Today is my husbands 30th birthday and also week 4 of my gratitude challenge (Read about it here). The topic this week is my spouse, as if I could possibly fit everything I am thankful for about Julio into one post. I remember once as a teen being told that you should never marry a man that doesn’t meet all the attributes of 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. They said if you can not replace love with the man’s name in every verse, than there was a problem. And I can honestly say I can:
Julio is patient, Julio is kind. HE does not envy, HE does not boast, He is not proud. 5 Julio does not dishonour others, Julio is not self-seeking, he is not easily angered, he keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Julio does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.8 (His) Love never fails.
I am so blessed to have found a man, that loves me so fully and completely. I hope and pray that I can be all these things to him. I know I am such a work in progress on a lot of these! He has taught me so much about selfless love in the 7 years we have been together. He is always serving me and our children, and I truly hope our son grows up to be like him, and our daughters marry men like him! I am now going to make a very rusty attempt at poetry.
So… to Julio,
You are the rock that grounds me
My shelter when waves pound me
The logic to my lack of reason
The constant thru every season
Thru hormonal meltdowns and irrational rages
Ups and downs and fluctuating wages
You love me, even when lovely I am not
Let me sleep in when I am beyond shot
You seem to know what I need even before I can see it
A friend, a lover, a counselor, I know you will be it
Holding my hands, or my head while I cry
Giving me a break when my well has run dry
We have laughed together often, and cried together too
As we learned together and as our family grew.
You are the quiet to my chatter, the calm to my nerves
And so much more than this woman deserves.
I hope that I get to spend the rest of my days
Thanking you and loving you, in so many ways!