22 years ago today I was born into this world by a mother named Susan Tod and a father named Jeff Tod, some of the most caring and loving people. Over the years I have lived in St. Louis, South Florida, Central Illinois, Cincinnati, and now Indianapolis. This time I have seen many places, met many people, and grown in many ways, but none like I have grown today.
Today I had the opportunity to spend the day with my fiancé Jennifer Schroeder at Main Street Tattoo getting my birthday gift put on my upper forearm by an amazing tattoo artist TJ Harmon. But the tattoo was not the thing that I have really grown by. But instead, it was the love that the tattoo symbolized.
Over the last couple of months, Jennifer and I have completed the book 5 Love Languages and I have found that Jennifer's Love Languages are Physical Touch and Quality Time. Mine, on the other hand, are Gifts and Words of Affirmation.
This tattoo today was one of many gifts that I was given from Jennifer this weekend and it made me feel so loved. The fact that someone would care so much about me that they would plan something, purchase something, or coordinate a get together astonishes me. Jennifer is filled with unconditional love for me and this tattoo is just one of many instances when she has shown me this. I could never believe that someone would love me in this way, but Jennifer's love for me is truly a symbol of Jesus' love.
Unconditional Love is the reason that we love. Unconditional love is what saves lives. October 9th 2011 is just another day that I was shown what this love really looks like.
till another day,