Friday, November 21, 2008

It's November 21, and I'm Thankful For... wonderful husband.
I really do have the best husband out there. Sorry, ladies, just how I feel. Channing has got to be the most patient, forgiving, honest, and kind person out there. I'm not kidding. I mean, the man has put up with me for 10 years. And if you know me well, you know that's not an easy feat.

Some things I love about Channing:

  • He's super patient. I can always count on that. No matter what has happened over the years, he has always handled it with grace and former high spending (I had to have a cool wardrobe, right?), my tantrums, the kids' tantrums, prayers, finances, my slow (VERY slow) quest to become a Proverbs 31 name it. He has been so consistently patient. I know the Lord must be so pleased!
  • He's funny. He keeps me cracking up. Early in our marriage, any time I would get upset with him, he would make jokes and get in my face until I laughed. He still does stuff like that. He just has a sense of humor that I get and appreciate. I love how he rolls with my jokes around my family, how he gets overly touchy with his brother (just to freak him out), how he can find humor in the little things. I just love it!
  • He's a great dad. When it comes to being a father, he is AMAZING. He loves his boys, and it is so evident. He is patient with them, makes sure to go out of his way to spend quality time with them, and he listens to all their jokes and watches all their showing off. "Daddy, watch this!" He's a great leader and example for them. I am so proud to have him as the father of my children. My boys and I are so fortunate!
  • He loves the Lord. He never misses an opportunity to spend time with God. He puts his trust in God, when I often choose to stress out first. He studies the Word and makes leaps and bounds in growing in spirit and in truth daily. He is a shining example of Christ's love, and I know a very special reward awaits him in heaven.
  • He is a servant. Channing goes out of his way to help others. Whether it be the boys or me, his parents, family, patients, strangers, Channing is kind and compassionate and has a heart to help others. He doesn't choose what is easiest or most convenient for him, rather, he looks at the other person's needs. What a rare quality these days!
  • He is a good friend. When it comes to my life, he's the best. I know I can always count on him, I can always trust him, and I can always count on sound advice from him. With some friends, you have to be a certain way, say a certain thing, weigh every word, but not with Channing. I can be open and honest with him. I know that I'm not being judged by the things I say to him.
  • He's a hard worker. Over the past five years, I have seen him do what it takes to make his business work. He is such a diligent worker, and providing for his family is a priority for him. I am so thankful for that.
  • He's caring.
  • He's fun.
  • He's challenging.
  • He takes his time (don't we all need to slow down sometimes?).
  • He loves.
  • He doesn't complain.
  • He looks for the positive in most situations.
  • He's a great doctor.
These are just a few of the things I love about my husband. I am SO incredibly thankful for him. I don't always understand how God could put us together, I mean...what was he thinking? Is Channing being punished or something? But I am so thankful! Because of my relationship with him, my relationship with the Lord is stronger, I am the mother to two of the most incredible little boys on the planet, and I know that I have a solid thing going. I don't ever have to worry that he'll leave me, no matter how difficult I may be.

So today, I am thankful for my Channing. How about you? Who/What are you thankful for today?


Nathan and Rachel Greenfield said...

beautiful, annie! i'm sure channing appreciates the affirming words (if he reads your blog... nathan never reads "our" blog and someone will say "oh hey, i read about such and such on your blog the other day" and nathan will say 'really?, i didn't know that happened." :) you are blessed with a wonderful husband and i know nathan is blessed very much by his friendship. just yesterday nate was sharing some things he learned from he and channing's starbucks time. he's gonna miss those early mornings when we get back to jordan

Amy said...

It always blesses me when someone speaks highly of their spouse. It sounds like you are definitely blessed with a wonderful husband. Can I say that I think Channing has much to be thankful for in having a beautiful, Godly wife? I cannot tell you how often I read your blog and feel as if you have expressed my very opinions. You do show the love of Christ by being completely honest and fully gracious in your posts. It makes me want to just hang out with you! Anyway, I must also add that I feel very blessed myself with an amazing husband. I think a Christ centered marriage is one of the best witnessing tools to the world, not to mention our children.