I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears, behold I will heal thee.
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Sunday, April 15, 2012

My Birthday Surprise

Friday I turned 33 years young. Bryan really surprised me this year. . .and not to mention also spoiled me rotten! He made me get up at around 7:45am (on my day off & my birthday!). He had told me he had the day planned out but he kept it a secret. We headed out and after about an hour or so drive he took an exit that was in the middle of nowhere. . .

We pull into a small parking area where a humble little sign reads Exotic Animal Memorial Park. This place is a privately owned animal reserve that cares for many exotic animals and mostly Tigers & Lions which happen to be some of my favorite animals. Most of their animals are rescue animals or privately donated or relinquished to the park to be cared for more properly. They also breed their lions and tigers. They have many LIGERS. . . .yes you heard it they have Ligers. It was just an incredible place. But just seeing the animals wasn't why Bryan took me there. He paid to have the full tour which included playing with the baby animals!!!!
I got to hold the 2 week old baby black bear

We got to play with the baby tigers. . .there was a lot of 'big cat' in that little body!

My husband didn't stop there. . .oh no, he really spoiled me, yep you guess it, there's more!!
The Airbrushing DVD's that I wanted soooo bad! Ed Hubbs is an amazing airbrush artist out of Oregon. I have watched all of his YOU TUBE videos but these are more in depth videos to help me improve and learn from a pro. He gave me a 6 dvd pack that includes: Tribal, Flames & Skulls vol 1,2 & 3 AND how to paint your bike vol 1 & 2

Bryan also took me out to lunch and took me to the mall to spend my gift cards and cash that I got from my family. I just can't believe that I have such an amazing and thoughtful husband. I knew Bryan was special the moment I met him & in that moment I also knew I wanted to spent my life and all eternity with him. He makes me fall in love with him again every day. 

Thanks Bryan for being such a good man, husband and best friend!!

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