Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Happy Birthday to My Lizzy Bear


A Short Biography of Elizabeth Charlotte Brown Kartchner,
as told by Collin Danger Kartchner

1995: I met Liz sophomore year of high school. I was standing in the commons with friends, in my Ocean Pacific shirt, listening to the new Toad the Wet Sprocket CD on my Discman, wearing my puka shell necklace no doubt....putting out the vibe. Suddenly, the door swung open, and in walked this drop dead gorgeous freshman. She had massive bangs, a HUGE smile that looked like Chicklets, and knobby knees that sent chills from my head all the way down to my Doc Marten sandals.

I asked her out to Homecoming 1996, our/her first date ever. I saved up my hard earned parents credit card, went to the mall, and picked me up this fine get-up. Leather braided belt, thick black corduroy pants, some sweet new suspendies, and of course....Carmex.
We hit the dance floor, busted some catwalking during the "I'm Too Sexy" song, and then the first slow dance...."Lady in Red". Ohhhhhh I sang that song in your ear like Marvin Gaye and you laughed. And then that one girl (Something Covey) stopped us in the middle of the slow dance and said, "You guys make a really cute couple".

Jackpot.

Then it was time to take you home. It was late, and I was driving my dad's new car and felt like Don Johnson, minus the huarache sandals. I was so enthralled in your beauty that I came to a complete stop at the green light by the MTC. Liz looked up and said, "Hey cowboy, it's green."

That's when I said, "By golly I will marry this girl one day."


And I did.


My Wild Stallion.


Happy Birthday to the most loving, beautiful, caring, supportive, fun, laugh-at-all-my-stupid-jokes person in the entire world.

My Lizzy Bear.



166 comments:

Danielle said...

ok, that's cute. :)
Happy Birthday!

Starr said...

Such a sweet story!
Happy Birthday, hope you enjoy your special day :)

Pink Daisys Blog Spot said...

Happy Birthday Lizzie! And when is Colin having the "how to be the best husband ever" class, so I can sign up my husband! Too adorable!

bbtmg said...

Happy Birthday - Love the story (and your husband)
Enjoy your day

MandyKay said...

how freakin' cute is that!?!?
your husband is a doll!!
Happy Birthd!ay

Michelle said...

Happy Birthday!
And I love how you told the story! WOW
Love the pic, made me giggle....too cute

Stef said...

You two do make a cute couple, discman and all. Happy birthday, Liz, hope you have a most memorable day!

Kataroo said...

that was AWESOME :)

Happy Birthday :)

jasonmaureaux said...

Oh, the love! So much love there!
Happy birthday

Janna said...

Collin you are HILARIOUS! Love that I can totally picture the whole thing - huraches and all! Gotta love the styles we had to put up with! HAPPY BIRTHDAY Elizabeth!

Nick and Rachel T. said...

Adorable and so sweet!! Reminds me of my high school days when I met my husband Freshman year, started dating Sophomore year and we've been together ever since - 15 years!!
Happy birthday!! =)

Lelee said...

Cutest story ever!! You guys are too CUTE!

Happy Birthday, Elizabeth! :)

Zarah said...

Awww... How adorable!!

Happy birthday, Elizabeth!!
(And congrats on getting a guy who not only expresses his love, but does it THIS publically. That's sure something!)

Kelly Goree said...

love it when collin posts :) and he's right - you're an amazing person! Happy birthday, liz!

Ramona said...

Oh, how sweet!?

Happy Birthday Elizabeth.

Greetings from Germany, Ramona

Marti said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIZ!!!!
Oh my word- LOVE your love story! You guys officially get the cutest couple of the enternity award! Good work, Collin!

denise from new orleans said...

wow! what a story! too stinkin cute! Happy happy birthday! When do you want to come to new orleans to teach? I am so longing to take a class from you! I want to make pages like yours! just ordered your book. can't wait to get it and start creating! have a fun day!
ps- can your hubby give mine a few pointers?

Rachel M said...

Aw that's lovely!

Happy Birthday!

Liz said...

That's so cute, Collin! (love how you labeled your post, ha ha!) Happy Birthday, Liz!

Amy said...

Happy Birthday! Enjoy your day!
I agree with Denise from New Orleans, Colin should give my hubby pointers too :! Hee hee!

LinMarie said...

how sweet

Happy Birthday!

suezi said...

love it! You are one funny guy Colin. Happy Birthday Liz!

Nancy W said...

