Friday, May 20, 2011


     In a departure from my usual devotional writing, I instead wanted to take time to celebrate the man I have come to know and love more deeply over the last 39 husband Glenn.  It is his birthday today, and I believe in telling the people we love just how much they mean to us and to others.  So let me begin this journey where all journeys begin.
     Glenn Roberts Thayer Jr. was born to Ruth Elizabeth and Glenn Roberts Thayer Sr. in Ft Wayne, Indiana on May 20, 1949.  He was their second child with an older sister named Drue.  At the age of twelve, he and his family moved to Defiance, Ohio where his father was the general manager and chief engineer for WONW Radio Station.  He graduated from Defiance High School in 1967, and enrolled in Case Tech/Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio to study engineering.

     During the course of his studies, he made the momentous decision to become an optometric physician.  So, after two years at Case Tech, he attended a year at Bowling Green State University to prepare for this change.  He went on to the Professional College of Optometry at the Ohio State University in 1970.  Of course, during these years, I had the privilege of meeting Glenn at his father's radio station where I served at a job during the summer of 1969.  Our relationship blossomed and we became engaged in May of 1970.
     While at Ohio State during that first year of professional studies, we both made a public profession of our faith in Jesus Christ.  This was to change not only our relationship with God but our relationship with each other.  In August of 1971, we married with the Lord at the center of our lives.
      In 1974, the moment he had worked so hard at came to pass.  He graduated with honors from Professional School and a new journey was about to take place.
     Through all the years we have had together, I have seen in him a gentle spirit, a quiet thinker, an avid Ohio State Fan, a faithful husband, a wonderful dad and above all a devoted Christ follower.  His provision for me and for our four children was a sacrifice and labor of love.  For twenty-one years, he afforded me the privilege of being able to stay at home to raise our children and teach them in our home school.  I now work side by side with him in his practice as I have done throughout the years off and on. It is wonderful to be together as we minister to others.  For Glenn, his work is also his ministry.  He gives of his time, and efforts to help others to have better vision all in the name of Jesus Christ the Great Physician.  Here are a few of the many pictures I treasure the most.

Avid Ohio State Fan
Devoted son and brother

Great husband and father
Patient Instructor
Happy Grandfather!
Indy Car Driver (as a gift for Christmas)
Most of all a Great Family man    

Psalm 1:1-3 summarizes the man I see in Glenn:
"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.  He is like a tree planted  by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.  In all that he does, he prospers."

     God has blessed me with this wonderful life partner, and I hope you have enjoyed a glimpse into his life.  His love for the Lord and his family inspire me daily.   God's blessings on you Glenn.  I love you more than yesterday and less than tomorrow!  Happy birthday!

I hope many of you will stop by on my Facebook or Twitter account and wish him a Happy Birthday. I will make certain he reads all the thoughts everyone puts out there for him.


Chris Brauns said...

Happy Birthday! What a nice post.

Barbara Thayer said...

Thanks Chris for stopping by and reading. I will relay the birthday greetings to my hubby. I know he will be delighted. I wanted to surprise him with all my blog friends and Facebook friends today. He doesn't do I have to keep him connected! Blessings dear brother in Christ!

Christina said...

Awwww....what a beautiful tribute to your hubby!

Bless God for the grace He has shown you both throughout these years!

Happy Belated birthday brother Glenn!

Love and blessings to you dear sister!

Thanks for sharing hubby with us!

Barbara Thayer said...

Thanks for stopping by Christina. I passed on the birthday greetings. It was wonderful to think back and recall all the things my dear husband has done through the years. God has been so good to us. I cannot thank Him enough.
Blessings my dear friend!

Anonymous said...

Your husband's birthday is very close to mine :) This was a very sweet tribute - congratulations to him on his birthday.

Barbara Thayer said...

Well happy belated birthday to you Harma Mae. Thanks again for stopping by and wishing him a happy birthday. I passed it along and it brings a smile to his face to know my blog friends have said hello. Blessings to you my friend!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely tribute to your sweetie. Praise the Lord for godly husbands!

Barbara Thayer said...

Amen Diane! He is a blessing in my life and I am sooooo happy for God's providence in my life. Thank you for your kind words and friendship!