Yesterday I woke up and couldn't wait to tell my husband something very important.
Happy Birthday Dan
You are probably rolling your eyes and thinking, well ya, that is what you say to someone on their birthday Rachel. But I have got to tell you I haven't said those words to him in person, since the day I fell in love with him. Since the age of 18 Dan has only been home with his friends and family for one birthday. The rest of them he has been deployed. He has had to spent his birthday in a country far from home. Places where mail doesn't always make it on time, phone conversations are few and far between, and you are working around the clock. I am sure he was home sick and wanted to be surrounded by the people he loved but I never heard him complain once.
I take my birthday pretty seriously and when I looked at my husband yesterday morning I was humbled by the fact that he had gone so long without celebrating his. I couldn't help but want to do everything for him. He amazes me everyday with his kind heart and compassion. Like I said, he is humbling and makes me always want to be a better person. So you can't blame me when I wanted to throw him a big old party and celebrate him and all he is done BUT I wasn't aloud to do anything for his birthday...I made him a promise.
That being said I did make him one of his favorites for dinner....
Then I made chocolate chip salted caramel cookie bars with vanilla ice cream.
He sat and watched the Bruins game (let's not even talk about that!) and ate his dinner so content.
He didn't want anything else. It put a lot of things in perspective for me and I hope he knows how happy I am to have him by my side on his birthday. It almost brings tears to my eyes.