That’s “my guy” in the picture above!
What the picture doesn’t show is how big his heart really is!
For example: Many mornings, Don and I have coffee together before we leave for our jobs. We thoroughly enjoy this time as we laugh and talk together. However, on more than one occasion I have seen his eyes suddenly fill with tears during our interaction. I no longer ask him if something’s wrong, for I have learned over the years, that his big heart has simply become overwhelmed with a great sense of love for me. In that moment I recognize the treasure I have been given!
His children have never had to wonder if he loved them. He told them every day of their lives — and probably more than once each day — and he’s shown it through his deep commitment to each one of them. He’s been their biggest fan, cheerleader and coach rolled into one!
His grandchildren… they know he loves them. For as soon as they were able to talk, they began calling for “Papa”. He has often told me he wants each grandchild to be able to feel how much he loves them! And believe me, they have no doubt about his love … it oozes out of him and into them. When our granddaughter Rhythm visits, she can almost always be found right by his side (as seen in the pics below).
March 5th he turns sixty years old, and I love him so much more than when I fell in love with him thirty seven years ago. When we married I never dreamed we would have so much fun together, nor that we would face the trauma of losing a premature baby boy and later, the loss of our premature granddaughter. These and many other trials, as well as a multitude of enjoyable experiences, only served to draw us closer and deepen our love for each other and for the Lord.
Today I celebrate you, Don! What daily joy you bring to my life and what a gift from God you are!
Happy Birthday to “My Guy” and the love of my life!