Today is Danny’s birthday. This man. You guys. Oh….he’s a gift. He’s a gift to me every single day. But I’m so glad that he has so much abundance in him, because it just extends to everyone around him – including all of you. It’s so beautiful to witness that first hand each day.
Today, a few things that you might not know about Danny:
-Each day – usually late at night, I say to Danny…”Sweetheart, would you mind taking a look at my post?” He drops everything – his news and political websites that he loves to read, his books that he loves to devour, his music, his downtime after a long day of work and travel in NYC – and he begins to read my post. I sit at the computer, pretending not to watch, but can’t help but glance my eyes over to see his face as he reads. Sometimes, he will smile (it usually feels pretty dang awesome to see that smile, I’ll admit. 🙂 Sometimes he will have suggestions for how to make the post better. Sometimes he will just say resolutely, “Yep, that’s good!” But no matter what he says, I know he is thinking of all of you. He, too, wants to help make the posts meaningful. And his heart and soul are behind everything that I do here.
-Danny works hard each day and has a job. Yes, he finances our day-to-day lives, which I don’t take for granted one second. Until I got married to Danny, I had been the breadwinner. I was OK with that – because I mean, who doesn’t want to be self-sufficient? It was such a blessing to be able to offer that. But, to have the privilege of stepping back from being the bread winner? To be able to switch gears and do something that is much more meaningful to me than any other job? Well, pinch me. I feel ridiculously spoiled to be able to do this…especially when Danny wishes he could work on the blog full-time, too. I’m just so grateful for the sacrifice he makes each day to make this possible. Every once in a while, I ask Danny, “Honey, are you still ok with me not working?” And he just looks at me like, “What, are you nuts?” 🙂
-Each evening, I look over and see Danny writing his heart out on the laptop. Here’s my view of him right at this very moment (he doesn’t know I snapped this):
He’ll have that face. The one that let’s me know he’s responding to a reader’s email. It’s a partial smile – and he’ll have really kind eyes – and he’ll be writing fervently – like he just can’t wait to share something, or uplift, explain, or encourage. See? 🙂 It’s so sweet.
Danny puts time, energy, and thought into each response he sends. There is nothing he loves more than helping people, or helping them to turn on a light bulb. Being able to do that one-on-one with people with real lives and real issues is perhaps his favorite thing (he only wishes he could do it more!) He also loves to be challenged, he loves to consider if there’s a better way of thinking about things, and he certainly loves the opportunity to dig deeper to see if he can explain something to someone in a better way. So yes, he LOVES interacting with you readers. And I’d say anyone who has received an email from him is really lucky. He has so much wisdom to offer. And I’m sure you can feel all the love and care that he sends your way. I think an entire book could be written just on his responses to readers.
-Danny also loves to chime in on the comments on the blog when he has time. Um, have you seen the comments he’s been writing all weekend long on last Friday’s post? Oh my, they are worth gold! It’s such a treat for me to read his comments…I don’t know how he does it, but they make me melt every time. I’m not surprised one bit that I wanted to marry him after ONE DAY of emailing each other, sight unseen. Holy smokes.
Happy Birthday, my dear husband! Sharing my life with you is the greatest gift of my life.
And now it’s time to see if Danny will read this post for me.
Danny read it.
And he smiled very, very big. 🙂