The Other Half

While I keep the home fires burning and the home schooling ticking along, my husband serves as a lieutenant in a nearby city fire department. The days he’s not on shift there, he works at a couple of seasonal jobs which pay for all the extras and essentials that kids seem to need: braces, contact lenses, shoes (for heaven’s sake, why do teenagers grow so quickly?), vacations, a new vehicle…the list goes on.

He and I often tell each other what a great team we make. He would never want to fill my shoes, or feel himself capable of filling my shoes, and I couldn’t fathom doing what he does each day as a firefighter. His job is about far more than fighting fires; he must be an administrator, EMT, and PR person, among many other responsibilities.

As a wife, mother, teacher, writer, and “domestic engineer,” I have been known to grumble a time or two about all the hats I wear and all the responsibilities each job entails, and I sometimes feel taken for granted. But when I consider all that my husband does on the job, and all that he still makes time for at home—well, I realize I shouldn’t take him for granted, either. He keeps up with our endless need for firewood, works on home renovations, maintains our vehicles, and still finds time to keep up a solid relationship with our three children and be a godly example to them.

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:  And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.—Deuteronomy 4:6-9

That’s just a little of my perspective on my husband. To round it out, I thought I’d share our littlest’s humorous, sweet perspective, from a character sketch he wrote about his dad this week.

Rowan sketch

What do you appreciate about your other half? I’d love to hear from you.

8 thoughts on “The Other Half”

  1. I feel the same with my husband. There are things he does, I just don’t see myself doing. He supports me in ways I don’t always understand because I look down on myself sometimes. Being a housewife and allowing me to be a writer.

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