Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Sometimes, all the small, incredible things my husband does on a regular basis pile up in my heart, and I feel like I could burst for how lucky I am.
Sometimes, instead, the things he is not great at (writing flowery epistles declaring his undying love and affection for me being one) pile up in my heart, and I feel quite sorry for myself that I didn't happen to marry a man with the poetry of Byron in his heart.
Since I'm a feeler, I flop back and forth between these two extremes quite often. Possibly even in the same day.
All of the time, it is good to focus on truth, yes? And the truth is, that while Aaron doesn't write me a ton of poignant love letters, neither do I give him nearly as many backrubs as he would like. The more important truth is, that while we're both faltering lovers, we've covenanted to the Lord and each other to stay the course and figure out how to falter less, love more, and head toward Jesus through it all.
That being said, I want to share five things my husband does that are amazing.
1. He takes care of the important, mundane details of life that my dreamer brain forgets to attend to. Case in point. This morning he texted me, "I'm going to schedule all of our eye appointments, coolio?" The fact that he said coolio at the end is the best part. He knows that if I read a text just about eye appointments blah blah blah, I might never respond. But put coolio at the end, and bam, my interest is perked.
2. He loves Anna and is so good with her. After giving me a kiss, the very first thing he does when he gets home is pick up Anna. He'll play with her, read to her, wrestle with her. He changes poopy diapers (we never fight over whose turn it is because he just does it), he gives her baths, he clips her fingernails. He is Superman disguised as Daddy.
3. He reads the Word every morning before he goes to work. He's not even a morning person, but he gets up a few minutes early to read a bit and pray. To watch the man who is leading our family humble himself before God every morning? Well, there are few things that are more attractive, let's just put it that way.
4. He's very intuitive with housework needs and helps without my asking. Sometimes, he does all the laundry in a week. Other nights, he does the dishes. Without fail, he'll ask me if I need help with dinner, and he doesn't seem to mind that I've made him the resident chopper. "Yes, can you chop this carrot? Onion? Celery? Potato? Meat? All the things because I hate chopping???"
5. He is a generous friend. I was laughing the other night because it seems that Aaron is the go-to person for a lot of people in their time of need. Flat tire? Stranded at the airport? Need help cutting wood or building a table? I think it says a lot about his character that people know they can ask him for help, and he will help quickly and gladly.
This is my guy. He is faithful, steady, and kind. Not Lord Byron, but that guy was a creep anyway.
For me, a huge key to marriage contentment is this - to spend more time dwelling on the gracious gift that my husband is instead of mourning for the things undone.
Aaron Christopher, thank you for your love. You are the best kind of coolio.