Archive for February, 2009

And, yes, he robbed the cradle

Posted in Budd Zoo on February 22, 2009 by Annette Budd

I want to say Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband Gary.  He turned 48 years old today.


Here are the top 48 reasons why I am the most blessed wife in the world:

1. He opens his heart to people.

2. He loves to tease me – and I love being teased.

3. He is an incredible spiritual leader for both me and our children.

4. He loves God with all his heart.

5. He is very, very active.

6. He helps to make me a better person.

7. He is even more attractive now than the day we were married.

8. He has awesome eyes.

9. He is a great softball player.

10. He is a man of his word.

11. He is faithful.

12. He has integrity even when no one is looking.

13. He works hard – all the time.

14. He plays hard.

15. He brings me flowers on a regular basis.

16. He appreciates what I do for him.

17. He pours himself into his children.

18. Even when he can’t completely understand his teenage daughters, he still tries to understand them.

19. He left at 6:15am to take Daniel to his hockey game yesterday while I slept.

20. He plays all kinds of sports with our children.

21. He loves to take Michaela with him wherever he is going, whenever he can.

22. He loves God’s word.

23. He loves to worship.

24. He is inviting and outgoing.

25. Even though he is very competitive, he is a good sport.

26. He encourages people.

27. He stays “plugged in” with his guy friends.

28. He has an incredible grandmother.

29. His family has always welcomed and loved me.

30. He encourages me.

31. He is interesting.

32. We never run out of things to talk about.

33. He is an entrepreneur.

34. He is not afraid to take risks – but he is wise in the risks he takes.

35. He is very interested in Christina’s wedding plans.

36. He pays very close attention to the things that are going on in our children’s lives.

37. He is supportive of my dreams.

38. He knows what my dreams are.

39. He is lots and lots of fun.

40. He does the dishes every day.

41. He lives by grace not by law.

42. I can always count on him to do the right thing.

43. He is full of ideas.

44. When I am weak, he is strong.

45. He is playful.

46. He is joyful.

47. He is forgiving.

48. Making a list like this is easy for me because he is a great guy.


Proposal Anniversary

Posted in Budd Zoo, Me with tags on February 14, 2009 by Annette Budd


Twenty-five years ago today Gary asked me to marry him. I said yes. I can’t imagine my life without him. It hasn’t always been easy but it has always been worth it. He is an incredible man and I am so blessed that he is mine.

Incredible Gifts!

Posted in Budd Zoo, Parenting with tags , on February 7, 2009 by Annette Budd

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Our children have recently given some incredible gifts to us.  For Christmas, they all chipped in and bought a night in Glen Eyrie Castle in Colorado Springs for just Gary and me. They also gave a gift certificate to us from Olive Garden. So in the middle of January we had almost 24 hours together, no children – just rest and each other. Wow. We had the best time. We talked and laughed and just enjoyed not hearing, “Mom, can I . . . ” or “Mom, can you . . .” It was such a blessing to us.

Then, for Gary’s upcoming 48th birthday, they chipped in again and bought tickets to the Chris Tomlin concert for Gary and me. It was, hands down, the most incredible concert that I have ever attended. It touched something deep inside my soul.

I absolutely love being the mother of six. I truly treasure every moment – I have even learned to treasure the moments that aren’t so pleasant. But, these two little respites from responsibility were exactly what we needed. It is like our children knew how demanding they can be and gave us the gift of time without them.

And the lyrics from last night will not leave my mind or heart –

“My chains are gone,

I’ve been set free

My God, my Savior has ransomed me

And like a flood His mercy rains

Unending love, Amazing Grace.”