celebrating my fella.

d_littlethis picture melts my heart. instantly!

it has since the very first time i spotted it at dustin’s house when i visited. those happy eyes & his precious smile; his collared shirt & khaki pants; his crossed ankles zeroing my eyes in on his sweet little boots. those boots! truly, that handsome little fella sends me into adorable overload every time.

today, that handsome little fella, who grew to be a very handsome no-so-little, strapping, wonderful man, had a birthday. and i got to celebrate him all day long!! :o)

we started our day together by meeting for breakfast at sunstreet breads. we weren’t planning on seeing each other again until dinner, but he ended up staying downtown between his internship & dinner, so he stopped by the office so i could give him a computer cord. a mid-day hello & quick visit was a fun surprise, and the next few hours breezed by!

the one hiccup of the day was when i left the office to head to the blue door pub (the new location in the longfellow neighborhood) and my phone died — not long after i had left the office and juuust after i got myself lost. in my attention to day’s end work tasks & making sure i had his gifts, i completely ignored my phone’s red, diminishing battery icon. and the message that my smarter-than-me phone popped on my screen as it warned me about what was going to happen.

it was panic-enducing & nerve-wracking, but it all worked out (of course), and my patient-as-a-saint fella greeted me with a smile, a hug & kiss, and his ever-calming presence. it may have helped that he had a new beer list & enticing burger menu to mull over at our new-to-us dinner locale. but, honestly, he would have been just as calm & sweet if we had been meeting at a mall or a flower shop or anywhere…that’s just who he is.

we had insanely good burgers & beer, hit up sebastian joe’s in linden hills for dessert, & came back to mary’s to watch the wild/stars hockey game. it was a simple, fun, true-to-us day enjoying the simple joy of leisurely time together to connect & celebrate.

for the past few weeks, i’ve been “writing” this post in my head, wanting to capture all of the sweet things dustin has done and those that i have been reminded of. as the first few days of the first week passed, it quickly became quite clear that i’d never be able to capture everything; he truly is so kind & thoughtful. but a good account of things he’s done & just a tiny glimpse into why i love this man madly are:

— watching him play with, comfort, & read stories to a room full of one & a half to two year olds this weekend at church.

— two weeks ago, we were doing some organizing. boxes & piles were scattered everywhere, and we were both a little tired. i started to ask dustin, “can i…” but lost my train of thought mid-sentence. i started the question again, but it didn’t help my memory. he looked at me, without missing a beat or letting even an extra 5 seconds pass, and answered, “i’m not sure what the question is either, babe, but whatever you need, the answer is yes.” {swooning all over again…}

— we spent almost all day saturday registering (neither of us expected it would take so long…), and he was joyful about & engaged in it the entire time. he was even willing to hit up another place on sunday!

— he always, always carries bags: grocery bags, my computer bag, shopping bags… it still floors me every time he reaches to take a bag from or for me.

— seeing his nieces in his smile, his actions, his silliness, & of course his dance moves; reflecting on the time – playing, reading, listening – that he is intentional about spending with them.

— he opens doors for me – building, house, car… (another thing i’m getting used to…i still have to remind myself not to not open them myself ;o)

the list goes on & on. truly, the pleasure was all mine today as i got to celebrate the man i love more than i will ever be able to put into words. but i’ll try for all of my days to find the words & the ways anyway.

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celebrating my fella

d_littlethis picture melts my heart. instantly!

it has since the very first time i spotted it at dustin’s house when i visited. those happy eyes & his precious smile; his collared shirt & khaki pants; his crossed ankles zeroing my eyes in on his sweet little boots. those boots! truly, that handsome little fella sends me into adorable overload every time.

today, that handsome little fella, who grew to be a very handsome no-so-little, strapping, wonderful man, had a birthday. and i got to celebrate him all day long!! :o)

we started our day together by meeting for breakfast at sunstreet breads. we weren’t planning on seeing each other again until dinner, but he ended up staying downtown between his internship & dinner, so he stopped by the office so i could give him a computer cord. a mid-day hello & quick visit was a fun surprise, and the next few hours breezed by!

the one hiccup of the day was when i left the office to head to the blue door pub (the new location in the longfellow neighborhood) and my phone died — not long after i had left the office and juuust after i got myself lost. in my attention to day’s end work tasks & making sure i had his gifts, i completely ignored my phone’s red, diminishing battery icon. and the message that my smarter-than-me phone popped on my screen as it warned me about what was going to happen.

it was panic-enducing & nerve-wracking, but it all worked out (of course), and my patient-as-a-saint fella greeted me with a smile, a hug & kiss, and his ever-calming presence. it may have helped that he had a new beer list & enticing burger menu to mull over at our new-to-us dinner locale. but, honestly, he would have been just as calm & sweet if we had been meeting at a mall or a flower shop or anywhere…that’s just who he is.

we had insanely good burgers & beer, hit up sebastian joe’s in linden hills for dessert, & came back to mary’s to watch the wild/stars hockey game. it was a simple, fun, true-to-us day enjoying the simple joy of leisurely time together to connect & celebrate.

for the past few weeks, i’ve been “writing” this post in my head, wanting to capture all of the sweet things dustin has done and those that i have been reminded of. as the first few days of the first week passed, it quickly became quite clear that i’d never be able to capture everything; he truly is so kind & thoughtful. but a good account of things he’s done & just a tiny glimpse into why i love this man madly are:

— watching him play with, comfort, & read stories to a room full of one & a half to two year olds this weekend at church.

