Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Thoughts about my Birthday.

It's truly amazing how quickly Birthdays come and go as the years pass by us.
I had a really good Birthday this year.  The celebration was amazing, and I took a few moments while surrounded by some of my family and friends to just reflect.

I know I talk a lot about TL on this little blog of mine.  The obvious reason is because this little written journal I write here is about my life, and he has the leading role in mine.  During a few moments I was by myself tucked away as the sun dropped from the sky listening to the chatter and laughter reflecting... I looked at him standing talking to my family I thought to myself, 
"how did I get so lucky to marry this guy."

He is always happy to do what he can to make me feel special, especially during my Birthdays.  This year, he sent my best girlfriends from college gift cards for SouthWest to fly up to visit me for the weekend.  He rented a limo to take us wine tasting, emailed and organized a little surprise gathering with a few of my close girlfriends at my favorite restaurant so we could all celebrate together to end our day wine tasting.

What really struck me, was his thoughtfulness... the little details that he paid so much attention to.  In the airline gift cards he sent to my girlfriends, he sent a little note explaining how much they mean to me and why he wanted them to come.
He pre-ordered and picked out the balloons, cupcakes, candles, and my favorite appetizers and planned out how to make it come together.  He packed my coat in the limo because he knew I would be cold after the sun went down.  He woke up in the morning to make me and the girls coffee.

I'm grateful for the tangible items, but I am mostly thankful for the heart behind them.
On Easter I was grocery shopping with my mom when we ran into him and his firefighting work crew in the meat section.  I kept my eyes on him as I walked near him, and when he looked up and saw me, his entire facial expression brightened up and a big smile filled his face and eyes as he held his arms out to hug me.  I know it sounds cheesy, but the butterflies in my belly went crazy.  We surely aren't a perfect couple, but this guy has a way of getting to me.

I know that bad and unfortunate things in life can happen to anyone at anytime.
My hope this year is this...
I always hear people say "you don't know what you have until it's gone..."
and I want to let whoever the almighty decision maker of our fate know: 
I appreciate this man, his beautiful heart and soul, and even his flaws.
I am thankful everyday for my generous and incredible parents, amazing family, and the beautiful women in my life that I am lucky enough to call my friends.

So, as I embark on this next year of my life... I understand that change is inevitable, challenges will fall into my lap, and many new lessons will be learned.  But I also begin this new year with a deep gratitude for the people in my life that are constantly building my character, encouraging me, loving me unconditionally, and riding with me through the experiences on this crazy roller coaster of life.

Cheers!

I have about 49372 pictures from the weekend, and I will recap and share all of the details so I can look back and remember.
But for now, here are a few of my faves from the weekend.
These girls have a special place in my heart.
 The gang before wine tasting
The cake and present from the girls.
My guy.
It was a beautiful weekend, surely one I will never forget!
Lots of love & thank you for all of the Birthday wishes :)

33 comments:

CMae said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!! I have been so busy I haven't read ANY blogs till right now which even now I can't really read any bec it's already my bed time but yours was at the top of Google Reader!!!! My apologies friend!! Hope it was a great one!!! Cheers!

Shannon Elise said...

Absolutely beautiful Trace!

Jane {In the Pink and Green} said...

What a beautiful post! Your hubby sounds like a sweetheart, that's awesome he is so thoughtful! I think it's great that you obviously appreciate one another, and having a good marriage is really such a blessing! (I feel the same way about my husband! :)) Happy Belated Birthday btw! :)

Vanessa Rae said...

what a lovely birthday weekend! happy birthday tracy!

Jenna said...

Happy Birthday! This is such a sweet and thoughtful post and it definitely seems like you've found yourself a keeper - so sweet that he though to fly out your best friends :)

Here's to a year full of blessings and great memories for you!

xxx
Jenna

allison said...

what a beautiful post! (seems as though i missed wishing you a happy birthday, my apologies & happy belated birthday!)you always give me some great perspective..just one of the reasons i love your blog!! looks like you all had such a fabulous day!! happy wednesday:)

Simone said...

