tuesday was my 8 year wedding anniversary.  we dated for 4 years before we married, so that means ryan and i have been “an item” for 12 years.  cool.  we’ve done nothing to celebrate so far, mostly thanks to these shingles, but we have a date with an amazing restaurant sometime next week.

anyway, my sweet husband has really been an inspiration to me lately. since maitland was born, he has really stepped up to the plate and helped out literally in every area of our lives.  not that he wasn’t a help before, now it’s just really obvious and obviously INTENTIONAL.  he takes initiative and just helps instead of asking me what needs to be done.  i’m convinced that this kind of thing (everyday caring for the kids) does not come naturally to men and because of that conviction, it makes me respect this change in him even more.

he’s gotten me thinking. 

this may seem like a very simple statement, but i’ve come to realize:  parenthood happens pretty naturally.  good parenthood takes initiative.

if we want fun things to happen, alot of times we will have to plan those fun things, or jump in and “teach” the kids how to play certain games.  if we are at a loss for new discipline or reward ideas, they’re not going to fall in our laps.  when christmas rolls around, we can’t just expect a traditional breakfast treat to make itself.  you get the idea.

reading back through this, i’m almost embarrassed to post it because it’s so simple.  i just kind of wanted to share my “lightbulb” going on.  but i say all that to say this:  i’m starting a new category of posts called “intentional living”.  these posts will discuss things that i’ve done or plan to do that are out of my comfort zone or that took alot of extra effort to acheive. 

(thank you for everything, ryan!!!  you are an incredible father and such a sweet giving husband.  i am so proud of the life we’ve built together.  thank you for encouraging me and challenging me with your words and actions.)


3 Comments to “intent”

  1. An Honest, free, loving servant attitude makes marriage and parenting work.

    Way to go Ryan! Sally and I pray that someday your daughters will find a husband with those qualities, too.

    Let’s hear it for Servant-minded husbands & fathers. YEAAAAAAAAAAAA ….

  2. like this 🙂 got a babysitter for your date next week? as long as you don’t mind started it a little later.. maybe I could babysit for ya. just saying.

  3. Was just thinking about this this morning. Intention and parenting. Intention and schooling. Thanks for echoing this for me–definitely a God thing!

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