Monday, October 29, 2007

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOE!!!!!!!

Joe's Birthday was last week...October 23rd. I was HOPING to make it super special for him, but was busy packing for Tennessee. If I were normal, I would have just thrown stuff into a suitcase and called it good. Packing for me this time meant cleaning out my closet (filling 4 trash bags with clothes for Deseret Industries), and cleaning the whole house top to bottom. I just can't leave a dirty house. Unfortunately for Joe, he's not coming until TOMORROW. Being the good husband that he is, though, he's home re-cleaning whatever he's dirtied since I left so that we can still come home to a clean house. That alone deserves a special birthday tribute, so here's to the many things I love about Joe!

1. He's a GREAT daddy! While it's true that sometimes his idea of "watching" Parker for me means getting up early so that I can sleep in only for me to be awakened by Parker's crying at my bedroom door while Joe is asleep on the couch, he really loves spending time with Parker. And Parker is SO GLAD when daddy comes home! 2. Joe will HONESTLY eat anything. This makes my job SO MUCH EASIER. Not only will he eat whatever I make him, he usually likes it. I can only think of ONE time so far in 3 1/2 years of marriage that something was so bad that he couldn't take more than a few bites. I knew it had to be REALLY bad for Joe not to eat it. Luckily I was in a good mood and laughed with him about it.
3. He loves to have a good time. He's also very willing to compromise for the benefit of others. He'll go along with ANYTHING if it's what everyone else wants to do. (He doesn't compromise his standards, however...) Joe is VERY easy-going...much less high-maintenance than I am (unfortunately for him)!

4. Joe is incredibly adventurous! He'll try ANYTHING if it sounds remotely fun (unlike me...I don't like trying new things unless I know I'll be good at them.) Joe's not afraid of laughing at himself and he's usually pretty good at whatever he tries! 5. Joe tries really hard to make everyone happy...especially me! I'm definitely the "fighter" in the relationship. Sometimes I just really want to fight, but it never works with Joe. I usually end up laughing instead!
6. Joe is very sentimental...more-so than I am! He really wanted to save hairs from Parker's first haircut...I thought a picture would suffice!
7. He loves his family! He's a great husband, father, son, brother, and uncle. Everyone needs an Uncle Joe! (Doesn't Luke look like Parker in this picture?)
8. Joe's great at planning for the future. I'm definitely the spender...he's the saver.
9. When we first started dating, I was still sort of hanging on to a former fling. My dad pointed out the night and day differences between Joe and this guy. He knew by how Joe treated me from the very beginning that I would always be a priority in Joe's life. Not so much with the other dude. How right he was! A girl in our student ward called Joe the "best kept secret in the ward." How right she was! I am so grateful EVERY DAY to be married to this cute, hard-working, fun, smart, amazing guy who puts up with the many faces of me and loves me anyway!
HAPPY 28TH BIRTHDAY, JOE! I LOVE YOU!

11 comments:

Evelyn and Art said...

Awww, that is so cute! Happy Birthday Joe! We're sorry we missed the cake and ice cream and having you over for dinner. We'll have everyone over when y'all get back! Have fun in Tenn and tell Parker that Ellie misses him!

Stie: My Favorite Things said...

Happy birthday, Mr. Crazy Marathon Man. You've got a good one there!

Diane said...

Happy Birthday Joe!! We are soooo glad to have you in our family!! You're right...everyone needs an Uncle Joe!!

Annakaisa said...

What a CUTE post! I agree: Joe is very cool and such a nice guy. And so good to you. I'm SOO glad you eneded up with him... and not with the 'other dude'. ;)

Michael said...

Nicely put. Happy birthday, Joe. PS, you didn't mention that your brother dropped everything to celebrate the big day!

Maylene said...

Have fun on vacation! I laughed about the cleaning the whole house part (I think I am kind of like that too!). Joe is the coolest...I only wished we lived closer so we could hang out with you guys!

Kimberly and Devon said...

Taylor, Luke, and Blake LOVE their Uncle Joe. You're right...everyone does need an Uncle Joe in their life! What would ours be like without him! Happy Birthday, Joe!

Susie said...

You are so sweet to him! Hope you are having a wonderful visit with your mom and dad- give them a hug from me! Can't wait to see pictures of Parker in his costume!

Mandy said...

Happy Birthday Joe! How fun to read all of that about him. Since we have only hung out a few times I knew he was a great and funny guy but it was fun to read all the reasons he loves you! I went to invite you to thanksgiving point the other day and realized you were in TN! Hope you are having fun! WE REALLY NEED TO GET TOGETHER WHEN YOU GET BACK!!!

Grandma Hand said...

Oh my gosh! What a wonderful tribute to a great guy. I am so glad that we have him in our GREAT FAMILY. Love from Grandma Hand.

Tina said...

How sweet you guys are to each other. There is nothing better in life, nothing to compare to a strong relationship. It blesses so many lives besides your own!
Thanks for your examples and happy birthday Joe.