love day birthday!

growing up,
valentine's day has always been overshadowed
by the fact that it's my dad's birthday.

every year,
his card & cake would always have hearts on them,
and as a kid i'd get confused
about how to put
"happy valentine's day"
and "happy birthday"
into one greeting card sentiment.

it's been kind of comforting knowing that
all my years growing up,
no matter whether i had a boyfriend
or just a hopeless highschool crush,
i would always have someone i loved
to spend valentine's day with.

my dad has always been my hero,
the guy i go to first when i need advice on anything
(his wisdom about the ways of the world has always seemed infinite)
the jokemaker
(a regular occurrence at the dinner table
would be my mom yelling "stop laughing! don't laugh!!"
with tears streaming down her face
as he told joke after joke
because she knew that if we were all laughing
we'd never get him to stop!)
and the only one who could make me feel comforted
on those few teenage occasions
when i felt my world was falling apart.
his father-of-the-bride toast
at my wedding
was one of the best speeches i'd ever heard,
and he had me alternatingly laughing my head off
(as he made a few very well-aimed cracks at me)
and crying tears of love & joy
as i realized i have the best dad ever.

happy birthday dad,
i love you so much!


  1. What a beautiful post and really sweet!! Sending you lots of love! xo

  2. This is such a lovely post :)
    And the picture is adorable, and of course you look gorgeous, as always!
    I <3 your blog love xxx

  3. Thanks. Happy Valentine's Day.

  4. Daddy's are the best ~ Happy Birthday to your hero!

  5. Awwww. This is so sweet!

  6. Awww! Happy Birthday to your daddy:-)

  7. Aww this is a really sweet post! Happy birthday to your hero!

  8. amazing. i love my dad too. happy birthday!

  9. awww what a very sweet post. This made me teary eyed. happy birthday to your dad.

  10. this post is so sweet. happy birthday to your dad!

  11. now this is worth a big celebration, belated happy birthday to your dad <3

  12. So sweetly written. How neat it'd be to have a birthday and Valentines on the same day of each other! Happy birthday to your pops! Tell him I think he makes 29 look good!


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