*Getting up 7 times in the night with the baby when she's sick. Several nights in a row.
*Letting me squeeze your hand in the night when the pain is so bad I can't stand it.
*Getting up and going to work in the morning when you haven't had good sleep in 4 nights.
*Forgiving when you're both so overwhelmed and tired that you start snapping at each other.
*Falling asleep holding hands when you're too tired to say another word.
*Carrying your wife up the stairs when she can't walk.
*Laughing when the only other choice is crying.
*The glue that binds you through sickness and health, richness and poorness, happy times and bad times.
*Commitment to stick by your side and do the right thing even when it's the last thing you want to do.
*Setting aside your pride and saying "I'm Sorry" first.
*Putting up with you even when you look like this:
*Trying every single day to become more like Jesus, the ultimate example of Love.
*Never-ending. Beautiful. Selfless. Life-Changing.
Love is YOU, Ben Thomas. I'm sorry I can't make this a special day for you or even an easy day but I can tell you what's in my heart. The heart that belongs to you. Happy Birthday.
"Rising above wordly standards;
Choosing to obey our Master.
Laying down your life;
Forgiving and encouraging.
Smiling and learning to laugh;
Romancing and celebrating.
Giving without expectations;
Being content, sacrificing.
Believing, praying, loving,
Because He first loved us."