A HUGE HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my other half...
By: Kel Amstutz
I hope you know how much we appreciate you and how much we love you and how excited we are to share you special day with you!
Today might be another day to anyone else, but to us, it is a special day!
- Another year has passed.
- Another birthday is before you.
I can not believe that I have been lucky enough to stand beside you for the past sixteen years. (yea...I said it!)
With each year, things have changed.
We have grown.
Life has moved faster than I think either of us could have ever imagined.
I know that this one is creeping closer to that birthday that shall remain nameless, but I want you to know that I am so proud of you, the Husband that you are to me, the Dad that you are to our babies.
You provide for us, you care for us, you keep us safe and make sure we have everything that we need to make this life, our life, amazing.
I feel incredibly blessed to have found you, lucky to get to call you my Hubby, and to have you by my side on this crazy adventure.
You are a hard worker, you set goals and make them happen time and time again, and you make me laugh daily.
I love you and wish you the happiest of birthdays to date!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY, to many more!!!
Me and the Girls! ;)
I feel like sometimes the weight of the world lies on your shoulders. I wish to take that weight and hold some of it up for you. Why? Because, I feel like this is our world, not just that of your own. I feel that you complete me, fill me with joy, passion, love and have worked hard to give me a life better than that of my dreams. You are a part of my soul, my make-up. Perhaps you feel like you can handle the things life throws at you, alone, but I don't want you to, I don't want to feel cheated from that burden, just like I don't wish to fight the weight on my own either. My choice is you, has been you and will always be you, I want you, I want to live beside you throughout our life, to carry the weight along side of you, to hear your thoughts, your fears, your happiness. I want that.
Every. Single. Day.
So, here is a letter- an "open letter" if you will, that applies to our past, our present, and our future. This is to tell you how much I want you, I need you. To tell you that I am human. To tell you that I am grateful for you. To tell you how much YOU matter not only to ME, but to the world.
There is a downright myriad of emotions that I feel about you loving me, despite all of my imperfections (I mean, I seriously did NOT know that MGK was Machine Gun Kelly- opps!)- but that one that stands out the most is gratitude. So thank you.
Thank you for letting me shine. You have let me follow my dreams, feel out my crazy feelings, manage our crazy household and look after our crazy kiddos. And you never, ever question me. You never, ever question my ability. You are just always there- on the sidelines- cheering me on, repeating over and over again that I am capable of greatness. I'll admit; I don't always believe you. In fact, I hardly ever do. But your faith and belief in me is more than enough,all on it's own. It is from this that I have watched, learned and practiced, to ensure that I give you this gift as well.
Thank you for being my teacher.
Thank you for centering me. You are my rock. You have this loving way of grounding me when I get wild and crazy ideas, (c'mon...we all know these are a regular event in my head!) and this thrilling way of lifting me when I am down. You always seem to know (and give) just what I need at just the right moment. It does not go unnoticed.
This one is a big one -
Thank you for showing me who I really am. Since the day we met, I knew you were different. Probably before we met, actually. The minute you walked into my life, I felt immediately comfortable and content with exactly who I am.
Everything just made...sense.
You have magnified my strengths and my weaknesses, all at the same time. At times it is downright confusing...and wonderful... in one moment. You have taught me how to be myself and love who I am.
In time, the mountain of diapers we once had have disappeared, the messes have gotten (a little) cleaner, the babies we once watched over like hawks have turned into little girls who are not so needy... and it is rediscovering US again. (Layoff helps too! I get to see your face EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.)
Somewhere in between the crumbs leftover on the road trips and nights where we stay awake watching reruns of The Walking Dead, I've learned some things, too.
Things about the marvelous, fascinating, fantastic you.
You have depths, stories and history that is worth knowing. I love it when you share it with me, talking about days that are so long gone. I want to know more, I want to know every-single-thing that is to your story. I want to sit on the couch with you and drown myself in Wendy's frosty's and hear every. last. word.
You have weaknesses that are worth overcoming. It doesn't mean you are not strong. I would never begin to think that. In fact, weaknesses make our relationship stronger. When you admit to me, you really are saying that you trust me, you are vulnerable and you need me, as much as I need you.
You have a future worth attaining. Talk about your goals, your work goals, your life goals, your dreams. Make adventures with me. Whatever you want in life, part of my responsibility is to help to make those happen. I am listening. Hanging onto every word.
You have tons of talents, showcase them. You can make our children laugh, you have the ability to lift up everyone in the room, and I mean that. You have a gift with pallet wood, one that I am so proud of. And no one has chicken coop building skills like you, hands down!
Your opinions are worth sharing. What you say, it matters. What you think, it matters. You shape our household just as much as I do, and I want to know what you think. Let's talk. Let's work together, find balance and help each other out, together.
This is our life. It's a pretty great one too! Relax. Time moves so fast, just enjoy it. We are a partnership in so many ways and it shows in our relationship. I just want you to know that the older we get, sometimes the appreciation can get overlooked, this is my way of saying, I, WE, appreciate you. I love you. WE love you so much.
I love you.