In my very first Gratitude Friday entry, I shared a whole list of people and things for which I am grateful. First on the list was:
I am grateful...
...for my awesome husband and soulmate, Dave. Our 22nd anniversary is tomorrow* and, after all these years, I think he knows me better than I do...he even understands my inner child moments! He gives me space, he holds me close, his presence makes me feel grounded and safe and unconditionally loved. (And he's really good to snuggle with when watching scary movies!)
* (the entry was written in August...)
And I am feeling all the more grateful for him these days, as I step out onto an exciting - and also a bit scary! - new path that will hopefully lead to ministry.
We were watching CBC news the other night and there was a story about the Nova Scotia housing market...up 8.2% over last year. I joked and said hey, we should sell our house while the market's strong. Dave replied that, in fact, we should sell our house in the next year or two and move into one of the subdivisions in our community. (Our house sits just outside the area where municipal water and sewer services are available...and a dug well and septic are very unattractive to a certain percentage of home buyers.) His reason being that downsizing now would enable us to be better positioned for a quick move "when you get your own parish." I rushed over to give him a hug, thinking how amazingly supportive is that?? Matter of factly being prepared to move to wherever I might be called to be. Mind you, at present, we need to be within commuting distance of his downtown office, although by the time I've gone through discernment and (hopefully) go on to do my Masters and become ordained, perhaps he'll be able to relocate to one of the regional offices elsewhere in the province. With his brains, education and work ethic, he is such a valuable employee, that I am hoping his department will be as flexible as possible as far as his physical location. And he himself seems prepared to do whatever it takes for me to follow this call, including a lengthy daily commute, if necessary. I am truly blessed to be journeying through life with such an amazing partner! ♥
This photo is from many years ago, and Dave has his eyes closed (what else is new with Mr. Camera Shy??), but it's one of my favourites!
As always, each Friday I invite you to click over to Diana Strinati Baur's blog and check out the other Gratitude Friday Club blogs...