By Austin Foster
First off, Happy Birthday Sam!
Two months ago I got down on bended knee and made a proposition to Sam. Nervous as all get out, I said “Samantha Lynn Marie Spiece, will you marry me?” Without hesitation and with great excitement she replied “Yes!” Over the past two and a half years of dating Sam and getting to know her I am continually amazed by the kind of person she is. She is worthy of more respect and honor than I could possibly ever give her. I have always overheard people say “out marry yourself” or “marry up” or some other variation of that. I do believe that is a healthy and noble way to look at things. But, in order to keep my self esteem in the “black” I like to think two “tens” found each other and the rest is history. But yeah, I’m “marry-ing up.”
Samantha, and a few of the many reasons why I love her…
Sam is a sweetheart. She is the true definition of the word. She is a kind hearted, great person, with a great personality and she is lovely to be around. She brings a smile to my face every time I see her. I love that she has such a sweetheart. Sam loves people and wants them to have what they need. Whenever we are together and she notices someone in need I can see her heart break when I look into her eyes. I love that she is so receptive to people in need. Her first reaction is always action. She takes action in a truly Christlike way by loving that person in a gentle and humble way. She loves people, friends or strangers, expecting nothing in return. I’m encouraged every time she steps out and lives her faith.
I love that Sam loves to have a good time. It was early on in our relationship when she told me she had been skydiving when she was in college! When she told me that I knew I was talking to a “ten.” I was floored. Here is little Sammy jumping out of airplanes and I’m scared I am going to break my arm riding my new skateboard! (I have since retired from riding.) Sam never backs down from new experiences and I love that about her. She welcomes them with a smile. Speaking of having a good time, I love to hear Sam laugh. When she is laughing it means I’m doing my job to humor her! She has one of those laughs that when I get her going it makes me think I could do stand up comedy! Her easy going personality takes whatever life brings her in stride. I like to think I’m an easy going, fun loving person but she makes me look like the grinch that stole Christmas sometimes. I love that about her. She is calm and confident.
I love Sam because she constantly challenges me to be a better person. She doesn’t always have to say something outright to my face. I can always see it in her body language. I know when I have let her down, and believe me she lets me know, but she is always graceful and forgiving of all my mistakes. She has such a strong understanding of grace and the need for it in all her relationships. She challenges me to offer grace to myself the same way she does.
Lastly, I love Sam because she is my best friend. We often refer to each other as “buddy.” It’s not just a term of endearment but also a true display of how we view our relationship. We are buddies, pals, compadres, like Harry and Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber but in a much sexier way! I could not have asked God for a better friend to spend the rest of my life with. Just when I wasn’t looking for anyone she came along and two “tens” found each other and the rest is history!