Thursday, September 11, 2008


I'm not sure when it started, but I've been calling Matt "Matti" for several years. Probably since we were dating. I'm sure that when we were dating, he was more forgiving in the "oogly-googly" areas. I don't think I could get away with it if I'd started it now. But he's used to it now, so I still call him Matti.

Today is Matt's birthday. He's 25 today! Poor kid turned 18 the day after September 11th. It wasn't a very exciting birthday, to say the least. He was laughing last night with my dad about, "Woohoo! Cheaper car insurance now!" Haha, well, it's not quite the 18 or 21 milestone, but it's still exciting. :)

Matt's a fantastic father and a caring person. He's just enough into cleanliness that he keeps me from dissolving into primordial mud, but he's not into crazy kinds of clean, so I don't kill him. He's an amazing labor partner. I didn't need anyone else. Ladies, this guy is fantastic! Somewhere in the back of his mind he may have wished he was in the waiting room like it was 1952, but he wasn't.

He's walked through a lot of stuff. And in a short time frame too. We've been married for 3 years. We've had two children. We've done our senior year of college. We've graduated together. We've moved across the world. We've lived with family. We've lived on "missionary support" for 2+ years. We've never gone hungry. We've never had to make detrimental choices because of our finances.

He's a really strong man, in more way than one.

Although he is handy for opening stubborn jars.

He's often more careful than I am.

As in, this week I let Oceana cut paper. Matt wouldn't have ever let her have scissors, and now since I have she's shredded Matt's Father's Day card into a dozen pieces.


He's lost about 35 pounds over the last year and a half. Obviously he has more willpower than me.

Well, except when we're arguing, then we're pretty well even.


And he'll track down the toddler to wipe her nose at church.

Doesn't she look thrilled?

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  1. This love note rocks! How can we not "love" your sweet Hubby when you show us what a wonderful man he is! Yes, any man who will do the "labor" thing And track the toddler down for the nose wipe, is A-okay.

    Happy Birthday!

  2. Happy Birthday Matt!!! 25...hmm...old..haha..Just kidding! My husband is going to be 27 in February. Now that is old..haha!! Love you guys!

  3. Awwwww, Happy Birthday Matt! You and Susie are obviously meant for each other. And Oceana and Joshua couldn't ask for a better "Da-Da".

  4. Happy birthday Matt! And Susie, you guys are too cute. I love to see how you guys still adore each other and are still standing strong together after your rollercoaster. I'm so inspired by you!

  5. Happy 25th! That has been my favorite year, so far.

    Isn't God good! He gives us just what we need and more... and the more is usually good :) But not always!

    When it comes to your husband, it seems as though God definitely gave you more and it is GOOD! Hope you had a wonderful celebration together!


  6. Hi susie, it's Marie! so good to be able to blog again! Love all the pic's and I caught up on all your posts.

  7. Still waiting for my knight in shinning armor... UGH!!!

    Stay Blessed!!!

  8. What an absolutely beautiful post! The pictures down memory lane are fantastic. While I do not love the name "Matt" (I named him Matthew), I like the nickname Matti. It is very original and I think it's so cute that you call him that. Happy Birthday Matt! Hope you had a good day.

  9. It's a good thing you didn't need anyone else but Matt as a labor partner. We all left you to have something to eat while you were escorted to the delivery room! Oh my!!! What were we thinking? We promise to do better next time :)

  10. Jeannette (from DTS)September 25, 2008 at 12:16 AM


    these pictures are adorable!
    i never got to see oce as a tiny baby. :)
    gotta tell you that little girl changed my life forever.
    ever since dts with her, i am now obsessed with children, where as before i only thought they were annoying.
    now im working with them, and its the best thing/feeling/job ever.
    shes stuck with me.
    well actually all of you have.
    including joshua.
    i pray for you all often, and check your blogs when i can. i love the layout by the way.
    i hope i get to head back there sometime in the next years, and see you all again.
    much love!

    my emails, feel free to email whenever if you want to. :)