6.27.2013

What I See When I Look At You...


Dear Shawn, 

Happy 29th handsome. I spent a little while searching for a picture of just you to use for today's post as 98% of them turn out looking like a giant hand in front of your face while exclaiming "don't!", but then I landed on this one up above and my eyes filled up with tears instantly. How perfectly it captures exactly what I see when I look at you. You are a man that has had to work for every little bit of where you are now. The adversities thrown your way throughout the past 29 years would have been enough to make me give up on life. But you? You have taken those challenges and have turned them into something great. The way you take a hardship and turn it into an opportunity to become stronger, smarter, and often happier is an amazing and admirable trait. I hope you know the pride that is behind these eyes of mine when looking at you. I wish so badly that your dad was here to witness the man you have become, but I trust he is watching it all from up above saying "job well done son". You are exactly what so many people would've never guessed you to be years ago. Your work ethic is out of this world. Your lighthearted spirit is inspirational. Your smile is contagious. Your stability is appreciated. And best of all, your love is unquestionable. Not only have you taught me what joy, peace, comfort, and protection feel like but you have also shown me how grace and forgiveness are played out in very tangible ways. Thank you for loving us through life. Without you, I would be half of the woman I am today. And hey. I know I don't always say it, but the man that you are...is exactly the man I want you to be. Keep doing you. It's the best thing I've ever experienced. 

Love you. 

E

....now let's go celebrate before you turn 30. 
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29 comments:

  1. Awww. This is so wonderful! Seriously, it made my heart smile. Great loves are few and far between these days. I'm a sucker for love stories.

    (Happy 29th!)

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  2. oh my... just the sweetest.....its these things i think all of the men in our lives need to hear.....thanks for sharing a little glimpse into your love story.....happy birthday.....

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  3. I know that I've been a little emotional in the past few days but this was just seriously beautiful. Good job girl!

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  4. This is sweet and beautiful. I'm sure he really appreciates it and loves you all the more.
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  5. So so sweet! You are lucky to have such a great man!!
    Happy birthday Shawn!

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  6. Sweet! Lucky girl...and guy :)

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  7. Awe very sweet! Happy birthday to your hubs!

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  8. Love. Love. Love. Happy Birthday!

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  9. This made me tear up! Such a beautiful post and so eloquently put.

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  10. Love all the love! Doing the cupid shuffle for amazeball husbands right now #wootwoot Happy Birthday Mr. Yellow! ;)

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  11. Ah. Sweetest post ever!

    Happy Anniversary, love.

    Lauren xx
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  12. Happy birthday!!!
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    xxx

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  13. By far one of the sweetest things I have ever read! You two are obviously meant for each other! Have fun celebrating! Cheers!!!
    Jules

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  14. Awe that's so sweet and heartfelt. Love it!

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  15. Totally made me tear up... happy birthday!

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  16. This was so sweet and touching! Happy birthday to Shawn!

    Lauren
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  17. Such beautiful words!
    Happy birthday to what sounds like a wonderful man
    And really, celebrate before you're 30. IT all changes from there

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  18. Happppppy Happy Birthday Shawn-ee! You're wife is awesome! And sounds like you are, too. Hope you have a wonderful Erin and Buffett filled Bday weekend!

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  19. How sweet! It's Andrew's Birthday, too!! Great guys were born on this day! :)

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  20. Holy tears in my eyes! This is so sweet!

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  21. This is such an incredibly sweet post! Happy b-day to him and have so much fun celebrating!!

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  23. Oh my goodness. Erin you are so blessed and you just made me cry. You are a special woman too. Love your blog you always have a way of putting a smile on my face. Thanks for sharing your life with us. -

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  24. Happy Birthday!! Hubby's are great for some things, hehe.

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  25. This is such a sweet letter, happy birthday to Shawn!

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I read and appreciate every one of your comments. Thanks for stopping by my space and sharing a piece of yourself on this huge ole internet. I meant that in the least creepy way possible. I'm just good at making everything awkward. Anyhow, thank you for your comments. They make me smile :)