People ask us how a lad from Ireland and a Texan ever came together. I have my very romantic version of the story and of course, you have your own funny side! The long and short of it is that we both relocated to Colorado for our jobs within a month of each other. When I arrived I knew very few people and was the only female in our office until a beautiful girl from Ireland moved out via Boston. Anne-Marie, who incidentally also has a birthday today (Happy Birthday AM if you are reading!!) and I became fast friends and shared a loft apartment together. We credit her as our match-maker and the rest is a happy history!
I feel so blessed to be your wife, Brian. There is so much I admire and love about you including your persistent optimism, sense of humor, and your ability to do well at just about anything you put your mind to. I love the way you adore a good old fashioned debate and will take the opposite side simply for pleasure and to keep the conversation running, along with your analytical side which has taught me ever so much to see the world in a completely different way. I marvel at your ability to remember obscure facts and numbers. If we ever do get caught on Cash Cab we'll be certain to risk it all on a video bonus! And I doubt anyone could question your love of soccer, rugby and especially golf. You have such an intense passion for that game and it makes me very proud of your dedication, yes, even on a busy weekend!
But most of all I love the way you make those around you feel loved. You are intensely loyal and forgiving even when I do something really stupid. Your greatest joy is in being a dad and I see evidence of this in each and every day. Thank you for making me a better person.
And now for a trip down memory lane with some of my favorite pictures (at least from the few that escaped our recent hard drive crash!):
You, Joyce, Keith and Ita. In this picture you look so much like my own sister Melissa looked at that age! How wild is that?
One of our first New Year's together.
I had to end this post with a golf shot. This has to be your absolute favorite pastime and possibly where you are happiest? I love you to bits Brian and hope this year of going from a three person family to four is one of our best!!
Don't forget about our first giveaway! There are multiple ways to enter to increase your chances of winning between now and Monday so look at yesterday's (February 14th) post for more scoop!