Where do I even start? I remember the day I saw you for the first time like it was last week. I was a freshman just learning my way around the campus, not having a clue how impactful that year was going to be for me and my future.
I was just getting to know the people there and can happily say, made some friends for life.
My friend, Stella who I had literally made friends with a few weeks earlier (who is now the godmother to our daughter) thought it would be a good idea if I met her friend who she believed would be a great fit for me.
I was just out of a relationship as I didn’t see much sense in staying with my high-school BF since I was moving to the other side of the country, so it was a rough few weeks for me, adjusting to a life without him, trying to keep my spirits up.
Stella kept bugging me about this friend of hers, and even though I wasn’t in a good place (at least when it came to dating, I didn’t think I was ready at ALL), I decided to go for drinks with her and a couple of other people—YOU included.
I had to make myself go, and I almost didn’t even show up.. but I thank the Lord I did.
The moment I arrived at the pub, I saw this amazing looking guy…with eyes bluer than the skies and a smile that seemed so genuine and real.
I immediately started wondering if that was you, so when I finally approached the table and sat down, Stella introduced us, and I was right, it was you!
I couldn’t contain my excitement. I was attracted to you the moment I saw you across that pub, and getting to know you, I realized that there was a fantastic human on the inside as well.
It was like nobody else at the table existed. You and I did not stop for AIR. It was like I had known you for years, and I felt the same from you.
The ‘’date’’ went perfectly. Even though we weren’t alone, it really felt like we were! I don’t know if you knew it then, but I had no doubts about you from that day on.
Our dates continued, and I was falling more madly in love with each passing day. You made me forget all about my heartbreak.
You were so charming, real, fun, and encouraging. You never pressured me into anything and you understood why I wanted to take it slow with you.
Meeting you that day was one of the best decisions of my life because had I not appeared for drinks that night, I wouldn’t be the luckiest wife and mother in the world at this very moment.
You made my college years fly by like they were a breeze, and everything was so much easier knowing I had you!
We only grew stronger as the years went by, and everybody knew that we were meant to be. We were like two peas in a pod.
I have to tell you… you truly made me the happiest girl in the world just by being so patient, loving, kind, and considerate, and I couldn’t imagine being any happier… until the day you proposed.
It was the last year of college. We were living together, and we had so many plans for the future. We were both successfully nearing the very end of our college years, and knowing I didn’t have to say goodbye to you was the only thing that kept me in one piece.
So one day, I got home from drinks with Stella and a few of our close girlfriends, and I was feeling particularly down because it was only a matter of weeks before they all went back home, and I couldn’t stand the thought of not seeing them every single day.
You noticed I was a little bummed, so I guess you decided to make my day, and boy, did you!
You waited until I got out of the shower, cleared my mind a bit and sat on the coach in my towel in front of the TV.
You sat beside me and asked if there was anything you could do to make me feel better. I instantly replied ‘’No’’, but I was thankful you cared so much.
And then you asked me: ‘’Are you sure?’’, and you whipped out a little box that changed my life forever.
You opened it… and asked me: ‘’How about now?’’ with the biggest, happiest smile I had ever seen on you, and all I can remember is crying my eyes out, hugging you SO tightly and barely finding the words to say: ‘’YES, a million times yes!’’
And even though I already knew you were a keeper…that moment cemented it. I literally could not have been any happier, and my world had just gotten a million times better.
And now, on your birthday, I want to tell you that I was wrong. I thought I couldn’t possibly any happier then, but right now, at this very moment, I can proudly tell you that I am the happiest I have ever been, by far!
Looking back on our life together, our college years, then when real life hit us, and now having this beautiful angel of a daughter, and our relationship being stronger than ever, I don’t think there is anyone more grateful than I am today.
You are the most loving husband I ever could’ve dreamed of. Your support through our daily life is everything to me. The way you look at me gives me instant comfort and a sense of security.
You are my rock, my savior and my closest confidant. You make the hardest times feel easier and the best times that much better!
