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it’s a big day over here! although there will likely be no cake to commemorate it. but hey, who said you can’t stick a birthday candle into a tower of fruit?! (you aren’t getting away with it that easily, mister-josh-sugar-conscious-trying-to-healthier-it-drives-me-mad-davis.)

i love birthdays because it gives me an excuse to gush about the people i love with less eye rolls than usual. and this man, wow. do i love him.

it’s always been difficult for me to express just how much josh means to me.  a day doesn’t go by where i don’t think to myself, “holy cow. i got so lucky” when it comes to the spouse department. i just don’t know anyone else who is as selfless, considerate, generous, thoughtful, or loving. and i mean that. forget the last 10+ years of marriage, i mean, just the last several months alone, where i’ve basically been completely checked out either sick in bed or sick kneeling over the toilet due to this twin pregnancy, he has shown me yet again the kind of man he is. taking care of the laundry, the dishes, all the cooking and meals, the morning routine and bedtime routine with the kids, the school drop offs and pick ups, the homework and after school playdates or lessons… all the while keeping our business afloat, meeting the deadlines and conquering all the behind the scenes stuff that takes up much of the work day and is never fun or glamorous (well, not to me at least. i think he enjoys it), all while working on new endeavors within it and never appearing flustered or stressed the way i do on the daily.

yep, i just bragged and you can roll your eyes now if you haven’t already. but i want him to know i’ve noticed. and i’m so freaking appreciative and grateful.

does he annoy me? daily. do we have disagreements or frustrations with one another and our life together? of course. but i’m thankful that josh centers his life around God and his family in such a way, that it always seems to bring us back to what matters most. and for that, i am so incredibly thankful.

we started the birthday celebrations last night around the dinner table, as we ate ice cream cones after family home evening. i asked the kids to each share one thing they loved about their papa and i should have known they wouldn’t be able to stop at just one. they kept wanting to go around and around again to add other things. answers that really blew me away, too. like, “because when i have a problem he helps me find a solution and problem solve” or “he helps me keep hands up while playing the piano and learn a new song” or “because he makes me laugh so hard every day.”

so josh, thank you for being the kind of guy who makes me feel like the most beautiful woman in the world, even when i’m sick and just puked and have new stretch marks showing up in the weirdest places.  thank you for loving on our babies like they are your everything. for being the kind of guy that makes room for compost in our freezer and triple checks that the kids tennis shoes are always wide enough to never crush their pinky toes. ;) thanks for always being up for an adventure, near or far, and for loving new york city more fiercely than i do (which i always say, is hard to top). to this day, you’re still the best decision i ever made, marrying you. and i still can’t believe it’s just getting better and better.

i love you. happy birthday! and thanks for being my man.

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  1. josh

    THANK YOU, NAOMI! YOU ARE TOO KIND! I couldn’t do it without you, love!

    Love, Husband

    P.S. After the comments last night at the table and breakfast this morning, I’ve already had such a wonderful birthday, feeling lots of love. You’re so thoughtful! And way to go with the fruit tower at breakfast!! I loved that. So creative! Can we do that every year now?

  2. Anne-Sophie

    What a beautiful love declaration ! Wish you the best for the life yet to come … !

  3. sydney85

    Great Dads are the best!

  4. Jessica

    Happy Birthday Josh!

    How sweet is this? I totally get what a big deal it is to have your husband step in and do everything while you’re sick or pregnant. My husband has totally done his fair share over the last few years. More than one person should have to do, that’s for sure. It means so much! I hope you guys have a great day together, celebrating!

    http://www.jessicabroyles.com

  5. Carly

    Happy Birthday to Josh!

    This post is so lovely. You two are an inspiring couple and Josh is definitely an inspiring dad. It’s so awesome when dads are involved with their kids and go above and beyond to take care of their families and interact with their children. This world need more men like Josh in it.

    Carly from http://www.AModernMomBlog.com

  6. Brittany

    Oh my gosh this post is SO SWEET and then I saw Josh’s comment here….OH MY GOSH! <3 Thanks for being such examples, guys! Happy birthday Josh!

  7. Hannah

    Gush away, the world needs to see more love! Happy birthday Josh! No doubt you had a fantastic one with your lovely family.

    http://www.chausadventure.com

  8. Sierra

    No eye rolling over here! Josh sounds a lot like my husband and I think it’s so important to be able to celebrate our loved ones and express how thankful we are for them. A big happy birthday to him! I hope you all have the best day celebrating, even if it’s over a tower of fruit :) Sierra~Beautifully Candid

  9. Gretchen

    What a great day to have a birthday! 😏 It’s my birthday too. Love your posts as always!

  10. lorena

    Feliz cumpleaños to your lovely husband! I love that he looks so involved with bringing up your children to be good people. Seems like you are doing a great job. I know you may not be perfect, but it is also great to think you are, hahaha

  11. This is too cute! Love that ya’ll obviously work so much at your marriage–thanks for inspiring! Whenever you gush about Josh I’m always like “gosh, I want to be more like him!” Happy birthday!

  12. Stacy

    Aw such sweet images. Happy Birthday Josh. Thanks for giving me several laughs with your exuberant “I’m a penguin!”

  13. mk

    so sweet!!! HBD Josh!!

    sidenote: I think Samson looks so much like Naomi!!! WOW!! darling as always :)

  14. Ashley

    So beautiful 😭💕

  15. Susie

    You two epitomize what a marriage and a family should be about. Happy Birthday Josh and many, many more!

  16. Erica

    Happy birthday Josh! I mean this in no disrespect to my partner, but, Naomi, you do sound like a lucky girl. :)

  17. Jamie

    What a sweet post. A big happy birthday to Josh!

  18. Megan

    It’s so nice to see such a sweet note. As my January has been tumultuous and a sad, it’s nice to see such a love. You guys are so sweet. Thanks for that.
    @meginbarcelona

  19. Carrie

    This made me smile :) Happy birthday, Josh!

  20. Tily

    Happy birthday!! Many more years of fruit towers to come!

  21. Maridith Lane

    All the pictures of Josh holding a sleeping Conrad… just about the best.

    Happy Belated Birthday!

  22. Lauren

    Happy birthday josh!! I think we would be friends IRL

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