Thursday, October 28, 2010

Taking on The Challenge...

I remember when my sister started blogging.  Only I don't even know if it was called "blogging" then, I just knew she had an account on LiveJournal, and I would read what she wrote and I would read what her friends there wrote, and I was always amazed at how they were putting their lives "out there" for anyone to read.  I had an account, but I didn't really use it all that much -- I felt so exposed.

My, how times have changed.

Because November is my anniversary month, I'm going to try something here.  I'm kind of going to be using this as my journal as I go through the 30-Day Encouragement Challenge for Wives, which I originally found via Union28.  (You can read more about their company here.  And look at their shirts here.  And get me a gift certificate here.)    

(Hey, it was worth a shot.)

Anyway, here is the challenge issued.  For the next 30 days:

* You (I) can't say anything negative
about your (my) husband ...
to your (my) husband...or to anyone else, 
about your (my) husband.
* Say something that you (I) admire or appreciate 
about your (my) husband...
to your (my) husband...
and to someone else, about your (my) husband!

Those of you reading get to be my "someone else".

PLEASE CONTAIN YOUR EXCITEMENT!

Now, if anyone else happens to decide to join in this challenge with me, I'd love to hear about it!  But if I am the cheese standing alone, it's all good.  I just figured putting my notes here would serve up some serious accountability and humility.  

The hardest part for me, actually, is the part where I say something I admire or appreciate about my husband TO my husband. It's that whole pride thing, where I don't want to make him get an inflated ego by paying him compliments.

Frankly, that's just stupid on my part.

The Husband right now has a wonderful job with employers that treat him right.  They actually tell him when he's doing a good job.  I've read some of the letters he's received -- and I've seen the effects.  He keeps doing good work.  He keeps putting his best foot forward.  It's probably easier to do when he knows that his work is being noticed and he knows that it is actually appreciated.

Gee, maybe that would work at the house, too...

Now, I know I am beyond blessed, because The Husband is just as hard a worker at home as he is anywhere else.  He's the best daddy in the world to our girls, and he's my best friend.  God seriously blessed me with this man.

So why don't I tell him more often?!

Enter the challenge.

I plan on forwarding him my posts each day.  And since just doing that feels like cheating, I'll be telling him to his face what I admire and/or appreciate about him.  Even if it means that he looks at me like I have two heads because we're not really the mushy-gushy types.

I would apologize if things are boring around here for the next month...

But I'm not really sorry.

And away we go....

10 comments:

blueviolet said...

This is wonderful that you're doing this. I know it will be great for your marriage too!

From Tracie said...

A very awesome idea! I love that you are going to blog it. It is so much more intentional when you write something out and then also tell him.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Sounds like a good challenge.

{Kimber} said...

I think this is awesome!!
We ALL love to hear that we are appreciated, husbands included :)

MiMi said...

Oh what an interesting and inspiring challenge! :)

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

awesome! I am in!!! Just remind me, k?

Venassa said...

Sounds like a great challenge. I should really do something like this for my boyfriend.

Michelle Hoad said...

I really love my husband and know that he is a wonderful person. But. yes, there is a but. Some days he just makes me a little stabby. I don't think I could make it a whole month without telling him his head was up his butt. Cause it quite often is.

Anna said...

Hi! I am a frequent reader but rarely leave comments. Not sure why this is. I did want you to know that I am gonna take on this challenge as well! I'll share my progress with you if you want. :)

P.S. I actually know your sister, Katrina, and she is awesome...just like you!

shortmama said...

You mean Id have to stop calling him a dill hole?