happy Birthday Sweet Crystal. Missing our times together as I reflect you today.

Lauren said...

Happy Happy Birthday! Wish we were there to say "hi" this morning. But we hope you have a fun (and dry) day.

Kudos to Doug for his awesome post (and for posting it at 3:17 a.m.....). Your boys are blessed to see their dad love on their mommy this way.

Kandi said...

Wow, what a fantastic birthday message from an adoring husband. You, Crystal are truly blessed. Happy Happy Birthday!!

Polka Dot Moon said...

What a wonderful declaration of love! The best birthday present you could receive!

Happy Birthday! My thirties were my favorite. Now I'm in the next decade ;)
Denise

Lisa said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CRYSTAL!!!
Your husband is really sweet.
:)Lisa
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Trish said...

awe too sweet! Crystal Happy Birthday... you truly are an inspiration and I'm glad to be your friend :)

Simply Me... said...

Happy Birthday to you ! Wow I need to have a talk with my hubby LOL... very nice Doug :D have a wonderful day...

Lanny.

Solstice Mama said...

Happy Birthday!!

Sweet, sweet post.

:)

Gordostyle said...

Happy Birthday!

Metallo Bianco Jewelry said...

WOW...that was the sweetest thing EVER. As I am sitting here at my desk with tears in my eyes..I wish you a very Happy Birthday!

Holly said...

awww......so wonderful!

I am blessed by you everyday! Happy birthday, dear friend. xoxoxoox

mommyholly said...

What a sweet little note from your husband! :) You are a lucky gal, Crystal, and I know you will have an amazing birthday spent with the ones you love!!
xoxox Holly

NicNacManiac said...

Happy Birthday Crystal,
What an inspirational and though provoking tribute from your charming hubby!! I can feel the love from here!!
Enjoy your special day!!

Diane said...

Happy Birthday, Crystal! Beautiful note from your hubby!

lassie girl said...

Happy birthday, Crystal, from one new 30 year-old to another! :) Enjoy your day!

Aurora said...

That was incredibly sweet {yes, I do have some tears in my eyes!}...you are a lucky girl! Hope you have a wonderful birthday!!!

Amber said...

Happy 30th birthday! This was a wonderful post, Doug. You seem to compliment each other well. Have a fun day with your family.

Sandra said...

So good to "meet" you Doug. What you shared tells us alot about the both of you - and it's all good!
Happy birthday Crystal! May you continue to go from strength to strength.

Kristen said...

Praying you had a wonderful birthday!Missing the playdates at your house:) Take Care, Kristen

Beth said...

lovely...

Linda said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Hope it was fantastic!!

What an awesome husband you have. :)
~Linda

BlueJShop said...

How absolutely wonderful...
And may I wish Crystal a belated HaPpY BiRtHdAy! :o)
(I'm catching up on your blog.)

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