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February 4, 2015

My Birthday Gifts

I don’t personally remember the day twenty-nine years ago, but I take my parent’s at their word when they tell me today’s my birthday. “Birthday? Let’s party!” As a kid, birthdays were about the excitement of gifts and presents and things. The great part about getting older is
I don’t personally remember the day twenty-nine years ago, but I take my parent’s at their word when they tell me today’s my birthday.4.1

“Birthday? Let’s party!”

As a kid, birthdays were about the excitement of gifts and presents and things. The great part about getting older is realizing it’s not the things, but the things we do, which matter. And of course, who we do those things with.


A year ago today I had a great girlfriend and a great pup


Today I have a great fiancee and two great pups. Progress!


Eko and Penny chipped in and got me a card and gift. The gift happens to be coupons for dog treats, but their hearts are in the right place

Per the card’s suggestion we tried to take a nice family birthday selfie. This was as close as we came:


Eko whining for dinner, Penny attacking with kisses, me being foolish, Emily wondering how a nice girl like her got mixed up with us. A fitting photo, I think.

And the best gift of the year? 4.6

A winter-wonderland walk to the park with Emily and the pups

4.7 I’ll be spending my birthday with the big one, the little one and the middle one. What more could a guy ask for?

Life, in short, is good. No telling what this year will bring, but I’m certain I couldn’t ask for a better crew to go on the adventure with me.

Comments for My Birthday Gifts

  1. You got the perfect gifts, YES! And to see how your pups enjoy the coupon- treats is a gift too :o) Happy Happy Birthday!

  2. Emmadog says:

    Mom says the best birthdays are spent with her “furs” and some family. Happy Birthday!

  3. scarlybobs says:

    Happy Birthday to you! Looks like you’ve had a great birthday 🙂

  4. Sage says:

    Definitely the way to spend your birthday–Happy Birthday!!!

  5. meANXIETYme says:

    Happy birthday, Will! Enjoy the fantastic time with your growing family!

  6. audrey says:

    One year wiser, not older, I’m sure Eko and Penny are the source of your wisdom! HAPPY BIG DAY.

  7. KarenS says:

    Happy Birthday Will!!

    Your very blessed to have a loving group share your life.

  8. nerdgrl (Kim S.) says:

    Happy, happy, Will! I’m sure Emily, Eko, and Penny will make sure it’s special. The first card I got from Steffi was a Mother’s Day card (she came to the family after my birthday and she WAS my Valentine’s present)…I burst into tears. Gotta love the cards from the pups.

  9. Carrie Ord says:

    My Motley Crew and I are sending the very best birthday wishes to you Will! Hope it’s a fun day for all….oh wait…it’s ALWAYS a fun day for all at your place!

  10. Elyse says:

    Wonderful post. Happy Birthday!

  11. cdog5 says:

    Happy birthday, Will! Hope you, your fiancee and Eko and Penny have a great and glorious day! Enjoy, and don’t forget to eat the cake! 🙂

  12. Lisa Cueman says:

    Happy Birthday! Love you blog! and your cast of characters! RR are a special breed and you capture perfectly their quirky personalities and sense of fun with your creative visuals & humor. Your immense efforts are truly enjoyed!!!

  13. coastingnz says:

    Happy birthday Will – I’m sure you have an fantastic year ahead surrounded by three gorgeous creatures 🙂 Enjoy your day.

  14. Midge Mercer says:

    Hope it is your best birthday ever! You certainly brighten many days for others.

  15. Victoria says:

    Happy Bday Will – my birthday was the 2nd of February – and yeah i spent mine with family (2 dogs, 2 cats, 1 mother and 1 sone) too – the best way to spend your birthday in my opinion!

  16. Awesome post & Happy Birthday to you! How kind of Penny and Eko to clip coupons for you- that must have taken ALL DAY LONG! 🙂

  17. Marcela says:

    Lol re your gift: coupons for dog treats. They are certainly smart. Love the family portrait. Happy Birthday Will and many, many more to come. Your pack/family is so beautiful:-)

  18. Wendy says:

    Happy Birthday!

  19. T&S says:

    Happy Birthday from all of us 🙂

  20. Kismet says:

    What more? Is that a hint about the appearance of a third pup?

  21. What a great way to spend your birthday! Penny & Eko are so thoughtful with the gifts…what did Emily get you – maybe a new purse?? BOL! Happy Birthday!

  22. Happy Birthday Will…………you have such a wonderful group of birthday buddies and if ever there was pure happiness on the faces of an entire family – it’s there in your photos! Here’s to an amazing “lead-up” to the BIG 30……you’re a lucky young man indeed.

    Pam and Sam

  23. Misaki says:

    Happy birthday!!

  24. Jan & Rusty says:

    Happy Birthday, Will!! Life IS good with Emily, Eko, and Penny. Thanks for sharing your birthday, your life, with all of us, too. We love your blog, your pictures .. well, you just feel like family.
    Jan & Rusty

  25. Happy Birthday, Will! That selfie is the most perfect selfie I have ever seen 😀

  26. Happy Birthday, Will! You’re so young – no wonder you’ve got so much energy for puppy raising and such a handle on high tech gadgetry! Brilliant shot of all of you and of Emily and the furry babies! Enjoy!

  27. raisingdaisy says:

    Happy birthday Will! You have all the makings of a fabulous day!

  28. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! No wonder you are so creative! You are an Aquarian!!!! So happy you are having a wonderful birthday! You bring so much joy to all of us, so happy that you get it back too! I can tell Emily is a total sweetheart! Love your little family! Guess what? My husband’s birthday is TOMORROW!!! ((((hugs))) to you on your special day!

  29. fozziemum says:

    HappyBirthday Will! a whole 29…erma gerd….love the portrait selfie bwahhaa 🙂 have a great days loves from us all Fozziemum x

  30. Happy birthday! You have the same birthday as one of my sons. Cool!

  31. Happy, happy…you sweet young thing! Wishing you a day filled with smiles and treats shared with fur-iends and loved ones. Best wishes.

  32. Liz says:

    Happy Birthday Will. So when are you going to make that fiancé your wife?

  33. Excellent progress indeed Will. Happy, Happy Birthday!!!
    Wally, Sammy & Robyn

  34. amzntammy12 says:

    Cute selfie 😀 Happy Birthday!

  35. fredrieka says:

    you too well momwithoutpaws birthday is this month also.. She says “Wow he is just a kid I am going to be 62”

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  37. Shalini says:

    A VERY happy birthday to you and I hope your year brings you even more progress and happiness 🙂

  38. Happy birthday! Love the attempted selfie! Good effort! Haha

  39. Happy Happy Birthday Will! Your life is blessed and I am so thrilled for you!!!!
    Luvs to you all!
    Marty’s Mom

  40. cafall says:

    Happy Birthday! It sounds like you already have the perfect gifts! 🙂

    Monty and Harlow

  41. Adam says:

    Happy birthday! I didn’t know what to do during my lunch break yesterday since that’s usually when I read your blog, it was terrible!

  42. great progress from last year and many more great years ahead. happy birthday

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