This morning we woke up to a screaming, door slamming, and crying household. You were running late to work, and the kids were freaking out (about what? I still don’t really know).
You had to run out the door and I sat on the couch and cried. Not long though, the kids have demands and the laundry is just sitting there, you know?
Not our usual morning, but I wouldn’t want my mornings any other way if it were without you.
In the middle of this political upheaval, women from all over are crying out to feel loved, equal, respected, and heard in this society.
It has made me take a step back and become introspective, and I have come to the conclusion that I have it really good it in my little corner of the world.
Because of you.
You texted me this morning, “Our marriage is the most important thing to me outside of Jesus”
and because of that mindset you have, our marriage has given me every opportunity to feel loved, equal, respected, and heard.
Because you respected my body before marriage, we didn’t even have to think about ending an unplanned pregnancy.
Because you asked if I wanted to stay home and raise our children, I didn’t even have to think about fighting my way for an equal wage.
Because you respect me, our children will grow up knowing how to respect and love others.
Because you love me unconditionally, (and I know that beyond a doubt), I don’t hesitate to submit to your authority.
You listen to me. You trust me. I trust you.
You raise our children alongside of me. You ask for my opinion. And if we disagree, it never puts a permanent wedge between us.
You work incredibly hard to provide for our financial needs. You sacrifice hobbies, friendships, and sleep to keep our family together.
You bring anybody (and I mean anybody) inside of our household if they are in need of love and some food. What is this teaching our children? That every. body. matters.
You admit to fault when a mistake has been made, something that very few people learn how to do.
You show me how to stand up for myself. You teach me and guide me in prayers when we lack wisdom in a situation.
You forgive me.
You never seek out praise for yourself- you do this all behind closed doors.
You ask for wisdom, constantly.
I hope you know that I will love you every day of my life. I hope you know that because of your commitment and because of your faith in a loving and good God, our family shines as a light in the midst of a confused and hurting nation.
Thank you love; Not for being my everything, but for respecting, cherishing, and loving a woman as God commands you to do.