My Husband is one of the two most wonderful men ever. He shares that title with my Daddy, the first man to love and protect me, to shield me and guide me. My Daddy was without question the best daddy in all the world. I miss him so much. He is in Heaven, having a grand time sitting at the feet of Jesus and waiting there for the rest of us to follow. Before he left us though, he gave me in marriage to the man I now share my life with. This man I am married to is beyond description... He's a manly man with a tender heart towards his family. A man with a sure and powerful sense of devotion and honor. I'd like to share just two examples of his care towards us.
When Daddy went to his home in heaven we were living a full days drive away, approx. 20 hours to get there. I'm not a very good long-distance driver, so my wonderful husband drove the entire way... straight through. Exhausted with grief I spent much of the time dozing in the front passenger seat, only to awaken every few hours to keep him company for awhile and ask him "Are you alright? Do you want me to drive?" When we finally did arrive it was 5:30 in the morning. Not wanting to disturb the sleep of the grieving, we didn't wish to knock on the door. Hubby spotted a trampoline in the yard and at his suggestion, we all started hauling the blankets and pillows from the car and made beds for us to rest. It was Summer time and it wasn't long before the heat awakened me. I was surprised not to see my husband by my side. I scanned the yard and found him pacing back and forth. I approached him and commented "You're awake already? You didn't sleep long." He said he hadn't been asleep. Knowing how tired he must be, I was surprised at his response. Then he looked down at me and said, "My family was out in the open, unprotected. I wasn't about to go to sleep". I am amazed at what a wonderful man I am married to.
Another example: It was the busy season and my hard working husband was putting in extra long hours. He was working 10 hour days, commuting 3 hours a day in the middle of Summer with, I might add, no air conditioner in his car. There's also an absence of cooling in the shop he works in, due to the presence of toxic fumes and the need for ventilation. In spite of the swamp coolers on the premises, with the bay doors open the temperature remains in shall we say, the barely bearable range.
On one of these days it happened that my husband worked an even longer day than usual, 12 hours. He wasn't going to be home before I needed to leave the house. It was a special night at church. All the church congregation were meeting to share the evening playing games, snacking on goodies, and visiting with each other. I was sad that I wouldn't see my husband, but not wanting my daughter to miss out on the fun, I made my husband a plate and off we went. When I came home I saw that he had eaten his dinner and was tucked into bed lightly sleeping. I tiptoed over to him and kissed him softly on the forehead. He stirred and asked me if I were alright. I told him to rest assured, that I was fine. Then he asked about our daughter, "Yes, she's fine too." Finally he relaxed and fell sound asleep. What an amazing man it is that I am married to. One that will travel 3 hours, work 12 in the Arizona heat, then make sure his wife and daughter are alright before he can rest. Lord thank you for this wonderful man, and Lord please help me to be deserving of him!
And yet a third example of my husband's awesomeness... (yes, I know I said two examples, but he is just that good!)
Not long ago the heater core in my car went out. Now, living in Arizona, you might not thing that's a big deal. Trust me it is. It gets below 20 at night here. No heater means no traveling at night because there is no defroster. No heater means no traveling in the early morning hours because there is no defroster. No heater means cold fingers and shivering bodies if you need to go any where other than 10a.m. to 3 p.m. Do-able, but not a whole lot of fun. And so, my most wonderful and loving husband went to the auto parts store and dedicated a weekend to making his wife and family more comfortable.
This is what my car looked like at the end of the first day. Yep, it only took one day to reduce my car to this.
You might ask:
Has my husband ever done this before? The answer would be no.
Am I nervous? Perhaps a little bit, but you don't know my husband!
By the end of the second day it was finished. Why no picture? Because I was too busy driving it around town with a huge smile on my face and enjoying the warmth from my new heater Silly!