Friday, December 9, 2011

Happy Birthday babe.

Happy Birthday to the love of my life {for 10 years this year!!!} 
He is 27 today and more attractive to me than ever before.
 This man loves God.  He loves to play the guitar (but has very little time to do so).  He loves working out and lifting weights.  He loves nice things. 
But above all else, he loves being a dad.
 And one of the most sexy things about him is that even if I have to ask, he always helps.  He can carry one kid and help another.  He has always been here and although it can be so hard with three little ones, we have made it work--and pretty well.
 This year Daniel has worked really hard to gain weight.  And he met his goal, going from 135 pounds to almost 175!  I really am so proud of him  He looks great and I know he feels so much better about himself too.

Daniel has been a hero to me this year.  His job has allowed him to be at every Dr's appointment, every procedure, every surgery.  He has walked with  me down hospital hallways without saying a word but knowing.  He has felt things that most dads don't have to.  I have watched his eyes fill with fear and uncertainty and I have seen him rise above that to comfort me.  He has been solid and steady, and although it has not been easy, we have done it together.  26 was a hard year for us and yet we pulled through.
 This man of mine is affectionate.  He has a deep and caring heart. 
 He is handsome and works hard.  In fact, he's gone from home alot because of his work schedule and especially lately that has been hard for all of us.  But we still manage to pull it together and make this family work effectively. 
 Braden thinks his daddy is handsome and nice.
 You can find Nora and her daddy snuggling anytime they find a couch and time. 
We fight.  Alot actually.  And I'm not sure people would know that about us unless they were told.  Because even though we argue and fight passionately, we love and make up passionately [and quickly.]  It doesn't matter what the fight is about or how it started, we usually resolve it very quickly and forgive one another too.  We're so flawed in so many ways. 
But he s here and I am here...and we're just trying to love each other well. 

This year, as I stood by him at the race we put together for our Mabel girl, I remember looking over at him and thanking God for this partner.  He may not understand all the emotions I'm going through and I may not understand him the right way either.  But we can come together and make a great team--and we did.  We have built this family and it's not perfect, but it's pretty close. 
 One more thing about this man.  He is a lover.  His love doesn't run dry.  He doesn't run out of room to love.  He loves Harper like she is his.  And I'm not just saying that.  I am blessed to know a man who loves so selflessly and intimately.  He has built a relationship of trust and love with Harper this year that has bonded them in a very unique way.  I am so thankful for him and for his unwavering love.  He does it without thinking--he just does it.  We are so incredibly thankful for the things God did in this home and in all of us this year.  I know that one of Daniel's most perfect gifts was seeing Harper everyday!
We had date night last night and went to Olive Garden, Starbucks and Target.  It was amazing.
We came home to homemade cards from the kids.  This is Braden's.  This about sums it up.
Happy Birthday, baby.  You are my best friend and I am so thankful for all you do for this family.  I hope you have a great day. 
PS--It's so unfair that you got snow on YOUR day.

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