Birthday Messages for Fathers-in-Law

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A birthday message is a simple but effective way to express your appreciation for a loved one's companionship or support, and to wish him a day full of happiness. Your father-in-law's birthday is the perfect time to tell him that you're happy to be a part of his family and admire the traits that make him a one-of-a-kind individual.

Role-Model Appreciation

  • Let your father-in-law know you appreciate the lessons he has taught you about being a good husband and father through the conversations you've had -- and by watching his example. Tell him that you're impressed by the love he has for his wife, and how this bond has helped to make your wife (his daughter) the affectionate and confident woman you love. Conclude your birthday message by wishing your father-in-law many more years of life and thanking him for all he has taught you.

Grandfather Greatness

  • Tell your father-in-law what a wonderful grandfather he is to your children in your birthday message to him. Share with him that the love he shows your children inspires you to be a better parent. Recall fond memories that include him and your children, such as the way he plays baseball with your son in the backyard when he comes to visit, or the heartfelt Christmas gift he purchased for your daughter last year. Let your children sign the birthday greeting card or poster you've created for him or write short messages of their own.

Generosity of Spirit

  • A birthday message filled with gratitude is a touching way to wish your father-in-law a happy birthday. For instance, thank your father-in-law for warmly welcoming you into his family and for treating you like a daughter. Thank him for his sound advice, thoughtful gifts and for raising a son who complements you so well. If your in-laws have done something big for you lately, such as paying for an anniversary vacation or helping you come up with the down payment for your first home, include this in your sincere message of thanks.

Inspirational Thoughts

  • An inspirational message of encouragement is fitting if your father-in-law if his birthday comes shortly after surgery or change in his health. A spiritual birthday message is also appropriate if your father-in-law is near another life-changing experience, such as retirement. Begin the message by saying "Happy birthday" and telling your father-in-law what a brave, caring, humorous or accomplished man he is. Then include an inspirational quote that shows what he means to you, such as this one by Richard Bach: "The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life."

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