Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Happy Fathers Day!!

I don't think I appreciate how lucky I am to have such an incredible man as the father to my children! We're spoiled (and yes we know it). Todd has made my job as Mom easier, he's loving and forgiving. He's grown to be this incredible Dad that has surprised us all with his perseverance and striking good looks. Todd grew up in Missouri with his Dad and Step-Mom and 4 brothers (part-time brothers). He was abandoned by his mother at 4 years old but luckily was give to his father. He lived with his Dad until he was 16, he left the farm then and moved to St. Louis. Todd moved in with some friends who were all bad influences but managed to get himself to church and school. He graduated when he was 20 years old...I'm so proud of him, even as a kid, he was a fighter and was determined to be successful. After graduation, Todd went into the Army, he served in Afganistan, Kuwait, Irag, South Carolina and Germany (I'm sure there are more that I can't remember right now). We met in Germany (his second tour and my first). I knew at first sight that I would marry him. He wasn't so sure...he dated my friend before realizing that we were better suited to each other...we married in Texas, where our twins were born. After Todd got out of the service he decided (with lots of pushing from me) that we should move to Ohio where we had a great support system. He started out a Drill Sergeant Dad and has become one of the best Dad's I know, we have great kids and I couldn't do this with out him. When Lane was diagnosed, Todd stayed in the hospital for the entire week, learning how to care for Lane's diabetes. It was a great learning and bonding experience for Todd and Lane. Those seven days allowed Todd to play a bigger part in Lane's care now...I don't know what I would do without him but I'm glad that he's my partner! We're best friends and I can't imagine spending the rest of my life goofing off with any one but him.