It's His Birthday

When I came home he looked ragged from the day. Caring for our two girls, Maggie and Della, can give you both life and suck it out of you all at once. When we met, he had just graduated from law school. He wore a bow tie on our first date. For most of our marriage his daily routine consisted of talking with law enforcement, attorneys, politicians and judges. Now, he’s doling out jelly bellies as a reward when our Maggie goes potty :)

Here's MaggieHe had already conceded to the kids that we would go to Chuck E. Cheese’s to celebrate his 42nd birthday. He mentioned no one had called him today. The most he got was from his mom - she sent him a text.

I recently read this. “I'm pretty sure we never outgrow the need to be reassured, to be reminded we matter enough for someone to be there for us. In fact, the older we get (the more we've been rejected, disappointed, abandoned and deserted), the more we long for someone, anyone, to do what they said they'd do, keep faith with us and honestly care about our well-being.”  Mark Beeson

So, I did what any wife would do. I GOT THIS PARTY STARTED! I began with changing our dinner plans from Chuck's to a fun Japanese cook-in-front-of-you-and-do-fun-tricks Restaurant. Then, gave Lloyd an inconspicuous birthday hug :)

Day saved.

~Amy

A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.

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  1. GraceO posted on 10/16/2013 10:03 AM
    Tell Lloyd Happy BIrthday from one your listeners. I have missed you since I have been on Furlough. I don't think to stream you. I am used to listening to you in the car on the way to work & then on my desk at work. Hope to be back to work soon. Lack of pay stinks.
  2. HerbE posted on 10/16/2013 10:09 AM
    Happy birthday, Lloyd, and God bless you ! You seem like a great husband & father!
  3. CarolN_2 posted on 10/16/2013 10:22 AM
    Way to go, Amy! And Happy (belated) Birthday, Lloyd! :)
  4. BobC posted on 10/16/2013 10:48 AM
    Happy Birthday Lloyd, may this day bring you many Blessings!!!!! God Bless :) :)
  5. ChristinaH_12 posted on 10/16/2013 01:38 PM
    Happy late Birthday Lloyd!! I hope God Blesses your next your abundantly.
    1. ChristinaH_12 posted on 10/16/2013 01:39 PM
      @ChristinaH_12 *year :)
  6. Froglady posted on 10/16/2013 06:54 PM
    There is nothing more special than YOUR Birthday.. for" This is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it." The Lord chose this day over 364 other days in the year to bring your husband to earth to be your husband, your children's Father and a Mother's son.
    We as adults never outgrow that wonderful feeling of the Lord's hand upon us wishing us another year of love and life with Him..
    So Happy Birthday Lloyd....God Bless your new year with Peace, Joy and much Love....
  7. markoxo posted on 10/16/2013 10:55 PM
    God bless you Amy, never give up on your marriage and your godly man...I was married for almost 27 yrs when my wife left, no m atter what i did, she gave up on me and us anyway...but, i have been alone now for thee years- after God brought me this wonderful , godly woman-we had more than two years together, and she just "let go" of us...i keep praying in hope, but also wish to say that for these last six years of loss , sadness and some joy, and last feb. losing my mother to cancer, am feeling forgotten and alone...not all of us make a lot of solid friends and, i only have one, who is far away, but i help him and he helps me- he is this godly girlfriend's stepdad, and her mom seperated from him the same year as she let go of me ( two of her sisters divorced that year also), so you can see how we men can feel left out and forsaken...but its still the same for us- we need to be needed, respected, and loved, as men of God too. I have since spent three birthdays alone ,as well as those holidays since 2010, and if it werent for Jesus and our Heavenly Father holding onto me, as His child, and a man of loss, i would not have the faith and courage even to speak now. Next year i will have my "golden birthday" so to speak, and i am resolved to the possibility that i may celebrate that one alone too...but my friend thinks of me and listens and gives, and he is lost and hurting in his heart too , at times, so, make sure your husband feels noticed and needed , and not taken for granted...all we want, is to love that one heart in our life, that is our wife. God bless you and your courageous man, and your family...we have grown to love you in the mornings.. you make us feel good as men ,and laugh , and have our hearts tickled.
    1. JudithN posted on 10/17/2013 12:05 PM
      @markoxo markoxo,
      do you belong to any support groups? Do you belong to a church family? I have asked "Why God?" so many times when i dont understand whats happened. Its taken 50 years to make myself let go of becoming consumed with knowing what went wrong. So I ask "what now God?". "What can I do for YOU?" "how can i serve YOU Lord?" without expectations for myself. Surrender the hurt and disappointment and self criticism. Get into Gods word & let in the Holy Spirit to heal you.
      John 16:13 says "when the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future."
  8. Patty Mcfarlane posted on 10/21/2013 07:30 AM
    Tell Lloyd happy birthday, at my church we do not just have a Birthday we have Birthday WEEK not to late God Bless
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