Grateful For My Better Half

I’m doing alright with a lot of things when it comes to parenting.  I’m learning routines to manage the house, I’m getting better at diet stuff and food prep, and I do all the medical research for our boys’ issues.  I’m even learning to loosen up and play with the boys!  I know it sounds silly, but that doesn’t come naturally to me.

But when it comes to empathy, enter my hero: Nate.  I’m not great with empathy.  I’m probably not even all that mediocre with it.  It’s most likely a good thing I have boys because when they fall down, more often than not, I say “Nice tumble!  You’re OK.  Get up.”  Then I cheer when they stand up again.  I totally stink at parenting at 2 AM.  I don’t think I’m even fully conscious at 2 AM, which is usually when kids have the worst of their crises.  Any other parent wish they were off duty from 9 PM to 7 AM??

I am so incredibly grateful that God partnered me with a man who has a beautiful, tender spirit.  It’s extremely manly.  That guy wades in to all the sickness and tears and problems that little people have with a courage I haven’t developed yet.  He’s good at comforting and hugs and has the quiet, gentle heart that inspires trust.  Seriously, the ladies in the church nursery keep going on and on about how great he is with the criers and how awesome he is with the kids in general!

So I want to give a shout out and heartfelt thank you to the man who was up all night at Michael’s bedside when Michael felt sick last night.  I didn’t even know Michael was having trouble sleeping until Nate announced he was going to sleep in the boys’ room.  God has truly blessed our family with the best man, husband, and father we could possibly want.

The picture’s a little old, but it completely embodies one of the moments I just described.




P.S.  I forgot to give photo credit to Elissa.  She’s awesome!

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