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My Better Half

My husband left for a business trip this morning.  He was gone before the sun came up.  My daughter had me up from 2:30 to 4:30 am and I was trying to catch a few extra winks when my husband called to say good morning and make sure I got up okay.  He was worried that he had not re-set the alarm clock, although unbeknownst to him, I had set my own alarm.  So I drug myself out of bed and started the morning routine.  When I walked into the kitchen, he had laid out my son’s lunch bag, put out everything for his lunch that didn’t need to be kept cold (down to the knife to make his sandwich) and arranged his homework.  This was such a sweet gesture, but I wasn’t shocked…

My husband is better at… well everything sometimes.  He gets  up (usually before me), gets our son dressed, packs his lunch and starts breakfast.  He does the laundry, the grocery shopping and the cooking.  He volunteers in my son’s class twice per month and helps coach his sports.  He has tea parties with our 3-year old daughter and knows  my son’s weekly spelling words better than me every week.  Oh yeah, and he’s the bread-winner.

There are days when I definitely feel like the lesser half.  This is not because of anything my husband says or does, but just because I have a nasty habit of keeping score when I am losing.  (Ironically, I don’t keep score when I am ahead).  I often jokingly say, “What do I bring to the marriage?”  But those are thought for another day.

Today, I want to celebrate and appreciate having a better half.  I have shared in a previous post that he is my best friend.  I am so fortunate to have a husband who is my partner in all of this chaos.  He keeps me as balanced as I can be (which is still off-balance).  My kids are lucky to have a dad that is not solely devoted to his career.  Our family and our life works because my husband is great.  People often ask how we juggle two careers, two kids and still appear it to have it together most of the time.  The answer is often simple: I have a better half!

  1. bearlover
    September 15, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Ahhhh…I’ll have my husband read this. HE has a better half too!!

  2. September 15, 2010 at 7:41 am

    What a wonderful way to start the day. Its obvious you two are deeply in live & devoted to your family. I to am blessed with a husband who goes above & beyond. We are truly blessed women

  3. September 15, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Love this. I give my husband a hard time – but it’s so nice when husbands do take time to do the little things and the big things. What a great guy you have…

  4. September 15, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Oh! And I meant to menation my daughter also had me up from 2:30 to 4:30 this morning… What is that about?!

  5. Mark
    September 15, 2010 at 10:45 am

    I will have to have a talk with that husband of yours…..now he’s just plain making me look bad:) clearly my wife is the better half…I try but I know balance has never been me….

  6. September 15, 2010 at 11:57 am

    My husband is definitely my better half too! I love your post!!

    • September 15, 2010 at 9:21 pm

      Michelle – I am sure our husbands our great because they are married to us! 😉

  7. September 15, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    What a great post! As I read this, it immediately made me think of my own husband. I don’t know how he does it, but he brings a TON to our marriage! I am so fortunate to have such a wonderful husband!

    • September 15, 2010 at 9:27 pm

      Witty Wife: Based on your blog, I think he is pretty lucky to have you too! I added you to my blogroll!

  8. September 15, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    I call my husband ‘fun daddy’ because he is…well…fun! We’re lucky to have husbands that relish being dads and believe in equal work in the house (I’ve yet to clean a toilet…hoping my streak continues for at least another 10 years!).

    • September 15, 2010 at 9:20 pm

      Lori – I call my husband “Disney Dad”! 😉

  9. 1hpb
    September 16, 2010 at 7:27 am

    I sometimes feel similar about my husband. When he is around, the kids want nothing to do with me. I try not to take it personally, but the rejection can sting.

    My husband tells me how I am his world and I think, hope, we must balance each other out.

    hell, he’s not complaining.

    • September 16, 2010 at 7:43 am

      Heather- I defintely have many days where it stings to be married to the better half, even though I appreciate him. But I agree, we must balance each other out… somehow… 😉

      Thanks for stoping by!


  10. September 16, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Thanks for adding me! I’ll make sure you’re on mine as well!

  11. September 20, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Hi, I just want to say that your blog has inspire me so much. I like how you can take the chaos in your daily life into humor and try to look at all from positive point of view. Very refreshing to see that what I go through is normal and there are people out there that are going through the same thing. This post you did about your husband is truly inspiring. It inspire me to write about my better half also, this month is when he first purpose to me so I write little piece about him. Thank you so much, even though we never met, but you have inspire me more than people I have met. Thank You! Keep writing!

    • September 20, 2010 at 3:54 pm

      Sendie – your comment made my day. I am so glad my comments resonated with you! I read some of your posts and subscribed! -Paige

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