4 years ago, I was setting up a romantic candlelight floor palate in an empty room in Brendans bachelor pad of a house that he shared with 3 other guys... We had a gourmet college meal of macaroni and cheese, with cut up hotdogs thrown in, and orange jello for dessert. Since that day so long ago(ha), we have made it a tradition to have the same meal on his birthday every year.

Call us crazy, but one thing that keeps our marriage fresh, and funny is our silly traditions. So, tonight, that's what we will be having. Its hard to believe that that was only 4 years ago. What can I say to my sweet soul mate on his birthday? That you have had my heart since 2006. I never knew what love was until I met you. I thought it was about finding someone and changing them into the person that you wanted them to be. I never knew I could love everything about someone, and love them for who they were. You taught me how to love deep, beyond all things exterior.

You taught me how to first love myself. You helped me to understand that life wasn't about making other people happy, but about finding what it was that made me happy. Little did I know that I would find it all in you. You are wise beyond your years, and a true example of what every man should want to be. You have never claimed to be perfect, and you have made mistakes, as have I. We have learned that if we have nothing at all in this world, that we have each other. Something that few people ever truly understand. You are the man that God created for me, and I thank him for you everyday.

I thank him for giving you to me, for giving you to the boys. You are such an awesome role model for them. They love you so much, that at times I'm like, "Hey! I gave birth to you..hellllooo!!!" But its okay, I understand. You have always been 110% fully dedicated in everything that you do, and never let a "no" stand in your way.I believe that you truly could do WHATEVER you set your mind to.You have persevered through more in your lifetime than anyone could ever imagine.

You use past experiences to make you stronger, rather than use them for excuses. You are a man who fears God, who prays diligently that he keeps giving you a heart of conviction, that he keeps guiding you down the path that HIS heart is set on, not your own. You have always done whatever you could to provide for our family- even when it meant that you had to live four hours away, working two jobs while going to school full-time, it didn't matter. You did what you had to do.

You continue to find ways to keep our passion alive. From getting me flowers, to bringing home my favorite candy, to moonwalking to Michael Jackson music(hahahaha)- you always find ways to keep a smile on my face. I thank God for you, for 26 years of you, for the last 5 years of that being shared with me. I love you more than I could ever explain, and I wish you the happiest of birthdays!!! Happy Birthday to the love of my life, Brendan James Burke Banks. You are the rock on which our family stands, and the other half of my heart. Here's to macaroni and hot dogs!! -The Banks Mama


  1. Omg Jaaliska... this is amazing... here I am cryin like a little baby.. lol... y'all have such a wonderful and such a beautiful relationship! Truthfully I pray I find what y'all have! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY BRENNAN!! And enjoy that mac and cheese wit hotdogs!! ='-D


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