Thursday, November 6, 2008

Thankful Thursdays

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought I would prepare for this season of thankfulness by remembering what I'm thankful for.

In light of the last few days we've had around here, I thought I would dedicate this first installment to my thankfulness for my husband, Paul (who actually just started a blog!). You see after he had it on Monday, I got a nasty stomach bug on Wednesday... and it started right when I was supposed to take Charlie to the doctor. So I called Paul who then immediately left work, picked up Charlie, took him to the doctor (where you always have to wait for about an hour with a tired, fussy baby) and then picked me up some Gatorade and SevenUp. He stayed home the rest of the day, bringing me cup after cup of ice water, a straw, a cool washcloth, etc, all the while taking care of our poor sick boy who has an ear infection.

I layed in bed, trying to sleep, but mostly writhing with nausea, while I heard Paul playing with, feeding, comforting, and loving on Charlie. He came every time I called him - whether it was to help me to the bathroom, start a hot bath for me, or put more ice in my water, sometimes with Charlie in hand. When it was Charlie's bedtime and I knew he wasn't feeling good, Paul dealt with all the crying on his own and finally got him to sleep, and then even slept on the couch so that I could sleep all night in peace without the baby monitor!!!

So tonight, I am thankful for this man that I married- thankful for the servant's heart he has, and the way he has cared for Charlie and I this week. I am thankful that God brought us together and gave us this little family. I am thankful for how hard he works and for the job that he has so that I am able to stay home. I am thankful for how he loves me. I'm thankful for his family who I love as my own (here's a special shout out to my MIL who came and took care of Charlie and I today as I was still recovering!!! So thankful for Nana!) I am thankful for the sweet and gentle father he is- for the example he will be for Charlie as he grows up. I am thankful for the way he helps out around the house- and gets up in the middle of the night with Charlie!!! I am thankful for the patience he has at 4 in the morning to "shh shh shh" Charlie back to sleep when I have none.

"Come let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our Salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all Gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his for he made it and his hands formed the dry land."

Psalm 95: 1-5


Taylor and Dacia said...

so sweet! what a great guy! i'm glad you're finally feeling better!

Teri Dufilho said...

so glad you are feeling better today, bethany....and i pray the lil' guy gets over his ear infection very, very soon!!.... it was so fun making him belly-laugh yesterday!.....i love all your thoughts paul ..... you're such a blessing to him and amazing wife and mom!

Teri Dufilho said...

meant to say "all your thoughts ABOUT paul"... sheesh

Emily said...

What a sweet post! He sounds like a great husband and dad! I'm glad you're all better now.