Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Day Two.

30-Day Husband Encouragement Challenge for Wives

"...through love serve one another." Galatians 5:13b

Today I'm supposed to think of a way that my husband is serving me or my family.

A way?  Like, just one?  Psh.  Try a million and one.

I wonder if Blogger has a word limit...

Just this past week The Husband was a suffering servant.  He was home sick, which hardly ever happens.  He got some much-needed rest, but he still was working from home as often as he could.  And one day, when he was feeling a little better, he let me bring Li'l Bit home to him after she was done at school, then I went to lunch with my mom.  After that I picked up Mini Me from school and was able to sit and watch her ballet lesson without trying to keep Li'l Bit entertained.  Even though he was sick, he let me have some time to myself, with my mom, and with Mini Me.

That wasn't something completely out of the ordinary, either.  

The Husband is no stranger to the kitchen -- cooking in it or cleaning in it.  Before we moved into the house, he was practically more than just a servant, he was a slave.  He had to be, because I was doing so little.  I finally got the housekeeping under control, but I'm still working on the cooking.  I know I'm doing better, but there are still nights when he will come home from his full day of work and make dinner for our family.

Serving does seem like second nature to him, and I admire the way he serves without showing off about it.  I also like that he... How do I put this?  He doesn't go overboard?  He wants to serve, but he is also careful to not take on too much.

Our lawn is always mowed, he changes the oil in our cars, and he washes them.  If something breaks, he fixes it, or if he can't fix it, he has the good sense to call someone who can.  He goes grocery shopping.  He has been known to take both girls with him when he's gone grocery shopping.  One year, he took both girls with him to an outlet mall, on Black Friday!!!  He also handles all of our finances, and he handles them well.

His entire life is a service to us, it seems.

Baby, I know I don't say it often enough, but I notice what you do for me -- for all of us us.  I don't know how you do it, but I am thankful for it, and for you.  Thank you for being willing to serve your family, and for doing it without complaining, without expecting anything in return.  My prayer today is that I will serve you right back.  Also willingly, without complaining, and without expecting anything in return.

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Cara Smith said...

What a wonderful thing to acknowledge your husband. It happens so often that we get so busy, we forget to even give a heads up to all they do for us.

Erin said...

I love this, Vanessa. Such a sweet and touching tribute. I know my husband and I are both guilty of taking one another for granted sometimes. It gets hard. But we all need reminding. Thank you!

Eliza said...

What a wonderful thing to take time out of the day to do. Kudos to you for the 30-day challenge.

MiMi said...

Your husband and my husband were cut from the same cloth. We are SO blessed!!

sitting on the mood swing at the playground said...

What a great post!

Shell said...

So sweet!

We're both lucky to be married to amazing men. :)

Home In The Hollow said...

wow! I would love it if my husband did half of what yours does...you are blessed!...:)JP

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Awesome! I love taking the time to appreciate all they do for us, don't you? Thanks for sharing!

Michelle Hoad said...

My husband is definitely a servant for our family. Not usually a silent one, but we can't all be perfect. He likes to cook, so he quite often jumps in and cooks. Especially the hard stuff like tamales and enchiladas. We are in Texas, you know.

From Tracie said...

Okay. Tearing up a bit here.

Husbands who willingly serve out of a loving heart are a precious thing. I have one of those too. What a blessing.