gentle – quiet – sincere – loving – loyal – godly – giver – humble – lover – friend – strong – wry – phlegmatic – finisher – husband – father – daddy – grandpa – poppa – pastor – shepherd – worshiper – genuine – instructor – actor – painter – artist – novelist – listener – tidy (except for the garage) – peacemaker – son – brother – uncle – dad – teachable – reachable – loveable – loved – insightful – peaceful – funny – tender – craftsman – creative – thoughtful – shepherd – watchful – teacher – mine.
Dave’s 50th birthday is March 23. You can tell him HAPPY BIRTHDAY here at the blog or here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured: from the family party we had early (we’re out of town right now, when we get home, a bunch of the fam will be out of town – so we had it 8 days ahead of schedule!). Stormie and Elise provided pies at the birthday boy’s request. Steph headed up decor: quotes about writing and books and from his favorite authors (Tara included actual quotes from Dave like, “Who is burning something?” which was usually Tara burning candles in her room. And “Jiggle the handle.”); candles and books, tree branches on which to hang photos of family and the kids with their dad. The kids gave him things like: 50 cans of Diet Pepsi, $50 to Auto Zone, 50 Little Debbies, etc. Tara got a Mexican meal together. The boys arranged a laser tag event. We ate. We sang. We enjoyed pie. We did presents. We played Movie Charades because Dave loves movies! Then we had a fire on the patio and roasted marshmallows. We got to do all of this because David Allen Rhoades was born.