My Birthday 2006

June 16th is my birthday, this year it landed on a Friday. When you’re in your 20’s and married birthdays seem to be a little less fun. Or at least that’s what I was thinking, I didn’t have anything fun planned and I was not looking forward to turning another year older and not having finished college or earning more than my wife. Being an entrepreneur, a student, and a husband can be rough.

With a little bit of love, family and some kind words and deeds my wife helped me change my perspective and suddenly the pain was gone. I must say I received every gift I asked for from my wife, I loved it! The best gift was the gift of time; it is amazing how people become more and more important to me as I grow older. I am thankful for the time I have to spend with those I love.

 I needed to see my father he has been medically retired from the Army Reserves and Teaching pottery now for over 6 years. He was my best birthday present, I drove up to see him in Ogden at a nursing home where he can receive physical therapy, food, entertainment, and the basic every day tasks that he has trouble performing by him self like getting dressed. He and my mother decided it was better for him to be in a nursing home rather than at home, my mother has been getting physically ill lately.

After 6 years of watching your eternal companion die slowly in front of your eyes and feeling helpless can do mean things to any ones emotional and physical state of being. I am glad they are taking care of each other in the manner.

My father told me that he loved me and that he was proud of me. He was happy that I wanted to spend my day with him on my Birth Day. He was flattered, that I would do such a thing. I knew he knew I loved him, which is exactly what I wanted him to feel.

I don’t get to see him much any more. This is a good thing, what I mean is I am no longer a child, I have a family of my own and it has been very nice to feel like a man when it is time to feel like a man; Just like it was nice to feel like a child when I was a child.

My second favorite gift was time with my Lady! My wife and I went to the Bavarian Chalet a German restaurant. In fact it’s the only German restaurant in Utah. I hadn’t been there since I was in junior high during our annual German class cultural experience. It did remind of the time I spent in Germany, and friends I made in my six years of German classes. I really learned how to love to the German people. There are so many positive things to admire in them: see my “Why I Believe Outsourcing in Germany Can Benefit You” post for a small list.

My third favorite gift was time with my friend Travis Nutley who dropped everything he was doing just to spend one hour with me on my birthday. I really enjoyed learning more about his new job with the Ogden police force and how he truly protects and serves. I appreciate him for that.

I also feel in a way that I am a better person because I know him, because I know someone who enjoys protecting and serving me and others. I feel the same about my father and his Army career; I have always admired and looked up to those who keep the peace.

This day was so packed full of fun and joy that I just wanted to share a little bit of it with you.

3 thoughts on “My Birthday 2006

  1. Hey Bart,
    I somehow found you on the web! How are you doing? I am great. I got married in November 2003. I would have invited you, but I didn\’t know where you had disappeared to. Do you have any kids? Neil and I don\’t, I can\’t have any so far but we are planning to adopt through LDS family services. I work with your cousin Becky at McKay Dee. I work in the NICU as a respiratory therapist. I would love to hear from you. Please e-mail me at

  2. Hello,

    Did you get an invite to Dan Pugmire’s wedding? He got married to Heidi Bouwhuis on July 7th. They are living a few blocks from my house in the Terrace. It has been fun getting together with them occasionally. Last night we went to the Ogden temple together. Maybe when you are in Ogden, you can party with us. I would love to meet your wife. I was sorry to hear of you father’s passing. E-mail me soon!


  3. Hey again Calleen,

    No I didn’t get an invite. It probably went to my moms house since thats the only address he probably had. Yes my wife would like that too. Were buying a house this coming month, we are very excited about it.

    Good to hear our Dan got married. He is a good man, hope he found an awesome Lady!


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