I am privileged to say that I have been married for 17 (almost 18) years to CC. We have shared many joys and a good share of sorrows. The LORD has blessed us unbelievably.
It is good for me to constantly be looking for things that I appreciate about her. There are so many, but one of them in particular made an impression upon me yesterday. She gave me a haircut.
Now this is nothing new for us. She is more often than not the hair stylist for the whole family. It is a messy job, and, in many cases dreaded by all involved (our boys despise the experience). I am so thankful that CC is willing to endure to save some money. With eight of us, haircuts could add up to a small fortune each month.
Yesterday was one of those days that was special. I am still waking up each morning thanking the LORD that I am no longer involved in the the “program”, and I am very happy to have these remaining days of summer. So I guess I’m a bit more relaxed than usual. This is what set up the great hair-cutting experience.
I remember the relaxation of having my hair cut at an old fashioned barber shop as a child. It seemed that I could have fallen asleep in the chair.
Yesterday was a flash back to that same experience. CC cut my hair on the back porch just as a cool front was coming through, so the weather was perfect. I may have dozed off a couple of times. I have not been that relaxed in many days. It was a much welcomed time of rest. I am so thankful to be married to such a uniquely selfless woman.
I will close with an anecdote that has stayed with me for several years.
In 2003, Paige was being treated for cancer, and was given the opportunity to participate in the Make-A-Wish program. She chose to go to South Dakota to see some places where Laura Ingalls Wilder lived.
While there, we were allowed to take a wagon ride much like Laura might have experienced (except our wagon had automobile wheels). The man steering the wagon was a man of about 65 years of age. As I talked with him, I discovered that he had about 10 children ( I forget the exact amount). I made some comment about how selfless his wife must be to have birthed that many children. His answer is the part that impacted me the most. His eyes seemed to look off in the distance like he was somewhere else, and he said, “She’s a treasure!”
I hope to foster this same kind of appreciation for my wife because she is a treasure to me.