When Tim and I got engaged, my dad said to Tim, “Good luck, she’s your fire ball now.” I didn’t understand what he meant, and I’m confident Tim didn’t either. As Tim and I were camping this past weekend, we have been talking a lot about life and marriage, where we are, and where we hope to be.
Discussing these things, I can’t help but think of all the things I have put Tim through:
- Buying a house and then spending five years renovating it ourselves exactly the way we wanted it only then say to him, “I think God wants us to move to Kenmore.”
- Him coming home and realizing I started renovating without him, by ripping out the wall.
- Embracing life in the city, when deep in his heart he is a country boy.
- Starting First Glance with me, helping raise money, starting programs, being our web support, and anything else we need him for.
- Quitting my paying job to run First Glance for no pay.
- Constantly having people move in with us. Sometimes multiple people at once, and several of them living with us more than once. A total of thirteen people in sixteen years.
- Not having enough rooms the last time I wanted to move a total of three people in (plus we were pregnant), therefore he finished the entire basement.
- I take these bike riding adventures, and he’s always the first call when the problems occur, the rain is too deep, or we finished and just need picked up.
- The list really could go on and on.
As I think about some of these things listed, I can’t help but chuckle at them, with the words of my father ringing loud and clear. I really am a fire ball. I’m so grateful for a husband who thinks these things are all part of the adventure and not annoying. He has done all the above with a joyful heart. He has worked hard to love me well, provide for my needs, and even give me my wants for sixteen years.
Just so you know I did learn that putting the toothpaste cap on was really important to him so I do. See it’s give and take. You’re welcome 😉
In all seriousness…
He really is the love of my life.
I still always think he is the cutest man in the room.
And I am so very grateful for the opportunity to be his wife.