Saturday, March 20, 2010

Happy Birthday Ray!

Happy Happy Birthday daddy!
Today you turn the big 40! Yes my 40 going on 22 year old.

I could not find any pictures of him as a child. So we'll be pulling those out and doing a post on them for sure! You can't get out of that one!

It's funny because we met when you were trying to set me up with another guy. We ended up going out and after that first date I knew I would marry you someday!
Our wedding day was so fantastic. (and those glasses are the best!)

We had our first little boy, your namesake! Your little boy you taught to play baseball, and that followed you all around like a little puppy. He loves his daddy.

We continued to add little boys to our family. Each one different, each one a daddy's boy for sure. You teach them how to be proper boys, boys that will stand all day at a door holding it for everyone coming in!

Then we added a special baby boy to our family.

One who taught us more about love and patience than any other!

One who would test our marriage. And prove to us that we are a team, a team that loves each other and our boys more than anything in the world!
One that you would sit at his bedside for hours, after working all day long. To keep a watchful eye on our sick little boy.

Down syndrome became your love. Then you met a little girl that I think I'm now competing against. A little girl that stole your heart, the only one that I've seen make you cry with one kiss or one squeeze. One that made you want to add a little Down syndrome girl to our family of crazy boys!

One of these days soon we will get our little Down syndrome girl. Until then you will continue to nurture your boys how to be men. Play with them and comfort them when their upset. They couldn't have a better daddy!

We love you more than anything in the world.
Happy Birthday daddy!!


Denise said...

Oh my gosh...I am crying!!!! Such a beautiful post Lacey!! I LOVE the little Down syndrome girl part. I want you guys to find your girl SOOOO badly!!! Happy Birthday Ray!!

Rochelle said...

Great post Lacey, made me all teary too. Happy Birthday Ray, hope it is a great day!

Heather said...

You made me cry... seriously cry.Right now,as I type this,cry.

We love you Ray.You are one of the kindest,most sincere, most loving ...give the shirt right off you back guy,that I have ever met.I feel so privileged to call you friend.

So hurry up and move out here so we can celebrate all the birthdays with you guys!

Anderson Family said...

Happy Birthday Ray! What a great post walking back through time - can't wait to see those little boy pictures! And the glasses are good! Hope you guys have a great, fun day!

Kristin said...

Happy birthday Ray!

Maureen Claypool said...

Oh Lacey - that was beautiful! I am in tears right now! What a great couple and great parents you are - the world needs more of you two! Tell your hubby Happy Big 4-0! Still praying that little girl is going to come your way soon - what a blessed little girl she will be having four awesome big brothers and a gentle, kind Daddy(not to mention the best mommy in the world) looking after her!

Ruby's Mom said...

Wonderful post!! Made me teary.Happy birthday to Ray!I hope you find your little girl soon.

Alison said...

Happy birthday Ray! Lovely to see your wedding photo too. He sounds like a great dad and husband!

Emily said...

Happy Birthday Ray! That was such a sweet post!

Mama Mason-Mann said...

What a wonderful birthday tribute to your husband. You're always an inspiration Lacey. Hope you enjoyed his birthday! I hope to meet you both some day!

Julie Shaw said...

come by!!!

stephanie said...

Lacey that one did me in!!!!
Happy Birthday Ray!!!! You sound like a million bucks, can't wait to meet you one day!

The VW's said...

Happy Birthday Ray!!! You sound like a wonderful father and husband! Your family is blessed to have you! Hope you had a great day!

Great post Lacey! Your family is the best!

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

Happy birthday Ray! I heard my package arrived perfectly on time to celebrate! :)

I can't wait to see you guys again next month.

kecia said...

seriously...I was crying too! What a great dad! I LOVE that little ZOey melted his heart like that! Did you just meet them through blogs or did you know them before?

Conrad, Megan and Our Precious Keaton said...

Happy Birthday Ray!!!!! Hope you have a wonderful and blessed day! What a beautiful post Lacey.... Wow - you are blessed to have such an amazing husband and father!