Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Woman I Love!

As those of you reading this may be able to deduce from the title, Katie’s blog has been hijacked. Why? Today is my beloved’s 27th birthday! I'm afraid I'm not nearly as adept or skillful as Katie at blogging but I wanted to take this moment to say... Happy birthday Katie! The last 3 years of my life have been the happiest and fullest of my life. For all of you out there who are not as fortunate as I to actually live with Katie and be with her every day, I will share here just 10 (of countless) things I love about her.

1. Katie has a great deal of charity.
2. She doesn't back away from a challenge, even when very hard or daunting (for example, writing a thesis, having a baby, learning to manage PKU, defending a thesis, graduating, moving away from all family and friends... all within a 5 month period).
3. She is a wonderful cook (and has been marvelously successful at learning to cook all over again to care for Charlie with his PKU).
4. She has a love for all of God's creatures, great and small.
5. She is a wonderful mother and always wanted to be such.
6. She knows how to have fun (just look at the photos!).
7. She is very bright and conversations with her are always engaging.
8. She is a wonderful writer, as so many of you are privy to by reading her blog.
9. She supports me in my goals and aspirations, lending me strength when I feel I don't have any left.
10. She is my soul-mate, my helpmeet, my beloved, the mother of my child, my wife, and my best friend.
Katie, for these reasons and so many more, I love you. I am so grateful to have you by my side, holding my hand as we walk through this life and, one day, into eternity together. Thank you, for loving me.

Your loving husband,


Bonnie Merrill said...

When I read today's entry I cried! Two reasons: 1) Keith I am so pleased that you would put this together to celebrate Katie and share it with all the rest of us. I love you son, and am so grateful for the privilege of being your mother! 2) I am soooo grateful to have Katie in our family! Happy Birthday Katie! We love you and appreciate the gift that you give us EVERY TIME you make entries in this blog! You are awesome! Love and Laughter, Bonnie (aka, Mom, Mom Merrill, Granny B)

Deb said...

Happy Birthday Katie! I'm so glad that Keith hijacked your blog, because you are just as awesome as he says! I hope your day is marvelous and full of beautiful adventures! Love you!

Whitney Hardie said...

Yes, I agree with all of this! Katie is simply amazing.

I would like to add that she has a miraculous gift for listening and empathizing. I think I've never met a heart as genuine as Katie's. What a treasure of a friend. Happy Birthday dear one.

Sarah said...

I'm crying too! I should have known better than to check Katie's blog at work, but it is a temptation I often give in to! Happy Birthday Katie! I too love your tenacity, spirit, and enormous heart.

Liz said...

Ditto to Sarah's comment about checking the blog at work :) Totally made my day though. Happy birthday to my sweet sister and wonderful friend. I think you are an amazing lady and there isn't anything life hands you that you couldn't make lemonade out of. Love you!

Marti Temus said...

What sweet friends, sisters, and mother! Unlike the rest of you, I didn't think to check HER blog on HER Birthday. Thank you Keith for being the great husband and friend you are to our precious daughter. I told her that I know God is a God of wisdom and love, because he sent her to our home. I am so grateful to Him for the gift and to her for being all that she is to me.

Spring said...

Happy late birthday Katie!! You truly are just awesome!! Hope you had a wonderful day, but I'm betting with a great husband like Keith and such an adorable little boy like Charlie you did!

branches 'n' twigs said...

Ha ha tears all around. What a fun treat to have Keith hijack your blog! We're glad you had a sweet birthday and send all our love and hugs.