Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I can't explain things sometimes and it drives me...




than I normally am.

Today for instance. Driving home. Regular traffic. Nothing special on the radio or in any scent I was smelling...

...but all of a sudden I was in the best summer of my life {so far}..

I remember it as my pretty summer. I felt pretty.

And it wasn't a summer of my extreme youth ..I was 30.

Exactly half of what I am now.

It was the summer I met Mr. B. There was pretty music, pretty summer scents in the air

After a particularly ugly time of my life. When I thought I could never feel pretty or loved again.

And he did. Love me. And made me feel pretty.

And I will always thank him for that. Because I was married so young (like in 5th recess..just kidding.


I was 17. (might as well have been in 5th grade. at recess..) I had not "dated" much. Any. Other than the starter husband.

So this was new and fun and pretty and exciting and fun and I didn't feel like a 30 year old divorcee with 4, count 'em FOUR kids.

I was experiencing my youth. What "normal" girls feel in high school.

And although it may have twinged at my heart a little not to be that young or that pretty..

I had it. I really did. And I am grateful.

And he still makes me feel pretty.

Wow. Am I lucky or what?

Yeah, lucky :-)

Thank you Mr. B..and Happy Happy Birthday.

And thank you Evelyn, for raising such an incredible man.


Pearl said...

Colleen you are!! pretty. You both are looking good. Even Mr. B looks pretty :) just kidding now. What a wonderful love story you two have. I don't think I have ever known a women that loved her man as you do. Lucky guy! Lucky lady! Luck or a miricle :) Have a great evening I know I will after visiting you.

Gaston Studio said...

Happy birthday Mr. B. and thanks for making Colleen so happy she glows.

madrekarin said...

Happy birthday, Mr. B! :)
Colleen, you are blessed to have received a life that is as beautiful as you are.

wendy said...

Happy Birthday Mr B!
What an awesome couple!

Lucy said...

You were lucky AND blessed. Most of the 'grass widows', as my father calls me, don't get the second opportunity. I know I won't. Great post!!

Sweet Repose said...

Happy B-day Mr. B. and how lucky you are to have found each other...good men are hard to find these days, as are good honest women.

Hope the ribs are mending and fall isn't creeping too close this age, we need all the summer we can get...caught a glimpse of my shovel the other day and it sent shivers all the way to my timbers..

have a great weekend sister...and brother!

s from Ioway

April said...

Happy birthday Dad! Sure wish we could be there to help you celebrate. Mom, you and dad are both looking fantastic. He seems to be healing and getting back to his "old" self (would it be "older" self since it is his b-day? ha ha) and you look so awesome with all the weight you have lost. I personally think you look so much more beautiful today than you did in the picture 30 years ago. We can't wait to see you both again soon but can we leave the hospital bed out of the equation next time?!?

The Texas Woman said...

I had three children when I started dating my Mister Right twenty years ago. He's told me several times that if they'd been brats, we would never have gotten to the marriage part! Most men probably think like this so, UG, pat yourself on the back for raisin' good youngins so Mr. B could see past the luggage and into your lovely eyes.

Happy birthday, Mr. B!

Pen Pen said...

What a sweet post! Happy birthday to Mr. B... and yes, you are so lucky. What a treasure you found at 30!!! God bless!

Heather said...

aww too sweet! happy birthday to MR B! I hope he has a wonderful day today.

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

What beautiful pictures! then and now. Two people in love is always a sight to behold.
So happy to see Mr. B looking well again. Nurse Colleen did a fabulous job working her magic on Mr. B.
Take care and enjoy your day,

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

You are lucky to have such a wonderful husband that admires you and makes you feel like a queen. And to have taken on the role of father to your four children too...what a wonderful guy!

And by the are even more beautiful today!

Happy Birthday to all,
Stay Cozy, Carrie

Connie said...

You are extremely pretty!
It also is what you say, too.

Altogether it makes "pretty"!

Just Breathe said...

You are truly blessed. I am so happy for you. Happy birthday Randy.

Laurie said...

Happy Birthday Mr.B., and thank-you for loving and caring for our dear Colleen. I'm so glad you're doing better under her wonderful care. You are both beautiful, and so blessed!

All My Yesterdays said...

Beauty is as Beauty does....
Love just make ya happy, huh...
So do Birthdays! Hope you had a good one and have many more to share.


white o'morn cottage said...

Gosh you both look fabulous! Happy birthday to Mr B too. Love Pam

Shari said...

Hope Mr. B had a wonderful birthday! Love, love, LOVE these pictures of the two of you together. You're making me misty-eyed again, Colleen! What a great love story and you still look so fine together!!

Vee said...

Awwww, this guy is a keeper all right. What a sweet post.