30 & 3 Reasons

"Created to be, the perfect one for me" is inscribed inside of both Mr. Lovebug and my wedding rings. He is indeed, the perfect creation and counterpart to who God made me to be and today he turned 30 years old.

Listed are 30 Reasons that I love my husband

1. He is extremely talented and gifted musician. The first time I met Mr. L 10 years ago, he was playing his guitar and singing in a little white chapel of a church. This is my very first memory of him.

2. He is passionate for bringing people to worship our God and Savior. In August of 2000, I laid eyes on a man who was passionate for worshiping and leading God's people into his presence. Today, I continue to witness his fervor and love for worship each and every week.

3. He loves the Lord. This is evident in all He does.

4. He is goofy. One of the first impressions I had in meeting Lovebug for the first time, is he loves to goof off. He has a great sense of humor.

5. He is humble. One of the greatest acts of love is giving yourself away. Lovebug has always served me as his wife and now his family and always puts our thoughts and desires first. He will always give full credit to God when it comes to his talents.

6. He is romantic. Candles and a homemade meal, personalized songs written just for me, flowers for each special occasions, picnics on the beach, a custom ring made for valentines' day, he is very good at being the king of romance.

7. He loves surprises. Lovebug surprised me on Christmas Day to tell me we were going to Hawaii for our honeymoon. He had another special surprise for Ladybug's birthday this year. I love how he is full of surprises.

8. He is very smart. I can always look to Mr. Lovebug to answer my philosophical, spiritual, and trivial questions.

9. He is a great writer. I love reading his outlook on life through his writings. I am hoping one day he will publish his thoughts and experiences.

10. He loves his church family very much.

11. He loves being Papa, His eyes light up when he talks about his ladybug.

12. He is a very patient man. He encourages me in this area of weakness in my own life.

13. He is the eldest born. I am the youngest. We are a match made in heaven.

14. He is OCD when it comes to germs. This is great trait to have for a husband when your immuno-suppressed and your daughter was born premature.

15. He loves to change things up frequently. You may have noticed this with his hair styles. If he ever loses his hair, he may start collecting man wigs.

16. He knows the Bible and its truths very well. I can always come to him with questions I have regarding theology or if I can't remember a particular person or story in the Bible.

17. He is real. He tells you like it is. This can get him in trouble sometimes, but I appreciate his authenticity and desire to uphold what he believes is right.

18. He is very discerning. He is very gifted in discerning others and situations.

19. He is super cute and cuddly. I love being wrapped up in his arms.

20. He is intense. There is just something intense about Mr. Lovebug's personality. I think it shows in his eyes. I love it.

21. He enjoys the outdoors. We both love to spend time outside with the family whether we are going for a stroll, taking a trip to the beach, or going to watch the sunset.

22. He is responsible. He is a very responsible and reliable individual.

23. He is a very joyful, upbeat person. He has a great outlook on life.

24. He is an incredible chef. He loves to cook and is great at throwing together recipes.

25. He is very artistic and is the craftier one of us both.

26. He has a servants heart. I can always count on my husband to help clean, do laundry, whatever I ask around the house. He was brought up well.

27. He puts his family first. Lovebug has many responsibilities with his job, ministry, as a photographer, ect., but I can always expect him to put his family first.

28. He makes Little ladybug & I laugh and smile like no one else.

29. He has a tender heart. My Lovebug may not admit he is tender. But deep down inside, he has got such a great tender, caring, and loving heart.

30. He is faithful. He has been with me by my side, through the thick and thin in life. I can always count on him to be the loving, selfless, caring man that he is.


3 Reasons I love my 3 year old lung

1. I have never had the opportunity to breath like a normal, healthy individual before my transplant. My lungs were constantly congested with mucous. I was always coughing. Breathing was a battle. Any form of physical exercise was a burden. With my new lungs, that all changed. I did not think this side of heaven, I'd ever experience that. It is an amazing feeling.

2. I have the opportunity to use my days to do what I love. I absolutely adore being a mother. I love caring for my family. I love hanging out with my friends. And I enjoy being connected to the medical community and encouraging others going through similar circumstances. I am so thankful for the gift of life.

3. My life is a reflection of God's mercy and grace. My life is full of miracles. The day before my call for new lungs, I experienced a collapsed lung already totally relying on a ventilator, my future was looking very dim. It was the very next day, my husband's birthday that I got the call for a second chance at life. I found out after my transplant, the chances of finding matching lungs for me were less than 1%.

My God is amazing and can do the extraordinary!

I want to remind others, if it wasn't for the decision to give the gift of life my donor made, I wouldn't be here today. I am so thankful for their life, their family, those who influenced them, and the decision they made to become an organ donor. I will forever be grateful to my donor and the beautiful lungs that has allowed me to live my sacred life.
Please consider giving the gift of life.

Psalm 39:5 NLT

5 You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.”

*breathe picture taken from, shiningsungardenworks.com


  1. Oh, Tricia, I loved this post! I loved reading all of those things you love about Nate. Then to read about your reasons to love your new lungs. I didn't know your chances for a match were down to 1%. God can do such great things and I'm so happy he's blessed you with both Nate and those lungs...and your darling daughter!

  2. Beautiful post. I love it. Especially the man wigs. Well, especially seeing you live and being your friend through this 2nd chance at life. You and Nathan are an inspiration. ;)

  3. I only feel like I know you through yours and your husband blogs, but I can tell that you love each other so much. It is such a beautiful gift to be able to read about it. It is certainly a love that glorifies God. Thank you for posting this.

  4. What completely AMAZING reasons to celebrate!!!! Praise the Lord for your life and your life together with Nathan as one!

  5. Hi there,

    I have been reading your blog for a while and love it. Your story is so inspiring.

    Anyway, I was wondering if I could have your help. I have come across a little girl who is needing a family. She was born with CF and is living in an orphanage in Eastern Europe. I know personally that that is NOT a good place for her to be growing up. No child should live in an orphanage with out a family and I can't even imagine how bad an orphanage would be for a child with CF. She is turning 8 later this month and I so badly want to find her a family before then. She needs to be adopted so she can get the right medical care. Could you please share her info around the Cystic Fibrosis community and help her family find her?

    Here is a blog about her: dreamsfordiana.blogspot.com
    And you can find her listed Here: http://reecesrainbow.org/diana-29

    Thank you so much.
    teenager in Canada