It’s so easy to man-bash, isn’t it? He doesn’t communicate enough, he isn’t thoughtful, he doesn’t help out as much as I need him to, etc. Really this can all be summed up by this phrase: he’s human. Guess what? So are we! And I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure my hubby could rack up quite the list if he wanted to and woman bash!
To tell you the truth, I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s Day. I never was. My husband and I don’t really even celebrate it because, a. our anniversary is in 2 weeks, and b. it was never important to either of us. But as my boys grow, I realize how wonderful it is that there’s a day set aside to remind us to extravagantly love, whether that means our spouse, our kids, our friends, our parents, or a stranger who is all alone. This morning, I woke up with immeasurable joy knowing that I am blessed woman, surrounded by amazing men who need no reminder to love me extravagantly every day.
So, in light of Cupid’s big day, I thought I’d take a moment to thank my men, both big and small. As I reflect on who I am and how I’ve got here, I realize that God has used all these guys in some major ways.
Happy Valentine’s Day to my dad. He is the first man I ever loved. There was a time that we were not close, but not by his choosing. There were times I pulled away, but he has always faithfully waited for me. To this day, he remains the most gentle man I know. Our visits always seem to short and the years go by so fast. He taught me what love looks like during a time when I could not see it. He made it a point to live life with me, always taking me on new adventures, whether it was ice skating, hiking through the woods, or teaching me all the swimming strokes. He imparted in me a hunger for knowledge, and fed it with frequent trips to the bookstore. He is a servant, and to this day shows me what it means to be a parent and lay your life down, even when it’s not convenient. Just last week, on one of his only days off, he drove 30 minutes to pick me up and take me to the dr., then to the pharmacy, just to drop me back off and drive 30 minutes back home. I hope that I can show my kids the love, leadership, and servant-hood the way my dad has shown me. I’m glad I take after him in so many ways, and am honored to be his daughter.
Happy Valentine’s Day to my brother-in-law. There was a time during my adolescence when he was the only man I was allowed to see. He was the cool guy with the red sports car, playing M.C. Hammer while he took me to Chuck E. Cheese. He showed me that life could be fun. He played air drums while I danced around the living room on a Saturday morning. He made me forget a lot of life’s pain during that time. He taught me that it’s important to work hard, but not to take all of life’s woes too seriously. He still is one of the first to tell me how proud he is of me, to cry when I’m crying, and to poke fun at me when I need to lighten up. Thank you for loving my sister the way you do, and showing your four girls what a great husband and father looks like.
Happy Valentine’s Day to my sons. All three of them are so different, but so perfect! Micah, with his compassionate heart, is an absolute thrill to have in my life. Daily, we talk about God and His word. We pray together, encourage one another, and enjoy each other’s company. His heart provokes me. He is also a constant reminder of God’s faithfulness. For years we wondered if we’d ever have a child, and he’s the tangible evidence that God does what He said He will do. Noah, with his exuberant joy lightens the mood of our entire house. He smiles almost constantly (even when getting disciplined) and he genuinely loves each member of our family in such a divine way. He always thinks of others before himself, and he teaches me every day that we should enjoy this life that we are blessed with. Sam, with his fearless, adventurous spirit has molded me into a woman who cannot lack spontaneity and who must let go of expectations. This is a good thing! I was rigid and scheduled, but I have learned to slow down and enjoy more…and to always be prepared with gauze and bandages! All three have servants’ hearts, going above and beyond what I ask them to do. All three are eager to help around the house, with their siblings, and let us know how much they love us. You will all be amazing husbands one day, because you are amazing men!
Lastly, Happy Valentine’s Day to the man I was created for. No one else in the world gets me like he does. He is the one my soul loves, and if I reminisce about our beginnings, I see how God worked even before we knew much of each other. From the very first conversation that we had, we started becoming each other’s best friends. He has taught me how to selflessly love, how to be patient, how to be kind, how to be a servant, and how to serve without grumbling or complaining. He works so hard for our family, and comes home to wrestle with the boys, help out with the dishes, and run an errand if I need him to. We’ve watched each other struggle through difficult life issues, but he’s remained faithfully at my side through mine, and I have remained faithfully at his side through his. I have learned more about I Corinthians 13 love by loving this man, which means he has been doing his job at helping me become more Christ-like. I am honored and blessed to be his wife, and forever and always consider it my life’s biggest blessing and joy to be forever joined to him.
I am thankful for the men in my life, and I pray that you find the time to reflect and thank all the men in yours! Happy Valentine’s Day!