I love birthdays.
I love other people's birthdays more than my own.
I love to celebrate their role in my life, and just how much they mean to me.
Birthdays in our house consist of sneaky overnight decorating, carefully planned out breakfast and dinner menus, and meticulous gift shopping and buying. Breakfast is always served in bed, with everyone presenting cards and presents. Dinner is always shared over laughs and fond memories. There are a million hugs, kisses, and "HAPPY BIRTHDAY's" sprinkled in throughout the day.
I do it because I love seeing the joy and smiles on the faces of my loved ones. I want to show them just how grateful I am to have them in my life. I'm a do-er, and I definitely do birthdays.
I know today is Wordless Wednesday, but I couldn't let today's post go with just pictures. My husband is my rock. He's my other half. He's my best friend. We have been through A LOT in the 10 years (okay, okay it won't be 10 years until October, but what's another month after 110 of them?) we have been together. There's been a lot of ups and downs, there's joy and there's been heartache - the kind of heartache I can't even put into words. Through it all, I can't imagine life without him.
I hope that over the years I've been able to adequately put into words and actions how proud of him I am and how happy he makes me. I hope he knows how much I appreciate everything he does for me, and for our kids. The long hours at work, and the weeks he puts in consecutively without even a day off some months. He always tells me he wanted to be a firefighter not only to help others, but so his family would be proud of him. So that his kids had something to look up to him for. I hope he knows that we were proud of him long before his firefighting days. I hope he knows that it's just icing on the already sweet cake.
This post is for you 374. I love you with everything I am. I cannot imagine this walk without you by my side. I hope we get many more birthdays together. I hope you have a wonderful day today. I hope that each day we spend together feels like your birthday - I know they do for me. Each new day with you is a gift that I'm fervently grateful for.
You are my favorite.