Any married person can tell you that a marriage is a series of ups and downs. It takes continued work on both people's part to make any marriage successful. If you are truly blessed then you can grow as a person as a result of these challenges. To make that possible you need a special husband or wife.
I am lucky enough to have that type of wife. She is definitely a giver and not a taker. In everything she does she is giving to our family. Even in what seem like the most difficult of times she is giving to us all. She has given me strength. She has given me courage. And as an old friend once remarked before we were even married, she has softened my heart. You can't do any better than finding someone who enriches your life in such a way.
I can seriously say that Arica has been more influential in my life than anyone I have ever known. That is crazy considering when we met I was pretty well stuck in my ways for better or worse. She proves it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks. I could never thank her enough for opening my eyes so that I can see the world and its people in a much more wonderful way.
Because I have found someone so special to me today is more important than I can express. Today I celebrate the day Arica entered the world. This day a few years back made everything that is my life today possible. So on this happy April 27th I am not celebrating just another year added to Arica's age. I am not celebrating the passage of one more year on her life's journey.
I am celebrating the day that made all the joy and happiness in my life possible. What a truly great day this is.
Happy Birthday Arica! I love you!