Happy First Day of the Last Year of This Decade of Your Life.
(that’s about right, sounds exactly like something you’d say)
I baked a German Chocolate Cake last night. I wish that we lived closer so that I could have surprised you with it.
So, I took a picture of it, ate a piece and today I dropped it off at the elementary school and told them to enjoy it in honor of your birthday. (They’re very happy today was your birthday)
What to say to you on your birthday?
I hope today is wonderful, I hope y’all throw some steaks on the barbie and that they’re perfectly medium rare, I hope the potatoes are crisp and tender. I hope that the boys come over and that you’re surrounded by love and family and laughter and hugs, those things that you worked so hard to teach us are the most important aspects of life.
Thank you for always standing beside me.
Thank you for holding me just tightly enough that your presence was always known but, not stifling.
Thank you for allowing me to fall and to fail.
Thank you for always picking me up afterward and helping me to find the right path.
Thank you for being an amazing Father and Man, one to whom every other boy and man was measured against.
Thank you for standing with me and loving me and laughing with me on the day you passed me over to the man who did measure up.
I have learned and continue to learn so much from you.
About life and parenting, about saying I’m sorry and not being afraid to show my children that I’m not perfect.
I have grown and learned the most from you, not from your perfections, but your imperfections. I hope I am able to teach my children in the same way.
Thank you for helping me to realize that life shouldn’t be taken too seriously, or I’ll never make it through in one piece.
You have helped me to see the importance of friendship, independence, laughter, love and knowledge.
You taught me to stand on my own two feet, but also to know that it is just as important to know how to ask for help and lean on others when it is necessary.
You were, and still are, the best father any little girl could ever wish for and now, the most amazing Grandpa.
Happy Birthday, Daddy.
We love you so much.
Rachel, Nathan, Princess and Monkey
I had a plan.
The kids were going to sing Happy Birthday to you and I was going to videotape it and put it on here and it was going to be messy and adorable.
I can’t find my video camera, anywhere. *sigh*