Admittedly it’s just a piece of metal. It twists around easily on my finger during these cold months and sticks tightly in place during summer. It’s used to dishwater, kneading dough and forming meatballs. The gold has worn well, is still shiny. The diamond attached still sparkles in the sunlight.
From a little boy who ate ice cream too fast, memorized baseball card stats, and turned any event into a ball game, he grew to be a man.
Did I ever foresee how the one who knew just how to push my buttons would one day have his own two sons to push each other’s buttons?
His fascination with sports, his competitive spirit have not dimmed, but his devotion to his family has superseded even those.
Any day now, he will welcome another precious baby to the home that he and his wife have created.
But this day is about him, about celebrating another year of a life that he lives for others.
Happy Birthday, brother!
Last week my husband decided that we (um, he) would fix up the girls’ bathroom, which is also our guest bathroom. It hadn’t been painted since we moved in over two years ago and desperately needed it. We also wanted to replace the linoleum flooring, pictured below.
The first step was removing the linoleum.
I wanted to paint the walls a soft yellow, but I have had difficulty in previous homes finding just that right shade. It always ends up being a bit too bright! Our update included painting the walls in a color called Lemon Chiffon that turned out to be lovely; removing the linoleum flooring and putting down tile; and hanging a new light fixture and mirror. I also removed the large picture that hung over the toilet (the only space for artwork in the room) and will be looking for something new to put up there.
I’m very happy with how it turned out and very grateful to have a husband who is good at so many things, including bathroom makeovers!!
Together we began a journey that has seen my love for him increase year by year. I fully credit the grace of God and years of prayer by my faithful parents for my being blessed with such a wonderful husband.
At the age of 22 I was in no way wise enough to realize all that I was getting when I married my college sweetheart. How could I have known his strength of character, his work ethic and drive to excel and the untold ways he would show his love for me?
The smile that captured my heart never revealed the man who would stand beside me at the grave of our first daughter nor the father who would play “tickle and tackle” on the living room floor with our girls. To continue to learn more about him, to spend the rest of the years I am given as his help meet and friend will make for my “happily ever after” ending.
This post is linked to Gratituesday.photo courtesy Public Domain Pictures
- Her will. My mom willingly submitted to my dad as the leader of our home and set a great example for my brothers, sister and I as to how a good marriage should operate. She taught us to love and respect my dad by the way she talked about him and responded to him.
- Her needs and wants. Mom would put our needs ahead of her own. I know there were many times when she could have bought things for herself, but she would rather one of us children have a new outfit or follow some new interest instead. She always made me feel like it truly brought her joy for us to have the best rather than herself.
- Her time. She always met our physical needs, making sure our laundry was done and our meals were prepared. No matter what activity we were involved in, we knew my mom (and dad as well) would be there to support us. While I didn’t participate in sports, my brothers and sister did and they could count on mom being at every game and cheering enthusiastically, being there to comfort if they lost or congratulate if they won. I’m sure the hours are countless that she spent praying for each of us and, now that we are grown, our children as well.
- Her ambitions. I believe that my mom loved being a stay-at-home mom. She totally dedicated herself to us and laid aside any ambitions she may have had for herself to devote herself to rearing us children.
Proverbs 31:28 says “Her children arise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” Today I call my mom blessed and thank God for the mom He gave me.
We returned Wednesday evening and, on walking into the kitchen to deposit my armload of stuff from the car onto the counter, I saw a vase of flowers with a sweet note from my husband welcoming his “girls” home and letting us know he loved us and had missed us while we were gone.
What a sweet and thoughtful gesture – something that took a little time and effort on his part, but meant so much to us. The flowers are still alive and remind me each day of how blessed I am to have in my life someone who is a wonderful husband and father to our girls!
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