Today I read a blog from a young widow. Her husband died a few months ago in a tragic plane accident that left her alone with their three small children, 4, 3, and 2 months old. Her sister is a dear friend of mine. As I have followed their story and thought about the heartache and the adjustments to life without a husband and a father, I just wanted to take a few moments to express my gratitude for the man in my life.
Drew is absolutely amazing! I don't know what I would do without him! He is my rock. I can do all the things I do because I know he is there, because I know he will love me even if I make mistakes. He emotionally grounds me.
I am so grateful for the leadership he provides in our family. With so many young men to raise and so much testosterone trying to become the man inside that boy body...it is wonderful to have a father who says, 'Hey! Don't talk to my wife that way.' From the very beginning Drew has insisted on family prayer, family scripture study, family home evening. I cannot even imagine having to do all that we have done--the successes and failures, they heartaches and joy---without him. I cannot even fathom trying to face those things alone and to feel the weight and the responsibility of teaching and training our children without his presence and influence.
I am so grateful for the plan!!! Children need, deserve, and have a right to two parents---mother and father! Family Science literature is just now beginning to understand what fathers do for developing emotional stability in children and families.
My heart goes out to you Shelly!! Hang in there. We will all be praying for you. Today may we forget the little squabbles and be ever grateful that we do not have to face Shelly's trials. Let us all show our appreciation for those we love, because we just don't know what tomorrow will bring and if they'll be here for us to tell them then.