A Birthday Tribute to My Husband

It’s the Husband’s Birthday (…and mine). But this post is about him!

Those of you who know my husband know he’s a special breed. He is kind and compassionate. Sensitive and strong. I feel like I hit the jackpot in the husband department, I’ve never met another guy like Ryan. We can all say nice things & buy great cards, but I wanted to publicly acknowledge my thankfulness for him on his birthday, so here it goes.


To Ryan, my love.

The one I fell in love with, braces and all.

From the first time I saw you, you intrigued me. Your spirit lights up a room and your presence fills everyone around you with joy (and most often laughter).

You are kind and loving, but so much more than just a “good person”. You take kindness to a new level. You go out of your way to help people, even when it’s not convenient for you.

You love like Jesus.

You don’t believe living like Jesus is convenient. You know it’s messy and uncomfortable- and you are ok with that. You amaze me, the way you want to be like Jesus. You study his ways, but don’t let the words stay on the pages. Instead, the red letters are lived out in your life. You’ve fasted, prayed, taught, baptized, and proclaimed like Jesus did. You carry the spirit of Jesus with you. His love pours out of you, you are his hands and feet! You also do crazy things like Jesus did. You call out injustices, lived homeless, broke bread with lepers, and wash the feet of your neighbors.

You are devoted to your family. You are the most selfless sibling and humble son. You cherish family time and value each family member.

You don’t ever expect anything from anyone, yet you always give everyone all you have.

You’ve devoted your life to meaningful service.

You’ve impacted so many people over the years.  Whether you were building a deck, patching a roof, or playing djembe—you always served others well. At AO, ASP, Carson Newman, Mercer and beyond,  you’ve shown that servant hood is a lifestyle. You always strive to implement a humble heart and serving attitude into your professional life and you’ve succeeded. You have shown those around you that you don’t have to be a minister in a church to be a Christian leader (although you’re a great pastor). Living life reflecting Christ’s teachings has fulfilled you, no matter your career. As our lives shift and career paths change, I know your character and servant’s heart remain.

To quote our vows from almost 4 years ago:

I love what I know of you, and trust what I do not yet know. I eagerly anticipate the chance to grow together, getting to know the man you are and are becoming, and falling in love a little more every day.”

I meant those words then and I mean them now. I love you Ryan. And I’m eager to experience the adventure that awaits.



Michelle Lea Photographie

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