Today is my daughter-in-laws 32nd birthday. I have known her for 17+ years! We first met in 1993, shortly after my son started dating her. She was not yet 15 years old and Michael was 16! You might think, what were her parents thinking, but they were very cautious and she was only allowed to see him at their house for the first 6 months before they were allowed to actually go on a date. I think the Homecoming Dance, October 23, 1993 was their first real date! Before that Michael would come over to their house with his water polo buddies and assure her dad that they were the "good guys". He was right, they were the "good guys" and he still is a "good guy".
So here we are 17 years later... After 8 years of dating and forming a friendship with Jenny's parents, we have had vacations together, celebrated many holidays and birthdays, laughed and cried a lot together. They had a wonderful wedding and reception and next year will celebrate 10 years of marriage. They have given us 4 precious grandchildren and I am proud to say Jenny is a stay-at-home mom...and a darn good one, too. Jenny is kind-hearted, sweet, conscientious and loving. Her children are blessed to have her as their mom, Michael is blessed to have her as his partner for life and I am blessed to have her IN my life.
So to Jenny I say, "Happy Birthday" and I love you.