this is you at 40

img_20161212_153741.jpg“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” – Sophia Loren

the young us, 2005

Today we celebrate my husband’s fortieth year around the sun. We’ve been on a journey together for the latter of those thirteen years.


If you know him, you know he is dedicated and passionate with every task and hobby, endlessly hard-working, fiercely loyal to his friends and family, particular and thoughtful, and wickedly funny.

If you know him, it goes without saying that he is a remarkably present and a full-hearted father to our daughters. Their adoration for him is evident in their jumps for joy at the sight of his car pulling in the drive at night to their belly laughs when he humorously deviates from their bedtimes stories.


If you know him, you know he is talented both artistically and intellectually. Although appreciated by many, I believe a great many more could benefit from his gifts that have inspired me through the years.


To put it plainly and effusively, I have one amazing partner in life. My greatest wish for him, for us, is to celebrate many more years together—watching our daughters grow as we walk into the sunset of our years.

Forty looks good on him don’t you think?



Author: daughtersbarrow

raising two daughters in the beauty of the hudson valley

3 thoughts on “this is you at 40”

  1. Happy 40th, dearest Donovan…. looks like celebrations have started! and 40 sure looks good on you!….. You are the best husband/ life partner that my Brandon could ever wish for and the best Daddy/Da Da/ father that Quinn & Ada-Jean could ever have…. I am so happy that you are my son-in-law…….. You are one reason I know God exists, because he answered my prayers when He put you in Brandon’s life!…. Celebrate to your hearts’s content! Love you always! Now I am getting mushy…lol xoxo….Love, Susan

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  2. A truly revealing and descriptive,delightful blog Brandon. I too thank God daily for the gift of my amazing son and for the past 13 years, an extension of that gift all those years ago in getting to know and love you!! And the joy keeps growing, as I watch Donovan being such a loving husband, present and fun loving Dad with your two darling daughters.

    Fountain of youth quote by Sophia so so true.. Love all the pics, 40 looks pretty great on you Donovan!! That quirky video says it all. Here’s to defeating age!! Love you all! ME. T. (Mom)

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