Sunday, August 24, 2008

Happy Birthday Lindsey!

It's Your 29th Birthday so...
Here's 29 Things I Love About Lindsey!
1. I love your compassion for people.
2. I love your honesty.
3. I love your zeal for life.
4. I love your heart for Guatemala.
5. I love your dancing skills.
6. I love how you listen.
7. I love how you exemplify God's grace.
8. I love how generous you are.
9. I love your gift of hospitality.
10. I love your patience.
11. I love how persevering you are.
12. I love your willingness to sacrifice your comforts.
13. I love your decorating skills.
14. I love your fashion sense.
15. I love your sincerity.
16. I love your since of right and wrong.
17. I love your love of justice.
18. I love your passion for the things of God.
19. I love the way you pray.
20. I love your selfless desire to serve others.
21. I love your heart for the poor.
22. I love your sass and your spunk.
23. I love your bargain hunting.
24. I love your hobby of "star watching."
25. I love how you mother Eliana.
26. I love your capacity to forgive.
27. I love your creativity.
28. I love how you give such thought filled gifts.
29. I love your free spirit.

I love you more than you'll ever know! You're my best friend and hero. I have no idea how I made it 24 years without you in my life! You taught me about grace and God's unconditional love. If it weren't for you I'd still be a legalistic self-righteous prideful fool.

I love how you love people. You care for those around you so deeply. I'm always so excited for new people to meet you because I get to watch them discover how amazing you are all over again!

There is no one on the planet like you! I hope with all my heart that Eliana grows up to be just exactly like you!

I so deeply wish I could be there with you today to celebrate your birthday, but know that I am praying for you all day here in Franklin!

Happy Birthday Baby!


Anonymous said...

chris this is precious. happy birthday sweet sister! i love you and miss you and eliana so much!!!

Tia Leah

Christina said...

Happy Birthday Lindsey. Hope you have a great day.

Rachel said...

HaPpY birthday wish for you is that you will be home super quick where you and Eliana belong!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Lindsey! Hope your day is amazing!

Gina & Rudy

Zack & Paige said...


Happy Birthday my friend! I miss you and celebrate your life today. I admire you so much and can't wait to party with you so soon.

Love, Paige

Anna said...

Happy Birthday Lindsey!!!

And this post is just SO sweet Chris!!!

Have a really special day,


(Polly Esther is a real 'party animal' hehe! Love her little outfit)

Dawn said...

dawn and crew

Laurie said...

Feliz Cumpleanos Lindsey! Hope you had a great day!

Pattie M said...

Happy Birthday Lindsey!! You husband is just too sweet!!! Praying for your family to be together again very soon!!!

Kelsey Lantz said...

wow I wish I could still be there and we would celebrate and go to POPS :( but since I'm not...I guess its gonna be a happy birthday over internet HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!! I love you and am praying for you! I miss you more than words can describe...give my little peanut a kiss for me.

BEGT said...

Feliz cumpleaƱos!!!

Lee Anne and John said...

Oh how that made me smile! Lindsey HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Chris, that video was so sweet, just love your doggie! I hope you have a wonderful day Lindsey.
Lee Anne

Pineapple Princess said...

Happy birthday, Lindsey! God bless you SO much this year!!!


Kay Daniels said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LINDSEY!!! I hope you feel so loved all day long. I cried my eyes out reading the blog and video by Chris. Wow, with such an amazing husband and such a precious baby girl, who needs balloons, streamers and an orange danish '29' for her birthday?? (Well, I know you do....:)) I am so glad for this day......the day God blessed my life with you! I love and celebrate you today.

Love, Mom

Jason and Lindsay Swain said...

Happy Birthday Lindsey! Praying for you and your family today. Chris, watching that video of you makes me wish I was still seeing you on a daily basis. You have such a gift to bring laughter and joy.


Katie said...

Happy Birthday, Linds!!!!!!!

Lainie said...

That's such a beautiful tribute, Chris! Happy Birthday, Sweet Lindsey. We love you! We're praying for you and Eliana to come home very soon! Celebrate the gift of Lindsey today.

Lainie, Dane, Laurie, & Michael

Amy Clemons said...

Happy Birthday Lindsey. You have an amazing hubby who loves you to death and it is so apparent in everything he writes about you. You are one lucky girl to have a man who loves you so unconditionally and to have a supportive, caring family and one very beautiful daughter. Best wishes on this special day.

jennifer said...

