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It feels really surreal to be writing this. I think it’s easier for couples who met each other in the mid-twenties to celebrate BIG birthdays. It’s not weird to celebrate your spouse turning 30 when you met him/her at age 24! When you’ve known your spouse since you were a LITTLE kid, it’s a different experience to celebrate their 30th birthday!! I remember when Michael was TWELVE!!!! We started dating when he was 17!!! And now he’s THIRTY?! It’s so crazy! I’ve literally known my husband my entire life and sometimes I feel like we take that for granted.

I’ve known Michael through all of his “stages”. I knew him when he was in the 12-14 year old range and he was FULL of ENERGY! He would come over to our house to hangout with Corey (my younger brother who is 8 years younger than Michael) and he couldn’t make it through an entire movie without coming up with a new, fun idea of something we should all do! One time, his adventurous ideas got us in trouble with momma James. I was probably 10 or 11 and Michael was over at the house and decided that we should play hide and seek…. BABY POWDER! How did this new game work? Well, whoever was “seeking” would squeeze the bottle of baby powder in the face of the person hiding once they were found! It was so much fun! I remember Emy and Corey running and SCREAMING at the top of their lungs with white powder all over their faces… and all over the floor…. and in the cracks of the old hardwood floors… and on the baseboards. My parents came home and the upstairs looked like Narnia!!!

That was a lifetime ago but I still see that fun side of Michael in our married life. Michael THRIVES off of fun times and being with friends. He loves coming up with fun ideas for vacations and leads the way whenever he has a new idea. This is why he’s such a good match for me. I tend to thrive in WORK settings and it’s not that I don’t know how to fun, I just naturally gravitate towards work and my to-do list. He reminds me that life is more than work and what is the point of work if you never get to stop and enjoy what you’ve created? I’m thankful for him and even though I loved the 10-14 year old adventurous Michael and the 15-18 year old cute and popular high school Michael…. my favorite season with Michael is the one that we’re in right now. Marriage isn’t easy and letting God mold and shape you into the spouse He has called us to be for one another can be hard at times but it’s also beautiful. I’m so thankful that I get to be the one who shares life with him and I’m thankful for his 30 years!!!

Happy Birthday Michael! Thank you for being so selfless… for taking care of me and Bokeh … for letting me dream and for reminding me to have balance in our life. You know me better than anyone else on the planet and you’re my safe place… whether we’re in an apartment that smells like garlic or in our dream house. 😃 I would be so much less without you. I can’t wait for our little trip with friends to celebrate you and Jilly’s 30th birthdays!!!! I love you!!!!!

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xoxo, Katelyn
12 Comments Personal
  1. Anna Bayliss reply

    Happy birthday wishes from little ol’ Sheboygan, Wisconsin!

  2. Peggy Mead reply

    Happy Birthday Michael! Beautiful tribute Katelyn. I love reading your blog & keeping up with you & Michael. It’ like reading a fun novel that just keeps going.

  3. Elizabeth Gelineau reply

    Katelyn, I love starting my day by reading your blog. Happy Birthday Michael!

  4. Danielle Blocker reply

    Happy birthday Michael!!!

  5. Didi & JT reply

    To Michael – The times we have been with you and Katelyn for coaching sessions, have been the best of times and will never be forgotten. Your wonderful smile that lights up your whole face, your honest interest in people, your obvious love for Katelyn and your total sweet and fun personality are what has made us so very glad we know you. Have a wonderful HAPPY BIRTHDAY – MICHAEL and may your day be filled with unending joy, love and laughter!

  6. Mary Marantz reply

    Awwww HAPPY BIRTHDAY Michael!!!!!! We LOVE you! And are so thankful for you!
    J&M

  7. ashley reply

    Awww!!! This is so sweet! I LOVE that story with the baby powder! What a fun memory! haha.

    Happy Birthday, Michael! I hope y’all have a fun day celebrating!!!! Can’t wait to see y’all so soon! :)

  8. Chris Hoover reply

    Happiest of birthday, Michael! Wishing you a celebrated day and a blessed year.

  9. Sabrina reply

    Y’all have so much fun this coming week! Happy happy birthday, Michael! Welcome to the 30s… it’s a pretty wonderful place to be :-)

  10. Kristina W. reply

    Happy Birthday Michael!!!! I hope you enjoy your birthday!

  11. the impossible quiz reply

    They look so beautiful, wish you two always happy

  12. priti reply

    It is the very nice and amazing post and thanks for sharing this article.

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