Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless HIS HOLY NAME.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Happy Birthday, Honey!

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. Jeremiah 17:7

Today is my husband’s 36th birthday!

He was born to Gregorio and Juana López, the 9th of ten children. He has told me and our children of many wonderful, exciting stories from his childhood, growing up in far-away villages.

Andrew and his mother in 1976

His father worked very closely with Wycliffe missionaries for 22 years; and his hard-working mother was a faithful helpmeet to his father, and at one time worked with honeybees to help support the family. Truly, Andrew’s life has been an exciting one, and we can see the hand of the Lord in his life. God’s faithfulness and mercy protected him throughout his childhood (he came very near to death in his early childhood) and throughout his teen years.

At the tender age of 12, he left his beloved home in the village and moved to the city to continue his education. He said he cried for his mother every night for many months.

God’s hand of mercy led him to my father’s doorstep, where he was saved in our church here in 1990. He was baptized a week later, and had the privilege of growing under Dad’s ministry.

As his wife, I have lived many exciting adventures with him in the Indian villages, marveling unceasingly at this man who has lived through un-imaginable experiences. It has been my privilege to live alongside this wonderful man.

One of our crazy-fun moments, captured by our Little Andrew

Especially during the past 2 years, I have seen him endure hardships, both physically and spiritually. When my faith has been small, and it seemed I could hardly take another step, he has been there to pick me up; he has put things in proper perspective for me; he has quietly continued to faithfully serve his Lord, whom he loves, thus being an example to me. I have watched him endure criticism, taking it with a godly attitude and not letting it make him bitter. He has come out on top every time, and has pulled me right up there with him!!

It is my privilege to be his help meet. It is my privilege to be the lady who cooks his meals and washes his clothes. It is my thrill to get to listen to his plans and dreams; and it is my joy to watch him father our children in the most loving manner and to see how they adore him!

So Happy Birthday, My Sweetheart! I LOVE YOU, and I look forward to many, many more years by your side!


~Ruth said...

Feliz cumpeaños, Andres! Le doy gracias a Dios por tu vida, y por el animo que me has dado a traves de los años. Gracias por amar a Anita, y por darle una vida feliz. Que Dios te bendiga ricamente! Tu hermana, Ruthie

Ernie said...

Happy birthday, Andrew!

Pamela said...

Wishing Andres a very happy birthday.

Monica said...

I love reading your stories how the Lord has blessed you! Thanks!

The Browns said...

Happy Birthday, Andrew!!! Praying that you have a blessed birthday, ~Adam and Colleen Brown

Anonymous said...

Dear Anna,

Tears came to my eyes as I read your letter. I agree; Andrew has been a faithful man who quietly serves the Lord. I am thankful to have him in the family. I couldn't imagine another man for you!! And a sweet father he is.

Heaps of Love,

Dodi said...

Once again, you have blessed my heart with your pictures and words from your heart. Your precious family is a living testimony of God's goodness and grace. We love you guys, and cannot wait until we are working along side you and your family in Chiapas.
May God bless you today and always,
:) Dodi