When I first met the man I’d someday marry, I had a pretty good idea he was the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. He had a great sense of humor, confidence, knew what he wanted from life, had a strong faith in God, wasn’t afraid of hard work, had a sense of humor (oh, did I mention that?) A sense of humor is vital if you’re going to share a lifetime with someone. When you’re blessed with children, it is imperative.
My husband was the fellow who enjoyed having kids around. He made them laugh, showed them how to play catch, how to handle disagreements, how to whittle something out of a piece of wood. When we had children of our own I knew he was going to be a great dad.
He was always first on the scene when there was an injury, to stop the bleeding, make a tourniquet, soothe bruised muscles. He had a calming influence on our children in all their panicky moments. I on the other hand was worthless.
I think it is really important for our children to know that their parents are a team and that they hold each other in great esteem and respect. This man set some high standards for our children. He never forgot an anniversary or birthday and flowers were always involved. Our children also learned about struggle as their dad showed them how to handle defeat, failure, illness and sadness. He made sure they all went to church each week and got a Christian education – even when they fought it. They could see his faith in action throughout their childhood and even more now as he continues to turn to the Lord for all his needs.
I love this man. He has made so many sacrifices for us through these many years. He always places his God and his family before anything else.
God knew he would be good for me. We’ve built a family together, shared our successes and sorrows, grown old together and become closer to our Savior. I thank God for blessing our children and me with this guy.
“In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.” Ephesians 5:28