Mike had a big birthday on the weekend and I'm ashamed to say this, but I didn't get him a present. In all honesty, I've been so exhausted and tied up during the day, particularly in the past few weeks trying to assemble some sort of routine around our house and it fell by the wayside. My brain couldn't take it on. I feel incredibly bad and some parts of me sad that I didn't have the time and energy to devote to it like I have in the past. I know some people think a birthday is just another day, but to me it's not. It hurts me when people start to care less about their birthday because I feel like it's a part of their childhood slipping away. Usually I like to make sure the people in my life feel special... And what better day to do that than the birthday!? So anyway I feel a little bit like I failed at the wife game this year. Mike, being the amazing husband he is, made sure (on his own birthday!) that I didn't feel bad about it. In fact, he asked that my one gift to him would be for me to empty out my email inbox because apparently upwards of 1000 unread emails keeps him awake at night ;) I'm not sure when that will happen but in the meantime I did want to take this opportunity to tell the world why Mike is such a special person.
Mike is special because he puts everyone else in his life first; his family his friends his colleagues and then himself.
Mike is the kind of person who knows the people in his life inside and out. He uses all that knowledge to his advantage to make other people feel special.
Mike listens. There isn't anything he misses (even when you think he isn't listening!) and it means so much to me because being heard is one of those things that just makes my existence feel like it counts for something.
Mike is devoted to being a father. He stepped up into this role so naturally; even if it hadn't been natural he's just embraced the fact that he has a little one watching his every move. He started working from home so he could be close and not miss anything big. June is one lucky little lady.
Mike makes plans. When I was a foolish younger girl and had my heart broken my dad asked me "Emily, do you want to be with a planner or a player?" The answer was so obvious and when I met mike it was even more obvious. He plans. He plans everything from fun dinners, to trips away to our finances. I'm so grateful to have a planner on my side for life and I appreciate the heck out of all the stuff that mike has introduced me to just on the basis of seeking out new experiences and planning them.
And then there's the little fact that we're us. Mike is my other half, my partner in crime, the person who agrees to binge-watch Netflix with me, the person who's on my side raising our daughter, the one who I still get butterflies with when I see his name pop up on the call display, when I sit down across from him at the table or when he walks in the room.
Thanks for sharing your birthday with me Mike! I am one lucky lady!