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.