What better way to #honormystory than by praising my husband on his 30th birthday.
Jay, I have loved you in so many different roles. I have seen you as a friend in the start of our relationship,
ten years ago. I have loved you as a partner in our six year relationship as boyfriend and girlfriend. I have shared in your joy as a newlywed spouse, so excited to for the beautiful journey that lies ahead. I have known you as my caretaker when I could no longer take care of my self. You have been my confidant, my keeper of secrets. My shoulder to cry on when I just felt like I couldn’t continue on, as we waited to become parents. You held my hand through each negative pregnancy test, each doctors appointment, my whole pregnancy when I was as sick as I have ever been. I have seen you as my rock in this marriage journey. I have leaned into your strength and wisdom when I felt I couldn’t think for myself. You are the one who is my stronghold in times of despair.
I have known you in so many different ways and in so many different capacities. But by far the best role I have ever seen you take on is one as father. You are caring, attentive, loving, respectful, giving, brave, unflinching strong, inherently good. I am so grateful our children have you as their dad. I hope this day is as wonderful as you are.
Friends, it is so important to honor your spouse in this journey too. Men are impacted by fertility as well in more ways than we realize. Don’t forget to give each other grace. Share in each other’s struggles, surrender yourself, and your need for a baby. Hold each other through the tears and the hard times. Become one in your purpose and in your desires to become parents. Rely on one another through your pain and desperation. Pray for your marriage and ask God to hold you through your hurt. If you are struggling with infertility, I hope that you find that you can lean into your spouses strengths as much as I have relied on mine.
I will #honormystory this National Infertility Awareness Week by honoring my spouse and sharing in his many strengths. How will you honor yours?
Ephesians 4:2: “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
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