This was gorgeous, what a beautiful read....you lucky girl! And I loved that he packed a coat for you, so thoughtful :)

You are always so full of appreciation for everything and everyone around you, I love that. A loving family makes a loving and happy girl and I know you are both of those things :)

Happy belated birthday!! Xx

Julie said...

First of all, Happy Belated Birthday! Secondly, your hubby is so sweet! The love you guys have for each other is one of a kind. My boyfriend and I have the same, still get butterflies for him after being together for so long...that's gotta mean somethin' right?! Glad you had a wonderful day :)

Michelle @ The Vintage Apple said...

Oh my goodness, T. You seriously have married a keeper, that's for sure. What a thoughtful and AMAZING husband!!!! I will certainly leave this post up so my husband can read it. Hahaha!

I love the part where you talk about your life and what you want out of this year...so beautiful!

I'm so glad your birthday was full of happiness and love. You really deserve it!!!!

xoxoxo

The Pink Growl said...

I got a little teary eyed reading that first part about how thoughtful your husband is! How sweet that he made that happen for you! Hope you had a great birthday!

Natasha said...

I am beyond impressed at his creativeness for your day!!! You are one lucky girl and glad you got to enjoy it with those closest to you... OXOX

Lindsey @ The Hill House said...

Happy Belated Birthday! It sounds like you had an awesome time! How very sweet and thoughtful of your hubby to go to those lengths for you. So very, very sweet. :)

Jax said...

What a beautiful post, friend. I just love you and TL and this just brought tears to my eyes. You've got a fabulous guy...and he's got a fantastic girl. :)

J and A said...

Looks lovely. And what a great post! :) I love your necklace. :) Happy belated birthday!!

Amanda said...

I'm so glad you got a keeper of a man! That really is an amazing and sweet birthday celebration that he planned out! Happy birthday again to my almost birthday twin :)

Caroline said...

First off, Happy Belated Birthday! What a good man! And wow, what a birthday weekend! Fun!

Cara said...

SO sweet. Looks like a fun weekend!

Carolyn said...

This is so sweet! TL Sounds like a keeper. :) I'm glad you had a great birthday!!!

Our Family of Four said...

How fun! I can't wait to see all your pics. Happy Birthday!

Nicole Marie said...

tracy this honestly made me teary eyed. what a wonderful special amazing thoughtful giving man you have. it's so true it's not about the monetary and materialistic stuff but the thought behind everything.

now where do i find me someone as wonderful and him?!

Lori said...

What a beautiful post Tracy ~ I have tears in my eyes! I love how you described seeing him in the grocery store ~ that is love pure and simple ~ ain't it great. Happy Birthday sweetie ~ hugs to you. xo

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Aw, I love that he planned the entire thing for you!!! Happy Birthday!

Allison said...

It sounds like you had a great birthday! :) That's so sweet and thoughtful of your husband!

For a side note, the picture of you and 4 of your friends walking in the vineyard looks so much like a Sex and The City picture/scene :)

Bethany said...

What a beautifully written post! Glad you had a great birthday and that you were able to be with so many wonderful people!

Glocal Girl said...

What a thoughtful, genuine and inspiring post.. happy belated birthday and may this new year bless you with many more memories with the ones you love!

PS - what an AMAZING day organized by your hubby! you are a lucky girl.

The mum of all trades said...

What a wonderful, memorable way to celebrate your birthday. I loved the pictures

Shelley said...

Oh my goodness, what a sweet birthday!! I can't believe he even payed to have your friends come visit in ADDITION to everything else. What a sweetheart!!

MJ @ Teaching in Heels said...

What a fabulous man you have!! How sweet of him to think of every little detail!! I'm sure you and the girls enjoyed this birthday :)

Amanda Lynn said...

What a special day and how amazing that he thought to put all of that together for you!

MessyDirtyHair said...

happy belated birthday! looks like a super fun time! you are so cute! where in norcal are you from? Adorable blog, new follower!

xo Kelly

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Kristin said...

one LUCKY girl!! gorgeous pix!

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

What a sweet and lovely post! HAppy birthday to you my dear blog friend!

ashley said...

happy belated. Loved all the winery Bday posts. Looked like a great way to celebrate!!