Today is a significant one in the Chou Household — Eric turns 30!
We’re celebrating with a quiet, beef bulgogi- and cupcake-filled evening at home (which is typically how we prefer to spend birthdays. Neither of us is much of a planner…or a partyer!)
I’ve been thinking a lot today about my hubby — “Baba” to our children — and once again, I’m filled with thankfulness and joy in the fact that God ordained our relationship and our family. I’m constantly amazed by how much Eric and I complement one another. Our differences are comical at times, and yet I’ve learned so much from him.
I’ve learned that laughter is some of the best medicine.
I’ve learned that a big plate of prime rib and mashed potatoes with gravy is worth a thousand words.
I’ve learned that you get what you pay for. Case in point: we went through five cheap vacuum cleaners in six years. (Long-haired dogs are vacuum killers!) Finally, earlier this year, I agreed to what Eric has suggested all along — investing in a well-built, hard-working Dyson. I’m wishing we would have done this five vacuums ago!
I’ve learned that not being real and honest about my struggles with sin will get me nowhere, fast.
I’ve learned how to shoot a gun. And hit the target. (Well, at least some of the time.)
I’ve learned that there’s much, much, much more to enjoy in the music world beyond just Switchfoot, James Taylor, and David Crowder.
I’ve learned that it takes a lot of practice and skill (and the right type of treble hook) to be a good fisherman.
I’ve learned that a clean house is not as important as a happy family.
I’ve learned that a flashlight and a pocketknife are everyday essentials.
I’ve learned that it’s worth driving hours for good dim sum and Vietnamese noodles.
I’ve learned that, often, time is all that’s needed to heal a wound.
I’ve learned that establishing God-given parental authority with the kids at an early age is essential to training them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
I’ve learned that God has been gracious to me; I am incredibly blessed to be married to Eric, and I wouldn’t trade my life with him for ANYTHING.
Happy birthday, babe. I LOVE YOU!