Friday, July 23, 2010

Here's To You

I'm a day late, because I was busy living in the moment and celebrating...but this still goes out to you, Brad:

Happy 40th Birthday to my favorite person!  40?!  Welcome to greatness.  Or even greater greatness, with greater things to come! 

We talked recently about how great the 30's were to us.  You did your 30's well, and they were good to you.  We grew so much, worked through so much, and fell more deeply in love. 

I have no doubts the 40's will bring more of the same.  We'll grow some more.  We'll work through some more.  We'll probably struggle with something.  And we'll fall more deeply in love.

Thank you for being so patient, so loving, so kind, so strong, so encouraging, so...willing.  You lead me well.

Thank you for taking such good care of yourself.  All the time you run, swim, are taking good care of the man I love and the father of my children.  We want you around for a looooooong time.  Like forever.

You are a good man, Brad.

I love you so much.  I like you so much.  You are the love of my life...forever.

And if you decide to have some sort of mid-life crisis during this next decade, please choose something exciting like wave runners, or a boat, or a lake-side one bedroom home, or a condo in Hawaii....need some ideas?  I'm your girl.

I love you, Mr. 40.


  1. Happy Birthday Brad, this girl sure thinks your it...and not just on your birthday...she adores you as if you need to be told this...and yes, you are a good man!Have a great 40th and 40 more!

  2. Happy Birthday Mr. Carlson! You are a great role model and friend to us all!

  3. My awesomely sweet Leanne! I am sitting here at work with a lump in my throat because of your kind words. I absolutely love your writing. You are amazing!

    You're right, we've been through a lot over the past 10 years, including momements of enduring and moments of thriving. But even through the difficult times I wouldn't change a thing if it means being right by your side as we are now. Thank you for completing my life so well and knowing me inside and out.

    I appreciate your thoughtfulness and for making my birthday so special. I love your generous and caring heart.

    I am the luckiest man alive because of you!
    I LOVE YOU!!!
    me :)

  4. It is so very apparent that you complete each other. Exactly what the Lord had in mind for marriage...continue the give and take, the loving through adversity and the admiration for one another. God bless!

    Aunt Claudia