On the occasion of my milestone birthday – I asked my wonderful husband and best friend to be a special ‘guest blogger’ today. Hope you enjoy and will be encouraged as you read his note to me – that even after almost 30 years together – he still is romantic and knows how to keep the love alive.
To my lovely wife Cindy on her special 50th birthday;
Good morning my love! I trust you had a wonderful sleep. I was watching you this morning just before you opened your eyes and thinking about how thankful I was to have the love of such a beautiful woman in my life. Funny how so many put an emphasis on youthful looks these days and fight frantically to somehow attempt “time travel” to spin the biological clock backwards. I loved it when we saw the title of a new book recently, “fifty is the new fifty” – it garnered a laugh from both of us, but even without reading the book we understand the sentiment. Being authentic to yourself and your life experiences, being comfortable in your own skin, is a large part of remaining beautiful; a glow that comes from within and radiates outward.
Cindy, you are beautiful, both inside and outside. You not only are an extremely attractive woman physically (insert tiger growl here), but you are true and authentic to your core values, which is what makes you irresistible. In this way you have become more gorgeous to me over time. I love it how you are passionately interested in how others feel and think, and have an uncanny way of connecting to them, especially in their time of need.
This year we will celebrate our thirtieth wedding anniversary. We have seen much of life and have weathered both good and challenging seasons together – more and more I see in you a beauty and strength that I both admire and envy; a depth that time has only served to reveal and prove.
There’s a section of 1 Peter chapter 3 that echo these very values that I love about you. It describes a woman of uncompromising beauty, and where lasting attractiveness comes from;
3 “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes.4 Instead, it should be that of your inner self,5 the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.6 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God7 used to make themselves beautiful.”
Cindy my love, this “milestone birthday” (at least that’s what we call the ones that end in a “0”) is simply another occasion that displays what those who really know you already have been celebrating; your authentic love for others, emotional balance, and spiritual centeredness. This is what makes you attractive to others and to me.
And, you’re just plain hot looking!
Happy birthday my love!