Happy Birthday, Love!

I don’t usually talk a lot about my family on here, but today’s a special day. Today’s my wife’s birthday. Today, she starts a new year. Today’s a new beginning. A new start. A new journey around the Sun.

This last year seems to have been particularly long. She’s been through so much and accomplished so much. She’s faced situations that most people wouldn’t be able to face. She fights a daily battle with pain and wins most days — just barely, perhaps, but wins nonetheless. Her courage and strength are inspiring.

She’s the most gifted person I know, though she doesn’t see it. She’s creative in ways that astound me and she’s shown me that sometimes creativity doesn’t color within the lines — it creates it’s own lines! Just walk through Grace Garden and you’ll see it, too

Her great love for her dog, Margo, is something akin to the realm of the mystical. I imagine them on grand adventures in an enchanted forest where love is the connecting element with all life. They’re the stuff of legends!

As I contemplate my life, I don’t know where I would be without her. She’s been the catalyst for so much of my journey and the constant companion on the Way. She occupies my daily thoughts and dreams. She the constant grounding force to my ethereal thoughts. She keeps me focused and practical. Like a good coach, she’s constantly challenging and encouraging me along the Way to do better; to be better.

I’m so blessed and thankful that I’ve been with her now for over 25 years. I’m excited to see where this New Year takes us!

Happy birthday, my Love. I hope you have a wonderful day full of all the good things you deserve.



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