Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Birthday Daddy!

Today is Jon's 30Th birthday and I want to wish him a very Happy Birthday! As I was pondering what to write for him I was going through some pictures of his birthday last year. The kids and I decorated with balloons and banners and made him a special dinner. The kids had so much fun playing with the balloons and waiting for Daddy to come home. Going back and watching those videos makes my heart so sad. Sad because this year we won't have Lindsay with us to help celebrate her Daddy's birthday. But I am sure she will be watching and celebrating in heaven. I am so thankful we have so many memories and special times that we as a family can go back and look at. Jon is the greatest Daddy in the world to our kids. I love to watch him play with them and even now to watch Tanner being his helper. I love listening to Tanner and Jon working in the basement together and to hear what they talk about.

Jon, I hope that your birthday today is extra special. I am so glad that God has given you to me and that for 10 years we have stuck together through some hard times. I couldn't have asked for a better Daddy for my kids. Your tender heart, big hugs, making the kids laugh, and the care that you give them is amazing. Lindsay Bear was so special to you and I know how much your arms ache for her. But I am so thankful that one day we will get to see her again. I hope that in some small way you will be able to feel her presence today and know how much she loves you. I love you so much and I thank you for being the best husband in the world!

Daddy, I love you very much and I miss you like crazy. I hope you have a fun birthday. Thanks for being the best Daddy to me and Tanner. Love, Lindsay Bear

Daddy, I hope you have a good birthday. I love you, Tanner

Here is a little video of the kids wishing Jon a Happy Birthday! (2-14-08)

Happy Anniversary to Dad and Mom Groen today!!


Bill Welte said...

Happy 30th birthday, Jon. I want to tell you I love you and I thank the Lord for you! We all miss Lindsay Bear. Thanks for being a great Dad and husband.

Dad Welte

GarretJulie said...

Happy 30th Birthday Jon~
We love you very much! We too hope you feel Lindsay's presence today. She loves her Daddy very much.
Enjoy your day!!!
Julie and Garrett

GarretJulie said...

Happy Valentine's Day Ce-Ce...
I miss playing with you very much!!! I can't wait to one day play together again in Heaven.

GrannyApple said...

Happy 30th Birthday, Jon. I know you will have a wonderful birthday filled with surprises and fun and good carmel rolls, but I also know you will be sad as you are missing your daughter. Know that we are praying for you and that we love you very much. Thanks for taking good care of my grandbabies.
Mom Welte

Lindsay Bear, Granny is sending lots of Valentine hugs and kisses and misses you bushels. I know you will get lots of hugs from Jesus today as every day.
Love you a bushel and a peck,

Anonymous said...

A bit late yet from the heart, Happy B Day and my prayers for a year that will be filled blessings beyond your imagination.
Got to see a picture of you , probably in your teens, from a church book - so handsome.
Jon, your good looks are balanced by your good character.
Love you & yours, LVS

Lisa said...

Know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers today. Happy Belated Birthday to Jon.

You've posted some beautiful videos here and on Facebook. Thank you, once again, for openly sharing your heart, Laura. Your strength and love for your family is so evident. God has truly blessed you with these gifts.

I hope you're feeling well.


Anonymous said...

Here is another Happy Birthday wish. I hope that you had a great birthday. We are so blessed to have you for a nephew and the wonderful daddy you are to Lindsay and Tanner. I am sure that Lindsay Bear was watching from Heaven joining in on your celebration.
With love to all,
Aunt Jeanne and Uncle Mark

Anonymous said...

I enjoy going to church and singing God's praises and hearing the lesson God has for me to hear. Another reason I enjoy going to church is to see the love you share with Tanner. You have such big arms to hold him and yet they are so loving. You're a good dad! I hope you had a good birthday!