Another Birthday Post

I love it when the NFL and literature match up.
Congrats, Ravens.
     I'm not sure if any of you are aware but there was a football game last night.  And Beyonce made the power go out in New Orleans.  Or some such.  Anyway, I didn't watch all of it due to Sweet Girl and Little Man.  They're not huge football fans and they were as completely grossed out as I was at the GoDaddy commercial.  I did manage to see a couple of good commercials including the Dodge commercial featuring Paul Harvey's speech "So God Made a Farmer."  My facebook feed lit up with friends from home in central Illinois, talking about the commercial.  It mostly made me a little homesick and wonder why we don't still have a Dodge vehicle in our fleet.

But the commercial also made me think about how, even though I grew up and love rural Illinois, I ended up married to the antithesis of a farmer and have moved to increasingly densely populated areas the longer said un-farmer and I are married.  How did this happen?  Well I guess I kind of answered that in this post that I wrote for Sean's birthday two years ago when he was in Afghanistan.  This year we aren't physically together either, so this is yet another post about my husband on his birthday.   This is why, even though I'm extremely proud to know many farmers, I am glad I'm not married to one.  Because if I were, I wouldn't be married to Sean.  And that would be even worse than living in the city.

In the eighth year of marriage, I looked back and knew that I married a man who:

*is tough enough serve his country but soft enough to serve his kids dinner.

*wouldn't be able to accurately identify the differences between a tractor and a combine but rejoiced when his daughter used a proper tripod grip when writing her name.  More importantly, he understood what a momentous occasion it was and how much it took for her to do it.

*often can't find the hamper for his dirty clothes but knows the best way to get his children to school and therapies in a ridiculous amount of traffic.

*changes diapers, bakes gluten free doughnuts, mows the yard, takes out the trash, and still finds time for tickles, smiles, and story time.

*has done more than most to help me transition back to working outside our home, as well as how important it was for me to do so.

*enjoys his job, even the extended trips that his particular job brings, but understands that his best work is done with Sweet Girl and Little Man.

*is not my "type" but rather, now, my heart.

*understands that our family is not perfect, but that we belong to one another.  And that is perfection enough.

Happy Birthday, Sean.  And here's to many more.


  1. I love that commercial, because I want to be a farmer. But I'm in New Jersey because that's where my heart is as well. Plus, if I move now I'll miss my best chance to meet all you fabulous Gallaghers. Oh yes, I have you in my sights.

    Happy birthday, Sean, Irish boy from New Jersey! (Did I mention I have a brother Sean, and sisters Erin and Kate? Jersey does Irish well.)

  2. Sean is a Jersey Boy? That explains it. We grow great men in the Garden State. Lovely post and wonderful tribute. He sounds like a gem. Happy Birthday, Sean.

  3. I am so so excited to hear "sweet girl" is using a tripod grasp to write her name!! Yay that makes me so proud, I can only imagine how proud you all are. It sounds like you all have had a crazy busy existence lately! I am so sorry to just be thanking you, but I was so happy to receive a Christmas card from you guys! It is still sitting on my desk, and I love seeing her sweet smile while she is swinging! I hope all is going well. Hang in there, all of you are fantastic! I miss you guys. Let sweet girl know I send hugs her way :)


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