This is so adorable! Happy Birthday to a beautiful lady! *hugs from conroe, tx!

Esther said...

You guys are adorable! Love the photos. Happy Birthday!

Ale Loiacono said...

Happy Birthday Liz!!!! I hope you have an awesome birthday full of happiness!!
And Collin, you are h-i-l-a-r-i-o-u-s!!! Love your story!! :D
Enjoy your fabulous day! Cheers!!♥

Candace said...

awwwwww, Colin you are quite possibly the sweetst funniest guy ever and you Lizzy bear is super lucky to have you, Happy Birthday Liz!!!! Hope your day rocks as much as you do!

Jennifer said...

Happy Birthday Liz!!!!!!!!!!

elizabeth kartchner said...

ahahaha!

thanks babe!!

xoxo

Nadine said...

a sweet post by
a sweet guy writing about
a sweet girl (:

a sweet story~

happy birthday! ^^

Crystal Alves-Tusim said...

Happy Birthday Gurl!

Melonie said...

How sweet is your Hubby??? Love this little story as it is very similiar to that of me and my Mister who happen to share an anniversary with your special day. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope it is wonderful!

j.leija said...

friggin adorable! lizzy, did you know he was going to do this?! too cute!

Stephanie Baxter said...

That's the cutest post ever! Happy Birthday, Liz!

Nancy said...

Okay that is to die for, I don't know you but I'm going to wish you a happy birthday anyway because how could I not say something with a cute post from your husband like that? And I love the pics from when you two met, so precious.

Cheryl said...

You did good Collin, That warmed my heart and put the biggest smile on my face. You two are so cute together. I love to see and hear all that love between you. Funny and cute story..
xoxo

HappyScrapper said...

Awwww, well now if that ain't just the cutest thing EVER!!! Happy Birthday Dear Lizzie!!!!!!!!!! Wishing you the best today and every day!
Happy Scrappin'
Lisa

Sara said...

Happy Birthday Liz!! Hope you have the best day today!! And your hubby is a keeper--great post!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Lizzy! Enjoy <3

Diana said...

Happy Birthday to you!!

Dawn said...

Happy Birthday!! Great post!

Michela said...

Happy Birthday Liz!!! That was the cutest birthday post from Colin!! You're so lucky!! Hope you have a birthday filled with lots of love and laughter!! Wishing you all the best!

Becky said...

Oh! That is just so sweet!
What a great hubby you have!
Happy Birthday!

Tiffany said...

How adorable!

Happy Birthday!

scarthur said...

That story is hilarious! Perfect way to celebrate your birthday. Happy birthday!!

Scrappy Girl said...

Happy Birthday Elizabeth!

And Collin you have once again made husbands everywhere look very very bad. Cute post.

Anonymous said...

wow!! he woke up at 5:30 am just to post his sweet birthday greeting for you! He really ADORES you!!!!!!!!! Have you ever noticed perfect pairing of couples (like when you get a wedding invite) usually match each other, like almost look alike? You do, and you have the same glow about you! I love the high school sweetheart stories! amazing!! YOu've spent most of your life together already, and are still so in love with each other!! I love that! I am the same way. We just celebrated our 10 year in april. Happy birthday Elizabeth Kartchner! You really inspire the world!!

mandyb said...

ok someone tell me the mould for that man was NOT broken!!!!!

colin you are doing the male camp proud with another fabbo **Coin post**

happy birthday Lizzy

Drama queens mum (Kimberly) said...

That's so sweet. Happy Birthday Liz. That's so cool that you have known each other for so long.

alicia said...

happy birthday! enjoy your day! Collin your a crack up!

Mindy said...

Happy Birthday E-Kartch!! Love your love story. :)

Julie said...

First off, Colin you rock as a hubby!
Secondly, Happy Birthday Lizzie!
Make it a great one!

connie said...

Happy Birthday! This was so sweet.

Julie said...

Happy birthday Liz! Collin's simply the sweetest!!

Michelle Burry said...

That has to be the absolute sweetest thing ever! Happy birthday, Liz! Hope you're having a super great day! =)

Tammydee said...

Happy Birthday Lizzy...and Collin, YOU ROCK!! It's so much fun to see a hubby love his wife so much!

Heather at All A Flutter said...

this is the sweetest love story ev-ah!
happy birthday to you, liz!! enjoy your day.

keri said...

aw~! happy birthday lizzy!!