OK, you must be the sweetest (and funniest) husband ever! I don't comment much, but have been keeping up with your journey to your precious daugher. I am praying your family will be together soon.

Happy Birthday Lindsey!

The Heinrichs said...


Mary Helen Wheeler said...

Happy Birthday Lindsey!

We can't top Chris and Polly but
we do wish you the happiest birthday ever!

We are so grateful that God brought you to Chris so you could be our daughter!

Love and Hugs and songs,
Mary Helen and John

KayKay said...

Happy Birthday, Lindsey! Love that post, Chris!We're praying for a swift homecoming!

Anonymous said...

Lindsay, I hope that despite your being our of the States and without your hubby (who obviously has a huge crush on you!!!) that you and Eliana have a wonderful birthday together. She probably doesn't know its your birthday, but I'm sure it will mean a lot to her one day that you spent your birthday being in Guatemala with her!!
Be blessed today, and know that you are loved and missed here.
Happy Birthday!!!! ;)

Bill and Melodie said...

Happy Birthday Lindsey! How are you celebrating today? Mono Loco? Hotel Antigua? Pops? Walking yourself slim? Having a special drink? Sorry we misse dyour b'day, next year we will have to get together to celbrate the BIG 30 together! Love and miss you and Eliana!

Melodie, Fern & Rosa

Amanda said...


I hope you are having a great day!! I pray that you feel close to the ones you miss today. I pray that Eliana is EXTRA loving and cuddly today. I pray that you receive an extra special gift from God today! Love you!!!

GND said...

Happy birthday
Love dad

Jocelyn said...

Happy Birthday Lindsey!! I hope you have a wonderful day with your sweet girl!!

The gFamily said...

Happy Birthday Lindsey!! I hope you had such a fun day with Eliana on your birthday! I am praying, praying, praying for you and Eliana to come home very soon!!!

The Velvet Trunk said...

Happy Birthday girlie!! Hope you are simply overwhelmed with lots of hugs and love today!! :)

Anonymous said...

grace and i tried and tried to call you tonight to wish you a happy birthday! we couldn't get our phone to go through with the number that Chris gave us....bummer! we miss you soooooo much! we hope that you had a fabulous day with your sweet lil angel on your hip, and your(oh so fabulous, unbelievably sentimental)husband. I'm still praying for you my sweet friend.our friend (that prayed over you at your work) is meeting with a birthmom on friday...pray, pray, pray!

Bobbi said...

Happy Birhday, Lindsey!!

What a great birthday wish, Chris!!

Amanda said...

Happy Birthday again Lindsey!!!! Love you!!!

Gwen Oatsvall said...

happy bday ... i have been praying here ... hoping you get back to the front of the line soon !!! Emily Alexander is in Ethiopia getting their sweet boy today !!!!

Hannah said...

Happy Birthday!! What a great post from your best friend. I pray you have a special day with your sweet baby girl!!


Kathi said...

I'm sorry I'm a day late, but I hope you had a fantastic birthday

Anonymous said...

Precious words, Chris. Wonderful tribute to a beautiful woman. Happy Birthday, Lindsey!! Can't wait to see you & sweet girl. Praying you out of RENAP this week. :) Love, Suzanne

Debbie said...

This is so sweet!!!

Happy Birthday Lyndsay!!!


Tracey said...

Happy birthday!!! Please post soon, I miss hearing about your Guate adventures:)

Jess said...

Happy (late) Birthday Lindsey!!

jajbs said...

Dude...come on, was all that REALLY necessary!!! Judging from my wife's response to your birthday wish, you might want to get a paramedic to go check on Lindsey!!! Thanks for messing me up REAL bad!!! Just kidding, seriously though, that has got to be the coolest Happy Birthday I've ever seen. Happy Birthday Lindsey!!!

Jeff (Amanda's husband)

kristin said...

awh! what a sweet post... happy birthday, lindsey!!

Kim said...

I've been following your blog for a while. I'm a friend of Gwen. =)
I love what you did for your wife! That was so precious! The video made me laugh and tear up. Happy Birthday Lindsey. I am praying that God will bring you and your beautiful little girl home very soon to your special husband/daddy.

The Hollemans - Chloe's Journey said...

Happy Late Birthday Lindsey! Very precious words from your husband. You seem like a great couple. We cannot wait to meet you guys when you get back home.
The Hollemans

PS I LOVE reading your blogs. It really does encourage me.