Sunday, April 01, 2007

Happy Birthday, Chip!

You know there has to be a birthday tribute to the Nitty.Gritty. husband today, because it's not just April Fool's Day, but also Chip's birthday.
He was born prematurely, and as small as he was at birth...and fragile too, I can honestly say that there are many people in the world who are grateful for his will to live, his competitive nature, & his zest for life. Especially me. I believe that it's so true...good things come in small packages.
I have been lucky to have Chip at my side for about 13 years now...and while I have heard some debates recently about the subject that women shouldn't feel 'pressure' to have a man in their life, I know I wouldn't be who I am without Chip in my life. I was a 'whole person' before I met Chip, and actually when we first met, the last thing I was intending was to date him. I was very comfortable with my life and was enjoying being single. I didn't feel like I needed a "Jerry McGuire moment" or someone to 'complete me'.
For whatever reason (and a lot of laughter and fun and just simply the fact that Chip brought out the best parts of me) we ended up together, and I wouldn't trade our friendship and struggles and experiences and growth together for anything in this world. It's truly amazing and special. And I'm not just saying that because it's Chip's birthday....or that it's April Fool's Day. =)
It's the truth- every single day. I thank God for allowing my path to cross with Chip's- even though I didn't think I needed a guy in my life.
I have to admit, I take him for granted sometimes, and the kids miss him during the really busy golf season, and of course we would all like to spend more down time together- with family and friends...but to be able to hug him and laugh with him and enjoy life from day to day, well, that is my privilege and joy in life.
Happy 39th birthday, the most amazing guy I have known in my life. Hugs and kisses from all your Nitty.Gritty. kids too. They think you're the greatest...and they happen to be right!


shawnna said...

Sorry about the above (it had a typo)


May GOD continue to BLESS you and yours.


Cris said...

The one of him on the horse had me cracking up. LOL.

Happy Birthday Chip! God bless you on this special day! :)

{jennie} said...

Happy Birthday Mr. Nitty.Gritty!
The pictures are fabulous!

tammy said...

Happy Birthday Chip aka Mr.Nitty.Gritty~~
May the Lord richly bless you today and always!
Best Wishes,
~Tammy in N.Michigan~

patterns of ink said...

Happy Birthday, Chip. Is that the first time you showed up on a white stallion for Jody? Looks like the weather cooperated. Have a great Spring Break with the family!

Hilary said...

Chip the Horse. You rock.
Happy Birthday.

btw i was shopping for invites and saw some Holly Kitty cards and thought of you. kinda funny. i don't really know you at all but thousands of miles away...their you are. Blogs. how Fun.

Hilary said...

i meant Hello Kitty.

Anonymous said...

That picture with the rainbow is so perfect, I gasped. Love the photos!