Friday, August 07, 2009

What a Man Does

Husbands, love your wives,
just as Christ loved the church
and gave himself up for her...
Ephesians 5:25

In our house it looks like this, lately:

  • Holding your wife's hair back while she vomits repeatedly.
  • Massaging her back and praying for her even when you are sleep deprived yourself.
  • Caring for the children alone and reminding them to "let mommy rest."
  • Going to the store for Poise pads because your wife is so sick she cannot cough/vomit/sneeze without wetting her pants.
  • Taking out the trash full of those used pads without complaint.
  • Seeing past all the disgusting body fluids and telling your wife she is beautiful and that you love her.
  • Praying with your sons for their mommy when she can hear you. Praying with your wife when your children can hear you.
  • Being a pillar when you are rear-ended by a car three times your own cars size.
  • Handling all the details with the insurance company while still managing to communicate with your wife so she won't feel anxious or worried.
  • Grocery shopping, diaper changing, laundry, lather, rinse, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat.
  • Staying home from work to care for your family even though you have a big conference to prepare for.
  • Knowing that it will raise the water bill but still being supportive of your wife when she takes 5 showers a day just because it is only thing that makes her feel better.
  • Shopping for a new car seat all by yourself after the accident. And then installing it. By yourself.
  • Staying up at night with your wife because her fragile, pregnant body is reacting badly to her new medicine.
  • Checking on her every time you hear her in the bathroom coughing up her lungs.
  • Offering to make food, tea, water bottles, etc for your sick wife.
  • Choosing "chick flicks" at the library instead of war movies because you know your wife could use the distraction.
  • Watching them with her and rubbing her back.
  • Kissing your wife on the forehead every night.
  • Driving your wife to Labor and Delivery because she hasn't felt the baby move all morning.*
  • Taking care of all the paperwork and the children while she gets hooked up to an IV for fluid.
  • Taking the children out of the hospital before they go crazy and buying them Strawberry Pop Tarts because it is the dad thing to do.

I could list all the ways Geary has given himself up for me in the past eight days forever but I think you get the idea. He is an amazing husband, my best friend, a model of Christ's love, and a true man. I am honored and blessed to be his wife and when I get over this horrible, horrible sickness I am going to pay him back so good!
*The baby is fine, by the way. Turns out all my cough medicine was just making him extra drowsy.


  1. Oh, I hope you feel better soon, you poor sweetie! And your hubby is fab, but we all knew that. Hang in there!

  2. Oh Jeana... I hope/pray you feel better so soon. I'm glad that Geary has been so supportive of you... what a great husband!

  3. How awesome is this Jeana? You are blessed. We are blessed to have such wonderful husbands that love us to the Nth degree.

    Hope you feel better soon love.


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