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Happy Anniversary, Baby!

July 31, 2006

Thirteen years ago today, I made the bestest and boldest move of my life. I made The Girlfriend into The Wife. Which has made everything so very much better.

What can I say? She is the best person I know, and she gets better each year. Indeed, her rather overwhelming induction into motherhood has made her even better. More grace, more patience, more generosity, more devotion, more sacrifice. More love.

She knows everything in her field of expertise, almost everything about everything that interests her, and a whole lot more that people expect about almost everything else. If I ‘discover’ some big or amazing idea and mention it to her, she’s almost always thought about it already, and can add something or offer some kind of critique. Knowledge that begets discernment, and discernment that begets wisdom.

She is very sensitive, and the best friend and listener that could be found. More importantly, she’s felt and followed the gentle breeze of God’s Spirit at every twist and turn of our journey together. A journey that’s been apparently pointless, and harrowing, and rewarding, and challenging, in turn. But she moves through all of it with grace and hope.

She’s beautiful, of course, but everyone already knows this. A deep well of beauty that bubbles up in her remarkable features.

She is hilarious. Which means that she knows when to laugh at life, when to laugh with me, and when to laugh at me. The sometimes crushing weight of life can be lifted when she’s around. Her bright eyes and warm smile are the perfect reward for a punchline.

She is passionate and protective, fierce and brilliant, patient and kind, courageous and cautious. When I’m losing my way, she is always a reliable source for a taste of the Kingdom. To say that I love her is never quite enough.

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7 Responses to “Happy Anniversary, Baby!”

  1. Mike Croghan says:

    Happy Anniversary, Stavlunds!!!

  2. dstavlund@aol.com says:

    What a beautiful sentiment to express! Far better than any HALLMARK card could ever express!
    We love you! In the past you’ve celebrated in unusual and unique ways! Suspect The TWINS are the most beautiful result of 13 years of married life

    Mom & Dad

  3. Faye says:

    Happy Anniversay Mike & Stacy,

    I remember traveling from Alabama to come to your Wedding. Wow it doesn’t seem possible that 13 years
    have passed. I wish the both of you many many more happy years together. We all know that with the Ella & Will this Anniversary will be celebrated different from any of the previous 12 years.

    As I have told you many times before I love both of your dearly
    and cannot wait to hold Ella & Will
    and give them some loving.

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY.

    Love,
    Aunt Faye

  4. kate says:

    Sigh… How romantic. :)

  5. This is a man who is in love with and in awe of his wife.

    Many blessings to the two of you on this special day!

  6. Greta says:

    What a beautiful summary of the most amazing woman I know by her most deserving husband. I am honored to be able to call you two my friends. Happy anniversary, Stavs!

  7. Happy Anniversary you two (four). Much love from the West Coast.

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