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A Blog Takeover: Happy Birthday, Annie

Typically you all get the pleasure of reading blog entries from Annie – but today is her birthday, so I wanted to take a moment with each of her friends, family and followers – to wish her the most Happy Birthday.

Birthdays are a big deal in our house! It’s a celebration of life – and a thankfulness to God for another year of life – a time to reflect on how blessed we are. This year represents the 13th birthday that I have celebrated with Annie. Each one was a little different. However, in every instance, each birthday was celebrated over a span of a few days — to a few weeks. We typically call this, “birthday month” in our house. It may seem excessive to celebrate for such a long time, but if you know Annie and I at all – you know that we ‘love life’ and want to experience as much of it as we can – together.

This year represents perhaps the biggest blessing that Annie and I will ever experience. In the Summer of 2015, we will be introducing a little girl to our family. I am beyond excited to have a daughter. I know that she is going to be beautiful, sweet, loving, and thoughtful — as well as fill up a room with her huge smile and laughter. I know this, because she will learn all of this from her amazing mother, my wife and today’s birthday girl. (And I am sure there will now be 2 months out of the year that we are celebrating birthday months as well).

After 13 trips around with the sun with Annie, I am more in love with her than ever. You are an amazing wife, a great sister, a loyal daughter, a respected friend, and a human with a true heart of gold. Annie – you fill all of us up with your love, your laughter, your words, and your amazing photography. I am beyond blessed to continue to circle the sun with you, and look forward to adding 1 more participant to our annual journey.

I love you with all that I have…



(On a recent trip to Cabo, MX, I was able to turn the camera on my beautiful Annie and get some maternity pictures – hope you all enjoy)

UPDATE FROM ANNIE:  Thank you ALL for ALL the sweet Birthday lovin’!  I am one lucky lady, and feel especially blessed today! <3

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  • February 24, 2015 - 7:34 pm

    Tosha Nichols - Your words are so sweet and true! Annie is such a beautiful person! Thank you for “Steele-ing” the blog :-)ReplyCancel

  • February 24, 2015 - 11:50 am

    Erin Longnecker Lane - Love the words and heart behind this post Pete. We are all blessed to have you in our lives Annie! You are an amazing person and I pray many blessings to you this next trip around the sun.ReplyCancel

  • February 24, 2015 - 2:40 am

    Katie Brown Heinecken - And happy happy birthday to Annie! Hope to see you soonReplyCancel

  • February 24, 2015 - 2:40 am

    Katie Brown Heinecken - Great pics and letter Peter!ReplyCancel

  • February 24, 2015 - 2:24 am

    Diann Whitford - Annie your beautiful soul always shines about you you are a very special person.ReplyCancel

  • February 24, 2015 - 12:14 am

    Katie Steele - Love!!
    She is an amazing woman and a true ray of sunshine! We’re all lucky to have her in our lives! Happy birthday Anne! Love youReplyCancel

  • February 23, 2015 - 11:00 pm

    Shirley Surdam White - Well said Peter. Happy birthday Annie. I wish you a blessed year ahead full of love and new firsts with Peter and your little girl.ReplyCancel

  • February 23, 2015 - 10:24 pm

    Shellie Goodfellow - Love..ReplyCancel