I am exhausted as I type this up at the end of my lovely wife’s birthday.
It is amazing how different our days are these days.
Grueling morning work out from 9am to 10am.
Protein drinks, breakfast, and then pack up the car to head someplace where there is some semblance of fall.
Roll down the windows as the temperature drops 20 degrees up the road to Mt. Lemmon.
There was an eerie calm about the mountains as we headed up.
All the bathrooms and campsites were blocked off with barricades as the government shut down renders forest service workers ‘unessential’.
As the air cooled, I could see Lisa’s eyes come alive.
Her eyes sparkled as we drove past the first few trees with a tinge of yellow, orange and red that remind us that yes, fall is really here.
Elliana had the day off, so I had both my fall babies with me today.
I forget how much the cold air livens up our family.
And how Lisa gets more beautiful every year.
I am so blessed that God brought her into my life.
So thankful she was born 38 (;) years ago to be the angel that healed my broken heart and gave me strength and love beyond anything I ever imagined for myself.
In Lisa’s arms at the end of the night was our October IVF baby, wiped out from a day of walks in the mountain air, and anxiety over the quietness of the woods and whether that quiet was masking the eminent attack of a bear (having read every ‘bear country warning’ in full as we were walking along the road to the forest trail).
October is definitely a lucky month in our family.
And I am so lucky to have Lisa in my life.
Happy birthday, Lisa.
I love you with all my heart, and look forward to many more birthday celebrations with you.