I remember, it was the first Sunday in April 2002. I was sitting in sacrament and it was testimony meeting. My mind started to drift as the sound of people sharing their life stories slowly became faint mumbles. Then in the corner of my eye, I saw a tall, dark, handsome young man approach the pulpit and all my senses were awakened. It was Elder Young Yen. I remember thinking, He's back already? Wow that was a quick two years. I totally forgot about him. As he bore his testimony, I can hear the girls swoon. Elder Young Yen was indeed the greatest eye candy. It is true that Uela has a pleasing and dignified appearance, but I suddenly became very nervous. My hands began to sweat and this overwhelming fear came over me.
I knew Uela before his mission. His family had just moved here from Southern California. We really didn't have a relationship before. It was a hi-bye, if that at all. I know how cliche this sounds but the moment he stood in front of the congregation, (contrary to my mind) my heart knew he would be my partner in life. How could this be? I hardly even know him. I was currently in a long term relationship. This can't be right! During the rest of the Sunday meetings, I avoided him at all costs. I rushed home and even made a phone call to a friend and told her how nervous and scared I was because I think I just saw my future husband.
The whole thing seemed sooo silly. I was a bit annoyed because I didn't understand what was going on, but as much as I didn't want to acknowledge it, the feeling was undeniable. To make a long story short, I continued in denial for a bit but Uela was very persistent, which is one of a million things I love about him. After a couple of years of going back and forth and questioning what was soon to be destined--thanks to his persistence--I soon learned that there is far more to Uela than meets the eye.
Today is Uela's 30th birthday.
Uela, you are a man who looks positively at life regardless of the struggles and obstacles you endure. You have a terrific sense of humor and wit about you. You are always so calm and patient.
I love that you never complain when I pull you in a million directions, always sooo dependent on you.
It is true that I am slightly put off by your rawness like when you innocently say things to people without thinking if it will offend them but it is also your rawness that attracts me to you.
Thank you for being you and accepting me for who I am. Thank you for putting up with my crazy obsessions like how I NEED the bed made even right before we get in it.
Thank you for your unfailing support and love and for allowing me to be me. Thank you for the freedom you give me. You give me strength and happiness and my fears seem so insignificant when I am near you.
Thank you for being the amazing husband and father that Devyn adores. And for being the only one she wakes up in the middle of the night, everytime she wets the bed.
Thank you for your incredibly forgiving heart and always being the first and sometimes the only one to say, "I'm sorry!"
I know I drive you absolutely, positively nuts but there is nothing sweeter than knowing you love me. And I love you. There aren’t enough ILoveYou’s in a day, enough Yes,OfCourseYouCanHaveTheRemote’s in a day, enough WhatCanIDoForYou’s in a day to express my undying love for you. Thank you for sharing your life with me. You have been the most pleasant surprise. You’re my best friend, confidant, and soul mate. I don’t know where I’d be without you, nor would I ever dream of a life without you in it. Every year God gives you more time in your life, I know the world is better because of it. You’re nothing short of amazing, spectacular, fabulous, breathtaking, astounding, and— an undeniable great kisser! ;) I love you more than life.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MY LOVE!