Ephesians 5:33b: And the wife should respect her husband.
Respect is his primary need, his deepest desire.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Time for Tender Moments

I've changed this title a few times now.  "Taking Time for Tender Moments" or "Making Time for Tender Moments".  It is more than a simple exchange of the first character.  It is determined by a change in circumstance.

When the nest is full and activities fill the calendar, families must take time for tender moments.

Like my little family back home, in Indiana.  From chores to camping, the tender moments are taken and memories are made.

Leaf raking, Christmas tree farming, hiking, camping and all the activity that four small bodies can handle!

When the nest is empty and we have options about how we fill the void, we can choose to make time for tender moments.

Tonight is Family Night in my house.  Where two people define the family.

Bruce and I will prepare dinner - together.

Send Celia on her nightly hunt and give her a bone (to brush her teeth) while we enjoy our meal.

Then, tonight, we'll make some time for his studies.

My husband started school last week.  He is anxious to relearn reading and writing (lost due to stroke).  This is his umpteenth attempt.  He has aphasia.

But, he wants to do what "they" say he cannot do.  He has Thank You notes to write.

There is nothing more tender than setting aside the hustle, the bustle, the tensions and the demands of a day to encourage my husband.

These are tender and trusting moments that are difficult to articulate, even for me.

I'm linking up with Courtney and others, at Women Living Well.  We're rising to a challenge to Make Our Homes a Haven.

P.S.  I just have to tell you how incredible the baking gingerbread cookies smell right now.  Simply heavenly.


Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

I'm looking forward to this week's challenge! :) Love your great ideas! Off to cuddle! :)

Have a great week!

Ellen Marie "Mama" Pike said...

It is so true that we have to take time for tender moments.

What an ordeal it must be to be recovering from strokes. I hope your husband can reach his goals of writing again.

Karen said...

I clicked & found you, one of those deals don't remember where or how, but glad I did. I realize our lives our changing. One out of the nest, one in the teenage years. Our relationship is changing & growing. Looking forward to reading more!

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