A {Shared} Letter to my Love{r}.

Dear John,

I figure it’s been too long since I wrote you a letter.
And as much as I’d like to write you one on the typewriter,
I’m already on the computer, with a ‘new post’ tab open.
So, I figure I’ll just do it now instead of putting it off for later.

I’m so, so proud of you.
I’m so proud of your faithfulness to work a job that you don’t love.
To not just get by & do the minimum there, but to glorify God in the work He’s provided you with.
To succeed at your job in a way that provides for us, for me to get to stay home with our baby girl when she comes.
To excel in your job in a way that gives us bonuses that take care of the unexpected costs that come our way.
I’m so proud of you for focusing on your job but not ever losing sight of your passion.

I’m so proud of what a good listener you’ve become.

{I’m also so humbled by this, because I definitely struggle with that.}

I’m so proud of all the ways you’ve boldly, gently led me.
Especially when it comes to all the ways you’re so passionate about loving our children {starting with this one} the best we can.

I’m so proud of you for being a man that loves me so well, so consistently.
I’m so proud of you for reading about breastfeeding & for watching a documentary about birth.
I’m so proud of you for reading any book containing these words in the title: “for mother & baby.”
I’m so proud of you for gently, lovingly calling me to balance when my heart goes to the extreme.

I’m so proud of you every time you talk to our little girl, every prayer you pray, every song you learn on the guitar & sing to us.

I’m so proud of you for relying on Jesus to grow you into the man that He already sees you as.
I’m so proud of your ever growing heart.

You are the most wonderful gift I’ve ever been given, the best friend I’ve ever had, the most loving man I’ve ever met, and a more wonderful husband than I could have ever imagined.
You make every single day of my life so much more beautiful.

I love you, Bubba.
I can’t wait to see you holding our baby girl.

{I know, you can’t wait to hold her.}

Life as of late.

In case you missed out in all the Facebook updates, two of my most awesome girl friends were here this past week – Jen & Caryn. We spent 6 months in Africa together. Jen’s from Pennsylvania, Caryn’s from Texas.

We spent 2 days at the beach, which were great.
Except that I can’t lay on the beach comfortably…
Can’t lay on my back without it hurting, can’t lay on my belly without this bulge in the way.

It’s crazy to think that the next time I see these ladies I’ll be a mom.
I’ll have a little girl.

Friday, John & I will drive to Atlanta to see my sister before she leaves for California.
It’s crazy to think that the next time I see her, I’ll be a mom.

Mom is just a category I can’t imagine I’ll be in so soon.
But, I am oh-SO-excited.

We had so many wonderful & exciting conversations over the past 2 weeks.
I don’t know if I mentioned that other friends visited us the previous weekend: Drew & Kadi.

So great to have community around that we’re free to share our hearts with; so beautiful to be challenged in the way we think, live & love.

I want to write about many of those conversations, so I think I will.