today, the love of my life has a birthday! and as i started going through some of my favorite photos of him, i just decided i want to share a million of my favorite pictures from over the years because he’s the handsomest and i have this thing about taking a lot of pictures. ;)
i’ve known josh for over ten years now. and i have to tell you, marrying this man was one of the smartest decisions i ever made. and not just because he makes everything delicious in the kitchen or is somehow aging in a benjamin button sort of way where he just keeps getting hotter every year (like HOW).
but because this man is pure good. because this man loves me unconditionally, and is always kind, even when i haven’t been kind back. over the time i’ve known him, we have laughed so hard together, until we had nothing left to do but cry. and we have cried so hard together, through trials, through heart ache, through prayer… until there was nothing left to do but hold each other and try our best to smile.
because he annoys me daily but when i’m away from him for just a few hours i miss him something awful and can’t wait to be next to him again. because he pushes and challenges me in the ways i need to be pushed and challenged, while still knowing when to just step aside gently and let me figure it out. (i don’t know how he does it.)
because he serves under the radar, and doesn’t care for praise. because he’s nothing but honest, an incredibly hard worker and loves new york city more passionately and fervently than i do (which is hard to beat). because when we spot a chic-fil-a on the map as we’re driving, he’ll do anything to make a major detour and get to it stat! because he’s somehow taught all three of our kids to love haagen dazs ice cream pints but also kale salads and like, who does that.
because this man has the most adventurous spirit, the patience of a saint, exceptional taste in music and the ability to listen and love and rarely judge as i’ve grown and changed over the years. because he’s the kind of guy who has managed to set up three different trash cans into our itty bitty apartment kitchen, because recycling correctly is important to him (let’s not even get into his whole compost pile thing.) because he’ll email and call the city council member with issues he wants to help with to improve our neighborhood for the better and when he doesn’t get an answer, he’ll go in person and wait in the office until he can meet with someone face to face.
because he is a dedicated father who loves his children more than anything, and puts family first, always. because he’s my business partner and we haven’t killed each other yet while working together. ;) because when he looks at me, i know i am so loved and everything will be okay. because he’s my love and marrying someone when you’re barely 21 is crazy scary and i realize this could have turned out not so great.
you’re my favorite person, josh davis. thank you for being my best friend, the father of our children and the love of my life. happy birthday!
^probably forever my favorite photo of baby eleanor and josh!
^baby face josh and tiny samson in amsterdam!
^just two babies, celebrating our first year of marriage in the village with burgers and gelato!
^when his hair was very 2008 and i obviously cut my own bangs.
^josh and the kids together is my favorite thing in this world.
^because he’s willing to put up with my hat obsession which, case in point with the photo above, has to be so annoying at times.
^because he can still carry all three kids on himself like it’s nothing.
^okay, this photo is my most favorite, i think.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HANDSOME!