Monday, September 22, 2008

Ted's Birthday

Today my husband turns 48. As each day together passes, I see more and more the softness and depth of his heart. I can't imagine a more giving husband or a more patient and devoted father. This has been his best role yet.

All morning, Abe has wanted his dad. It's as if he somehow knows to be extra affectionate today. Abe's not a huge cuddler, but several times today he's climbed up on Ted and laid down on his chest to suck his thumb: Abe's way of saying "Happy Birthday, Da-da."

This time last year playing with photobooth at the cottage in Ireland.

Ted's return flight from Ireland, having transformed into a nearly 7' tall leprechaun.

"I wanna be like Dad."--Abe

Daddy's boy.

Thank you to all who have given to Charity: Water for Ted's birthday (there's no cut-off time in case anyone else still wants to give). For several days last week, he'd stalled out at $1,960.48, the year he was born followed by his age in cents. He thought that was pretty cool. But now, on his birthday, he's surpassed his goal of raising funds for half a well at the current total of $2,104.48, with the possibility of even more to come.

Happy birthday, indeed.

19 comments:

Ellen said...

Happy Birthday and what a wonderful yield from your charity:water site!! My husband will be 48 on his birthday next month as we wait for our referral!

Enjoy the day!

Ellen

More Dorrs said...

What awesome news of a goal not just reached, but surpassed!

Keep giving, people, keep giving!

Beka
www.babydorr.com

Nikki said...

WOW- great job. What an amazing idea for a birthday present :)

Nikki
http://ethiopia2009-adana.blogspot.com/

jen said...

Happy Birthday!

Hauswife said...

Happy birthday! This is a beautiful post. :)

Heather said...

Happy Birthday Ted! So wonderful to meet you last night! Hope you had a perfect day!

Kudos on you Charity Water donations! 1/2 a well!!!
FANTASTIC!!

Amy said...

Really cute pictures of Abe and his dada...

Happy Birthday Ted!!!!!

The Albertsons said...

Happy Birthday, Ted.
And thanks for being one of the first of great men to hold my son.
becca :)

Jocelyn said...

Happy Birthday Ted!!!

Amy B. said...

A very happy birthday to you, Ted!!! I remember reading your Ireland post last year...hard to believe that has been a year. What an amazing year, hunh?

Amy

Stephanie said...

Happy Birthday, Ted. Great pictures! And way to go on the well. Wonderful news!

A Memory Each Day said...

Happy Birthday Ted! Who apparently is on the phone with my husband at this very minute! :)

coffeemom said...

Happy belated birthday Ted! You also hold a fond spot in our heart for playing w/ our boy and giving some comfort and reassurance to his parents! What a great dad you are and what a lucky baby Abe is! You have a beautiful family!!!!

Caroline said...

How exciting! Happy birthday to Ted, and many congratulations on raising so much money. That's great!

The Roberts Family said...

Happy Birthday! We "see" you often, as we play Arsema's video that you guys took for us. :) Exciting to see what's happening with Charity Water. Keep waiting for a big announcement from you guys to head back again. :) Blessings, Shelly

Jana said...

Happy Birthday Ted!!! I'm thankful for you, Lori, and Abe. May your day blessed.

PVZ said...

Happy Birthday, to a man who not only has played one of my favorite men, but exhibits some of his finer qualities in real life!

Anonymous said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Ted!

I stumbled on your blog via Staci's blog--and I'm so happy I did! It's been ages since I've run into you!

What a beautiful family you have! I'm so happy for you!

Ted, here's to a wonderful year and many many more to come.

Pamela Vanderway

Sam said...

Happy birthday ted!