February 24 is always a special day. February 24, 2018 is special with Reid celebrating a milestone birthday…the Big 3-0!
Today, I wanted to take a moment to thank my husband for the man that he is.
I am so grateful for another year of living not-the-life-we-thought or imagined but still-the-life-we-love and getting to share it with you all!
Reid is a man of God. He lives out the gospel daily, especially in our home.
We always say dating for 7 years before we got married laid a beautiful foundation for what the Lord had in store for us.
Going into marriage, we had so many dreams. Dreams of having our own biological children, continuing mission trips to Africa together, and the dream of adoption at some point in time.
God’s plan looked different than ours. At 25 years old, Reid would walk through nearly losing his wife, a liver transplant saving her life, finding out I would not be able to safely travel to Africa with him any longer, that our dream of having our own biological children would not be a reality, having an ill wife to care for, and learning to live a “new normal” at such a young age.
As an incredibly young and new husband, Reid stepped into the role that God had prepared him for. He loved and served his bride as Christ loves the Church.
At 25 years old, he put my every need ahead of his own. He cared for me in ways that he should not have had to do until we were in our 70’s.
There has not been ONE day that he has ever made me feel guilty for the new life we have. He continues to serve and care for me day in and day out and makes my health a priority. He is grateful for each extra day we have. He has encouraged me to use our story and glorify God with every single detail of it. He has embraced each change so compassionately.
Two weeks ago, we had my four year liver transplant follow-up at Baylor and were overwhelmed with God’s goodness. We received an amazing report. Courtney’s liver is still pristine, my kidneys looked the best they have in four years, and I am overall feeling well. My medicines are treating me well for the most part. My health will be a forever-life-long journey of monitoring levels, etc. and taking anti-rejection medications and other medicine, but, together, Reid and I have created a system that works for us…keeping up with everything and walking hand in hand and I would not want to travel this journey with anyone but him.
He serves others on a daily basis as well. Ensuring that the small group he leads at Church consisting of sixth grade boys will come to know the Lord. Each day at school, he is constantly pouring into his students and athletes. His hearts desire is that they would grow to be women and men of character and integrity. He leads by example. He is a witness, often times without even having to say a word.
I cannot wait to see him as a Daddy through adoption. He is an outstanding Uncle and I know he will embrace Fatherhood boldly…relying on God to equip him each step of the way.
His life radiates the glory of God!
I am blessed to call him my husband and I am thankful that God has given him 30 years of life!
Thank YOU all for supporting, encouraging, speaking life and truth into us, and being our prayer warriors through every step of our journey!!! We are forever grateful!
Reid- thank you for being obedient and walking steadfast with the Lord daily. Thank you for loving the Lord more than you love me. Thank you for leading us well.
I am SO expectant for the next 30 years with you. I pray we continue to walk in obedience and embrace every journey and opportunity the Lord sets before us!
I don’t want to pursue comfort with you, I want to pursue Jesus with you!
All my love,