@collin: you need to come over and teach my hubby a few things. it'll be perfect, i live in hawaii. lizzy and i can scrap and you can teach my hubby some things while you guys do whatever guys do. :)

RobinG said...

Happy Birthday Lizzy..you have the most sweetest incredible hubby!!! Hope your day is filled with happiness & your wishes continue to come true.

Elisabeth Costa said...

Happy Birthday!! So wonderful to see a happy and loving couple ...enjoy your special day and fun times together.

Ashley and Chris Miles said...

hahahahahahahahahahahwhoooahahahahahahahahahahahyayayayahahahahahahahahahaOh Collin that is so funny Chris and I were laughing so hard at the way you first described Liz and also well of course your get-up at the dance....classic

Shemaine Smith said...

Love that your hubby hacks your blog on occasion...Happy Birthday! You inspire so many with your warmth, kindness and creativity!

Colleen said...

Collin, you are a great hubby. Lizzy is a lucky lady. So great you two have so much love for eachother and I love that you really grew up together.
HAPPY BDAY LIZ!

Just Rhonda said...

Happy Birthday!!!! (And obviously we were in high school the SAME time since I remember every one of your funny references :) )

keeshaobrien said...

So cute! Happy Birthday!

Jacqueline M. Schimmel said...

You two are an awesome couple! Happy birthday Lizzy!

nicole said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!

Erin said...

Cutest thing ever! You're a lucky girl! Happy Bday!

Carrie Rosalind said...

Aww! So sweet! Happy birthday, Lizzie! :)

Amber Zimmerman said...

How sweet. . .and funny! Hope your birthday is outstanding! :)

ReNi said...

<3 have a happy birthday :)

Jen Fox said...

Thank you, Collin!!!! I've been waiting for this all year! It's not quite as revealing as last year's, so that should score some points with the hot wife!

Liz!!!! Happy Happy Birthday! I know you feel loved and special and all those other wonderful things! I'm glad you have such an amazing family for happy days like today!

Lots of love sent your way from Biloxi!

Ris said...

Let me be the millionth person to exclaim: how awesome is your husband?!?! This post is super cute.

Happy Birthday Liz!

chantille said...

Colin you are such a sweetie, could you come and teach my OH a few tips??? You guys make such a cute couple.

Happy Birthday Lizzy, hope you had a fab day and best wishes for the year ahead.

Stephanie Buice said...

Awe, such an awesome story!
I love that your husband did this for you it is so sweet!
I hope your day is super wonderful!
Happy Birthday!

Jennifer DeWolfe said...

Awwww! That's such a sweet story! Happy Birthday Lizzy! Enjoy your day!

Efrat K said...

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh......... one of the sweetest posts EVER! So cute :)

Baird Family said...

So cute! Happy Birthday Liz!

laura vegas said...

happy birthday elizabeth!
you have the best husband ... i just knew that he was going to take over your blog and write something super cool for you today!

Natalie said...

OK, so I am probably super emo today but that brought a tear to my eye! Super cute!!! Happy Birthday Lizzy! :)

Cherie said...

Seriously that just made me cry...Happy Birthday Liz!!!!

salme said...

Happy birthday, Liz!
Enjoy your special day!

Very sweet story! :-)

wendyg said...

Happy Birthday!!!! Hope you have the best day EVER!! This post is so sweet!

Ashley said...

how cute is this?!
adorable. you guys really are a wonderful couple.
enjoy your day! happy birthday!

Kat said...

awww...this is great...you guys are so awesome!

happy birthday!!! :)

jamie said...

a*d*o*r*A*b*l*E!

Mauri said...

That is the sweetest post EVER! Happy Birthday Liz! You two still make a cute couple.

kelly in NB said...

happy birthday Liz!! you make A LOT of people smile. thanks for sharing with us all.

hannie said...

Hey Colin! Did she know that you hijack her blog again? LOL!

suzy d said...

So incredibly sweet!!! Happy day, girl!

Mel b said...

Your hubby is just so sweet! And talented too!

clippergirl said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIZ!!!! And Colin, You are one SWEET husband, what a keeper and such an awesome-ly creative post. Have a great day!

mommyof5kidz said...

WOW!!!! THat has got to be THE MOST AMAING display of love and aggection EVAH!!!!! SOOOO SUPER SWEET!!!!!

Happy Birthday Liz!!

Renee Zwirek said...

Happy Birthday To You, Happy Birthday To You, Happy Birthday Dear Lizzy...Happy Birthday To You! (sung in my best high school concert choir voice) Enjoy your birthday week!!!! Collin is such a SweetHeart.

