Tonight I chased John like usual. Stuffed his slippery body into a towel after his bath. Tried to convince him of the long-term value of teeth-brushing. There was the bending, hugging, running and tiring that makes up any bed time story around here. It often wears me into complaining or unrest, but tonight I simply felt thankful for it all.
It hit me the other day that I am one of only a couple of my close friends who have kids yet. It’s a delight to know we all tuck ourselves in beside husbands now, despite how long it took to get them.
But we are not all parents. In the same way we have so little control over when we find our life partner, it seems we have even less control over when we become parents. Sure, there are things we can all do to improve the likelihood of parenting or marriage, but we’re helpless in the end to really force anything. We waited nearly a year for the “plus” sign on the pregnancy test.
It’s been almost 3 years since the first baby prayer got answered, and I celebrated by giving John a bath while he splashed in his heap of bubbles. When he was dry and snug, we laid next to each other in our big bed, his head on my chest. And it’s stuff like this that you know makes all the sweat and messes worth it. It’s so rich. So full of life, the kind that I love.
Being a wife to Josh is much the same.
I don’t thank him enough because maybe I guess I get overwhelmed by his husband resumé. But how does one properly thank a man for being trustworthy, faithful, dependable, a pillar of strong and someone to always lean on? What’s the right way to appreciate someone who loves, or at least tolerates, my numerous idiosyncrasies and loves me just how I need to be loved?
I will just have to say it, I guess.
And I am bowled over with thankful for a God who fights for me. Who chase me with good, loving kindness. Who just won’t give up.
I am thankful for this gigantic life and all the ideas and people who create a and think and make totally original things. I am so glad I get to be here to hear all about it and see the genius and beauty of humanity open up.
There are many things to fix and even more to grieve as we conclude this Mayan Baktun. But I wanted to put it out there that I am leaving this old age with thankfulness so I can start this new era with hope. Hope of more babies to hug, more falling in love with Josh and experiencing the transformational love of God. I hope for a breakthrough of courage and miracles. For good and glorious things that have never been seen before.
Here’s to the beauty of the past and the majesty of what is to come. Too much to comprehend but knowing our God, it will be very, very good.