Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Gratitude Challenge Day 10: My "take charge" husband

I'm thankful for my husband for so many reasons. He has many different sides to him. The knowledgeable side. The computer/IT nerd side. The funny side. The dependable side. (No worries... no multiple personalities. Just multiple talents!) Tonight I'm thankful for his "take charge" side.

We have four dogs. Yep. Four. It's been a stressful fall with our fur babies. One was diagnosed with an eye disorder similar to dry eye that has caused various decrees of blindness in both of her eyes. She was then diagnosed with diabetes. And bladder cancer. My poor little baby. We've had to adjust to schedules and meds. I learned to give a shot. (To know me is to know how amazing this is with my fear of needles. No. It didn't help with my own fear!)

In the middle of these diagnoses - which happened in about a week by the way - another dog started having seizures. Did I mention that it's been a little stressful? I have a tendency towards stress, so this has been hard.

I know that some disagree (and please don't tell me if you do) but I believe that God hears my prayers for my pups as well. They are His creation. I can't begin to imagine that He doesn't care for them as well. I've had to depend on Him during some stressful and difficult times of decision and events (have you seen a seizure in a dog?)

However, I've also had to depend on my "take charge" husband.

When we hear our pup fall during a seizure, he rushes to it when I freeze.

When we have to hold my pup as he cries and shakes, he sits down on the floor in the middle of - well - fluids and talks calmly.

When I'm nervous in the middle of the night because I'm afraid to sleep in case our pup has another seizure, he stays up and talks to me.

When I'm worried that our guy will have another during the day, he makes sure that he clears his calendar. (He works from home! And I love it, but that's another thing for which I'm thankful!)

I am better now because he's talked me through the seizures, but with only 7 under our belt I'm still very nervous when they start. I can talk calmly and compassionately to our little guy, but I still tend to be the one that moves furniture and cleans up messes instead of sitting on the floor because I still tend to cry. (I'm a big ol' tearing up weenie!) And my take charge husband lets me do what I need to do while he does what he needs to do. It works well, and for that I'm thankful!

Sophie the Blind Pug &
Asher the Twitchy Boy

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

PS - I missed yesterday's challenge! Whoops! I was playing mom to a sick kid. I'll add in one this weekend. Or, I'll give myself grace. ;)


Vickie said...

What a loving tribute to your husband. Men like him are rare. Praying for your dogs as well and for stength for you.

SisterTipster said...

Thanks for sharing HOW good he is~did ya tell him?? Love your dogs too~such cuties! Have a blessed day! HUGS!

Stacie said...

Oh my! God bless your pups.
I say give yourself grace on the posts! We understand.