My lovely bride joins the 33 year olds today – and what a BEAUTIFUL 33 year old she is!! It’s realy awesome to think that we have been together longer than we’ve been apart – since we’d starting “dating” when we were 15 years old, I can honestly say Dawn is the best bride a guy could ask for!!
Can’t beat being married to your best friend. Love that girl.
In keeping with tradition, here’s some pictures of past birthdays…
…. alright, after several minutes of research, I’ve realized that somehow, mommy is usually the one taking the pictures – so here’s pictures from around her birthday for the past 5 years… she’s gonna love this…
2005 at Jakey’s “luau” birthday party – looking adorable!
2006 on a day trip to Ft. Casey – look at all those little boys – and that BEAUTIFUL mommy!!
Family pictures in 2007, wearing what I call, “the Audrey Hepburn dress”… for obvious reasons….
2008 on a day trip to Camano Island State Park – one of our favorite destinations…
Last year, on a shopping extravaganza.
Love you, my bride. Looking forward to seeing another 60 birthdays!!
Not for the kids – for Mommy & Daddy!!
French school that is!! Lookin’ forward to it, should be… passionate, amusement, fou… maybe all of those.
More info to come. Maybe even some pictures of "weirdo french-guy with a beret"?
Ripped from Lauren Chandler’s blog…
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
The gardener’s sharp-edged knife promotes the fruitfulness of the tree, by thinning the clusters, and by cutting off superfluous shoots. So is it, Christian, with that pruning which the Lord gives to thee. ~ C.H. Spurgeon
"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit." John 15:1 – 2
As Matt’s fourth (? I’ve lost count!) post-surgery MRI is only hours away, I’ve been hit with a curve-ball of anxiety. Until now, I’ve gone into each scan, appointment, or meeting with little fear. I’m not sure what’s different this time aside from two things:
1. With the exception of the first MRI (in the ER after his seizure) and diagnosis, we’ve gotten nothing but good, hopeful news. I am so grateful for this and am asking and wanting to believe Matt’s complete healing. However, it’s as if there is a part of me that is waiting for the other shoe to drop. There’s a little whisper saying, it really is too good to be true.
2. The Lord is wanting to expose the lie, however small, that I am believing. Let me tell you what the lie is NOT first.
The lie is not: God will not heal Matt. I believe the Lord can and will heal Matt but even if He doesn’t heal him on earth, he will be perfectly healed in heaven.
The lie is this: God is not good and He does not want my good.
This is the lie that tripped up Eve in the garden. This is the lie that has plagued humankind ever since. This is the lie the Father exposed through His Son on the cross. "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay his life down for his friends." How can we not see through this lie? "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will he not also with Him graciously give us all things?"
So, the Lord reveals the lie that a small part of me still believes. He uses the anxiety to remind me to be rooted in Him and His truth: if He is for me, what can be against me? He prunes the branches. He gets rid of the "superfluous shoot."
Today our little Jacob turns SIX!! That’s hard to type and even harder to believe! Jakey has been one unique little boy from day one. As we remember it, he didn’t stop crying for the first three months of his life. The only things that finally made him be quiet were me (attempting) to play the guitar (Dawn had gifted me with guitar lessons at the time, and whenever he’d cry I plop him down in front of me and play ANYTHING and he’d stop his crying and sit there perfectly happy) or if we gave him a bottle that fed him fast enough (apparently he wasn’t getting enough food fast enough the "old fashioned way"). But Jacob is a delight – he’s by far our most introverted son (which is saying a lot with Wiebe boys) but if he’s feeling it, he’s just about as goofy as his little brother Micah (which is saying a lot!)
Here’s a look back at the previous 5 birthdays for our little Jacob.
For Jacob’s 2nd birthday, he wanted a "Camping" party, so we had a campfire and roasted marshmallows. But first, before the party got too crazy, Jakey fell asleep in his chair… I won’t be around for it, but could someone promise to get a similar picture of Jake at his 90th birthday party? We’d appreciate it.
For his 3rd birthday, Grandma got him his beloved guitar. He still constantly is playing it and making up songs and he always wants to sit and play guitars with me.
The fourth birthday was during the hair cutting fast of 2008, obviously. Fortunately, he cut his hair eventually… We were gifted some Mariners tickets that day, so we all got to go to the boys’ first baseball game!
Last year, must’ve been when Jacob got his Captain America costume (dress-up/super-hero time is another Jacob favorite) and he loves to play games, so he got his favorite game.
I made the cake last year and managed to even make it in the shape of something closely resembling a football. Not bad for the second thing I’ve ever baked in my life.
Happy birthday, Jacob! We love you so much and am so proud of the little man that you are growing into. May God continue to draw you to Him and may you find your ultimate joy and satisfaction in Him. We love you.