Monday, September 28, 2009

Thank You

Today is my birthday. My 40th birthday. The big 4 - 0. And you know what? I am totally cool with that because I am seriously one of the luckiest people on earth.

So today I am going to thank all of the people who have made me feel so blessed and lucky.

First I want to thank my parents because really this day is all about them. Without them, I wouldn't be here. Without them, I wouldn't be the person that I am today. You are two of the most amazing people I have ever met, thank you for being you.

Second, I want to thank my husband. There are so many reasons why I love him but I wanted to share two with you. He helped me realize a nearly lifelong dream yesterday and thereby resolving one of the two bones of contention that we had in our marriage. Ironically both involve baseball (and to be fair there is nothing he can do about the other one so I just need to let it go).

You see I am a huge Brewers fan. I have been for all of my life. When I was a kid, I belonged to the kids club and went to a lot of games. Every year I would look at the schedule and see if there was a game on my birthday. I thought there would be nothing cooler than having your name on the scoreboard on your birthday. For whatever reason I never went to a birthday game.

Until September 28, 2000, my 31st birthday. It was also the last game at County Stadium, the old Brewers' stadium. I told Frink about my wish and asked him to call to have my name on the scoreboard. It would have been awesome to see my name on that old scoreboard on that special day. But he didn't call. And my name wasn't in lights on that day. And I kind of held a grudge for the next 9 years. I even organized a tailgate for one of his birthdays and had his name on the scoreboard.

But then we got tickets to yesterday's game. The day before my birthday. I reminded him about my childhood dream. And this time he came through, which is totally awesome.

But more importantly, he did something for me which was just amazing. Last week we had a discussion about what I wanted to do for my birthday. We didn't have anything special planned so we'd have to throw something together last minute. We decided on dinner at my favorite restaurant with some friends. When he asked who I wanted to invite, I started to cry because so many of the people I would want there were so far away.

So he e-mailed my friend Issa and told her that I was feeling down about my birthday. And together they cooked up the best present a girl could ask for. So thank you, Frink. You are truly amazing.

Now I'm going to thank Issa and my other wonderful friends for the wonderful gift they have given me. Issa organized a blog party for my birthday. She got all of these amazing bloggers who I read,admire and love, some who I know personally and some who I am waiting to meet, to send me birthday wishes from their own blogs. I was floored when I saw this. This blog and the people I have met through it have meant so much to me and to receive something like this means everything.

So thank you Issa, Mommy Geekology, Matthew, Kirsten, Bridget, Kate, Heather, Greis and Stacey for making my day all the more special.

Finally, I want to thank my beautiful girl, Bunny. She's the reason I started this little blog. She is the reason that I do everything. And she is the reason I am truly blessed.


Issa said...

I love this. I hope you are having a GREAT birthday and I hope that my planning a blog party means you won't hold it against me for telling the ENTIRE internet how old you are today. Tomorrow, we go back to saying 29. :)

That is so cool about the scoreboard. And your husband does rock. Completely.

Hey two Stacey put a post up too. She thought she set it last night and I think set it for tomorrow. Two....why is the water behind Bunny pink?

Heather said...

Happy Birthday Renee, I was happy to take part.

So happy that your hubs got your name up there.


Anna Whiston-Donaldson said...

I hope you are having a GREAT day! You are blessed. Loved seeing your name all over the blogosphere today. :)

Katelyn's Mom said...

Awww. That is sooo awesome. You have great friends. Happy Birthday Renee! Ivie is getting soooo big. :)


Anonymous said...

and you have a cool sister in law and nephew and nieces...LOL....just kidding....hope you had a great birthday. Love you and glad you are part of the family

robin said...

Stopping by from Kate's place to wish you a happy birthday! (I'm turning 40 in six months... gulp!)
Hope you have a great day!

Stephanie Meade Gresham said...

Found you by way of AnyMommy. As with the other hilarious blogs I subscribe to, yours sucked at least an hour of my night away. I enjoyed reading the kitty-ribbon-butthole post very much.

Happy Birthday.

bernthis said...

Happy birthday!!! What a great hubby. Stacey sent me and I always do what Stacey wants me to do

rachel... said...

You ARE lucky and you deserve all of it! Hope you had an awesome birthday, Renee!

Andrea said...

Coming over from AnyMommy to wish you a Happy Birthday! Hope you had an absolutely amazing day, and wow, what a cool *gift* -- to have your name in *lights* at the stadium, love it!!

Kirsten said...

I'm glad it turned out to be a birthday you will always remember!

Kari said...

That was a lovely thank you! SO glad you had a great birthday!!!

I did my post a little late...but it's still your birthday on the West Coast. ;-) And this way, you get to enjoy your big day for more than just one day, right?

Happy Birthday to you!

Heather said...

Happy birthday!

Momish said...

Happy Birthday! 40 is really fabulous, just like they say! Trust me, I have been 40 for three years now!

justmakingourway said...

Stopping in from Kate's and Stacey's to wish you a Happy 40th! I hope you had a fabulous day - look forward to getting to know you a bit more.

anymommy said...

Happy birthday love, and thank you for this gorgeous post!

Jill said...

Happy belated birthday - came here by way of a few mutual blogs. Had to catch up on your life and smile a big smile ... you call your beautiful munchkin "bunny" ... as do I. In fact, I call all little kids 'bunny' and thus everyone at my kids school know me because of it.

EatPlayLove said...

40 is the new wonderful, isn't it? Happy Birthday.

AmazingGreis said...

What a sweet post! Hope you're BIRTHDAY was as great as you are!!!

Menopausal Mom said...

beautiful! I'm turning 40 and not so happy about it, but you've given me a great way to look at things. by the way, beautiful daughter - great blog.

Ann Imig said...

Many thoughts, quickly waning energy.

1) We are both SCONNIES! I live in Madison.

2) I know nothing about sports but dressed up as Rollie Fingers one year for Halloween.

3) Beautiful, grateful post

4) So glad Hubs came through for you.