dear mr. mays,
Happy day 614 of marriage! 🙂 Most people write letters like this on anniversaries or birthdays, but I decided that EVERY day with you is worth celebrating. So why not write you a letter today?
Marrying you was the best decision of my life. That is NOT saying that the last 614 days have been perfect. There have definitely been days when we’ve argued, when we miscommunicated and when we’ve hurt each other. There have been days when we question why life seems so hard or why certain things have happened to us. But even through the hard times, I’m glad that we’re on the same team.
My love, I so appreciate you. You come home at the end of the day and listen to a rundown of all the blogs, articles and books I’ve read that day and you actually engage in conversations about them. Thank you for encouraging me and enabling me to get involved as a Key Spouse in the Air Force including helping me make and deliver the meals. You are gracious and kind and you are an example of selflessness. Sometimes you surprise me at how well you know me – it shows that you care to see me thrive, not simply survive. You’re a wonderful father to baby Hadden too and watching you two together makes me exceedingly happy.
can’t wait to see what the next 614 days together hold!
miss glorioso (-mays)
A staff member at our university used to quote one of his professors and tell us that when Christ returns, the only things He will take with Him are God’s Word and God’s people – so we should invest our lives into those things. In that spirit, as I have been ruminating on this holiday, I am reminded of the things for which I am most grateful.
In addition to my many spiritual blessings (which really are the most important), the main things I am thanking Jesus for are these two. I am humbled and awed by the blessings that they’ve been in my life thus far. I am undeserving of such grace.
(also thankful for my parents and siblings today and missing all of you very much! go rock that turkey trot!)
…to have a late-night texting conversation with a sister.
Mr. Mays sleeps peacefully next to me as I wait for my phone to light up with a new message. Here I am laying in bed late, late at night talking with littlest sister who is miles away from me.
And while we’re talking about nice things, I decided today that I am so deliriously blessed to have a circle of support. In other words, that I have two loving and caring parents and five incredible siblings (not to mention a pretty great brother-in-law and niece) and to top it all off, I have a few close friends who inspire me in hard times (mostly by how they have dealt with hard things in their own lives).
When I was so utterly frustrated with life’s circumstances today, I called up mi madre and had a good long chat (well, mostly I talked and she listened very patiently). And I was reminded to not take her (or any of these people) for granted. I am eternally grateful for the way that these people have cared about my life. On the days when life is confusing and maddening and I wonder again what God is doing, it is nice to remember that sometimes He works by bringing us encouragement and support through other people. And that these people, my circle of support, care infinitely about both Caleb and I (and our soon-to-be little one) and are willing to do whatever to support us. Some days I feel God’s love and experience His grace through other people and these family/friends of mine are some of those who do it best.
Isn’t it wonderful that (in addition to giving us the Holy Spirit) He gives us people to make the road easier? In the words of Sara Groves, life with others supporting you is “half as hard and twice as good”.
And to littlest sister (who ever-so-sweetly responded to my thanks by simply saying “that’s what sisters do!”)… you made my night. let’s be sisters always, okay? i think i’d like to keep you….
(I look completely cheesy in this picture, but that’s because I was so happy!! Thankfully the rest of my family makes up for me 😉