What I can give

Five and a half years ago, when my husband and I were just engaged, he sent me this email:

I liked this quote. It was on the side of a Starbucks cup I saw today. I think it’s really good and I wanted to save it and share it with you.

“The day my son was born, I simultaneously died and was reborn. Every day before that day, my life had been about me and what I wanted the world to give me. Every day since, my life necessarily has been about what I can give to someone else. And that, I think, is why the world needs more children – and more parents.”

Love you.

I stumbled upon this email today while reading through old love letters from our first years dating — many I had forgotten about. And though it was sent at a time when I was more focused on planning a wedding than growing a family, it delighted me today — 5 years later, 3 children richer, and a thousandfold more purposeful.


  1. Anita

    Truly wonderful!!! It says so much about Matt, his character and the type of person he is. An wonderful husband and father! May you ALL be BLESSED with much HEALTH, LOVE & JOY for many years to come!!!

  2. Mr. A Warner

    You do such a great job in expressing yourself through written words and supported with such exquisite photos which help bring the meaning home. I am also wondering if you should consider another valuable tool that I know you possess………….your voice! How about trying an audio blog post sometime.? (or perhaps you already have and I missed it.)

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