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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Happy Birthday Christine!

I'd just like to let it be known, I really hit the jackpot when I married Matt. Not just because of the amazing man he is, but because of the truly wonderful family of which I became a part. And when it comes to in-laws, (whom I would have accepted regardless, since I was so enamored with their son) I couldn't have done better.

In honor of her birthday (a week ago now), I'd love to share just a bit about what I love most about Christine Harms, my dear mother-in-love.

Mom, thanks for truly blessing Matt and I to be our own couple. I've never felt that I had to earn your approval or win your love. When I married Matt, you were part of the package. A cheerleader, supporter, encourager, wise counselor, and godly role model. Thank you for praying for us, and telling us so. Thank you for carrying our burdens in your heart, following our highs and lows without offering too much advice and yet always being ready with a word of support, love and blessing. Thank you for buying us green things, and not being offended (or showing it) when in my distractedness I let them die. Thank you for cleaning our SF apartment top to bottom so it would be spic and span for the new tenants.

Thank you for celebrating each of our daughters and loving us by loving them. Thank you for the countless hours you spent in Elizabeth's hospital room, not crowding me out, but available when I needed you. Thanks for driving up to the city to give me a break once a week...I miss our Mondays! Thank you for affirming me as a mom and wife, building me up reminding me of the really important things. Thank you for making such an effort to KNOW your grand-daughters and prioritizing trips to see us.

You are a wonderful example of a Titus 2 Woman...godly, gracious and wise. I am so thankful to have you in my life. I love you!

Love, Sara

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