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the year was 19 something and a little room at sharp memorial hospital was filled to capacity with big emotions.

pain, fear, frustration, exhaustion, empathy, courage, determination, triumph, love, pride, ultimate joy.

while many breaths were being held, one was being taken, for the first time.

in one moment, screams turned to silence, silence turned to cries, and cries turned to smiles.

in that room, two regular people became parents and one tiny life, suddenly became the meaning of theirs.

in that room, a couple became a family.

in that room, on this day, in that year, kim was born.

it has been a special day ever since.

every year that we have known each other i have been able to celebrate kim’s birthday and thank her parents for bringing her into this world, until now. sadly, this is her first birthday that we will not be able to celebrate with her father. as many of you know, pops passed away in june. he is dearly missed. not a day goes by that we don’t think of him, especially days like today. without him, there would be no kim… no us.

today i thank kim’s mom, who is still with us, and with tear-filled eyes i look to the heavens to also thank God and pops for giving us this precious gift they named kim.

kim, i love you so much. way more than i could ever write, copy, and paste in a blog. we all do. i am forever grateful to have you in my life. i love your family, and the one we have created together. i’ve never found a bag of money that fell out of an armored car, a winning lottery ticket, or one-eyed-willy‘s riches, but i found you, and that makes me the luckiest man alive.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY LOVE!!!  XOXOXOX

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and this will probably be kim’s reaction when she sees this post.

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