This one’s for you…

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I love my husband. He drives me crazy sometimes, and sometimes it seems more like he’s one of the kids than my husband. But he’s a great guy! Easy going, loves to laugh (and doesn’t mind laughing at himself.) He loves me and my kids. He’s a great provider, a kind and loving person. Generous.

We’ve been together for a long time, and it’s easy to forget all these things and focus on the trail of mud in the kitchen after he gets home from a hike. Or the garbage can that sits at the foot of the driveway for three days after trash day. I think I needed a reminder this morning. When I woke up, Dave Barnes’ song was in my head…

God gave me you for the ups and downs
God gave me you for the days of doubt
For when I think I’ve lost my way
there are no words here left to say
its true, God gave me you

On my own I’m only half of what I could be
I can’t do without you
We are stitched together and what love has tethered
I pray we never undo

Like all Americans these days, we are busy people. He is a teacher (middle school language arts) and a coach (cross-country and tennis), Sunday school teacher, runner… I am an HR Administrator, piano teacher, church musician, Bible teacher…

We have four adult kids… two are married, one is engaged… and four grandkids plus one on the way. There are plenty of birthdays, dance competitions, soccer games, graduations, track meets, fundraisers, potluck suppers, voice recitals, and so much more in our lives. And I am so grateful for every one of them.

BUT… There’s always a “but…” All this wonderful-ness in our lives means we don’t spend a lot of time together. Just us. We get so busy just living our lives, and making a living, that we just touch base occasionally, rather than sit down and really express what’s on our mind and in our hearts. After all, part of the reason God gave me such a wonderful man is just for those days when I can’t do it alone. When I need someone to hear what I’m thinking. When I think I’ve gone off track, or done something the wrong way, or just feel bad in general… God gave me HIM. My husband. My man.

So, this one’s for you, hon. THANK YOU for always being there for me. And thank you for not letting me push you away all those years ago. God gave me you, and I’m so glad. So glad.

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