Ole (young) Pop!

For the past 25 years, October 4th has never been”my” day… it’s always “our day”. I love this day. Almost as much as I love my dad. 


Let me tell you…

My dad is gentle but the strongest man I know. The smartest person, but in the most approachable way and constantly teaching me something new. The corniest and most clever man I have ever met. And a heart of gold that never stops loving his family.

I am grateful and so proud of the work he is doing overseas not only to protect us but to make a difference. He shows me how to push myself and never stop learning by doing the same thing himself. I can’t wait for the day when his feet are on American soil again but until then I am thankful for the work he is doing. Knowing that men like my dad are out there doing every thing they can to make our world a better and safer place, brings me comfort.

I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for my dad. Being apart on our birthday is never easy, but I know that we would both rather be together! 

A glimpse into who my dad is: 






Throwback of one of my favorite pictures!







Thank you for sharing your life of adventure!


Love this goofy man!




Words can’t come even close to tell you how much I love, respect, and admire you. I am truly blessed to be your daughter and so thankful to share our birthday together! I wish I could be with you today, but can’t wait for our delayed celebration in a few weeks 🙂 . Thank you for being my dad and loving me unconditionally. Happy Birthday ya old man!! I love you!




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