Happy Birthday Mommy!

I just want to say happy birthday to Kelci. The best mom. The best wife. My best friend.

OK, I don’t want to just say happy birthday. But today is her 30th birthday and I thought I’d embarrass the both of us with a little note to here on the blog.

Kelci and I have been together nearly 10 years after meeting in Hawaii during our first year of college (that’s a story for another post, but ask me and I’ll tell you). Over the last decade, we have traveled a path that has taken us through losing jobs, losing close relatives, gaining new friends, gaining a new home and now gaining our wonderful daughter.

One thing that I can count on in my life, however, is Kelci. She is there for me when I need a shoulder or when I simply need her on my shoulder. She is there for me when I am being a hyperactive ADD wild-child. She is there for me when I look down at Kylah and then give Kelci a “what the hell do I do now?” look.

There’s no point to this other than to share how extremely thankful I am to have her in my life.

As her and I have gotten older (I am definitely not maturing, so I don’t thing aging is the right word), I have become more and more thankful that I have her in my life. She has helped shape me and helped me become who I am.

When we were dating and getting more and more serious, we started to describe our relationship as a walk down an unknown path. For the most part, it is an easy, flat and straight walk that is surrounded by beauty. On occasion there is a bend in the road, or the scenery isn’t quite as gorgeous as you hoped. Our path has had curves, hills and a few trees that have fallen across it.

But we have continued to navigate it. We have guided each other down this path. We are a perfect team. And that’s why I want everybody to say with me:


Thanks for everything Kelci

Happy anniversary! Five years ago today, we said I do. In four weeks, we’re scheduled to become a family of three. Two of us have now become one family.

And I just want to say how much I appreciate you and all of your support throughout these last few years as we have continued on our journey down our path. We have truly taken our wedding vows to heart, through sickness and in health, for better or worse…

You see, today is our wedding anniversary. Five years of marriage and fun and laughter and tears and happiness and fear and humility and joy. Five years of me being an official “what the hell guy*” And in a few short weeks, our world gets shifted again with the arrival of Baby Berto.

And I can’t wait.

We had our final birth preparation class last night and I’ll tell ya, Kelci is going to be amazing. She is strong, patient, focused and ready to get on with this parenting thing. I couldn’t imagine going into this with a better partner.

Kelci, thank you for being you. For being my friend. For being my wife. For being Kylah’s mother. Five down, 6,824 to go.

* What the hell guy: You see a guy with a girl that’s hot and you think to yourself (or aloud) “What the hell is she doing with him?”