Sunday, May 31, 2009

Flying Solo on Your Birthday

Poor David.  Today is his birthday and his family is all away on vacation without him.  A year ago we began making plans to take a family vacation.  We’ve NEVER done that before, but figured since our kids are grown, it might be time to get a vacation in.  Well, ten months ago, we secured a hotel room; three months ago I purchased airline tickets; and now we are in DC… without Dave.

It’s no secret that times are tough and it just wasn’t good timing with David’s job to take a vacation.  So, we are here, missing him and wishing him a Happy Birthday.

He turns 47 years young today.

David is a hard worker.  He works a full-time job, then goes to our farm and works the cattle and picks up rocks (there are ALL KINDS of rocks here in the Ozarks) or cuts wood or any number of things that needs to get done on a farm.  Every day at lunch he checks on our precious 90-year old neighbor, Charlsie.  On his way home from the farm, he usually stops at the gym and works out for an hour to an hour and a half.  I don’t know where he gets his energy.

He is an avid outdoorsman.  He has spent most of his time with our boys out in the woods or at the cabin or hunting or doing some kind of manly man thing.  I’ve always said that if things got tough, we’d be okay, because Dave is a survivalist.  (Just don’t get me started on that bad batch of mushrooms he fed the kids once!)

Dave is gifted in dealing with elderly people.  Every Sunday, he helps lead worship at our local nursing home.  He could sit for hours listening to “old folks” share about the “good old days”.

He is a man of great faith and realizes that the things that are truly important in life can’t be bought.

And I’m blessed for being his wife.

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Happy Birthday, David!! We love you!


Dorothy said...

Happy Birthday to David!!! Sounds like a great guy!! Have fun on your trip!!

Kelley said...

I hope you are having fun on your trip. I have only been to DC once, but it was great. Happy Birthday to David! He sounds like a great guy.

Becky said...

Happy Birthday Dave!!! I personally think you should get that iron skillet out and use it on "little Miss" for leaving you on your birthday! LOL LOL!!!!

Kelly said...

Happy birthday to david!!!!

I always thought it was sweet that such a guys guy would spend every sunday going to the nursing home. He's a special person!!!

Hope you are having a blast!!!!

(and maybe Harper will be as smart as Kale since they are both early teethers! I can dream!)

His Doorkeeper said...

You know how much I appreciate David on Sunday mornings at the nursing home! We are a team!!

David is a gem and we all know it!! Happy Birthday Daivd!!

Jacquie, we all hope you are having a great time!

Becky said...

That was so sweet!!! I know you wish he was with you right now, but I know that he's happy that you are having fun regardless...he seems like such a great man and you both are blessed to have each other :) I hope you are having fun on your vacation! <3 Becky

Betsy said...

Awww...I know you miss David today. He is a good man, I can tell!!

Hope you're having fun! I can't wait to hear all about it!! :)

Jessica Lane said...

Happy Birthday, Dave!!!

Hope you're enjoying D.C., Jacquie!

petrii said...

Happy Birthday to Dave!!!

I love to sit and talk to the elderly as well. My mom got the opportunity to go to school the next to the last week of school and talk about "the good ole days" it was just GREAT!!

Hope you are having fun ~~ looking forward to hearing all about it.

Much love and Blessings to you,

MiMi said...

Happy Birthday, David! He definitely sounds like a "keeper"!

I'm thankful that the Lord blessed you with each other!

Hope you're having an awesome vacation!

Heather said...

Hope you are having a great time on your trip! Can't wait for all the updates! Happy birthday to David!!

Susie said...

That's a mighty sweet tribute to your honey. You are one lucky lady!

Leigh Ann said...

Soooo sweet! Happy B-Day, David!