I’m thankful for all my family members–children, stepchildren, parents, cousins, aunts, uncles, in-laws, siblings-by-marriage, and second cousins twice removed–but today I am particularly thankful for my husband. I came home from a long day of continuing education, office work, and a good (albeit long) church council meeting to see that my husband had been quite busy being helpful and handy.
Our shared home office now appears to have twice the square footage, pictures have been hung, stuff taken to the attic, and other stuff hauled to the garage for trips to the rescue mission and a computer refurbishing ministry. Wow! The dishes were washed, the mail was brought in, the animals tended to, and he was outside cleaning camp stoves for a boy scout trip tomorrow. All that and he greeted me with a smile, a kiss, and a hug. It simply doesn’t get much better than that.
I have reason to be thankful for my husband every day. We’ve only been married for a little more than five months, but we’ve been friends for a decade. That means we know each other pretty well–the good, the bad, and the less than perfect. One thing I can say about my husband is that he is the epitome of a servant leader. He is generous with his time, his gifts, and his skills. He bakes amazing bread, shares cooking and cleaning duties, and he knows how to change the oil in our vehicles. In short, he can fix almost anything, including turning a frown to a smile. He writes poetry and prose, gives amazing back rubs, and takes his faith and vocation seriously. He shows his love for his spouse and children through acts of service and affirmations. We know how much he cares! Oh, did I mention he’s handsome and almost always happy, too? He has this awesome laugh and dry wit. Yep, I’m a lucky woman. I am thankful to be married to this man–not just today but every day of the year.
How about you? Do you have a spouse for whom you are thankful? Do you take time to tell your spouse each day how much you appreciate him or her? If not, or if you’ve fallen out of the habit, there’s no time like the present to give thanks for your relationship.