A phenomenal birthday present

I turned 40 yesterday. It’s been a great week – we celebrated at the house with friends Saturday night, then my parents arrived for the actual day and we had a terrific meal at home followed by gifts and cake.

Though I’ve been fortunate to have received some wonderful birthday gifts over the years, nothing really compares to what my wife coordinated for this year. Earlier this year, we got a letter from my friend Bill’s wife April – Bill was turning 40, and in lieu of gifts, April wanted Bill’s friends to send him a book that meant something to them, along with an inscription inside saying who it was from and why they sent it. We loved the idea, and I eagerly sent 3 books to Bill.

Robin thought it was such a great idea that she’d do the same for me – and last night I unwrapped nearly 50 books from friends around the country. I don’t know what’s more incredible: the thoughtfulness that so many dear friends put into the selection of the books (and the messages they inscribed), that I’ve only read a handful of the books (each of which I’ll read again now), or that I now have easily a year’s worth of amazing reading ahead of me. Opening the books last night and reading the messages inside of each was the absolute best birthday gift imaginable.

Even better? Apparently more are on the way! To everyone who contributed a book (you know who you are!) – thank you so, so much. This list reflects the diverse personalities everyone who participated, and I am blessed beyond measure to have such remarkable friends.

For those who are curious to see what was sent, the list is below.

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