Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Today is another milestone in our family.
Dad is turning 70 today and we are very excited to celebrate this day with him! But it is more than a day, really. It is a landmark to a legacy. Dad, as many other people by the age of 70, has led a well-traveled life of joy and grief, good times and bad. The last 2 years, of course, have been very difficult. However, Dad has always been our rock in the midst of the storm. He has weathered much because of his faith in God. He has shared and passed on his faith and love, and we are grateful for the gift he is to us all. Some of Annette’s last words on her final day here were, “You are the best dad ever!” And I certainly share those words whole-heartedly. Thank you, Dad, for your never-ending love and generosity, your kindness and caring, your endless free babysitting and the joy you have for your grandchildren. We pray that today you will feel blessed by a lifetime of love, and that this year will bring you much happiness and excitement, come what may. We love you!
So, even if you’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Dad, come on out of lurk-dom to wish him a wonderful birthday!

Lisa, Steve, Sara and Connor
Tom, Kurtis and Ryan


Shawn said...

Another wonderful birthday post! You are an amazing daughter, sister, mother and friend. Sending warm birthday wishes to your Dad.
Shawn, Jake and Kaitlyn

Kris said...

Happy Birthday most wonderful dad to two of the most marvelous women I have had a chance to know! They were so fortunate to have you, to guide them and love them. May your year be one of peace and joy!
Kris and Jennifer

Mendelt said...

kHappy Birthday Gordon!

Congrats to all the Bruinsma's.

Hope you have a great party.



Anonymous said...

Happy 70th Birthday!!!

God bless you.

Kei said...

Happy Belated Birthday! I hope your Dad had a wonderful day.

Gary Pianosi said...

Happy 70th Birthday Mr. Bruinsma! Every family needs a rock, or two.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to a wonderful Dad!!! Your family loves you very much and it sounds like you have nurtured that love for a life time.... You have many blessings...

Jeanne and Joshua said...

Happy Birthday to someone who must be an amazing dad and grandfather. Best wishes and peace be with you!

Lisa - T21, Lily's mommy said...

Happy Birthday to an amazing dad to two amazing girls!!! I am so thankful that you have been the rock of so many and on this day that is yours, I wish you joy, peace and a lifetime filled with happiness!!!!!!!!!!!


Lisa and Lily

luvmypeanut said...

Now I know where these two girls of yours got their wonderful outlook on life, their faith and their giving natures.

Happy Belated Birthday to a Super Dad!!!

Mauzy said...

Happy Happy Birthday to Annette and Lisa's wonderful dad! I am so thankful I got to meet you at Annette's funeral as you are an amazing person! You have two fantastic daughters too.

Jan and Nash

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Gordon. May the coming year be blessed.

Anonymous said...

In the true dutch tradition -- Blessings on your dad's birthday.

The Sloots

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on 70 years!!! May God bless you with many more healthy happy years with those beautiful grandchildren of yours and their respective family.
Love and Hugs,
Coby and the boys

Nicole said...

Happy Birthday! I'm sure you are the best Dad in the world as you have beautiful daughters! I know you miss Annette and I'm so glad you and Lisa have each other!