January 28, 2008

Birthday Boy

Today we celebrate the 38th birthday of my favorite guy in the whole world. I don't know if I can convey to you how very loved this man is. We have been through so much in our 8 years together and I can honestly say that each challenge has brought us closer together.

This man was brave enough to marry me and accept Maddie as his own. He has never once referred to her as his stepdaughter and gets offended when someone else does. She is his, as surely as if she had his blood coursing through her. Most people don't even know that she is not biologically related to him, because he would never mention it.

He is the silliest Daddy and thrives on making all of us laugh. We are his world and he is ours. I hope that our girls grow up to marry men just like him.
He lives in a house with all girls and I think he secretly likes it that way. He is worshipped accordingly. He is not afraid to twirl a baton, answer the door in a boa or go to the store with clips in his hair. He doesn't care what people think (not always a plus) and puts his girls first.
He won't hesitate to roll down the hill with his daughters in the middle of a very crowded Renaissance Faire. Over and over.

He loves the outdoors and is always happiest exploring it with us. He is a real guy's guy. I wish my dad could have met him. He would have loved him. Well, as much as he would be able to love any man that took his little girl away.


He is a wonderful provider, giving, loving and loyal. I can't imagine life without him and I'm so glad that I didn't spend my life settling for less. He is not perfect but he is perfect for me. Happy Birthday Sweet Hubby. We love you.

40 comments:

  1. Hi, Jen, you need to make sure he reads every word of his birthday tribute. Men love to hear words of praise, let me tell you! That's a very sweet post about your dear hubby. Happy Birthday to him!

    Rhoda

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  2. Happy Birthday to your dear Hubby. Gotta love a man that treats you child like his own. We have just went through that with our daughter.

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  3. I'm new to your blog, and I have to tell you that this is the sweetest tribute I've seen in a long time. Happy birthday to your hubby!

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  4. Happy birthday, happy home, happy family. I love you blog.

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  5. what a loving tribute to such an obviously loved man! wow.

    :o)

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  6. Happy Birthday to "the Mister" of the cottage nest. I hope he will have a great day filled with all that he loves. Jenn beautiful words spoken from your heart. Just how could it get any better, I ask?
    You are truley blessed!
    Lisa
    coastal nest

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  7. Happy Birthday! That is so sweet. I can just hear him cheering, 2, 4, 6, 8, who do we appreciate! EEEEEEEE, followed by cheerleader-esque kicking. LOL.

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  8. God is good, he is the luckiest husband in the world, to have you! so Happy Birthday to you too ;-)

    so has your hubby seen this yet?

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  9. My husband also adopted my 2 daughters...so I know exactly what you mean!

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  10. Happy Birthday to your hubby!
    My sweet dh loves my boys as his own too.... always says "our boys".... so I know how special that is.
    :)

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  11. It's my husband's birthday, too. He's just a couple years older than yours. I feel so fortunate to be married to such a wonderful man... and iLove when others brag on theirs, too!

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  12. what a wonderful tribute.
    you are both blessed!
    xo

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  13. Happy Birthday to your Wonderful Hubby,Daddy and Boa wearer!!!

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  14. Ohmygosh, are you trying to make me cry at work? LOL. What a sweet post! I especially like how you describe your hubby as a man who isn't afraid to answer the door wearing a boa or go to the store with clips in his hair. hahahahaha.

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  15. What a precious post! And what a special hubbie! Have a great day with him!

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  16. Good men! Can't live without them, can't live without them! Beautiful words inspired by beautiful actions!
    Congrats on finding him!
    Lisa & Alfie

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  17. What a sweet post! I love to see women loving their men! Men that are loving their famlies, so much better than the nightly news parade of poor examples of dads! Congrats to him and Happy Birthday to him!

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  18. Happy Birthday to your dear husband. He sounds like a great guy!

    I wonder if I saw you at Ren Faire...All I remember is how hot it was!

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  19. How nice for you and your family to have such a great guy!!
    Happy Birthday to him!!!
    Rosemary

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  20. What a wonderful tribute. He has the most awesome smile and seems full to the brim with joy.

    Happy birthday to him!!

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  21. What a wonderful tribute. He has the most awesome smile and seems full to the brim with joy.

    Happy birthday to him!!

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  22. what a sweet post, and what a lovely family :)

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  23. what a sweet post, and what a lovely family :)

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  24. How very nice, what a loving tribute to what sounds like a wonderful hubby, dad and friend!
    My own hubby also treats my children as his, what a wonderful feeling I have when I hear him refer to us as their parents. Makes me love him even more!
    Happy Birthday to your hubby!
    Carol
    http://ourreddoor.blogspot.com

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  25. What a beautiful post Jen. Happy Birthday to your hubby!

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  26. What a sweet guy!! Happy Birthday. My wonderful husband of 23 years has a Birthday tomorrow. I will be baking a German Chocolate Cake for him. I enjoyed my visit. Hope you can sttop by soon. Connie

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  27. Jenn, what a WONDERFUL tribute to a fantastic man! I have to say, I'm blessed to also be married to a man who couldn't give a diddly squat what other people think about his clothes, his car, his house, whatevah. He's also an outdoorsman. Wonder if there's a connection there, between a man loving nature and not being hung up on the trappings of society?

    At any rate ,it's pretty clear to me that one reason he's so happy is that he knows he landed a GEM of a wife!

    The photo of him w/ Maggie is priceless, as is the hill-rolling! And I love the visual of him answering the door in a boa! That is a hoot!

    Really touching post!

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  28. What wonderful words for your husband! Print them out and hang them where he can read them everyday!

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  29. What a loving trigute to your "sweet hubby". He sure sounds like a treasure and it is wonderful that you appreciate him so much. I always love to hear about happy marriages...so much better than hearing about those that are not.

    Happy Birthday to the man that inspired this wonderful post!!

    Linda
    xoxo

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  30. Happy Happy Birthday! Just came across your blog! Will be back to visit! So much reading to get caught up on!

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  31. What a wonderful tribute. Happiest birthday wishes to that boa, hair-clip wearing great guy of yours!

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  32. Happy Birthday to your dear Husband. What a wonderful gift to him to be able to read something like that.

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  33. This is so sweet! Happy birthday to your hunny!

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  34. Hi Jen
    What a lovely tribute to your hubby. But what a lucky fellow he is to be surrounded by such lovely girls!
    Sue

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  35. A wonderful post about a wonderful man! Thank you for sharing your story! The picture of your dog is adorable too.

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  36. Great pictures- I especially love the baton one- hilarious!

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  37. Jen that is the sweetest thing to post about your darling hubby and I just love him now for knowing all that! What a great couple you both make! Good job Jen for not settling!
    Hugs,
    Robyn

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  38. What a lovely tribute to a lovely man. Belated birthday wishes!

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  39. How did we get so lucky? Now I know where you were coming from when you "introduced" yourself to me (thank you!). We really do owe them the world don't we? Happy Birthday (belated - sorry!) to another fabulous husband and father!

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  40. What a great tribute to your hubby. He sounds like an incredible man and what the two of you have is soooo special!

    Happy belated birthday!

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