When I texted Erik this morning to wish him a happy birthday, he replied, “Oh yeah, thanks for reminding me.”


I guess no one served cake and sang to him in Wisconsin.

At this time of year there’s no week he can travel where he won’t miss someone’s birthday, so he usually chooses his own. And that’s indicative of Erik’s entire personality– he doesn’t go for a big fuss, presents or flowers (not even for my birthday, so I shop my myself)– he’s simply good and happy every day.


Kids gather around him. I think because he’s funny, clever and doesn’t mind a mess.


A friend asked Erik, “What do you do when your kids talk back to you?”

He answered, “I listen.”


Every time I run down to the basement for another box of Kleenexes or can of kidney beans, I bless him name. He studies the Costco coupon book and keeps us stocked. And you’d better believe there’s a case of Nutella down there too.

Erik can’t resist little ones and always takes more than his share of baby time. “You’re a baby pig.” Gabe complained.
“No.” he replied, “I’m a full grown daddy pig.”

An efficient taskmaster, he hands out math worksheets, practice challenges, bathroom cleaning and yard work assignments with ease. He doesn’t care if his kids score the winning goal but he insists they do pulls ups and push ups and run a mile on the treadmill every day.


I fell in love with Erik for many reasons (and married him 22 years ago last Thursday), but I couldn’t have known what an incredible father he’d become and I couldn’t have guessed all the adventures and heartbreaks and learning we’d do together. I love that he’ll tell me when I’m wrong and cheers me on when I come up with a wild, crazy idea– let’s build a chicken coop, make a movie, paint the music room, hang a gallery on the stairs!

Most of all I just love him. Happy birthday my love, I look forward to every year to come.

January 29, 2013
February 3, 2013



  1. Tracy

    January 31, 2013

    Oh Happy Birthday Erik! I hope your day was amazing(even though it was spent in Wisconsin). You should’ve called – I would’ve driven over with a cake.

  2. ellen

    January 31, 2013

    That’s so nice.

  3. Linkous

    January 31, 2013

    I love that you and Kit became friends so that I could gain a great friend as well! Although I must admit I look to Erik as more of a big brother. I don’t have an older brother and I too like to hang out with Erik soaking up his perspective on life, his fun,competitive spirit during our weekly workouts, his knowledge of things other than sports and his advice on being a good parent- ( raising 6 amazing children in today’s world is quite the feat) so Happy Birthday “big brother” I am grateful you were born:)

  4. Selwyn

    February 2, 2013

    Happy birthday to a top, most bonza bloke!

  5. Cath

    February 3, 2013

    Such a good daddy. We want in on his math practice sheets. 😉 Happy Birthday Erik!

  6. jen

    February 3, 2013

    happy birthday erik!

  7. Lisa

    February 8, 2013

    Oh somehow I missed this beautiful post. Happy Birthday Erik and Happy Anniversary to you both. I can’t imagine a more perfect couple.

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