Jason hit a big birthday milestone yesterday – THIRTY! (Sorry, honey, did you want me to keep that quiet?) I can’t help it; I love to celebrate him! I’m so thankful to have Jason in my life. He is truly my best friend and we have a ton of fun together. He’s always there to support me through hard times, hold my hand when I’m scared, or give me a pep talk (or kick in the pants) when I’m slacking. He loves and values his girls. Jason’s creativity, wisdom, passion, hard work and sensitivity to people inspire me everyday. Rather than just blab and blab about how awesome my husband is, I found 30 pictures from the past year to reflect on some great memories…mostly centered around Ali since she joined our family just after his birthday last year.
We celebrated Jason’s birthday last year at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams with some friends and family.
One of the first pictures I have of Jason with his little baby girl:
Remember those days when she would sleep ANYWHERE? That was convenient. I think we were enjoying our Saturday morning coffee and bagels at Ugly Mugs here.
In October, we started negotiating to buy this piece of property.
At the beginning of November we got to meet our little buddy Jaron, home from the hospital. We were like totally baby experts by then. (Ha!)
We went up to Pennsylvania for Thanksgiving.
In December, we closed on the property we’re now building our new house on. This picture was taken a couple days later on, just after we’d returned from the juvenile courthouse accepting a parental rights surrender from Ali’s bio mom. It was a bittersweet time.
Ali giving her Daddy a big wet kiss on Christmas Eve.
Christmas Day, helping my dad carve the turkey.
Not the best quality picture, but I love the look of love and pride on Jason’s face, watching Ali learn to sit up on her own. This was taken on New Years Eve.
Lazy morning cuddles.
In January, Ali and flew down to Florida to meet up with Jason on tour. It was a mini-vacation for Ali and I.
Jason introducing Ali to the Gulf of Mexico.
Then in February, we moved out of the house we absolutely loved…but was going to be too small for our vision for our family.
Back at Jeni’s. This picture reminds me of how much Ali’s birth mom expressed that she was hoping Ali would be a daddy’s girl and get whatever she wants from Jason. I think her wish for her daughter came true…
The unplanned everyday outings are often the best. I took this picture because I was loving my life so much at that moment, having a delicious lunch outdoors on a Sunday afternoon with my best friend, and I wanted to capture it to save forever.
Jason, the self-proclaimed NOT a car guy, fell in love with this 1988 Mercedes Benz. How could I say no?
Easter squeezes and navy blue stripes.
My arms and back are so thankful that Ali has a strong daddy. My heart is glad, too.
In April we visited our friends in Cincinnati. This was taken at the aquarium.
At church on Jason’s first Father’s Day.
We celebrated with Wendy’s frosties afterwards.
At the end of June, we dedicated Ali to the Lord at our church. We committed to raise her to know the same faith that we have come to know and cherish.
(Look a picture without Ali!) While we were on vacation in the Outer Banks, Jason was just sitting here in the hallway playing his guitar looking as handsome as ever and I had to snap a picture quickly, before he saw me.
While on vacation, our little baby turned 1! Do you think she knows she’s precious?
I’ve always thought of myself as Jason’s biggest fan but Ali has been putting me to shame. She LOVES to watch him play guitar, always wants to touch the strings and claps after every song he plays. He’s giving her a lesson here:
Earlier this month we took a road trip and stopped at our family favorite, Cracker Barrel for dinner.
At our friend’s house in Cincinnati.
And slightly out of order, this photo is from August 7, Ali’s adoption finalization day. What a happy day for our family!
We love you so much, Jason! More than all the Jeni’s ice cream in the world! You’re still a young man. The best is yet to come!