Gloria said...

Collin´s post was soo sweet!!! Happy Birthday Liz, I hope you have the best day ever, thanks for being a constant inspiration, God bless you ;)

summer said...

happy birthday! and seriously what an awesome post :) so fun to see the two of you from then to now!

~kelly marie~ said...

Wow! This might be the sweetest post of all time!

Have the happiest of birthdays!

Fleursbydesign said...

Awww how sweet is that :)

Laura said...

Happy Birthday Liz! You have such a sweet husband! It was so great meeting you at Reflections. Your kindness and cute mini album really made the whole weekend for me!!! Hope your day was great!

Latisha said...

lol I started to laugh as soon as I saw "Danger"
look how young you two looked
what a wonderful post, so very sweet
Happiest of birthday wishes being sent your way!
hugs
Latisha

Pearl said...

That is such a cute post.
Made me Smile =) And aww...
Happy Birthday Lizzy!
Your Amazing!
God Bless you and your family!


Pearl

Margaret UY said...

happy birthday! your photos are
nostalgic....very sweet couple!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday..wish you all the best :) You have such a supportive and loveable husband!!! Great blog..

Erin said...

how adorable is that post! so sweet. Happy Birthday!

Kami said...

Happy Birthday Liz! ...I mean 'lizzy bear' ;)

Sweet birthday post, Collin.

Titelaine said...

Happy Birthday!
It's a beautiful story of LOVE!
Many kisses from France!!

Martina said...

aww such a cute fairy tale .. niice :)

- I know, I'm late, but Happy Birthday :)

xx Martina

LIly'sMummy said...

How sweet is that! You two back the most adorable couple.
Happy Birthday Elizabeth!
Love your stories and love your work!
PS you need to come to Australia some day to teach, I love your work.

Lara said...

That was awesome!! Love the "chicklets"!!!! Happy Birthday, Liz!

Tracey said...

OMG how cute... it made me cry.
Happy Birthday and thanks for all your inspiration.
xoxoxo

Margie said...

How sweet! Happy Birthday, Lizzy! You are one lucky lady!

Carri said...

Just saw this on the way out the door cause I just have to check the blog daily! Running late now, but I had to say those two little ones in your house get to witness a miracle everyday! True Love! Happy Birthday!

robynbum said...

Happy Birthday, Elizabeth!

Great love story! It made me cry!

Robin

Janelle said...

Happy Birthday Elizabeth!!! Hope you had a fabulous, fabulous day with that sweet family of yours!!!

travelingmama said...

You guys are adorable! Happy birthday, girlie!

Beth M said...

So sweet. Happy Birthday!

Devonne said...

Happy Birthday Liz! Your husband is hilarious but I'm sure you already know that! Have a GReAt DaY!

Ariz said...

Adorable love story. Colin, you rock for loving your wife as you do and expressing it in the way you do. You guys do make the cutest couple! Happy Birthday Lizzy.

Noelle Reese said...

Seriously? Cutest post ever! I know my DH loves me to the moon, but he just wouldn't do a blog post about it! You are so lucky! Happy Birthday! Have fun today! We share your day as our anniversary! 15 FAB years! :-)

thuy said...

OMG this is the cutest thing I have ever read! Hope you had a great birthday!

Emily Leiphart said...

This is so cute! Happy Birthday!!

Donna Tullis said...

well bless yalls little sweethearts...yall keep them home fires burning and paint the town red in celebration of your special day...i hope you will always treasue on another and celebrate the love yall share.

Amy said...

♫ "Happy, Happy Birthday, Lizzy Dear!" ♪♫ ...or I guess it's Dear Lizzy. haha! I hope your special day is wonderful, just like YOU!
Thanks for sharing the hilariously cute memories, Collin!

Sherri said...

That was seriously the cutest blog post I've ever read. What a sweetheart you're married to. Happy Birthday, thanks for sharing it with all of us.

Chelsey said...

Happy birthday!!! This post was hilarious... love it.

Julie said...

Happy Birthday Miss Elizabeth! You are beautiful! Love your slide show that your bubby made! =)

Lynette said...

Very sweet! This post made me laugh out loud....I can't even remember what I wore yesterday...never mind when I met DH;-)

Jana said...

That would be sooo rad if your husband's middle name was really Danger!
Oh, and you guys are too stinkin' cute. Happy Birthday!

Emily said...

