My birthday present to my husband was his mom. But because he was having a milestone birthday, I wanted to make sure he felt as special as his 30 years have made him.
So a few months ago, I asked our family members to send letters about why they love him. I made sure to tell everyone this would be a surprise, so the letters needed to go to MY email, or be addressed to ME if they were to be sent through the mail. Happily, 22 people followed directions, and the secret was kept!
I highly recommend doing something like this for someone you love. As the letters started trickling into my inbox, my heart almost literally grew with all the love I felt from our family members. People said the kindest things about my husband — things I already know — but things that, when said by someone else, mean that much more.
It made me feel all weepy to read how my brothers, parents, and grandparents love my husband because he treats me so well. I felt so proud to see Ryan’s siblings notice how hard he works for our family. I loved reading the memories his siblings and mom had about him as a child. I laughed every time someone mentioned Ryan’s excellent dancing abilities, his funny voices, his beat boxing talents, and his goofiness. I felt so tenderhearted to read how many family members notice his goodness, his kindness, and his wonderful fathering and uncle-ing skills.
And that was just my reaction!
I had planned to give him one letter every hour for the whole weekend because I just love to draw out a birthday, but I ultimately decided it would be a bigger and better impact if I dumped all that love on him at once. So I printed out the letters, put them in separate envelopes, and wrapped them all up in one big package.
He laughed, smiled, cried a little, and sat a whole lot taller as he read through each letter.
His birthday and accompanying celebration of his goodness is over, but we’ve decided to keep loving on him over here. And lucky for us, he has no objections.