Happy 35th Birthday My Love!

My dearest Jenny,

Today I along with your daughter, step-son, parents, friends, family and everyone you’ve touched over the past 35 years celebrate a day that has wonderfully impacted our lives.

Over these 35 years you’ve accomplished so much and you continue to do so with each and every day.

You are an amazing mom to Kaylin, balancing love, patience, tenderness and caring discipline to help her become an incredible young lady. Being a single mom has not been easy with numerous challenges thrown at you, yet each and every one you’ve overcome while at the same time teaching Kaylin valuable lessons about life and love.


You’ve taken that same incredible skill as a parent and shared it with Josh. I know he’s learned a lot from you already and has experienced every bit of that same love you give to Kaylin.


Despite having a couple thousand miles in between you and your family you are still a supportive, caring and loving daughter, sister and aunt. You do everything for them that’s within your means and even then you’ll go above and beyond that. You may not be able to see them as often as you’d like, but they know how much you love them and how you’ll do anything within your power to be there for them each and every day.



Friends like the ones you have are not easily gained, and even harder to keep. You are always there for them with a listening ear, a loving hug, cheers of support or a wealth of reasonable advice and guidance. You love them like an extended set of family, each and every day, with every Facebook post, phone call and text message you make. To them you’re not just a friend, you’re a sister to them all with a big heart and bright smile.

And then there’s the woman you are to me….

You give so much to so many others, yet you still manage to give me so much each and every day. I get everything they all get and so much more!

You are patient and understanding with me like no one has ever been before. I can seemingly drive you nuts, yet your love for me never falters.

You have shown me love.  Pure, true, wonderful and totally unselfish love that I thought was just something that was made up in movies.

You continually inspire me and help me see how much more I am capable of accomplishing. Just when I think I haven’t got anything left, you help me find that I can do so much more and then help me do it.

You have made and continue to make me a better man in every way shape and form.

I cannot wait until the day I get to call you my wife, and look forward to getting to spend the rest of my life with you.

Jenny, you are so much to so many people and none of us will ever be able to properly show or tell you how much you truly mean to us. Had it not been for that day 35 years ago that God blessed the world with you, life just wouldn’t be the same.

Happy Birthday My Love! May God bless you (and us) with many, many, many more!

Happy 15th Birthday Son!


Today is my little boy’s 15th birthday!

While I’ve wished him Happy Birthday on the phone and on Facebook and we celebrated this last weekend, I had to blog about it too.

C’mon…what kind of tech Dad would I be if I didn’t blog about it?

While growing up I certainly had my dreams about being a Navy pilot or Astronaut, I also had a dream that not many young boys have. I wanted to be a Dad. Even moreso I wanted to have a son.

That dream was realized 15 years ago when Josh came into the world and was placed into my arms. I can still vividly remember every part of that day, from the way the weather was to the sounds and feelings I went through. It was and will always be one of the greatest moments of my life.

Over those 15 years we’ve had good times and we’ve had bad times. He and I have both grown in so many wonderfully different ways and we continue to grow every day. While like most teenagers he can be frustrating, the majority of the time he makes me incredibly happy and proud. He’s smart, he’s funny, he’s loving, he’s caring and he has an incredible spirit that I like to think is a result of the best parts of me.

I am proud and honored to be Joshua Tellez’ dad and happy to again celebrate a dream come true.

Happy Birthday (Son/Bugaboo/Buddy/Kid)! I love you and thank you for being my son. Love, Dad.

Happy 13th Birthday Josh!


It’s hard to believe that you’re a teenager today. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 13 years since the day you were born.

Sometimes it still seems like it was just yesterday that your mom and I got our first look at you on a black and white screen.

You were smaller than someone’s hand and we could still distinctly make out your head, your arms and your legs.

As you grew in your mom we prepped everything for your arrival from Pooh Bear themed bedding to all the accessories and diapers that we’d need to take care of you when you were born.

To this day I can still remember every single detail, sound and feeling from the day of your birth. When the doctor took you out of your mom it seemed like it took forever for you to make your first cry. You let out a nice little cry though to let us know you were breathing just fine and as soon as you were tightly wrapped up you calmed right down. Little did we know that was just a sign of who you’d turn out to be, a very relaxed and calm kid.

As you’ve grown up you have filled our lives with a lot of wonderful and funny moments.

You’ve proven to be the world’s greatest sleeper. As a baby you slept one day for 12 hours straight. That’s a blessing for many parents, but it scared your mom and I. Turns out you were just fine, you were just tired. You’d eventually fall asleep in just about any place, from the bottom of the stairs in our first home to the doorway to your room, to the dining room table. When you’re tired you knock out and nothing can wake you.

One day you decided to change your own diaper which was great, except for all of the baby powder and diaper cream everywhere. It wasn’t fun to clean up but your mom and I had a good laugh and were impressed at your initiative.Of course we took photos to embarrass you with later.

There was also one day where you walked upstairs carrying a huge block of sliced cheese. You took a huge bite out of it and were making a meal out of it. You thought it was totally normal and okay to do.

As you’ve gotten older you’ve continued to impress your mom and I as you went to school. There seemed to be nothing that you couldn’t learn (as long as you were interested in it). You’ve excelled at math so much, so you’re doing far better at it than your Dad ever did.

You’ve developed an incredibly creative mind that comes up with the most interesting of scenarios and stories, as well as the most impressive of Lego creations.

From recognizing when people are sad, to coming up and giving hugs or back-rubs for no reason.You’ve become this incredibly sweet and loving kid whose empathy and caring seems to know no bounds.

Despite the challenges you’ve faced and continue to face in your life you keep growing, and becoming an incredible person. From tackling your autism, to having to deal with your mom and I divorcing. You’ve come out on the other end even better and stronger than you went into it.

You have grown into the strong, wonderful and incredible young man that your mom and I both knew you would become.

We both know it doesn’t stop there, and we see you continue to grow as you become the unbelievable man we know you will be.

Just remember son that you are capable of many great things. Push the limits, break the boundaries, and continue to prove that anything can be done with the right drive, heart and determination.

No matter what the outcome I will always love you. I’ll continue to help you learn from your mistakes, and give you twice the amount of love when you make them. My love for you is never-ending and unconditional.

When all is said and done remember that you are not defined by the things you do, or have. What matters is the love that you share with the world, and the wonderful impact you’ve had, and continue to have on everyone who’s lucky enough to know you.

You have many years ahead of you son, but today

Today, I celebrate….

I celebrate the day you were born.

I celebrate the day that God blessed the world with you.

I celebrate the day I was bestowed
the greatest title I will ever carry in my life – DAD.


I love you and always will,