Tuesday, June 17, 2008


June is a big month for our family. Our anniversary is on the 12th, my birthday is the 18th, and Rhianna and Stephanie share a birthday on the 22nd. So we have a lot going on.

In addition, we have decided as a family that we are not going to have regular birthday parties. Our birthdays are going to be focused on doing things with family and maybe one or two friends. So, when it is someone's birthday they get to choose what we are having for dinner. They can pick a restaurant to go to, or they can pick a dinner to be made at home. This generally works great, except because Rhianna and Stephanie have the same birthday someone can get left out. So what we decided is that Stephanie gets to do her picking of her birthday meal/celebration on our anniversary (That is why I call it the Birthaversary). She saves opening presents until her actual birthday, but she picks the place to eat on our Anniversary.

For her special meal she decided to go out to breakfast. We went to breakfast at Robert's restaurant. It is a wonderful little, local diner that only serves breakfast and lunch. What we love about the place is that everything is homemade. We love their French Toast, made with freshly baked bread. We also really enjoyed their freshly baked cinnamon rolls. The rolls are huge and they cut them in half and grill them before they serve them to you and they are absolutely delicious. It was a wonderful meal. We even took a picture while we were there.

This year was our 10th anniversary. It is amazing to me that we have been married for 10 years. I can unequivocally say that this has been the best 10 years of my life. I often tell people that being married is so much better than being single that the difference is almost unimaginable. Stephanie is a wonderful wife and a great mother. I love her more than I can say. When I was younger, I remember being unsure if I would ever get married. I could not really imagine finding someone that I could love completely. I also doubted that I would ever really be able to find someone who would really understand me. Although it seems funny now, at the time I just really felt like there was no one that I really could share everything with. Yet, despite everything, Stephanie and I found each other. We are so well suited for each other that I think it is absolutely amazing and I feel completely blessed and grateful. Recently I read a blog post that stated that because of his children, this person had no regrets about his past because to change even one thing about his life before the birth of his children would result in these exact children not being born. I feel very similarly. Whenever I look back on my life before I met Stephanie I realize that if any one of a multitude of factors were different, we would never have met. So, although I was far from perfect before I met her, and some very difficult and sad things happened to me and my family, yet I can honestly say that I wouldn't change a thing.


Maria said...

Steve this is such a nice post--a great birthday tribute to Steph. You have always been a great example as a big brother-in-law and I am glad Stephanie found someone who fits her so well. Happy birthday to you all!

merathon said...

what a sweet post about your sweet stephanie! i hope our ten year anniversary next year will be just as special!

do you think you could fedex me one of those cinnamon rolls? it sounds fabulous, and you don't want to deny a pregnant woman her cravings, do you?

Unknown said...

looks like you had fun...hey I want some french toast. JaCoby says hi to the kids...he misses them