Thursday, November 8, 2007

Remember, I'm all about gratitude this month

I hope you won't be sick of hearing all the things I'm thankful for! And I have a feeling as fun and easy as this is now, it might be a little tough as we get to the end of November. I sure hope this doesn't get old or too hard, but it sure is possible. HA! And, it may not stay in the real meaningful stuff either. I could be writing posts about how much I love and am thankful for McDonalds french fries and Starbucks (not together)....and that's not what I want to do! Meaningful, Fran, meaningful!

Ok, I feel like since I started the month by writing about my PRECIOUS CHILDREN (see below) then I should follow up with my even more PRECIOUS-ER HUSBAND! He would love that I used the word "precious" as an adjective to describe him. But, he is deeply precious to me. Let me say that he is most handsome and full of such wisdom and grace. Yes, a manly man can be filled with grace. And also a great, big, kind heart. Oh, how I love who he is and how he ticks. For keeping this somewhat interesting and not bore you to tears by reading about someone you may not even know.....LET'S DO THE LIST!!!

5 Reasons in random order why I love my man and am forever grateful for him:

1. He knows that we shouldn't talk too much in the morning...we just kinda say "have a good day, see ya later, bye" and get to the coffee which is way more important at the moment! I fill up, he leaves. Have a good day, honey. I love you.
I can then call him an hour later and we will just talk, talk, talk. Caffeine is good for our marriage.

2. He doesn't think I'm crazy over the fact that I am SOOOOO cold natured and my body completely aches when it gets below 50 degrees and I'm whiny and wishing that Summer was back. He just listens and then probably calls me things like "Grandma or crazy" when I'm not looking. And, maybe rolls his eyes too. So high maintenance, I can be, when it gets cold. He's already had to put the heating blanket on our bed. Ya know, the one that only heats one side. Sad, I know.

3. He is completely generous with his gifts to me and our children. He gets this from his dad. He watched his father be so kind to his mother when it came time for holidays and birthdays. He will go "all-out" for me and I think he really enjoys being able to do that and see me ooooh and aaaaah over the gift. He really does have the concept down of "It is better to give than receive." You don't ever have to wonder if he'll remember or if he'll come through with a good birthday or anniversary present. I love that. But, even better, he will give anything to anyone to help them out. "It is better to give than to receive." Again...he's got it.

4. He is the BEST, BEST, BEST daddy to these 3 boys we have. He will go all out for them too. And I'm not talking "stuff." He will coach, work on, encourage, help, teach, show them anything they are doing and working on or learning. He is completely patient with them and will spend HOURS with them. I'm done after 5 minutes. He's much better at this than I am. I have him beat on helping with school though, but everything else, he rocks! Go, dad, go!

5. He is the head of our household and sets such a beautiful example of someone who pursues the Lord, loves his family, works with integrity and excellence in all things. He is a magnificent man to have at the head of our family. God put him in my path at the most perfect, beautiful time. I knew without a shadow of a doubt that he was the one. He is gentle, kind, fun, funny, and so easy to be around. He can hang with anyone. I just love him so.

"Thank you, Jesus, for bringing Chip into my life. He is most dear to me and my heart and my life. I pray that I can show him and tell him how grateful I am for him. The gifts he brings to this family are immeasurable. He is everything and more. I thank you for him. Bless him, bless our family. We give you all the glory for the work you do in our family. It is You whom we serve. Thank you, Jesus, for this man in my life. In Jesus' Name, Amen!"

And here's a picture of my darling guy with one of the boys.....

Thank you for reading about the most amazing man I know. He's pretty cool. Give thanks today for that someone you love!


connorcolesmom said...

What a blessing to have such a wonderful husband!
You have such a sweet family - it just brings such joy to us all :)
Love ya,

Bev Brandon @ The Fray said...

I think you rather treat him like he is a certainly did in this post about him...He is God's servant and before God he stands pretty tall...what a guy...he'll never give up on his God, his family, his glad you have him and treat him with such kindness and respect...thank you for the precious comment you left me that took me a couple of glances to receive it was so touching to me...i just love reading your words which means reading your heart...a huge heart for your God and all of you Fran!!!

Alana said...

What an awesome way to honor your husband.

Oh, and I'm glad you don't eat Mcdonald's fries and Starbucks together...ick.

BethAnne said...

How could we get sick of hearing things you are thankful for? Now if you make a list of things you hate about your life, then we might get sick........Sounds like you have a wonderful family and I know they feel the same about you.

Jenny said...

What a sweet post for such a sweet guy! You are a very blessed woman!

Unknown said...

Your husband ROCKS! I am certain that if we lived near each other our families would be friends...our guys sound so similar!

I loved reading your words about is so refreshing seeing a woman honor her husband and not tear him down! (I had been convicted of this early on in my marriage!) Speaking well of him is not only vital to his growth as a man/husband/daddy, but is also so very pleasing to the Father!

You got it going on sister!
Love you,

jennyhope said...

Rod needs to get this number one thing down. he wants to give me some sort of to do list before i can even open my dare him. LOL! AAAHHH! he did it this morning. I am thankful that it forced me to my face to petition help for my day in honor of your thankful post! :)

Bev Brandon @ The Fray said...

i tried to leave a comment to thank you for your comment that has me in tears over here but i don't know what happened to it and i put in the secret code twice---must be high security today...i said something like this---i don't know many people who are praying for me right now like in the past so i couldn't be any more grateful to you for your have such a seeking faith, a searching heart, a sovereign God who is all over you...i hope to meet you someday...i hope your weekend is filled with His Beautiful grateful to our good God for you! let me try the secret code again...

ocean mommy said...

A godly man is such a blessing from our God. I teared up reading this!!

He sounds a LOT like my husband. (Especially the heating blanket that heats one side!) Willing to do whatever for whomever.

Have a wonderful weekend with your family!


annette said...

Yes, a great post and reminder. Let us never tire of encouraging each other on. Speaking well of our men is honoring them, and sometimes it is calling into being what is :). You know, in Jesus's Name...Seriously your husband and children are very blessed to have a wife/mom who knows how blessed she is and is grateful.

Jackie said...

that is too sweet!! I love how you can express that- touches my heart!! Love you sweet friend...praying for you and thank you- ALWAYS for your prayers and comments!

thouartloosed said...

May God continue to bless your man and your marriage!

AbbyLane said...

what a blessing...i just love him already...wish i could hug his neck and tell him how great HE'S got it too!! :) (i'm SURE that he knows though...)

this was, as you described him, PRECIOUS.
love you

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