Tuesday, January 7, 2014

happy birthday to the man who still gives me butterflies.

Cloudy afternoon walk on the beach but it's a lot warmer here than back home, so no one's complaining ⛅️
there was something different about him. i just knew it. when he asked me out on our first date, i remember making my way down my apartment elevator with my stomach completely filled with butterflies. i think one even flew out of my mouth. i was alone in the elevator (i lived on the 30th floor so i had a long way down) and kept trying to calm myself down: ilene, get yourself together! you've been on plenty of dates. chill out! 

but deep down i knew why: i was going to marry this man. i just knew it (which sort of cracks me up since i wasn't really the marrying type for a long time); but looking back, i suppose that would make any girl nervous.

and here we are, rolling into year number two of marriage and today, celebrating his 32nd birthday. the fact that we get to celebrate his birthday together is something i want to soak up. we spent nearly two years apart between engagement and marriage - a lot of holidays celebrated over the phone or having to make the drive to GA or to SC.

but being able to go to bed and say tomorrow is your birthday  or wake up next to each other and squeal today is your birthday is a big deal to the both of us.

to the man that i knew i was going to marry long before the proposal and still gives me butterflies, happy, happy birthday! thanks for all the crazy fun adventures in our years together - and i look forward to even more of them. thank you for always directing me to Jesus, keeping Him the center of your life and our marriage. thank you for your love (*insert Katy Perry's unconditionally song here*), your understanding, your selflessness, always making me cry-laughing, and for putting up with me and my emotions, weird humor, and my crazy ideas (even the ones that make no sense).

love you, babe. happy biiiiiiiirthday!

much love.
{happy birthday, ryan!}


  1. So sweet! Enjoy your day together--married birthdays are a billion times better than unmarried ones!!

  2. Awwwww! Happy birthday Ryan!!

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  3. Marriage is first and foremost a friendship. So glad for you guys. Enjoy!

  4. That is the sweetest post:) Happy birthday to your husband, sweetie. xo

  5. I love this post! What a great gift to give to Ryan! I hope to one day experience even a little piece of the butterflies this man is giving to you. The two of you are amazing. Happy birthday Ryan!

  6. Aww so cute! Hope you enjoy celebrating and it's just better together:)

  7. You two are the cutest :) LOVE your love.

  8. Awww!! Happy Birthday to your hubby!!


  9. Aww this is so cute! Happy birthday to him!
    xx Lexi, Glitter, Inc.

  10. aw very precious! butterflies are the best :) happy birthday to the hubby! HeartofChic.com

  11. Aw happy birthday to him!


  12. aw, sweet words for him. happy birthday!


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