Sunday, December 6, 2009

Happy Birthday, Robert!


"Love, like truth and beauty, is concrete. Love is active, effective, a matter of being reciprocal and mutually beneficial.

Love creates righteousness, or justice, here on earth. Loving involves struggle, resistance, risk. The most compelling relationships demand hard work, patience, and a willingness to endure tensions and anxiety in creating mutually empowering bonds.

For this reason loving involves commitment. Love does not just happen. We are not love machines, puppets on the strings of a deity called 'love.' Love is a choice -- not simply, or necessarily, a rational choice, but rather a willingness to be present to another without pretense or guile. Love is a conversion to humanity -- a willingness to participate with another in the healing of a broken world and broken lives. Love is the choice to experience life as a member partner in the dance of life." ~C. Heyward*

Thank you, Robert, for being a wonderful father and an excellent provider, but most of all for your steadfast commitment to an always growing and better us. I love you!

P.S. Thank you, too, for being minimally begrudging in letting me take your photo. You wear your 30's well, baby! ;)

*note: I have some major theological disagreements with Heyward, but I think her excerpted summation of a committed loving relationship is spot on.

13 comments:

Alisha said...

Happy Birthday Robert! I hope you have a wonderful day...

Anonymous said...

Love the quote. Very profound.

Anonymous said...

You have a very nice looking family. I can see why your children are so adorable.

-Laura

Jenny Plumb said...

I too loved the quote. Happy birthday to Robert and also a happy celebration of the two of you.

Jessica Haley said...

Thanks, Jenny. I hope baby #3 is happily swimming around okay in there. Feeling good?

Mande said...

Happy Birthday Robert! Jess, as always your blog posts are inspiring and uplifting. Hope you all enjoyed a beautiful weekend!

Ariana said...

You have a beautiful family and picked a very nice quote. Happy birthday to Robert!

Jenni said...

Happy Birthday Robert!

Anonymous said...

Nice!

-Tina

Mrs.LifeAccounts said...

Love the quote, happy birthday to Robert!

Hana said...

Hope your hubby has a wonderful birthday!! Love the quote!

Ruffles N Ribbons said...

Hey Jessica! My husband and I were in Imago class with you and Robert not too long ago. I got to your blog from the advertisement from MOPS market. Your shoes are just precious! I know that you said you owned a small business but I didn't know exactly what you did and I am amazed! All of them are just so nice. So you are working on putting them on a website instead of Etsy?

Anonymous said...

Jess!!! Happy Birthday to Rob from all of us Burmeisters! Love the boots! I have to chuckle at how excited all those who post are about the shoes...you would think that they themselves could wear them! ha! I want to purchase something groovy from you for my niece Alida who turns 1 in January. I shall wait for the website though. Can't wait to see everything there! Great job on all this my dear! love you! Rebecca

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