25 years.

this man I’ve now been married to for 596 days is now 25 years old {& counting}.
a 1991 quarter
a membership to our local COMMUNITY SUPPORTED BREWING  ( yep, if your thinking ‘is that like a CSA but for beer?’ yes yes it is) 
a surprise party complete with loved ones present and piñatas 
These were some of the sweet ways Greg was celebrated as he stepped full force into the 25th year!
– but of course i have to celebrate you now through writing. just a thing or 25 or two of a handful of things I adore about you- 
you are 1 of the most loyal people I know 
your 2 types of laughter ( hearty & high pitched)

3 year old Greg loved PB & J even while potty training 

4 a novice brewer you sure are talented

5 million times I’ll say or do the wrong or annoying or hurtful thing, & 50 million times more you’ll lovingly tell my why that’s a no go & forgive me 
being 6 feet Five inches isn’t TOO tall, it’s just more to love 

7 years ago we met & I hadn’t a clue, but you did.
you’ve probably 8 your weight in chocolate cake with peanut butter icing 
9” you’re inclined to say to anything out of your comfort zone , but you’ve grown you’re daring…you bravely get out of that comfort zone and you thrive !
that smirk of yours is a perfect 10
11 days spent in my parents motherland, you met with excitement lovingkindness & left with so much compassion and understanding.
12 months in a year & in each one your focused and driven. Despite the different seasons that cross our paths and what we’re met with each month I know you’re paying attention, 365 days of the year ( or in this case 366 )I can rely on you 
13 year old Greg may not have been this way but you’re commitment to hygiene is so attractive . It shows me you value yourself by taking care of that temple God gave you by keeping it clean & don’t get me started on that Calvin Klein cologne you wear!
14 different countries I’ve been to & you make sure we explore more together , thank you for loving me so well by encouraging my love for travel 
15,000 different rock and roll songs ( probably much more that that huh shows how much I know) and you know them all by name artist and release date. You’re a fountain of knowledge, detail oriented and excel in getting stuff done .
you loved every part of hearing about my sweet 16, but the best part was you didn’t make fun of but you actually enjoyed the sound of my voice singing to Jesus 
* although I must say hearing YOU sing is one of my favorite things * 
1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed, you’re my history buff & I love being taught by you. You make a great historian because you’re an incredible story teller.
18 years old you were when you got your first tattoo ” when the stars begin to fall” you say it’s because it brings back sweet memories of going to ABR concerts and that those lyrics were your all time favorite. When I see your tattoos I’m reminded that as much of a planner you are ( which I love ) you’re also sentimental  & treasure sweet memories with people you love . You treasure good memories with great people and have no regrets for tattoos, thank you . It teaches me to not take decisions like what to order at a restaurant so seriously.
1991 you were born. I know you had no control over that , but thankful for that year & that you’re here.
20/20 vision. I envy it. I admire it. Our kids stand a chance. #thisisnotanannouncement
210 south prince has become more than just your work place , but where your worldview has expanded. You are growing their both as a professional and a follower of Jesus as you learn to continually believe in and fight for people as Jesus would.
at 22 years old you & I got to graduate college together where we met, CUM LAUDE! The beginning of many accomplishments together. Thanks for being brilliant and encouraging me in that final stretch of FINALS.
at 23 you committed to us by choosing in to I DO every day
24 puppies wouldn’t be enough for you, because you are gentle& carinhoso, you have so much love to give , you’re a big sap ( hope you don’t mind me putting your secret out ) I LOVE the way you take care of & care so much for the humans ( and obvi animals EVEN CATS ) in your life so much 
25 years of life Jesus gave you so far, and you love HIM. I always say you’re not a cookie cutter Christian, but you’re real Greg . That’s probably my favorite thing about you , you are authentic in this world full of facades you’re angry when you’re angry annoyed when you’re annoyed and loving always. You remind me of Jesus because of your authenticity.
Te amo morzinho 
My prayer is that with each passing day you would enjoy all these aspects that make you you.
That you would discover more of what you love who you are and believe in yourself the way Jesus does.
Proud to be your esposa?

Post Author: Thressa Irving

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