For me the memory that brings an instant smile to my face was the birth of our daughter Krista at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing on St. Patrick's Day 29 years-ago. When I think of her birth, I unlock a whole section of my memory bank that helps me focus on the truly important parts of life. Whatever direction my life takes as I get older, I will always be able to see and fall back on a shelf full of great memories that involve my family and ultimately point to the faithfulness and grace of God.
I am proud of the woman she has become. She's a wife, a mom, a nurse and a daughter of God. She knows where she gets her primary identity. She's a winner.
She and her family are in North Carolina waiting to move to Bosnia. But her mom and I will be celebrating her birthday and we will be talking about the day she was born. Count on it. Happy Birthday Krista. I love you.