Thursday, August 5, 2010


30 years ago a great man was born.

He is one of the most selfless people I know.
He constantly gives of himself, his posessions, his truck, etc. to help others.

He is sympathetic and caring.
He is strong and athletic.
He loves God with all of his heart.
During his commute to work on the train, he spends it reading his Bible.
On our wedding night, he washed my feet and told me he wants to spend his life serving me just like Jesus did.

He is the funniest guy I know. He makes me laugh EVERY day and he works extra hard at it on days that I'm grumpy.

It doesn't freak him out when I cry (which I do a lot).
He is totally HOT!
When I say, "I think I'm low". He always says, "Like Shorty?"
(you know...the song, "Shorty got low, low, low..."???).
And if my blood sugar really is low, he gets me juice and my meter.
He puts up with me turning on the light to test my blood sugar in the middle of the night.
He's not grossed out by all of my needles and Diabetes paraphanalia (at least he pretends he's not).
He is amazingly gifted at math and constantly helps me figure out measurements and carbs.
He makes my brother and sister laugh..and that warms my heart.
He playfully calls me Jenny (and I LOVE it)!
He's passionate about the Chicago Bears and faithfully roots them on every season.
He loves his family.
I admired him in college when we were just friends.
Now that he's my best friend, I adore and love him with all of my heart!

Happy 30th Birthday's to another 30+ years!!!


  1. jen!!! i LOVED this!!! i felt like i got to know derek a little bit more. and we still need to get together before me and ryan leave. also LOVE the last pic of you looking at him - so adorable. :)

  2. Happy Birthday to him! There's a special place in heaven for the husbands of us diabetics.

  3. Ilene, glad you enjoyed it. There were too many pictures to choose from...but these all really capture Derek :) and YES...we need to get together with you guys SOON! Let's talk about it over lunch today! true! Type 3's are AMAZING!!!

  4. OMG that is beautiful!!! You just totally made me cry:)! Happy 30th to Derek:)!
    Love Always,

  5. Thanks for reading Patrice!!!!

  6. I love the he doesn't freak out when I cry. That is a good trait :)

    It makes me miss you guys so much. Derek is blessed to have such a giving wife. You two are wonderful and we miss you!

  7. Thanks Cathy!
    We miss you guys SO MUCH!!!!

  8. This guy seems like a dork. Thank you, Love You!!

  9. DEREK!!!!


    Thank ya!

  10. GREAT post!! i loved the pics and had never seen the 1st one w/ him and the helmet and football or the baby ones of him and jax. fun fun :)

    he's such a great hubby but you're also such a great wife! we're so blessed to have you as our friends.


  11. The first pic is my FAVORITE one of him :)
    Love you guys too Frank & Grace!!!