Thursday, April 2, 2009

Happy Birthday To Me!

28 today!

Here's what I wrote on my blog on this day last year...

"My first as a father! My third as a husband! I expect it will be the best ever!"

I had NO idea...

April 2 was the day we got the call that finally gave us tangible hope for Tricia's future.

April 2 was the day that, together, we raised over half of my goal of $15,000 (Click Here to read all of the wonderful birthday notes from Last Year).

Definitely the best birthday ever! And, again, I expect that this year's will be ever better!

If you'd like to say "Happy Birthday!" with more than words (and I totally appreciate the words!), please consider donating to my Personal CF Fund-Raising Great Strides Goal (click "click to donate" on the linked page) to help continue to make life better for Tricia and all CF patients around the world. Every penny we raise goes directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!

Thank you (my readers), again, for helping to make this past year our best ever!

Nate

67 comments:

melissam2 said...

It was a privilege to be included in the journey!!

aprilmoonflower said...

oh yes it's your birthday and Tricia's transplant call bday!!! congrats and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! You guys are amazing and this past year has been incredible for you all!

Marjolein said...

Happy birthday to you!

Manda Brooke said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I have so enjoyed keeping up with your family. you have been a blessing in my life. May you be BLESSED abundantly this year and always.

One Hot Single Mama said...

Happy Birthday!!

Tammy C said...

Happy Birthday!

Have ablessed day and have fun with your girls.

Cindy said...

Happy Birthday! What an abundance you have to celebrate this year!

You will have to settle for words from me, I'm afraid. I have my own CF Fund raising goal to accomplish! ;)

Julie said...

Happy Birthday, Nate. I remember last year's very well. We were all checking in on your blog every 15 minutes for updates.

I hope this year, and in the years to follow, you continue to be blessed with love, health and happiness.

Melissa said...

Happy Birthday, so much can happen in a year. Great that its been an awesome. You have so many reasons to celebrate!

Judy said...

Happy Birthday! I don't know how you can top last year. I guess just being in your new home with your two girls is the best present ever! Many blessings for the year ahead!

Suzie said...

Happy Birthday to you! I hope you have a great day!

Sparkette said...

Happy Birthday! Have a wonderful day :)

Pati and Family said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NATHAN.
I do remember April 2 was the day you guys received "The Call".
I remember because I was overwhelmed with Gods gift to you on your birthday, I believe I cried that day for you.
I enjoy your blog, your pics and your sweet tender thoughtful ways.
Have I ever mentioned you ROCK not only as a photographer but as a writer also.

ENJOY YOUR special DAY NATHAN.

Patricia.

Ann said...

Happy Birthday! God bless you!

The High Family said...

Happy Birthday Nate!

sarah said...

happy birthday!

Shawna Barlette said...

Hau'oli la Hanau! May the coming year be full of blessings for you and your family.

Love Being a Nonny said...

You are blessed! Oh Happy Day!

Rebecca said...

Happy birthday, Nate. Much love to you, Tricia, and Gwyneth.

Cara said...

Happy birthday, Nate!

ViolinMama said...

HAPPY B-day!!!

Laurie in Ca. said...

Happy Birthday Nate!! So much to be thankful for and celebrate today. It has been amazing following your journey from before your birthday last year to this year. I am so proud of you and who you have been to your family. You bless me.

Love and Hugs, Laurie

Sara G said...

Happy Birthday, Nate!!
You have the most beautiful family!!

Laura said...

Happy Birhday!!!

hispanicbrotherinlaw said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRO

suzannanana said...

Happy Birthday! What a difference a year makes.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! We've been following this blog since before Gwyneth was born and we feel so blessed that you have shared this journey with us.
Love and prayers from Va Beach...
The Burgesses

j2burk said...

Happy Birthday, and thanks for including us on your journey!

-stephanie- said...

Continue having the best years ever.
Happy Birthday.

Jenn said...

Happy birthday, Nate! I hope the next year brings lots of calm times!

Terri said...

Happy Birthday-I hope you have a wonderful day and a year full of joy and happiness.

Amy E. said...

Happy birthday Nate!! I do remember sitting at my computer last year and reading that you guys had gotten "THE" call..I remember crying. What a day you had!
Hope today is just as wonderful but for many other reasons! Enjoy the day with your girls!

Missy said...

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy birthday to Nate, Happy birthday to you! I hope your day is as special as you are. My neighbors two children both have CF and we are major supporters of it. I never knew a thing about it until they moved in. Thanks for sharing iwth us

Agnes said...

