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Monday, December 9, 2013

50 Reasons Why

Dear readers,

Today is Mr. Décor’s 50th birthday. I have been very blessed to have spent the past 16+ years by his side. Sadly, he is celebrating this milestone alone, far from home. But since he reads every single blog post I write I thought I would take this opportunity to give him a world wide shout out.

Eric, when I think of you my heart just fills to the brim. I am so thankful that you are in my life and although I could list at least 1000 reasons why I love and adore you in the essence of time and space I will keep it to 50.

50. You have the warmest shade of root beer brown eyes that I have ever gazed into.

49. It’s really unfair how long your eyelashes are.

48. Your patriotism for our country is inspiring.

47. I am so proud that you devoted 22 years of your life in helping keep America the land of the free.

46. It is truly amazing how you can eat a pound of fudge in one sitting.

45. Thank you for introducing me to Thai food and French onion dip.

44. You are a kind and loyal friend.

43. I appreciate that you watch shows like Downton Abbey because I won’t quit talking about them. 

42. You always look for ways to help others such as the Climb for Cancer.

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41. I love that you have never stopped learning.

40. You make goals and you meet them.

39. I cannot express my gratitude enough that you have supported my education not once, but twice.

38. I am proud that you are the guy our neighbors ask for help.

37. You loan tools without question.

36. The skills you willingly share will serve others all of their life.

35. You are an amazing cub scout and boy scout leader.

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34. Your empanada's are the best I have ever eaten. (Even when you accidently make them with powdered sugar instead of flour. :)

33. I love the way you roll your “R’s” when saying huevos rancheros and papa fritas.

32. I can’t drive by a cotton field without hearing you sing “Whoaaaa pick a bale of cotton, whoaaa pick a bale a day!”

31. You gotta love a guy who loves “The Sound of Music”.

30. But knows all of Def Leppard’s and The Rolling Stones hits.

29. Memorial day is always special with you.

28. You have never ever said “No” to an idea that I have had for a blog post.

27. I have asked you to build, glue, tether, solder, drill, plumb and electrify numerous things which you have done to perfection.

26. You’ve willingly eaten some pretty weird food in support of the numerous culinary phases I’ve had. 

25. When I ask you to take the road less traveled you eagerly look upon it as an adventure.

24. You match your belt to your shoes.

23. I appreciate it that time and time again you have agreed to dress up in strange costumes.

22. And always manage to look good doing it, even in “goat pants”.

21. If I am thinking it, you say it and vice versa.

20. You love soccer so much that you joined a German team even though you didn’t speak the language.

19. You didn’t bat an eye when I brought home the sickest most malnourished dog from the shelter and said “Happy Birthday!”

18. You even insisted on holding him in the “family” photo.

17. I also talked you into adopting a second rescue dog. In the midst of moving.

16.When I first read Dr. Steve Maraboli’s quote “When in a relationship, a real man doesn’t make his woman jealous of others, he makes others jealous of his woman.” I immediately thought of you.

15. It’s fantastic that you will dance for no reason.

14. I love that you grow a “Santa Beard” during the holidays.

13. But even better is that when it comes time to shave it off you come up with alter egos to make me laugh such as…

The used car salesman.

Joe Handlebar

and my personal favorite…. Sons of Gunnarchy


12. Long before elaborately planned proposals became the norm you went to great lengths to make our engagement memorable.

11. You picked out my engagement ring and our wedding invitations by yourself and they were amazing.

10. If takes a very special man to raise another’s child completely as his own.


9. You have never forgotten our anniversary. I often have to ask you what year it was.

8. When we moved to Crete and there was no McDonald’s, Target and on occasion water or electricity then I cried and fussed you told me to go with the flow, it would be amazing, and it was.

7. When doctors said we couldn’t have children you agreed that we wouldn’t believe them.

6. You carefully and gently gave me injections when I couldn’t do it myself.

5. While on complete bed rest you brought in a basin and shampoo to the hospital and lovingly washed my hair. 

4. When he came a month early you stayed by his side in the hospital as I recovered. 

3. You are an fantastic father. For too many reasons to list.

2. You are an amazing husband. I was a broken mess when you found me and you put me back together piece by piece. You restored my faith in love and are truly the best man that I know.

1. On our wedding day you sang “Three Little Birds” and have done so many times since then. I know that these past few weeks have not been easy for you. But I have faith that “every little thing gonna be alright”. Just look at what we’ve been blessed with.

Happy 50th birthday Eric!

Mrs. Gunn


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Happy happy happy happy birthday to one amazing man!!!!!!

Kelley said...

Oh, yeah, baby! You done mighty good to love a man like that! Keep up the good work, Gunns. And happy 50 more to the Son of Gunn. Did you see that the longest-married 2013 couple has been so for EIGHTY-ONE YEARS... and he's 102? See? You can sooo do this! *wink*

And your family's photos are spectacular. God's so good. xo

HaPpY BiRtHdAy!!!!

Mary Clewley said...

I cried reading your post. What a BEAUTIFUL way to express your love and appreciation to your husband. He seems like an amazing man--who has made you very happy. It looks like you have had lots of fun through the years with the costumes and travel and adventures!
God bless your sweet family.

