It's said (mostly to men) that the best way to know what your wife will be like, look like, sound like, in the future, is to look at their mother. Thank the good Lord I've got a mom that's a looker and who, more often than not, is confused for my sister. Aging got no thing on you (or me by proxy, yes?). But, more beautiful than your gorgeous face is your soul.
You see, I've got a mom to contend with, who does hard things, always maintains a great humor, and has great taste in fashion, food, and wine. No one has played the hand life's dealt them in the graceful and sassy way you manage to do. Just when it seems the smile should be wiped right off of your face, you crack another, wider, greater, ivory grin in the midst of any storm.
All light-heartedness aside, there's many things about you I can only hope are also possessed inside of me. In the deepest of heartaches you are honest. In the ugliest of circumstances you are genuine. In the face of difficulties (at the gym or in life) you grit teeth and work hard to endure. You are a pillar of strength, a bastion of hope, a reminder of His goodness -though you don't feel that way- and,well, that's okay because humility has always been a beautiful bit of your personality.
I shall call you the transformer because you take the hard things, the heavy things, and transform them into easily-handled bits and pieces. You bear burdens other people would hide from and you do it with committed love for our family. Your days aren't easy, aren't simple and worry-free, but you thrive in them always.
You are dear to me. Dear and precious and awesome to me.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - -Just as marriage letters have marked moments and beautiful months in our lives, birthday letters can -and now will- do the same. For the next year I will be pulling together birthday letters on the special day of my loved ones in an effort to remember special bits and pieces of our relationships over the previous year.