Daddypotamus here. It is my privilege to share some thoughts with you all on this very special day – the day my wife was born some thir-twen-urg-ish years ago (I’ll never tell). Once a year, sometimes twice, I am handed the keys no-questions-asked to the Potamobile and allowed to drive.
I want to honor Heather today because she is the most irreplaceable person in my life, and I love her without reservation. I am blessed to be able to tell you that there is no other woman in the world more perfect for me than this gift from God, sometimes affectionately called “Wifeypotamus.” She is an incredible blazing mess of radiant beauty, sincere heart, and passionate ferocity.
She. is. THE. BEST.
And thought Heather can never truly be repaid for the significant time and effort she puts into the research and help she offers others, I invite you to join me in attempt to thank her for who she is and all she gives.
So when you finish reading this post, please leave a comment below and fill in the blank to this statement.
The most important thing I ever gained from reading or knowing Mommypotamus is ____________.
What’s your answer? For me, there’s a long list of answers. While you get your answer ready for the comments below, here are the list of most important things I ever heard from Mommypotamus.
The Daddypotamus List
“I love you” - Heather’s love has reshaped my world. I am able to approach the world from a dramatically better perspective because of her love and loyalty and friendship.
“Yes!” – I’m still amazed that she agreed to marry me.
“I do!” - Hearing her vocalize her choice in front of others on our wedding day cemented an eternal confidence in my heart.
“I’m pregnant!” - While in all honesty the announcement wasn’t as exciting as the birth (because I had no idea what it was REALLY going to be like), the significance of this statement now multiple times has radically shifted my world every single time.
“I forgive you” - Over the years, I have needed much forgiveness. Nothing soothes and heals and brings back the softness and the intimacy like forgiveness.
“Please forgive me” - When Heather has apologized to me, it has melted my heart and reminded me how I want no one else. Ever.
“If you will just change these lifestyle habits, you could have better brain function and less dramatic mood swings. You will feel like a different person.” - I was excited to hear that all the bad things I had believed about myself as a person based on my performance might be the result of poor nutrition and resulting imbalanced chemistry rather than because I was an irreparably damaged person.
“Eating healthy isn’t about following rules to be a good person, but it’s about realizing you’ve been putting sickness into your body and now you can put life in instead.” - Heather’s research and explanations to me over the years revolutionized my understanding of the word “diet.” It was always an ugly word that meant sacrifice in order to fit into a social box of acceptability. Now it means enjoying the amazing life-giving nutrients that slowly transform my experience of life from the toxic past to the vibrant future.
“I love and agree with your vision for our family.” - For the first few years of this blog, Heather was actively and passionately engaged in a vocation she believed in. I was not. After feeling like a visionary dead weight for a few long years, God helped me piece together the desires and concerns already lodged in my heart and a multi-generational vision came into focus which “coincidentally” blends perfectly with all the principles and values Heather had developed through her research and writing. Hearing her endorse the vision inside me sent fireworks exploding in my heart, as I realized that our lives might actually really have purpose and meaning like I had only dreamed.
There are dozens more “Top Ten” things Heather has shared with me. All of them have been tender childhood memories and precious insights into her heart.
Thank you for stopping by on this sacred day in the history of our family. And thank you for joining me in appreciating this lovely woman, wife, momma, blogger, researcher, and friend.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOMMYPOTAMUS!