Today is a very special day. My honey, the man who still makes my heart leap after 28 years of marriage, is going fishing to celebrate a very special birthday. All I can say is that 60 never looked so good!

Here are only 60 reasons (in no particular order) why I’m crazy about Sam Keckler …

  1. He makes me laugh.
  2. Best storyteller I know.
  3. Gentle leader with boundless energy.7
  4. Thinks I’m brilliant and amazing.
  5. He values my opinion, yet doesn’t let me boss him around.
  6. He buys me flowers every week.
  7. He waters my hopes and dreams.
  8. What you see is what you get.  Authentic all the way.
  9. He lives to serve. Me. Our daughter. Our family. Our friends.
  10. He’s a praying man.
  11. He’s loved me for 28 years in every shape and size.
  12. He makes me feel beautiful every day, no matter what the mirror or scale says.
  13. He loves to clean!
  14. He keeps my car spick-and-span.
  15. He keeps my gas tank full.
  16. 6For years, he let me believe that showers in our house never got dirty (until I finally asked why he kept a scrub brush inside the shower).
  17. For years, he let our daughter believe that her car never got dirty (until she moved out and wondered whether the air in her new neighborhood was suddenly making her car look so… dirty.
  18. He much rather spend time with me than anyone else.
  19. He much rather watch football with me than anyone else.
  20. Without the green smoothie he makes me every morning, vegetables would rarely touch my lips.
  21. 4For 23 years he’s modeled for our daughter how a man is to treat a lady. He’s set a very high bar!
  22. He made sure I went back to school to pursue my passion while he put his dreams on hold.
  23. He kept me alive (force fed and watered me) during the grad school years.
  24. He lets me run untamed.
  25. He’s never intimidated by my big hairy audacious dreams and goals.
  26. He’s my #1 cheerleader.
  27. He runs circles around 20, 30, 40, and 50 somethings.  None of them can keep up with him.
  28. He’s just plain foxy.
  29. He always believes that “this diet” is the one!
  30. Never a dull moment when he’s around.
  31. He can outread me 10 books to 1, so we have boundless topics to talk about.
  32. 8Play his ultimate song trifecta (Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark,” Billy Idol’s “Dancing with Myself,” and Prince’s “Let’s Get Crazy” and a one-man-show-party is on.
  33. He makes sure all the cool family pictures get actually printed, framed, and displayed around the house.
  34. He makes a mean strawberry shortcake.
  35. Let him loose with a fishing pole and you got yourself dinner for a month.
  36. He makes finger-lickin’-good fried fish.
  37. He’s mastered the art of the Green Enchilada and surprises me with the family recipe when I need my ultimate comfort food the most.
  38. He’s a great sport and always game to try my new business ideas.
  39. He’s quick to say “I’m sorry.”
  40. He’s never let the sun set on a fight. He accepts apologies faster than anyone I know. He doesn’t hold grudges. SAM
  41. He’s my best friend and confidant.
  42. He sees me at my worse and never thinks less of me.
  43. He’s a visionary.
  44. He thinks anything is possible.
  45. He works harder than anyone I know.
  46. He knows how to keep his energy in check… and is not ashamed to admit he takes one or two cat naps a day.
  47. He knows how to tell a joke.
  48. His laugh is infectious.
  49. He’s a fantastic uncle.
  50. He texts like a champ. No short cuts. No typos.
  51. He proofreads my stuff (and since he hasn’t proofread this one post, don’t judge the typos please).
  52. 1He is fearless. He makes me fearless.
  53. He pretty much makes every other husband look bad… that’s how awesome he is.
  54. He is a fantastic friend.
  55. He tells the truth.
  56. He knows who he is and is never intimidated by my success or my dreams.
  57. He pushes me out of my comfort zone and pushes me to be all I can be.
  58. He admits when he’s wrong.
  59. If he’s inadvertently hurt or offended someone, he’s quick to apologize and make things right.
  60. He loves God with all his heart.

Happy Birthday to a remarkable husband, father, friend, my love, and all around truly one-of-a-kind man who makes 60 look AMAZING!