But this year, most of all, I'm thankful for an amazing husband.
I've been thinking about writing this post for weeks now, and I finally got around to it this week. I figured Thanksgiving time would be the perfect time to share.
I have found myself thinking multiple times over the past few months "Thank God my husband would never even think to act like that". I've even said to a few people, "My husband would never say something like that/ do something like that/ act that way". No, he's not perfect. Sure, he has opinions. Of course he gets annoyed, angry or upset sometimes. Yes, he would absolutely defend me if need be. But you won't ever find him acting like a fool or being disrespectful in the process. I don't ever have to apologize for his behavior, and for that I am grateful.
Not only is he my best friend, but he is my partner. He is a fantastic father! He is not above diaper changes, or playing princesses, or having a tea party. He gives the kids baths while I am at work without even being asked. He has no issues watching them without me around, and when he does, I don't worry in the least. He is their parent just as much as I am their parent.
I had to go out of town for a family funeral last month. When Michael doesn't work, he doesn't get paid. But without hesitation he took off two days of work, so that I could go. I had numerous friends ask me, "Who is taking care of your children?" Um... their father! Who else? He stayed home with them while I was gone for nearly 3 full days. I didn't get frantic texts asking me where things were or how to do something. He carried on with their day to day lives with ease.
I realize that this may be the same for some of you. But through conversations (and observations), I know this isn't how all husbands/dads are. I'm am so thankful that I have someone who takes his role as father seriously and who can handle our children without issue. I love that Olivia thinks he can fix everything, and that Logan's face lights up when Michael walks in the room. I love that our children are just as important to him as they are to me, and that he is walking this journey with me instead of way out in left field.
Michael--thank you for all you do for our family. I am THANKFUL for you! Thank you for being my best friend. Thank you for being my partner in crime. Thank you for making me laugh. Thank you for loving me, for loving our children, and for providing for us. Thank you for your encouragement, your support, your belief in me, and your listening ear. Thank you for being a man of character and class. Thank you for being an amazing father to our children, and for playing with them and caring for them in the way that you do. We are blessed to call you ours!