Yesterday was Matt's 36th Birthday! Happy Birthday, honey!!
Because last year I was completely an overachiever, and posted 100 things I love about my husband on Valentine's day, I used up all my good lovey-doveys. So, this year, I'll stick more with bloggy tradition, but change up the content a little.
I give you, 36 things I cherish about the past year with my best friend . . .
- A fun "vacation" to Washington DC.
- Your deep appreciation for the history of our country.
- How proud I felt watching you accept that award.
- Your determination to excel in your new position, and your willingness to add more than quippy t-shirts to your wardrobe.
- You sat with your back to criminals during our visits to work-release. Heck, you won't even sit with your back to the door of a restaurant - I know this was a huge stretch for you!
- The respect your co-workers showed you at your going away dinner.
- Your willingness to take a leadership role in baseball.
- The lessons you are teaching both boys through this sport.
- That you are willing to play with them, every night if they ask - when you feel too busy, when your shoulder is killing you, and when your list of other things to do far outweighs spending 30 minutes in the front yard.
- You readily put off your birthday trip when my mom was in the hospital, even though we had planned it for months.
- You, although voicing your hesitation the whole time, jumped in and helped us take 11 kids on a huge hike to the top of Steamboat Rock.
- That you would hurry back from training, and drive into the dead of the night to save me from a self-induced hotel fiasco in a podunk town in Idaho.
- You make an effort to keep a relationship with your dad and his family.
- You juggled dates and took Chance fishing, even when it didn't look like it could work out, because tradition is important to you. Not to mention the Bear Grylls spot - your willingness to go out a limb and be silly with your boys is so cool.
- You are passing traditions onto our boys, year by year.
- You made an effort to be at each baseball practice and game, especially when your new position didn't have quite the flexibility of the old.
- You let the boys build all numbers of projects in the shop, without limiting their imaginations, or micro-managing their use of screws, nails, or tools.
- You included them in your bee hive projects whenever they were willing.
- You teamed up with Dave to stop some loud & crazy gentleman from ruining Jenn's graduation party.
- You pulled the Big Mamma tube more miles than I can count, so that our boys, their friends, and cousins all got to ride as much as they wanted.
- You gave up yet another Father's Day weekend to do a metal show that allows us to give the kids a Christian education.
- A fun, fun weekend of both family and Women of Faith in Seattle this summer.
- The camper was ready to go on all the trips we took through the summer.
- You always dumped the camper, aside from only one trip.
- You called the boys and I each night when you were gone to trainings.
- You made every attempt to do special things on weekends with the boys to ease the pain of the long ERAD weeks.
- You pick lots of huckleberries, and you participate in extreme sporting events!
- The rapid decline of the "redneck" factor around the house.
- Newly painted barns and outbuildings.
- That you encourage my scrap days and retreat.
- Our date nights.
- Your involvement at school.
- Your perfection of the smoked pork loin.
- You still need me when you're sick, and you forgive me for calling you a wuss.
- You froze at the Christmas parade right beside me, to watch the boys go by on the float.
- You have told me that you love me EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. of this year.
I love you, honey! You are the best of everything that God could have given me. I am blessed beyond measure. Happy 36th Birthday!