For the ten people (maybe) who actually read this little blog of mine, you’re probably wondering why I have included a picture of my toothbrush, and I promise I will get to that in a second. But first, I have a confession to make- sometimes, I am a really really bad wife.
Yesterday, was one of those days. I had to take care of a teething baby, go to the grocery store, make dinner, clean up the house after being gone for a week, find my runaway dog, and edit pictures. By the evening, I was exhausted, and to make matters worse, our sweet baby girl decided to party on until 2.
In the midst of my frustration, I barked at J for not putting the pillows back on the couch before he got up to go to bed. Instead of letting something so stupid go, I decided to push my frustration and negativity onto him. And you know what? Instead of barking back at me, he patiently went back and put the pillows back on the couch. Instead of rushing off to bed mad at me, he came and kissed my forehead and asked me to come to bed soon.
Later on, after finally getting our sweet one to sleep, I went into our bathroom to get ready for bed and saw my toothbrush. Upon seeing it, my eyes filled up with tears. My last words to him before he went to bed were filled with frustration and a little bit of crazy, and yet, his last act before climbing into bed and closing his eyes, was an act of service for me. As those tears began to well up in my eyes I began to look past all the negativity and focus on the beautiful man, who has the biggest heart, asleep just a few steps away.
Marriage is hard work. It is filled with frustration and inexplicable joy. It is the joining of the best and worst days for the rest of your life, and all too often, I focus on the negatives about my husband. But at the end of the day, he is still the man I fell in love with four years ago.
He is the same man who used the money he had saved up for a deer lease to buy my engagement ring. He is the same man who has never gotten mad when dinner isn’t ready on time. He is the same man who comes home from a long day at work, and doesn’t hesitate to feed and change our daughter. He is the same man who uses his days off to build my family a pergola for the backyard. He is the same man who eats Mexican food multiple times a week just because I like it. He is the same man who binge watches Friends without complaint. He is the same man who cleans the dishes because he knows I don’t like to. He is the same man who prays over our daughter every night. The same man who lets her sleep in our bed, despite what he said before she came. He is the same man who kisses me and tells me I’m beautiful. He is the same man who at the end of each day takes just a few seconds to put toothpaste on my toothbrush just to say “I love you.”
This precious man of mine is far more wonderful than I could have ever imagined. He is godly. He is kind. He is strong. He is loving. He is everything I ever wanted and prayed for. At the end of the day, it’s all the little things that make our life so sweet. Oh, how blessed I am to be his wife.
4 thoughts on “The Little Things.”
Nice words Ari good job J
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You are precious sweetheart and such a Wonderful wife and mother. God has given you so much wisdom at a young age I hear your sweet mom and dad as you write. They raised a gracious daughter and Jordan sees the beauty of God in you. Bless you and your family and thank you for sharing so openly. You are a Proverbs 31:10-12 woman. More precious than rubies.
A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. (Proverbs 31:10-12 NIV)
Thanks for always putting things into perspective for me!! That was a beautiful message! 🙂 Jordan sounds like a saint! I’m so thrilled he treats you so wonderful! 🙂
How beautiful is a love that is God designed and God driven. I thank the Lord for giving you Jordan as a husband. Those men who lead their family with love and understanding are few and far between. Those men that understand sometimes we just have bad days and still do things, simple acts of love they do all the time, without complaint are amazing. Ari – you are so blessed and we are blessed to have J in our lives. Thank you for reminding me to seek out all of the absolute wonderful things your Uncle Matt does for me instead of sometimes only seeing the negative things – the things that drive me cu-razzy!! Thank you for sharing your heart. You may never know who’s cold, locked-away heart you’re melting by sharing the warmth your heart naturally gives off. Love you, Sweet Girl!