Her children arise and call her blessed. Her husband also, and he praises her. (Proverbs 31:28 NIV)
DALLAS — Louis Matthew Edinbyrd, Jr. and Cheryl Edinbyrd first crossed paths in Dallas sometime in 1996.
They cliqued within a matter of a few months.
Interestingly, it didn’t take very long for the Edinbyrds to form an inseparable, candid union, one that ultimately led to marital bliss approximately six months after they first laid eyes on each other.
During Making Headline News’ Annual Salute To Father’s Day Tributes, Cheryl Edinbyrd recalled vividly how her husband, a devoted father, had “won my heart” by becoming whom she appropriately describes as one of her “closest friends at the time and now my best friend.”
As Cheryl Edinbyrd explained, her unyielding love for her husband intensified amid what she described as arguably one of the most challenging times of her life.
“He showed up and just wanted to take care of me when all I was surround by (were people) who needed me to take care of them,” Cheryl Edinbyrd recalls. “It was a relief to have someone in my life to not want anything from me but, instead, wanted to build me up and take care of me.”
Besides her husband’s unconditional love he customarily displayed, the Edinbyrds had essentially established a close-knit bond even while often watching boxing and mixed martial arts fights (MMA) although, according to Cheryl Edinbyrd, they really never had a fond interest in other sports.
Regardless, it was the indefatigable agape love, Cheryl Edinbyrd said, that, by all accounts, essentially gave way to her Matthew winning her heart.
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And vice versa, of course.
“It was the kindness, peace, and love of a praying man and his ability to feed my heart and soul with the word of God and those moments of sacrifice of a seasoned grown man shown in a 23-year-old young man that sealed it for me,” Cheryl Edinbyrd said. “He was and continues to be wise beyond his years. He’s actually a stepdad who assumed full father responsibilities at the early age of 23 and raised our boys to become men, and he continues to support them in their manhood.”
Simply put, in honoring her husband as Father’s Day 2021 looms, Cheryl Edinbyrd doesn’t shy away from the notion that God has blessed her mightily to inherit what she describes as “a relationship made in heaven.”
WORTHY OF THE HONOR
“He always covers his family and live (a life of putting) God first, allowing him to lead and guide by what the Lord deems best for his family…not for himself, but his family,” Cheryl Edinbyrd said of her husband’s keen support as the spiritual leader in their home. “There have been many times throughout the year that he sacrifices himself to ensure his family is well taken care of. And me, well, I’m just spoiled. I would like to say that I appreciate him stepping in and being an excellent father and dad to our sons and his stepsons.
“I appreciate the love, consideration, late nights, hard decisions, and sacrifices it took to ensure they not only know they are loved and will always be loved, but they know they can come to you for all aspects of life. I appreciate my husband’s impact on not just our young men’s lives, but mine as well.”
CHERYL EDINBYRD’S OPEN LETTER TO HER HUSBAND
“Thanks for growing up with me and growing me up. You have not only taught me how to love you, but how to love on others. Thanks for teaching my how to trust again, to be my true authentic self. And, most of all, thanks for being my best friend and loving me more now than you did 24 years ago. As I always say, ‘It seems that everything about us gets better with each passing year.'” — Cheryl Edinbyrd
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