We have a tradition a wonderful tradition in our home (although, I think I might enjoy it more than Will does) Birthday Week.
That’s right, for a whole week we get to celebrate how happy we are that the other person was born! It’s nothing fancy, just a little something intentional each day. The hard thing is always deciding if it’s going to be 7 days leading up to our birthday, 7 days following out birthday, or just the 7 day calendar week of our birthday. This year for Will we did the 7 days leading up to his birthday. It was full of sweet – sweet food, sweet moments, sweet notes, and sweet memories.
I love this tradition so much for various reasons. I love the reminder to be intentional with each other and to notice the things that we do for each other. Sometimes birthday week moments are nothing abnormal (like sonic happy hour), but those normal-ish ways that we cherish each other can become expected and overlooked if we aren’t careful.
I am grateful for the space that birthday week creates to invest in the things that are important to each other and the things each other enjoys.
Birthday week also refreshes your mind and emotions. Being intentional brings to mind all of the reasons why you love that person. In the case of it being your spouse’s birthday, it reminds you why you chose to spend the rest of your life with them and why you choose that again every morning when you wake up and every night when you go to bed. It reminds you why you are grateful for them, what they do that makes you laugh, how they show you love and grateful you are for it. I even learned something new this birthday week – I really appreciate it when Will makes the bed all nice in the morning. Who knew I would be grateful for that? But Birthday week created that change of normal pace necessary to realize something like that.
I have to say that I couldn’t have been blessed with a better husband. I know he doesn’t think he deserves such high praises, and that’s part of why he is great. I have had the privilege of being part of his life for 4 years now. And every year he grows and changes in some way. This year I have seen how dedicated he is to our marriage and to me. I have experienced extreme support from him in the form of help with my homework, staying up late while I finish a test, standing up for me, bringing out the best in me, showing me so much grace when my short temper flairs up, making dinner or doing the dishes so I have time to train for a marathon, relax or just because.
In this last year I also got to watch him truly embrace being the provider as his hard work and godly character have quickly taken him from part time newby at Home Depot to full-time head of the flooring department, in how he helped find a great deal on the perfect home, and through his willingness to work hard on and off the clock to provide finances, memories, and great space to live our lives.