Friday, January 7, 2011

a birthday letter to (my) ryan!!!

dear ryan...

i wish we could be together on your birthday. 
i wish we didn't have to be apart today. 
but if we were, i think this is what your birthday adventure would look like.

first, we'd buy plane tickets to spend a day in chicago. and because we love to eat, the first thing we'd do is eat at one of your favorite restaurants. depends on what you're in the mood for, but most likely we'd eat somewhere like rosebud since i know it's one of your faves.

and while we waited for our food to arrive, we'd probably bug the waiter for more bread and more olive oil and Parmesan cheese. then we'd start talking about all the interesting people in the room - the man with the Hawaiian shirt and caterpillar mustache or the lady whose face has had so much plastic surgery her forehead doesn't move. and then we'd stare at the woman next to our table for a long time because she looks like someone you've seen in a movie before. we'll probably keep glancing at her during the entire meal. but then our food will come so we'll start oohing and aaahing about the food. we love food.

and then even though, we eat so much we are sick to our stomach, we'll probably would still go out for some dessert. maybe grab some gigantic cupcakes or grand luxe's strawberry shortcake - 'cause hey, there is always room for dessert!

after letting the food settle and since we are in our favorite city ever, we'd rent some bikes and ride around all over the place. you get to see more places this way? and there is nothing more exhilarating than cruising down lakeshore drive on bikes.

and as the day comes to a close, we'll walk around the city some more 
and take lots of crazy, fun pictures.

we'll probably even revisit all those places we took our engagements pictures at last summer!

and at the end of the day, we'll meet up with all our dear Chicago friends who will all fly back with us to Georgia where a big party is waiting for you. Both of our families will be there and then all your best friends - and we'll party until maybe around 10:00am so that you can still get to bed on time (since you love your sleep and it's your bday, you can do whatever you want!). 
but before the day comes to a complete close, i'd steal you away from the party for just a couple minutes to tell you...

i thank God for you more than i can express. 
i could not have been more blessed to have a man love me for i am. 
you make me laugh. you comfort me when i cry. you draw me closer to Christ every day by your example and by your love. 
i cannot wait for more adventures with you. 
i love you.

much love.
{happy birthday, ryan!}


  1. i love this. and goodness, those pictures of chicago made me miss the city SO MUCH!! what a sweet post. :)

  2. awwwww what a super sweet post!! happy birthday to your ryan!! i'm sure that when you do get to celebrate with him it will be JUST as fun~!! your spending alll next week with him and your families, ahhhhhh SO EXCITING!!!!!!! :D

  3. Awwww!! Ilene, this is SUCH a beautiful letter!!! Happy Birthday to {your} Ryan!!!

  4. Such a sweet post!! Happy Birthday, Ryan!!

    <3 Ashley

  5. What a sweet post! I'm sure your ryn is over the moon reading this now and I'm sure he's missing you just as much on his birthday! But no worries, you have sooo many more wonderful years (and birthdays!) to look forward to as husband & wife :)

  6. just found your blog and what a cute one it is! i love the things you are grateful for with ryan. they tug at my heartstrings and are perfect.

  7. Oh sounds like a wonderful day! Granted, now I am seriously craving a caprese salad from Rosebuds (also my fave!)... yum!


  8. Cute pictures! Just found your blog via IHOD.

  9. You guys are too cute. Happy birthday to your man!

  10. this is so sweet and loving. I wish you two could be together on his birthday too :(

    I love the photos of you, you two make a very cute couple!

  11. aw!!! the end made me tear up a little bit! many blessings to you and Ryan! Happy birthday to Ryan! And have a beautiful day, friend!

  12. This is so sweet. :) Happy birthday Ryan!

  13. Super sweet! Can't wait to follow along as you guys get closer to your blessed wedding!

    And lovin' the pics of Chicago. I love it here too!

    Katie P
    Food, Wine, & Mod Podge

  14. Oh blog PDA. So cute! And happy Birthday Ryan!

  15. This is so thoughtful and sweet! You're gorgeous. Happy birthday to your man, and I wish you both a bright future!

    PS: I used to live in Michigan, and was very close to Chicago. I've been there many times. A wonderful city, isn't it?

  16. Sweetest post ever :) Happy Birthday to him!!! And I was just in Wrigleyville for New Years :)

  17. So sweet. Happy Birthday to Ryan! :)

  18. Aww, this is such a sweet post. Happy birthday Ryan!

  19. <3 this :) Your so sweet! Happy birthday to Him :)

  20. Happy birthday to Ryan!

    and I want to just say how legit you both are to keep it together, even though you are away! I miss Nicholas when he goes to work everyday, I don't know how you both do it but I so so so admire you for it! You both are so sweet, I hope we can all meet one day :)

    Happy weekend!

    xo, danni

  21. AWWWWWW!!! Such a sweet post! Happy Birthday to your love!! <333

  22. awww what an endearing post! ryan is a lucky guy, sounds like you make a great couple!!

  23. This made me feel all mushy inside ^^

  24. Aww! This is SO sweet! Happy Birthday Ryan! He is a lucky guy! ;)

  25. that is the sweetest post I've ever seen. I love how you planned the whole day! You guys are such a sweet couple!

  26. cutie pictures!!!!!!! you guys make quite the pair :)

    im hosting a giveaway this week!! come stop by :)

  27. love this post! i love living in chicago and these photos are amazing. my roommate and i were actually just talking about rosebud and how i must eat there. this post just reinforced this!

  28. happy birthday ashley's ryan! :)
    here's to many more with your illy!

  29. thanks for the sweet comment! (and yes, we do have the same shoe sin our header - great minds!!)

    what wonderful pictures! sorry you two couldn't be together!

  30. my face - smiling...
    my heart - melting... you guys are the sweetest. happy birthday to your ryan!!!

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  32. i super like this post, so sweeeeet and cheeeeesyyy..
    happy Birthday to kuya ryan.
    more blessings to your relationship.

  33. This is sooooo sweet. I love it!

  34. this is a pretty amazing birthday present, even though it's all a what-if! you two seem to really have the most amazing love for one another. Just reading about your love makes me happy :)

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