I know you are reading this on Christmas day, but I’m writing it on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Eve is the birthday of Johnny, and I thought it was about time I gave more than a passing Happy Birthday to him at the bottom of a post!

I just wanted everyone to know that this man means so much to all of us… Father, father-in-law, grandpa, great-grandpa… He’s been a role model in so many ways… I used to watch him as a clueless newlywed, figuring if I followed him around, I could learn about horses and cows and fencing and driving and working and calving and… well, the ranch.  It worked.  Now I’m definitely not saying I know as much as he does, FAR FROM IT.  But I learned an amazing amount.  I had a lot to learn!

Along the way, he’s been the steady rock, the guy who can tease me, a man of many stories – if I can get him started – and a pretty dog gone good father-in-law!

So, Johnny, I hope your birthday was wonderful… I want you to know that I love you, we all do… and we are all so blessed to have you in our lives!




  1. Lovely tribute! Reminds me of my Dad, which could never be less than a compliment. Happy Birthday to you both, and Merry Christmas!

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