He brings out the best in me~ he supports the things I believe in, he feeds my passion for life. Robert's been the best father to the kids I had before him and the two we've had since. So often the older kids will call with some little emergency or other and they ask me to put Robert on the phone. Usually it's a car thing, or a plumbing thing, personal man-to-man questions, or general fix-it-need-Robert-now thing. With me, it's the 'need-money' thing. Only kidding kids!
Fall 1995~ At Robert's family's farm, overlooking the Monogahela River.
On our first Christmas together, we went out to a local tree farm and cut one down! We went through snow that was higher than the tops of our boots, used the tree farmer's dull axe and chop-chop-chopped the tree down. Then we dragged it out to the truck, trying desperately to retrace our steps to avoid getting even more snow in our boots. We laughed the whole way home.
And then we had William
Now we're getting ready for Mariko's college graduation(at least one of them... she's going to medical school in the fall), and then next year will bring Steve's college graduation, and Doug's high school graduation. Phew!
So many milestones that we've shared. Through it all, Robert's been the mainstay for us all. And through it all, we still act like newlyweds, which carries over to the way the older kids treat their sweethearts~ with love, respect and admiration.
Happy Birthday Robert~ Thank you for always being here and loving us all.