happy birthday {to my sweetie}

*36* years ago, this little sweetie pie was born. :)

This is Brett at 4 years old.  *my heart melts at this photo*  Someday I must do a side-by-side comparison of this photo with Adin’s.  You might just crap yourself.

Brett’s Senior photo…..my heart no longer melts, more of an ON FIRE feeling.  DAMN.

Zack Morris who?? No, I’ll take Brett, thanks.

Ok, this is one of my FAVS although Brett hates it.  When I was 19 and met Brett at 23, he was such a “good” boy.  I’m sure the only reason he was drinking here was for some very practical reason, like keeping warm while camping or something.  But the photo totally cracks me up.

By the time I met Brett he had already been off exploring the world.  He went to school in New Mexico, came back to Ohio and then went to live abroad.  Here he is after coming home from Israel where he lived.  He also lived in Egypt, studying the Arabic language and living among the people.  He has such a strong passion for traveling, exploring, languages, and general vagabonding.

Very soon after this photo below, he came home to Cincy, met me, and “we” began.  How in the world he came back and married a straight up hillbilly is beyond me.  But I’ll take it.  ;)

Traveling in Germany with good friends.

So we met in 1998.  We dated, and were married 6 months later.  I knew I’d never find another man on this earth like him.  I knew I couldn’t let him go.

Thank the LORD I made that choice.  Look at these beautiful babies he gave me!! :)  (That is Riah.)

Brett is such an amazing father.  He loves our children so much, and would do anything he could for their wellbeing.  His intentions are always with them in mind, and I respect him so much for that.  I couldn’t have asked for a better father for my babies. :)  Oh, and he would GLADLY have 2 or 3 more.  In a heartbeat.

(Sorry honey….that’s not your birthday present!)

We married in 1998, and here’s what we had 10 years later. :)

We celebrated 10 years with a photo shoot with our pals Bobbi+Mike.  Here, they photographed us at our apartment building where we first lived when we were married.  Is was so special to go back to where it all began.

This is the Brett you blog readers know. :)

And this is my Brett. :)  I adore him.

Honey, sweetie, baby pie….I love you more than I could ever put into words.  Your hard work and dedication to our family does not go unnoticed.  You’ll never know how much it means to me that you dropped your traveling, languages, and peace corp dreams to be with me and raise a family.  I cherish the man that God gave me, and I thank him every time I remember. :)  Hope your birth DAY and this upcoming year are wonderful for you.  You are a blessing to us. Love you to the moon and back.



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April 14, 2010 - 10:26 am

Gail - Ahhhh…I love how much you love your man. What a sweet post and some day, I want to make one for Nick like this :)

We are all lucky in love, yes? :)

April 14, 2010 - 10:40 am

Katie - What a fantastic post! You have such a beautiful family. Love those old photos!

April 14, 2010 - 11:06 am

Lisa - I love these pics of you, Brett and the fam. The history is touching and such a great description of your love. We are blessed to have you all in our lives. Have a super birthday with him today!

April 14, 2010 - 11:22 am

melanie - hbd old man! wow, i didnt realize your ten yrs older than me!! ;) ~ but luckily your genes keep you lookin like youre my age. :) hope your day is fab! i think jess should give you a baby girl for your present. come on jess, you know you want another girl!! whats one more when you already have FOUR!! you need more kids in the house that look like jess instead of identical brett…its only fair!

April 14, 2010 - 12:46 pm

shannon selim - Isn’t it amazing the capacity God gives us to love!?! If we’re made in His image, what in the heck does He feel about us? It’s a stifling thought! This is so sweet Jesse! God Bless you both and may you have many more years to celebrate what He’s given you! :)

April 14, 2010 - 2:47 pm

John - Happy birthday, Brett! Looking forward to getting to know you both better in the coming year. Such a beautiful family!

April 14, 2010 - 5:30 pm

gina - such a sweet and endearing post jess! i think you each got exactly who you were meant to have and how lucky both of you are!
happy bday brett…maybe we’ll actually meet one of these days!

April 14, 2010 - 5:39 pm

kay - wonderful post! show us some wedding pics of you and your sweetie!!!

April 14, 2010 - 6:24 pm

Maggie - I’m just all teary-eyed and emotional at this post. I love to SEE love and I see it ALL over you and your family. Incredible!! PS: Love the apartment idea…that’s so special!

April 14, 2010 - 6:37 pm

Luvlee - Oh me oh my.. firstly you 2 are SO darn cute :) Brett is pretty cute too and those munchkins are all extra cute!! Happy Birthday too :)

April 14, 2010 - 7:41 pm

Mama - Happy B’day to my youngest SON. WOW how the time flies…seems just a couple yrs. ago I held him in my arms. He has grown into such a wonderful, Man/Son, Husband and “Baba”. This is a wonderful blog-memory, and I would turn back the clock in a heart-beat if I could and do it all over again with my 3 sons(and maybe a couple more.) I LOVE HIM BEYOND THE TELLING… Mama

April 14, 2010 - 7:58 pm

Adrienne - i love you and your family. you radiate happiness – it’s perfect!

April 15, 2010 - 9:00 am

holly - i love that baba to bits and pieces

April 15, 2010 - 8:49 pm

edie - What an awesome tribute to Brett. And such wonderful pics. We had so much fun with you guys last week—you are so talented. And such a cute couple! Thanks so much for the making the session so easy. Love reading about your life!

April 15, 2010 - 8:51 pm

edie - Oh and silly me, Happy Birthday Brett!!!!

April 21, 2010 - 9:16 am

Maya Laurent - Happy belated birthday Brett! And the Zach Morris hair…thinking he should bring that back! :)

May 12, 2010 - 1:02 pm

bobbi - WOWEEEEE!!!!! I can’t believe I’m such a sh*thead that i never commented on this. This was one of the best birthday tributes I’ve read. :) Brett, you’re such an awesome dad (even to people who are only 8 years younger ;) ) Thanks for being you. You inspire me to be a better person.

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