Happy birthday, Liz! Collin.. you rock!

amytangerine said...

You gotta just love a love like that. happy happy!

Scrap Happy said...

super sweet story!!!
Happy Birthday Liz!!!

andrea said...

ah, carmex. Those were the days. You paint a pretty picture colin.
Happy b'day liz!

Elisa said...

so cute!!! the pics and the text :)
happy birthday Lizzy
xoxo
elisa

Mary and Ryan said...

I look forward to Collin's cute posts every year on your birthday. This year didn't disapoint. I love you and hope you had the best day. xoxo lets chat soon:)

Laura said...

How totally sweet! Happy Birthday, Liz. You've got a keeper there. :-)

Lucy Newton said...

Hi Lizzy! Happy Birthday! What a sweet hubby you have!

josefina said...

oh so sweet! love hearing stories like that.

Laurie said...

Hope your birthday celebration is wonderful, sounds like you already have the best present ever, a super sweet and funny husband!

ArchivingAngel said...

Happy Birthday!
May God continue to bless you & your beautiful family with much love, happiness, success & wealth.
Hugs,
Sonia

Just Us said...

Hope your day is HaPpY!

Erin said...

Collin, I loved the story. So entertaining! Happy birthday Liz! I hope had a good one!

Chris Dodaj said...

Happy Birthday Liz!
I just purchased your book today and so far I love it!!
It's my goal to try all of the challenges in order!
Hope your day was sparkly and wonderful!!

Sheila Cruz said...

Liz, aren't you glad you didn't have to kiss too many frogs to have this prince for a husband? LOL LOVE this post.

rkokes said...

saved up your hard earned parents credit card...heh, heh......funny. :)

Happy birthday Liz!!!!

Nicole said...

so freakin cute!

Anonymous said...

A very Happy Birthday to you. And that was well written, Colin. Becca :)

The Facers said...

Oh my gosh! That post took me back some years! You two really are darling together!!! Happy Birthday Liz! xoxo, Mykelle

Jane said...

MELT!!!
Happy Birthday!! God bless!
And I need to sign up my husband to your husband's BEST HUSBAND class too! ;)

Bonnie said...

Colin you write SO well, you should really look into writing a book, you would make an awesome author, like Mike Gayle kind of stuff-light hearted, comical....if you haven't read one of his books, give it a go, they are hysterical. The story of you guys is just too cute for words!!!

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Cris said...

OMGosh - is that the most amazing thing evvva? How sweet! Ok - he's a keeper...yyou struck GOLD in the hubby department Liz..HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

kimhartmann said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! wow, talk about a man who loves you! have a great one! by the way...


...you two make a cute couple!

Ady said...

That was awesome.. He definitely gets a boat load of points for that one. I can't wait to meet you in person. I'll see you at Spark!!!

The Reichmans said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you had a great day! What a great blast from the past-those pics are incredible.

Stephanie said...

Awww~ This is such a sweet post! You're truly blessed. Happy Birthday! :D

blasfamily@blogspot.com said...

Happy Birthday to a truly creative and inspiring gal! I loved reading your hubby's trip down memory lane. He's a good egg :)

Kristie said...

You two are THE sweetest couple, your love for each other is so inspirational. Blessings to you both!

Amy said...

'My hot wife' - he's a keeper.
If you weren't already married to him I'd say 'Marry him!'

Although I am hoping he's dropped the dress code??

Little Birdie Secrets said...

That is adorable! Growing up in Utah in the 90s was classic. Most of my pics are about identical (down to the suspenders on my dates!). Love it. You guys are too cute!

~mandy

Emily said...

Oh wow that is just beautiful!

Happy Birthday Lizzy!

Corinne said...

where I can find a man just like him!!!!
give us some advice !
your marriage seems to be so perfect
happy birthday you creative girl

JRC said...

you have so many comments I don't know if you will actually read this but the first pic of you and Collin cracks me up. Him and Josh could be twins! Except Collin was prob 17 in the picture and Josh was like 23 when he looked like this.

Queen of Bristol said...

Colin this is so beautiful! It's really good that your fashion taste has changed a bit *lol* the pics are hilarious! Happy belated B-Day Liz!

Hailey said...

ok...love the label "my hot wife" hahahah...

Hailey

Rebekah Williams said...

You two so make the world an adorable place.

Winter said...

So sweet! Happy Birthday Liz! :)

Jill said...

So sweet! It brought tears to my eyes! Happy (belated) Birthday!