Mark, Mark, Mark… you’re turning thirty today – where has the time gone? I remember that high school boy that I first caught watching me in the tent at Beulah Beach like it was yesterday. He was cute and funny, able to talk but didn’t talk too much, and a complete mystery to me. You’re still mostly a mystery to me even though we’ve liked each other for 13 years, have officially dated for 11 years, and have been married for 8 years. I don’t get how you’re so content to be a servant leader. I don’t get how you love interruptions in your day. I don’t get how you can be so present with a person when you have so much to do. I don’t get how you stay so calm and so loving when I start to spin out of control and allow anxiety to gain ground.
When I see you for who you are, I realize that you are a refreshing one to a person who seeks to be a refreshing one. You hug me long when I need it. You sit on the couch and talk face-to-face when I need to get things off my chest. You love each of our kids individually and greatly. You daily put your needs behind mine – like all the times that you get up with the kids at night and allow me to keep sleeping. You save us so much money by all your tinkering.
You are truly a blessing to me, one that I so often take for granted and I want you to know I am so unbelievably grateful to have you in every single day of my life. Whenever I start to take you for granted I allow myself to imagine life without you for only a few moments and it doesn’t take long to know that I never want to experience that. I am grateful for how you lead the boys in devotions and prayer each night before bed. I am grateful for how you have learned amidst all things to stop and have us pray. I am grateful for how you seek to get better each day and allow God to work in your heart and life. I am grateful you chose me!
I can’t wait to see where your next thirty years will take you and to be by your side through it all. You will always be my Mark Allen Wiggins, the one that I love and cherish. Have an absolutely happy birthday, bud.
Love always & forever,
P.S. I still think you’re old ;)
P.S.S. I'm so grateful my brother, Josiah, took these photos to be lifelong memories that show the specialness of each of our relationship with you and one another -- a true testament to how you lead this family <3
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