— two weeks ago, we were doing some organizing. boxes & piles were scattered everywhere, and we were both a little tired. i started to ask dustin, “can i…” but lost my train of thought mid-sentence. i started the question again, but it didn’t help my memory. he looked at me, without missing a beat or letting even an extra 5 seconds pass, and answered, “i’m not sure what the question is either, babe, but whatever you need, the answer is yes.” {swooning all over again…}

— we spent almost all day saturday registering (neither of us expected it would take so long…), and he was joyful about & engaged in it the entire time. he was even willing to hit up another place on sunday!

— he always, always carries bags: grocery bags, my computer bag, shopping bags… it still floors me every time he reaches to take a bag from or for me.

— seeing his nieces in his smile, his actions, his silliness, & of course his dance moves; reflecting on the time – playing, reading, listening – that he is intentional about spending with them.

— he opens doors for me – building, house, car… (another thing i’m getting used to…i still have to remind myself not to not open them myself ;o)

the list goes on & on. truly, the pleasure was all mine today as i got to celebrate the man i love more than i will ever be able to put into words. but i’ll try for all of my days to find the words & the ways anyway.

4 months.

photo by betsy wall photography, font added by moi

photo by betsy wall photography, font added by moi

in 4 short months – or 120 sleeps (my preferred way of counting down to exciting happenings), i will be a crawford. a mrs. a wife! just typing the word sets the butterflies a-fluttering.

actually, i will have been for about 24 hours by now. but who’s counting? HA!

i’m relatively confident these next 4 months have the propensity to both fly by and eek along at snail-speed. which is actually a good thing. i’m in that place of wanting time to slow down so we can soak this time up, be present, and enjoy all of “this,” knowing that it will never come again…and just plain wanting to get there already.

over all the years of waiting for my husband, the phrase i heard whispered over & over again was: he will be worth the wait. i would return to the verse that continues to speak the most deeply into my spirit, letting the words deepen, and strengthen, and renew my faith & hope: now faith is being sure of what we hope for & certain of what we do not see {hebrews 11:1}. i would re-read the document i created in 2010 titled, “wait,” that lists the characteristics of the husband God created for me that was worth waiting for.

God overwhelmed me the day that dustin came into my life in a way i know i will never, never be able to describe adequately. and He didn’t stop there. this man that i get to marry has every characteristic a woman could ever hope for and so much more. he loves me in ways i never, never imagined i could or would be, and through his love, i am reminded daily that he is the tangible extension of God’s love for me.

my cup runneth over…

4 months

photo by betsy wall photography, font added by moi

photo by betsy wall photography, font added by moi

in 4 short months – or 120 sleeps (my preferred way of counting down to exciting happenings), i will be a crawford. a mrs. a wife! just typing the word sets the butterflies a-fluttering.

actually, i will have been for about 24 hours by now. but who’s counting? HA!

i’m relatively confident these next 4 months have the propensity to both fly by and eek along at snail-speed. which is actually a good thing. i’m in that place of wanting time to slow down so we can soak this time up, be present, and enjoy all of “this,” knowing that it will never come again…and just plain wanting to get there already.

over all the years of waiting for my husband, the phrase i heard whispered over & over again was: he will be worth the wait. i would return to the verse that continues to speak the most deeply into my spirit, letting the words deepen, and strengthen, and renew my faith & hope: now faith is being sure of what we hope for & certain of what we do not see {hebrews 11:1}. i would re-read the document i created in 2010 titled, “wait,” that lists the characteristics of the husband God created for me that was worth waiting for.

God overwhelmed me the day that dustin came into my life in a way i know i will never, never be able to describe adequately. and He didn’t stop there. this man that i get to marry has every characteristic a woman could ever hope for and so much more. he loves me in ways i never, never imagined i could or would be, and through his love, i am reminded daily that he is the tangible extension of God’s love for me.

my cup runneth over…

10 things: 02.2013.

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  1. i can count the number of months until our wedding on one hand. eeek! my heart beats faster just thinking about it…
  2. i get to read an advance copy of bread & wine! (!!!) and it ARRIVED! i can’t wait to read it this weekend. post coming soon.
  3. these pepper jack stuffed pretzel bites. oh! my! goodness! insanely good.
  4. JT’s performance at the grammys – woah!
  5. i love ellen. the dancing, clumbsy thumbsy, the practical jokes. and then she went & had kindness week. major happy tears.
  6. bob goff’s twitter & facebook posts regularly change the course of my day, thoughts, & prayers. two of the most recent:
    :: Jesus won’t try to speak over the noise in our lives; love whispers so we won’t be confused about who’s doing the talking.
    :: Every time we love people extravagantly we answer one more question the world has about God’s character.
  7. i stumbled upon the influence network. i can’t wait to dig in & learn more!
  8. the later sunsets & longer days of daylight are such a wonderful a treat!!
  9. loving these posts: brave moms raise brave kids (jen hatmaker) & how to be a better lover (ann voskamp)
  10. this video about brothers connor & cayden long, the bond that they have, & the way connor looks out for his brother leaves me speechless, soggy from tears, & gives me hope for raising our kids one day: