To My Amazing Husband, Derek, Happy 30th Birthday! I feel so blessed that I have gotten to spend the last 12 years of my life with you. You have grown and changed so much from the cute boy in biology that helped me pass my current events exams. (I think I'd still be taking that class if it weren't for you). You have become such an amazing man and an amazing father, I'm so lucky to have you beside me on this journey of life.

I'm so proud of you for what you've accomplished this year. You have jumped head first into running and done so well at it. I love the passion with which you go after things. I can't wait to be watching you, one year, on America's Ninja Warrior! In the past year alone we have had our second child, you got a promotion at work, bought our first house, ran a half marathon together (you ran 3 half marathons this year), added a puppy to the family, and taken on new adventures with the photography business. I couldn't have done any of that without you as my rock, telling me everything will be okay.

But despite everything you do for me, I love you the most when I see you playing with our children.  The light in your eyes when you talk about Milo and how he wants "more jumps" makes my heart melt. I love when you get protective of little miss busy Sawyer who's gotten herself into some predicament or another.

I'm excited to see what this next year brings us. I know that new adventures await us, but I'm ready for anything because I have you in my life. Happy Birthday, Derek. We love you so very very much.


Milo, Sawyer, & Neyssa