S: Happy 50th Birthday!
FC: 50 Things We Love | Over | About | YOU!
1: I love that you're a TJ "Max-on-ista" -Susan | I love that you were the one who took me to my very first White Sox game. -Alex | I love that you are my advocate, I know you've always got my back. -Susan | I love how you always reminded me to bring a pair of Nike slides.... in case my feet got sweaty. -Luke | I love watching Swamp People with you. Shooooooot!!! -Ben
2: I absolutely love your deep belly laughs. They're one of my favorite sounds. -Susan | I love that you woke up at 5 am every morning, 2x a week, for 10 years to go play basketball. -Alex | I love that you are ticklish to the point of fighting me back. -Luke
3: I love the way you cuddle with me! -Selah | TOP SHOT -Ben
4: Your farts are SO LOUD!!!! But I really love that they hardly ever smell. -Selah | Long Poops (Thanks for passing that along to me, btw.) -Luke | We love calling you Teddy Bear. -The Girls
5: I love how you can never make up your mind on the phone. -Alex | I love that when you get really concerned, you go hhmmmmmm -Ben
6: I love that | We love how you act like you have no need for glasses, yet you squint your eyes and scrunch up your face when you're trying to read something. -Susan,Selah,Avery | I love how you squint and back up to read something and then claim "There's not enough light." -Luke
7: you married my mom. -Avery | I love how you make sure that everyone is being included. Coming into a new family can be scary, but you made it easy and comfortable. -Amy | I love that you always make me feel like I'm at home, no matter where we are. -Luke
8: I love that before you leave for work, you give me lots and lots and lots of HUGS. -Avery | I love how you've surprised me with flowers (but never roses because you know I don't like them) when I've had a super crummy awful day. -Susan | I love that you are always around to hang out with, to laugh and joke around with. -Alex
9: I love how God has used your life to bring me such joy! You have given me 3 grandsons to love & care for and to fill my lonely house. And now you have given me a daughter-in-law and 2 darling granddaughters. And while I once cared for you, now you are caring for me. God is so GOOD! -Mom | Psalm 34:1 "I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise will continually be on my lips."
10: I love that you IM 'GMB' to me at the start of every day. -Susan | I love that you stayed up late to watch Sportscenter with me about a million times. -Alex | I love when you used to grill steak and play catch with me at the same time. And how you'd give me pieces of the steak. -Ben
11: Remember when you didn't like me? What were you thinking?!?! -Sarah | YOUR WHISTLE! -Alex, Luke, Ben | I love that, when you were little, you LOVED to be dunked up & down in the lake, but yet you HATED having your face washed. -Mom
12: I love your bad jokes. Even though I may not always laugh, I appreciate your attempt at humor. -Amy | I love your (bad) dad jokes. -Erin | I love your jokes and sayings that you got from Grandpa. -Ben | I love you & your stupid jokes. Alot. -Susan
13: Q: Why did George Washington sleep in a feather bed? | A : Because he was tired. | Q: What's a Henway? | A: About 2 or 3 pounds. | Slicker than snot on a doorknob. | Q: What's a Greek urn? | A: About 2 to 3 dollars an hour. | Teddy, did you get a hair cut? Nope. I got ALL of them cut.
14: I love that you have never missed any of my sporting events in my entire career. -Alex | COTTAGE CHEESE -Ben & Luke | I love all the stories you used to tell me at bedtime. -Ben
15: I loved all the books you read to me, but especially the one with all the animals on the ferryboat. -Luke | I love that you read to me every night. My favorite was Danny the Champion of the World. -Ben | I love that you've started reading to the girls at night... because I know how much you loved reading to your boys. -Susan
16: I love your young heart! You're always up for a game or event with your family. -Amy | Shredded Lunch Meat - eaten right out of the bag. -Luke | I love the game we used to play when we would ram Matchbox cars together. -Ben
17: I love how you always blame your brothers for your dirty jokes by prefacing them with "I got this one from Ben." or "This isn't my joke; it's Jeff's." -Susan | Even though I know how you HATE to lose (there are still ping-pong dents in Bob & Anne's furnace), I love that you always let me win at fishing. -Big Ben
18: I remember looking out the back door of the Dutchman one day when you were very little, and seeing you and a neighbor boy on the quarter horse going around the 2 houses. I love that you - and I - survived! - Mom | 1 Corinthians 16:13 "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong." | I love that you are the best father I've ever witnessed. -Luke
19: I love countless things about you, but I appreciate most how our relationship as uncle and niece changed as I grew older. I began considering you as I do today - as a very dear friend. I traveled twice with you to Gulf Shores for Spring Break while I was in college. Most college girls were spending their Spring Breaks getting crazy, but I much preferred to spend the time with you and the boys. We had amazing vacations. One memory that stands out to me and to you as well, is the time we were shopping at the outlet mall. You were waiting for a dressing room to try on a pair of jeans. You wanted me there to share my opinion of your potential purchases. When it was your turn for the dressing room, the attendant told us that we could go in together. There was an awkward pause for both of us as we were processing what the attendant had just suggested. We both laughed as we realized she had just assumed that we were a couple. I came out looking like some kind of gold digger, and you, I am sure, as some sort of older but HOT stud! -Anne
20: IWU Basketball Games -Alex & Luke | I love when you play ping-pong with me. -Ben | I love playing the baseball game where we hit the big ball into the trampoline in the backyard. -Avery | I love that you coached my little league teams. -Alex
21: Taking me to The Big House and getting lost on the way. -Alex | Nerf Basketball Hoops -Luke | I love our ping-pong games with flying paddles. -Luke | I love that you bought us Yo-Yo's and taught us how to use them! You are the best yo-yoer! I like watching you do Around the World & Walk the Dog. -Selah
22: I remember getting a call from Mr. Cwick at the school and finding out that you had driven Grandma Roth's Chevy II across the Beauty Spot. Dad took the car away for a week. He told me that he didn't want the punishment to be too much or you would resent him. -Mom | I love that I thought I was going to have my 3rd baby in Illinois, but you ended up being born in Arkansas! -Mom | I love how attached you are to your AM radio. (You + NPR = LOVE) -Susan
23: 27 cent coffee at the BP -Susan
24: I love the example you set for your sons. I continually tell Luke that if he grows into anything similar to his dad, I am one lucky lady. -Amy | You always worry about your kids, no matter what. -Alex | You always provide for us and think of us before yourself. -Luke
25: We love that you always put the kids' needs before your own. -Kathleen & Ben | I love that it is understood that often times the girls' needs will come above my own, above yours, above ours... and you get it. I don't have to explain or apologize. It's just the way we run our family. You are my partner in being the Rock in their little lives. Together, we're the constant that never changes. -Susan