Today is Motorcycle Man’s birthday

It’s hard to think of exactly where to begin?  I mean he means the world to me and is one of my most favorite people on the planet.  He is Rich, my motorcycle man.  It’s his birthday today and I have known him for 28 of his 44 years.  But legend has it; we locked eyes as tiny babes and didn’t even know it!  My mom lived in the apartment just next door to Rich’s Nana. The window from our apartment complex looked right down on that trailer park where Nana had a spot.  My mom thinks she may have held me to that window a few times and what if?  What if my baby eyes saw him?  What if?  Anyways it’s a crazy thought we were so close when we were tiny without even realizing it! This world can feel so small sometimes.

us augThere we are when we were teens, he’s cute right?

When I was just 16 I thought that boy looked so cute with his surfer bleached hair and his confidence. He was the boy I thought I could never end up with.  He was way too cute for me and I wasn’t even his type, or so I thought.  We of course were good friends at first but all along I had other motives.  I just had to get my foot in the door.  I was such a great friend I would set him up with the pretty blond, blue-eyed girl…you know the kind that looked like she went perfect with the California boy.  I was the weird red-headed girl who liked art, poetry and old books.  Turns out beginning with a friendship can be a pretty solid thing.  Here we are a few decades later still in love. Now I’m not going to act like it has been all smooth sailing.  We have had our storms, our ups and downs but it has only strengthened our relationship.

photo boothHe was always up for the photo booth experience.  It’s always been about pictures for me.

I couldn’t ask for a better partner, a better daddy for our children.  He just doesn’t get comfortable and complacent.  He always looks for ways to improve what we have.   He spends time with his kids, he spends time with me.  He makes me laugh so hard I cry sometimes.

laughtersee so hard I cry!

I wonder sometimes how did this happen to me.  How did I get this ginormous blessing in my life?  I don’t understand.  Maybe I’m not supposed to understand.  Maybe I’m just supposed to be thankful.  The best part is, we like each other not just love.  We couldn’t be more different and I think that’s why it works so well.  I learn new things from him and he learns from me too.  We love each other so much we do things we wouldn’t normally do.  Like for instance he isn’t a fan of art or museums or photography but he will go with me, I’m terrified of motorcycles but I ride on the back of his.  You know things like that.  We just make a good team.  I want to wish him a happy birthday and share some photos.  As our children are growing far too quick, it’s nice to know he and I will still like each other and will be able to enjoy each other’s company as the kids grow up and move on.  I feel blessed and I’m grateful for the boy who was born one Halloween night 44 years ago today.IMG_4481He loves his family so very much.  He even lets me take pictures in public on timer!

all time favthis is my most favorite photo ever of Rich and his other girl

IMG_4186_2he loves this other girl so much, that when she asks him to dance in public……

IMG_4192_2He will!!

utahthe man and his bike!  He also let’s me take fun pictures of him

30He helps me with my dream list

IMG_3168best romantic get away ever!  San Francisco (city of love in my opinion) and wine tasting in Sonoma

IMG_2168I just feel safe when he holds me close

If I were to pick just one song for “US” it would be this one, it seems a little conceited but I don’t want our love to ever be forgot.  So when he took me to see Regina so I could check off another dream on my list, she sang this song last…and yes I cried.

14 thoughts on “Today is Motorcycle Man’s birthday

  1. Happy Birthday Motorcycle man! You are married to a wonderful-loving-kind and beautiful woman. But of course you’ve always know that 🙂 Tracie, you’re so pretty! Even as teenagers, you guys already looked like you belonged together. My mom once said to me: Marry a friend, someone who makes you laugh. Love comes and goes, and when it does, at least you can hold unto the friendship until the love comes back again… You have a beautiful love-story – it warmed my heart xxx.

  2. Happy Birthday to your man. How wonderful you have so many photos together. We don’t have so many. You do look so happy together and I get that safe feeling. Our boys do that for us don’t they. And love that he has fun in your photos, with and your girl and in general. Big smiles while I’m looking at these pics I can tell you. Have a wonderful day. 🙂

    1. Thank you. Maybe perhaps one might want to think of turning the camera towards the pair of you every so often. I wish my mom and dad had more pictures together and most of our pix are Rich holding his arm out and snapping it or kids make great photographers too. Just a thought you know.

  3. I just love to read about your love story ad I’m so thankful he chose you to become part of my family 🙂 your the best and you guys go perfect together. Xo

  4. What a wonderful love between you and Rich. Great photos of both of you. That photo of you laughing makes laugh and I don’t even know what you are laughing about!

    1. Mom, I don’t even remember what I was laughing about, I sort of wish I could remember. He had me to the point of tears though and he just picked up that iphone and shot a picture of the moment. I think I rub off on him sometimes, you know with all the picture taking and all.

  5. tracie, what a delightful blog–the heartfelt words, the beautiful images. i’m so glad we connected in 52-of-you. happy birthday to your hubs. he sounds like a wonderful person (as do you).

  6. Happy belated birthday to your motorcycle man, Tracie! I got a little weepy while reading your story. Y’all have built a happy & loving life together. Cheers to many more epic years for y’all & your family! 😀

  7. catching up on your blog after my time away has been one of the highlights of my day. . . happy belated birthday to rich. you are right – you are so blessed. and so is he. the laughter, the tears, the love. . . this is a beautiful birthday tribute. big love to you both!

    1. Colleen, it was so nice for you to catch up on things, you didn’t have to do that and that’s what makes it even nicer that you did. I just can’t wait to see more pix and possibly if you decide to share more stories of your trip.

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