I wish you the happiest birthday my love… It truly is a special day. I didn’t think I would find something like this ever. I thought that love of this kind existed only in movies and that real life was way different.
Meeting you proved to me that I really don’t need that movie type of love anyway. I love you now more than I ever did then. I don’t need you to be perfect (even though you are the closest thing to it). I just need you to be there, and you are!
When I was going through a hard time during that last year of college, saying goodbye to Stella and our gang, feeling so down for having to part ways (only physically though) with my best friends in the world.. you were so understanding and supportive.
A few years back, when you decided to give me the best surprise ever and you secretly flew in Stella for my birthday, I was beyond grateful that you knew exactly what would make me cry tears of joy.
Flying in my best friend that I loved (and still do) like a sister, whom I hadn’t seen in a whole year made my entire week! I didn’t know if I was happier for seeing her or for having the world’s most thoughtful husband!
Thank you again my love for knowing me so well and always doing everything in your power to make me the happiest I can be! How can I ever repay you?
Thank you for being the most selfless human being I know. You always do what’s right, not caring how it affects you personally, and you always put everyone else’s needs before your own.
You are an incredible friend, and I know how much your friends love you! I love seeing you be so kind, fun and humble with all of them, and I am not surprised at all when they all show up whenever you need them.
You are the world’s greatest dad! I know our journey to parenthood was a challenging and a difficult one, to say the least… but you persevered, and you never gave up. When I was close to giving up, you were the one encouraging me to keep going and not lose hope.
And today, after years of struggling to conceive, our perfect little angel is here, and you never stop showing her how much her daddy loves her!
Watching you two together is my favorite pastime. She loves you SO much. I love how she always wants you to read her a bedtime story. I love how you talk to her, how you dote on her and how you always have time for her.
You never let her feel like she’s alone. If she wants you to play with her, you drop everything and you’re right there on the floor, up to your elbows in toys, coloring books, and whatnot.
I always knew you would be an amazing dad. It comes so naturally to you. And I love the bond you have with our little girl. You two are my favorite people on Earth!
I am so proud to call you my husband. I know you are not big on PDA, but I am, and your birthdays are the only time you let me express my deep love and gratitude for you without rolling your eyes (playfully, of course!).
You get so shy when you get complimented which is one of the many reasons why I love you so much. You just do these amazing things for everyone, never expect anything in return and don’t seek validation, ever. You just do it out of the goodness of your heart.
Thank you for making me so happy every single day. Thank you for being understanding when my work schedule is crazy, and you have to pick up our girl when it’s my turn.
Thank you for never complaining when I ask you to drop everything and do something last minute. I know it’s not convenient for you, and I never take it for granted.
Thank you for loving my family like it’s your own! You have no idea how much it means to me seeing your bond with my parents and my sisters. They all love you almost as much as I do.
I genuinely think that there isn’t a person in this world you can’t get along with!
Thank you for not pressuring me to get a job straight out of college even though we could’ve used the extra money. Thank you for letting me find something I truly felt passionate about, and not making me feel like I was foolish for taking so much time finding myself.
Thank you for being my protector. Thank you for making me feel so safe all the time. Thank you for being my shoulder to cry on and my favorite person to share happy news with.
Whenever I’m down, you always know just what to say to put a smile on my face. You truly are one special person, my love! I don’t think I have ever laughed with anyone the amount I laugh with you!
Sometimes I feel like you should be a comedian, but then I change my mind because I don’t want to share you! I am too selfish that way. I want you all to myself.
Meeting you ten years ago was truly one of the best decisions I have ever made, and thinking what would’ve happened with my life had I not met you is unbearable.
Everything is so much better with you near me! I thank my lucky stars for blessing me with the most amazing guy I ever dared dreaming of.
Happy birthday, sweetheart, I hope you know how much I cherish you. You and our baby girl are the most precious things in the world to me, and I will spend forever making you feel loved and cared for.
I wish you the best day today, and know that I love you more than I can ever put into words.