Today is the 39th birthday of my beautiful wife, Julie. She keeps joking about how old she is getting. I hope she's just joking anyway, because that would make me really old!
However, if Julie were able to retire today, I'm sure she would have no trouble finding things to do. She loves to create and would have no problem doing that full time. Colouring, painting, sewing, crocheting, making stained glass projects. I'm sure if she had more time, the list would be longer. She sees the beauty in something old or plain and brings it out. She has chalk-painted an old desk and turned it into something beautiful. She redid an old church door and made it into a headboard. Every year she sews the kids (and me!) pj pants. She has made a wonderfully snuggly blanket for curling up on the couch. And she has created many gorgeous stained glass pieces. Here are her hands at work, doing some of the things she loves:
Some day she will have more time for these things, but in the meantime, her hands are busy helping people. She is great at her job, and has helped countless people during her time as a sonographer. But even though her hands are great at taking pictures, it's her heart that is her real gift. Much like crafting, she sees the beauty in everyone. She truly believes in the 'care' part of health care and people know it when they see her. She is compassionate and empathetic and a great listener. So I hope she carries on doing what she's doing for a long time yet.
Perhaps her kind heart is because she has a heart for Jesus. As a parent, the greatest thing you can pass onto your kids is your love of Jesus and Julie is doing that. All three of our girls see how their Mom lives and are following in her footsteps.
So if you see Julie today, wish her happy birthday and let her know 39 isn't old. She has a lot left to give this world. She's just getting going. Later.