Happy Birthday to Danny!!!!


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.   🙂  

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  1. Anonymous March 25, 2013 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Happy birthday, Danny!
    It's your birth-day, but we are the ones who get the "gift" of your presence (virtually) in our lives! What a gift!!!

    Thank you for everything you do for us !!! Thank you for having a job so you can let Mara do the blog! Thank you for your wise words! Thank you for all your kindness and love towards all of us!

    May your life be long and always meaningful and full of love! May your dreams come true! May all this loving kindness come back to you even more deeply and nourish every single moment of your life!

    • danny March 25, 2013 at 3:35 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much. What a thoughtful blessing.

      You should know that Mara and I absolutely do receive back any amount of loving kindness we give out, and we get it a couple times over.

      This scripture from a previous post I did says it all "Give and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. (Luke 6:38)"

    • Anonymous March 26, 2013 at 10:45 am - Reply

      🙂 Beautiful!

  2. Anonymous March 25, 2013 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Happy birthday Danny!
    Thank you for all that you do; you are truly changing lives ( mine included).

  3. ellen March 25, 2013 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    That first photo is really cool. 🙂 I hope it's a great birthday for Danny!

    • danny March 25, 2013 at 3:37 pm - Reply

      That photo makes me laugh too. I'm pretty sure I wasn't ready…that or else that's my "cool" look.

  4. Maggie March 25, 2013 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday Danny! I remember when Danny and Mara came to visit with our women's group in DC, how invested Danny was in our lives, in the message they were sharing, and most of all Mara. I was pretty new to the blog then, so that opened my eyes to what a joint effort it was.

    • danny March 25, 2013 at 3:27 pm - Reply

      Thanks Maggie, that still is one of my favorite weekends. Mara and I were completely amazed and what an amazing group you all were. We're excited cause we get to do something similar in April in WV.

  5. Rose Jorgensen March 25, 2013 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Happy birthday! Seems like such a sweetie! Continue to inspire others, and we hope y'all are enjoying this day with snow! I know we are! Take care 🙂

  6. Amberly March 25, 2013 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    This is so fun! I love that he participates in your blog so much! 🙂 My husband is a trooper and listens to all of my ideas and excitement about the blog, but I haven't gotten him to be THAT involved yet.


  7. Utah Girl Am I March 25, 2013 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    Such a sweet post. 🙂 Happy birthday, Danny! And thanks to both of you for the love and goodness you share every day! I think my favorite thing about your blog is that I know it's a place I'll always find something happy or positive. 🙂 You are both wonderful! xo

  8. Miggy March 25, 2013 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday Danny!
    I would say "have a great day," but being Danny and Mara that's the only kind of day you two have. 🙂
    Hugs, best wishes and hope you have another great year.

    • mara March 27, 2013 at 9:33 pm - Reply

      Miggy – thank you, thank you. We greatly appreciate your friendship and support through this blog.

  9. Denise March 25, 2013 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday Danny! May you and Mara receive all the great blessings in life. I am new to your blog and from your reply to me this weekend,(and reply to others) I can tell you are one of the most kindest, wisest, loving human beings on earth. Your kind, loving reply filled my heart. Please google the poem Kindness by Naomi Shihab Nye as she puts it into words which I cannot. And you might want to read the poem The Thing Is by Ellen Bass about Love.

    • danny March 26, 2013 at 3:42 pm - Reply

      Denise, thank you for this comment, I'm glad that such kindness comes through even in writing. I've had some really great mentors in my life who are the epitome of love and kindness, they seem to make everyone around them feel warmth and love and like a better version of themselves.

      They had such a powerful effect on me, that I become determined to try to develop that myself. I'm still no where near them…but it feels me with delight to know that anyone would feel even a hint of what I always feel from them.

      As for the poems, Mara and I read them both while at dinner last night, thank you so much for sharing, they were beautiful.

    • Denise March 26, 2013 at 7:23 pm - Reply

      Yes, if we learn to open our minds and hearts, it can be filled with amazing knowledge and love, which is quite powerful. It's a beautiful, sometimes heartbreaking, wondrous journey – heartwarming connecting to people like you and Mara that "get it". P.S. let me know if you didn't get my email and happy to share the poems that speak for me.

  10. Kara March 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday Danny! I hope you two get to have a great celebration today. I was emailed this quote to start the week off with, and totally thought of you guys: Abraham Lincoln said, “People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” That guy, so cool on so many levels.

    • danny March 26, 2013 at 3:38 pm - Reply

      Good quote…I'm writing that one down for future reference and adding to my collection!

  11. erin m. March 25, 2013 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    Happy birthday Danny!!!! Wishing you lots of love, celebration, and gratitude on this day. Hope you feel loved and special! Thanks for all you do to share your heart with us readers.

  12. pigsb3 March 26, 2013 at 2:52 am - Reply

    Delurking to wish you a very Happy Birthday!

  13. Appu March 26, 2013 at 11:59 am - Reply

    I wish you a very Happy Birthday Danny!!

    Let me tell you- I love reading this blog… Although you guys don't know me and I live thousands of miles away from you- when I read the blog, I feel you guys are just next to me… 🙂 🙂

    You guys are wonderful!! Have fun and do post some pictures..

    • danny March 26, 2013 at 3:38 pm - Reply

      We feel the same way about writing it. Thanks for the birthday wishes and for your kind note!

  14. julie March 26, 2013 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    This is your cousin Julie, Omgosh you look so much like your dad! Congrats on your marriage and I am so happy for you. Glad to see you are doing so well. Maybe someday I will get to meet her. Love ya lots! Julie Kofoed

    • danny March 26, 2013 at 3:31 pm - Reply

      Hi Julie! Thanks for saying hello. And yes, every now and then I see a pic of my dad in his 30s and the resemblance is pretty striking.

  15. Ginna March 27, 2013 at 12:02 am - Reply

    Happy Birthday Danny! I hope you had a wonderful one!

  16. Victoria Palmer May 21, 2013 at 9:11 am - Reply

    Everybody wishes you a “HAPPY BIRTHDAY”.
    As for me, I wish you a PEACEFUL BIRTHDAY.
    I hope you’d acquire a lot of peace of mind today.
    My best happy birthday wishes to you Danny
    Have a great time!

  17. Anonymous September 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Happy birthday messages


  18. ganesh balasti February 2, 2015 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    Very Cute simle danny….i like your smile….Birthday Greetings,Wishes

  19. Marie Wright July 3, 2015 at 5:40 am - Reply

    Awww… he's so cute and handsome. Have a wonderful birthday! Keep smiling 😉

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