Happy Birthday dear son in law. So very glad you were born!!!

Elizabeth Preston Cisneros said...

Happy Birthday, Nate! God bless you on this wonderful day and as you celebrate the new beginning you got on your birthday last year.

Lori said...

Have a great Transplantiversary - you are a remarkable family and I am so greatful to be following your blog every day. Thanks for sharing all of your blessings with the world. Love, Lori

Lori said...

Dear Tricia - Have a wonderful transplantiversary - what a blessing you are. Your family is truly remarkable - thank you for sharing your story with the world - love, Lori

The Barnes Crew said...

Happy Birthday!!!

Meaghan said...

Happy Birthday!! And many more to come :)

Kristine said...

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Dear Nathan, Haaaaaapy Biiiiiirthday to Youuuuuuu!

So much to celebrate this week!

Congrats on all of it!

Love,
Kristine
Exeter NH

MJMILLS said...

awwwwww! happy bday! or as my lil one (19months) says "Happy B"

Briana said...

Happy 28 Nate!

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

Happy Birthday! We share a birthday today!

Michelle said...

happy birthday, Nate! :-D

- michelle

Erin said...

Happy Birthday Nate!

Beth L said...

Happy Birthday Nate! Hope you have a great day with your two favorite girls. I'm betting all the cooking Tricia has been doing lately, she has a scrumptious dinner in store for you.

Carey said...

Happy Birthday!

Emily said...

Happy Birthday, Nate!!! Hope this one is wonderful!!!
Emily in Mississippi

brunettekoala said...

PS i've given you a Kreativ blogger award!! I'm supposed to let you know....

Danine said...

Happy Birthday Nate! and thank you for sharing your life with us, it's been absolutely a gift to stumble upon your blog!

Here's to many more blessed birthdays with your girls!

Lesley said...

Happy Birthday!

Marsmile said...

Happy birthday to you, Nate!! Amazing that a year has gone by already, especially with the transplant as well!

May you have a wonderful blessed birthday (it already is!!) and many more birthdays full of blessings! :-)

Katticus said...

We share the same birthday!
Hope you've had a great day - and congratulations on the year anniversary.
Thankyou for sharing your experiences and your faith it is a great inspiration.
Godbless you and your family
Kat (London, UK)

Brenda said...

Happy Birthday! You share a birthday with my precious granddaughter who turned 17 today!!
Nate I want you to know that I have followed your blogg for over a year, and I have felt the awesome power of God in some of your posts. I know it hasn't been easy for you as the husband and daddy, but what strength and wisdom who have shown your girls and the rest of the world. You have let God be your strength and lead you, and it has strengthen me when I have been at my weakest. Thank you for writing many times when we know you really didn't "feel like" writing, but wanted to keep us informed so we could pray & rejoice with you.
Hugs & prayers in IN.

therextras said...

Happy Birthday!

You are a fantastic blogger, wonderful husband and father, great photographer, and cute. I can say that 'cause I am roughly twice your age.

(I linked your fish taco recipe into my fish taco recipe recently.)

Barbara

Aspiemom said...

Happy Birthday, Nate! Enjoy your 2nd birthday as a Daddy.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! Hope you have a blessed birthday!

A Mac and a Mug O' Joe said...

Happy birthday to you!
May God bless you!
Enjoy your special day!

auntrene said...

Happy Happy Birthday, Thanks for sharing your wonderful family and story with us this year. Have a Wonderful evening.

Trinket said...

Happy Birthday, Nate! I hope the year ahead is magnificent!

Kylee said...

Happy Birthday Nate, I hope you have a great day.

bridget said...

Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!!

T. Anonymous reader in WA.

MckMama said...

Happy birthday!! You're so nice and young;) Sorry I didn't clue in that it was your birthday earlier, but I'm still squeaking in with my wishes in time, at least in my time zone.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Just Courtney said...

Happy Birthday!! Sorry I'm a day late, kids kept us busy all day yesterday with baseball & softball games. I hope you had a wonderful day! Thank you so much for inviting us into your world through this blog. I'm addicted to it!

Shawna from Texas said...

Happy Birthday Nate! What a wonderful year to celebrate! May your birthday wishes continue to come true!!!!

GinnyBerry said...

Happy Birthday to You! I'm late because I went up north to San Fransico to wish my grandbaby a Happy 1st Birthday!

April 2 brought a lot of wonderful things!