Being Martha doesn’t mean that there is not time for fellowship with God, but that we spend time with him while serving.
Last week I had the honor of posting a few guest posts over on my friend Rebekah’s blog Surviving Toddlerhood.
I wrote about my experience breastfeeding Isaiah and then later inducing lactation to breastfeed Eloise.
Take a minute to check out my posts and then read on to see more of Rebekah’s blog!
This post allows me to do for Am what she otherwise would never do for herself – brag on her. Now before you stop reading due to thinking this post is going to be lovey-dovey and all mushy mush, rest assured there will be things discussed which I believe you, your fiancé, or spouse can relate to. This post will have some satire in it, so do take some things with several grains of salt. The first half of the post I share three things about Am which make her my awesome spouse and best friend. The latter half are three dynamics of our marriage involving Am which always bring a smile to my face and I believe will do the same for you.
When I first saw Amber walking through the courtyard of Moody Bible Institute, I thought to myself “Wow, now that’s one hot tamale!” To say the least, I thought she was way out of my league, so I didn’t really pursue her at the time. Come some time later, I came to know more of her through some friends who knew her, saying they thought we would make a solid pair. Then it donned on me, who’s to say that it’s not her that’s out of my league, but it’s me, this strapping young gent, who is out of her league? Why in fact, I quickly thought ever confidently that I would be doing her a disservice in not giving her a chance to date me. And thus, having compassion upon her, I asked her out. Despite her saying yes, I soon realized my latter analysis was far from the truth, and the former is the more correct story – I was and still remain way out of her league (the smartest thing a husband can do is to marry up!).
Am, the wonder woman homemaker
My wife makes me feel good
This babe has made my dreams, her dreams
Am, the Wonder Woman Homemaker
|Isn’t this a nice house? Well, it’s not ours, but it looked so clean it reminded me of how clean Am keeps our place 🙂|
Am is also a supreme cook. I can honestly say that I’ve never had a bad, home-cooked meal since I’ve been married. To be frank, Am puts Paula Dean, Betty Crocker, and Rachel Ray to shame when it comes to cooking and baking. This makes me both a happy husband, but also a proud man to say my wife can throw-down in the kitchen! It also makes me a husband who has stopped growing vertically, but continues to have annual growth spurts horizontally.
Before we were married, a piece of advice we were given was to help one another pursue each other’s dreams and passions. She has done this time and again for me. Throughout our marriage I have changed professional and educational interests twice and this has led me to a career change. While it is quite difficult to do this and it takes quite a bit of extra work, Amber has made this all possible for me by being incredibly supportive, taking an interest in my interests, wanting to help my dreams come to fruition. Admittedly so, sometimes I come home with a wild idea or two, such as wanting to run for president (any supporters out there?!), and to these wild ideas she kindly reminds me “Hunny, let’s just take one thing at a time!” Regardless of the goal, Am has been there for me and has supported me through it all.
Here are three interesting and comical things which make my Am one of a kind. Hopefully you can relate to these:
Am, my nose and ear hair plucker
My beautiful toothpaste utilizer
My sweet, kind wife, the warrior competitor
Before you get married everyone talks about silly things you’ll fight over like rolling up the toothpaste tube. We don’t argue over this, but I’m always amazed at how she finds a way to utilize what seems to be not even the slightest amount of toothpaste in the tube. Sometimes I feel like we’re playing a game to see who can go the longest before telling the other we’re out of toothpaste! This is actually a good problem to have as my wife likes to use as much of something as possible to get the full value out of it. What’s difficult is when I wake up much earlier than her, get completely ready to run out the door to work, only to spend an un-planned 10 or 15 minutes trying to squeeze out any amount of toothpaste left in the tube. Well, I’m just glad she can get it out faster than I and use it all up because I’m not even sure where another toothpaste tube is in our house. I just show up in the bathroom the next day and a new one is there, thanks to my wife.
We love playing games. Board games and especially card games. Often times in a marriage where each spouse enjoys playing games, there’s usually one spouse who is extremely competitive while the other spouse could care less if they win or lose. Ironically, it’s the latter who wins all the time as if they weren’t even trying to. This, I’m sure has made for many a heated conversation for couples following game time. What’s more interesting is when both spouses are as equally competitive and will move mountains to obtain victory whether they’re playing Go Fish or Euchre. This is Am and I. And we have learned to utilize this to our advantage by making sure we’re always on the same team. This has benefited us well, especially in Euchre (for any southern readers, Euchre is a card game comparable to Spades). To date Am and I have won 6,243 games of Euchre while losing 2. One of those two losses game from letting a newly-learned Euchre player beat us to help them gain some confidence, and the other from Am’s parents beating us; you always want to stay on the in-laws’ good side. 🙂
The bottom-line to all of these stories is that I have a great wife and I love everything about her. She makes me laugh, smile, and a proud husband and father.