Jan Tanis said...

Awwwwww gee, what an awesome post! Happy Birthday to your amazing husband.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Happy, Happy Birthday. Such a loving post. Hugs, Marty

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

What a beautiful post for your wonderful hubby! He is truly an amazing man; and your love for him just leaps out of this post! Happy Birthday to Mr. Decor!

ImagiMeri said...

Okay, let me get this outta' the way....HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERIC! Oh, and thank you for making my friend so incredibly happy.

Now, may I borrow this idea? My husband's birthday is on Christmas Eve. It won't be a milestone, as he's turning 54, but I think it's very important to express our love and gratitude any way we can.

I truly treasure our friendship, and as much as you wish to leave this place, my heart hopes you don't.

Love you,

Vel Criste said...

Happy birthday Mr. Amazing!!!!! You are both very lucky to have each other Laura! God bless you Mr. Gunn, continue being the super-hero you are to your family and friends!!!!!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

What a beautiful expression of love. Thank you for allowing us to share it with you. Happy Birthday, Mr. Gunn!

Linda said...

This is such a wonderful, wonderful tribute! Bless both of you, all of you, you sweet, precious family. <3 I wish you continued happiness throughout this adventure called life.


Love, Linda

Linda said...

Oh and I also saw where someone else's husband above has a birthday on Christmas Eve! So does mine! And that's why every Christmas Eve is first and foremost about my husband's birthday! :)

Congratulations again to your husband on 50 years of life! Happiest of Birthdays,

GSGreatEscaper said...

That is a real man! You made me cry. Usually we refer to woman as jewels, but this man is the Hope Diamond.

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Laura, what a wonderful tribute to your love!

To Mr Gunn, loving husband and father, mentor...leader...
adventurer...Happy Birthday from the Pacific Northwest.
The best is yet to come!

Blackberry Lane said...

Happy Birthday Eric. Laura, you have a beautiful family. God richly bless you all especially during the Christmas Season. Mildred

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

What a beautiful post! Happy Birthday to Mr. Décor!

Vicki said...

Beautiful tribute to the love of your life - Happy Birthday, Mr. Decor!

Catherine Holman said...

That is so sweet! Happy Anniversary!

openid said...

Happy Birthday, "Mr Decor"! Wishing you a year filled with adventure, happiness and health.
I love your love story, Laura.
The Gunn's are our favorite blog couple!
Your Friends,
Deborah & Thomas

Louise said...

Beautiful. Happy birthday Mr Decor ( I met you briefly) all y'all (love saying that) are special people

Jen said...

WHat a beautiful and wonderful tribute to your husband. I got chills reading it all! Happy Birthday to Mr. Decor & may he be blessed with many more wonderful years!

Lisa said...

WOW! What an amazing guy! Blessings to you both on your anniversary and many many more!

Karena Albert said...

Dear Laura, not only is Eric and amazing Father and Husband, you make an incredible couple!

The Arts by Karena

Denise said...

Oh my goodness Laura, this made me cry. What a great guy! You make a wonderful couple, and it makes me so happy to see other happy couples out there. Happy Birthday to Eric and Many Happy Returns!!


Denise at Forest Manor

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Happy Birthday Eric! A good man is not that easy to find....I am so glad you two found each other! Enjoy your day!

black sabeth said...

my favorite thing is also that he can eat a pound of fudge in one sitting

black sabeth said...

my favorite thing is also that he can eat a pound of fudge in one sitting

Rita C. said...

You are blessed beyond measure, Laura, and you will continue to be so, I am certain. Happy Birthday, Mr. Decore! You are Adored by the one who counts most in your life!

Lorrie said...

Happy Birthday to Eric! What a wonderful post.

Bonnie said...

Happy Birthday to your husband! Great tribute I bet he will never forget.

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Awwww! This is the sweetest and best thing ever Laura! Happy Birthday Eric - you are one lucky guy to have such a sweet, beautiful, devoted wife! And you are one heck of a guy - love they way you two love each other!

the language of design said...

All the best to Eric ~ Happy Birthday! I toast him with cheer of Health and Longevity to share with his lovely family. BTW, you all are so photogenic, the effort you put into styling the photo sessions truly was worth it, so lovely. What a sweet post to read, thank you for sharing.

Auntie Em said...

Happy Birthday to Mr Decor! Such a beautiful post. What more could a person ask for that a tribute like this.

Mrs Decor, I think you found a real keeper! :)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

HappyBirthday, Mr. Decor!

Laura, what a special man who deserves the special lady to whom he is married. I cried reading this tribute and pray GOD's blessings on you both!



Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

now THIS is what I call a birthday card!!! :)

TracyMB @ Crows Feet Chic said...

What a wonderful couple yo two are -- love your birthday post. I hope Mr. Decor is going to offer training camps when he returns... My DH could use a little Downton Abbey and empanada building skills! :)

lynn cockrell said...

What a beautiful tribute to your sweet husband! I am so grateful to him and you for the sacrifices you and other families like you make to ensure the liberties we sometimes take for granted as a country. May God bless you and your family and may you all have a safe and merry Christmas!

Di said...

Truly beautiful love sonnet for your hubby. Love your family. Di@Cottage-Wishes