Valentine's day is almost here...and along with it, my 18th wedding anniversary!!! How fast time flies. So I wanted to blog about the man that God specifically put on this earth to be "my" man. I still become overwhelmed sometimes when I think how much we were created to be a couple...you know...when you think...we really are perfect for each other. Not that we don't have our moments when we are not each other's favorite person but really as a whole....how evident it is that God planned this long before I played all the games to find the initials of my future husband...if we would live in a house...how many kids we would have...you remember Jr high, right?
The bottom line is I don't thank him enough for being the perfect mate and father. Not that he doesn't make mistakes but because he still loves me even though I make mistakes all the time and only sometimes points out if I spell something wrong...okay, he points that out all the time but I just sock him in the arm and life is good again.
I love the fact that while not perfect, our kids have a great role model and example in their father. Something I haven't shared with many people is that Dave lost his job in July of last year. That is a really hard thing for a man because a lot of his self esteem and pride comes from the work he is able to do. It has been a hard 7 months but through it all, he has never doubted God's plan for us. It is so much easier to go through the hard times when you have a partner that can clearly see God as being in control and believes it to the bottom of his soul.
The funny thing about these past 7 months is that for whatever reason God has provided peace and for a controller such as myself that is saying a lot. But Dave has reinforced from the beginning of this journey, through his faith, that God had a plan. Even when our teenage son struggled with the anger...when he didn't understand why "bad things happen to good people who try to follow and love God and yet those who could care less about God, seem to continually be blessed!!" I praise God for our struggles if for no other reason than that my son can come closer to understanding nothing is guaranteed in this world and if we don't hold on to Jesus, comfort and security does not exist...or at most will be fleeting. And that perceived blessings sometimes become easily defined by our human wants and desires. When true blessings surround us all the time if we only stop and acknowledge them.
I am grateful for the blessing that my dear husband is to me and I don't come close to doing enough by way of showing that appreciation! He still makes me laugh and really just knowing that he still makes the effort to try to make me laugh is something I try to not take for granted but often do. That he allows me to be my head-strong self but loves me even when I speak before I really think is a testament to his patience :o) I couldn't love him more or be more happy that he chose me to spend his life with.
On Monday, God revealed His plan and Dave was offered a job that he really wanted, with a company that seems to be really stable and I am so glad. Not just for our family but also for him as I want only for his happiness. God is so good! And though there have been ups and downs over the last 18 years...I would not have missed the chance to be part of this family and married to this wonderful man. Thank you for being my babe-uh-love :o)