My Guy!

March 3, 2011 — 10 Comments

Me & "My Guy" on the golf course with our sons.

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!

Rhythm standing on her little red chair so she can be where Papa is.

See Papa, I'm going to sit here close to you and watch you put the dishes in the dishwasher!


Papa reading to sweet Macy & Rhythie! They love their Papa!

10 responses to My Guy!

  1. Dear Cheri,
    this is so wonderful.
    Thank you for sharing THIS moment! I cried when I was reading because not only Don has a BIG heart which can host LOTS of people but also your’re Such a loving wife!!!
    Have a wonderful day and give Don a Big Hug from me on his Birthday!


  2. Great post Mom! Dad is an amazing guy!…but so are you. I love you both very much!

  3. All this AND he loads the dishwasher???? You are one lucky lady! (but I already knew that.) Hug him once (or twice) for us.

  4. So, true, I join with Cheri in Celebrating an awesome Father,Son and Friend.

  5. Wow, I can’t believe he’s going to be 60. He looks much younger. Must be all that love he has. It reverses time. He is such a blessing to everyone! We love him (and you) dearly!

  6. I love reading these kinds of posts! Don is such a great guy – I’m so blessed to know you both!

  7. Mary Stom Kabara March 10, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Another beautiful story! A special guy, yes. I remember attending Don’s birthday party in 1973 or 74. Someone ( I’m pretty sure it was a brand new Christian), thought he would play a joke on Don and slipped alcohol his beverage. He took one sip and realized what was done, and was very offended. I felt sorry it had happened. It’s something That made a very big impression on me. Yes, a man with a big heart, not only for his family, but for the Lord. Indeed you and your family for generations to come are blessed. The family of God is also blessed. I missed telling him Happy Birthday on his special day, on facebook. Please tell him Happy Birthday from me.
    God Bless you both-More.

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