It has been almost 13 years since we met and I fell in love with you. I just want to share with you some of the memories that I have made with you and hold on to always. I love you, now and forever. Happy Birthday!

1: Meeting the love of my life in a motel.
That night, when Dr. Wiley brought you to the Pokomoke Inn to pick up Gina and I first saw you, you took my heart. I will never forget that day and I hope you never do either. Of course, you were a beautiful sight for my eyes, but over the years, I have gotten to know you as being beautiful through and through.

2: Oh deer.
While we were at University of Maryland Eastern Shore we went a few times to Chincoteague and Assateague. The sitka deer down there and the little trees that had been stunted in their growth made a great place for adventure. I remember smiling up at you as you climbed a tree and looking at you as you tried to convince one of the deer to let you pet it. i will never forget the twinkle in your eyes.

3: That Jelly
The time you came to visit the Bahamas and we would go to the beach every chance we got, until you were all sunburned, those were some of the best times ever. I know it was not too much fun for you and I was super stressed, but Unfortunately, you got one of the worst jellyfish stings I have seen and you did a mighty good job of not cussing because the children on the beach were in earshot. It is amazing how tough you are and I have learned over time that you are an amazingly powerful woman, even more powerful than I could have imagined.

4: Disney!
You took me to Disney World for the first time! and it was magical! Riding roller coasters and visiting the animal kingdom with you was amazing and I can’t wait to take #LeonardoDavis one day as a family. Thank you so much.

5: Science
Since I have known you I have seen you pick up and learn so many new skills, it is amazing, from micropropagation in the lab, to hostess, to bird watcher, to SCUBA diver and Conch researcher, to snake catcher, to zookeeper. I feel there is nothing you cannot do and I cannot wait to see you tackle your next challenge, whatever it is.

6: It’s spooky how much I love you.
Halloween with you is always the most fun, whatever we do or whatever we dress up as. one of my favorites was when you were dressed as the creepy girl and you were holding the teddy bear on the corner on Bay Street and the girl driving by screamed, HAHA! good times.

7: Friends of friends
Over time I have come to know just how much of a tight knit group you and your friends are. I see how well you choose your friends and how much you love them and I do now too. I know that those folks you have by your side love you immensely and you chose me to be one of them. thank you. and thank you for sharing your friends with me and giving my friends the chance to get to know you as well.

8: A Family Affair
Our families are like Apples and Oranges, but one thing I can always count on you for, is dedication to family. You make sure that we stick together and communicate. You help to remind me of what matters when I get lost in work or school or stressed. I love you more and more for this each day.

9: Forever
You are intelligent, beautiful, funny, clever, artistic, kind, strong and tough when you need it. When we got married and made our vows to have and to hold, love and cherish one another forever, I was honored and blessed beyond measure. Thank you for making me the luckiest man in the world on 2016/10/26.

10: #LeonardoDavis
Of course, over the years we have given one another countless gifts great and small, but this year, you gave me the greatest gift ever. Leo is a great mix of the two of us and I know that this is the greatest gift we could ever share. As you celebrate your first birthday as a mother, I want you to know that we love you and we are excited to share many more birthdays with you.


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