Sunday, February 28, 2010

The nicest birthday card ever

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Today was Ryan’s birthday.  My dad (pictured above) sent him a card with this, written inside:

Ryan,

Someday your beautiful Daughters will marry worthy Priesthood bearers.  Then you will begin to understand the wonderful feelings I have for you.  It is such a blessing for a father to know that his daughter will be loved, honored and cared for forever.  Jessica is such a special woman, but the two of you together are without equal.  Thank you for the peace this gives me.  As for your children, they are so blessed to have you in their lives.  I wish I had been as good to my children.  My love and respect for you has no limits.  I look forward to many more years and birthdays that will bring us closer and closer.

Love,

Mike

(Ryan gets choked up about once a year.  This was 2010’s.)

23 comments:

Lauren in GA said...

What a beautiful card. I am speechless...

Wait a minute...I'm never speechless...

I agree, "the two of you together are without equal."

Your Dad writes beautifully.

Happy Birthday, Ryan ☺.

Oh, and Jessica...as always, you make me laugh...I enjoyed the, "This was 2010's"

Carie said...

Really beautiful and completely true. I admire Ryan for his great qualities and your day for being humble enough to praise him for them.

Bekah said...

Happy Birthday Ryan! I agree with Dad: Ryan is a worthy, honorable Priesthood holder, wonderful husband and father. I hope to marry someone just as great! Thanks for the being an excellent example!

Jeanelle said...

Wow! Your dad is amazing...I totally welled up. What a gift to get a card like that! Happy b-day, Ryan.

Christie said...

Bawling.

Touched beyond words.

What a thoughtful thing to say.

Rochelleht said...

Wow

the wrath of khandrea said...

if ghetto speak were appropriate for the occasion, i would say "tru dat."

happy birthday to the rymeister!!

the wrath of khandrea said...

ps tell ryan he can save this, and copy it into mika's bday card in about 15 years.

Shirley said...

You are right....the nicest birthday card EVER! Thank you for sharing. Happy Birthday to Ryan!

♥Shally said...

Wow.

There is no better compliment!

grantandzaundra said...

I'm sure my father in law feels the EXACT same way! He's just too shy to say it.

Grant

Tristan said...

That was really a very neat card! How nice of your Dad! Beautifully written!

I hope Ryan had a great birthday!

mandy* said...

What an incredibly sweet and heartfelt message for Ryan. Your dad is a keeper!!!

Cami said...

Awesome

Brooke said...

You are a fabulous guy Ry! I couldn't agree more with that card or I would if I were your father in law.
We thought of you lots as we ate Abbie's cake.

Kimberly said...

I'm choked up too! Happy birthday, Ryan.

Elizabeth said...

You guys are both Very Very Very lucky to be surrounded by that kind of love.

Adrianne said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY RYAN! You deserve every compliment you get.

Amy said...

Hey Jessica - What a sweet card! I have to say I just love your dad! I have such great memories of both of your parents! Just good, good people!:) Anyway - just had to point out our hubbies have the same b-day. That's just what happens I guess to BFF's from Jr. High!! Love it!

Meridith said...

Ryan, happy belated birthday. This card is so true about what a wonderful person you are. I am so thankful to have you as my older brother. Love you lots!!

Elizabeth said...

Hello Jessica, Thanks so much for your nice comment. I found your blog from (the famous) Celia Fae's blog. I have no idea how I surfed on to CF!
I love your blog, especially your parenting advice and tales.
Thanks again and have a great day
Ex

Erika said...

seriously - I got choked up.

elizabeth scott said...

Ryan hope your birthday was a happy one. You are a blessing to many!
Love ya (: