Today was Dave's first day back to work after having over a week long vacation. It was so much fun and I am definitely the one who got the vacation. Over Christmas Dave and I talked about the two different kinds of service people usually do. 1) To be recognized and applauded for their actions. 2) Out of love, where no one knows but them. Both kinds of service are admirable, but I am always in awe of people who are constantly serving without getting accolades from those around them. Dave is that kind of person. He doesn't track his service or make a big deal of it, he just does it. I would be surprised if anyone knew about some of the service he heas been up to this year. And he spends most of his time serving where it matters most, right in his home. For example:
-While he was off work, I did not change one single diaper unless Dave was asleep or gone. He didn't announce his plan to me. In fact, I'm not even sure if he realized it (he probably did) but I wanted him to know I realized it and appreciated it so much.
-I didn't get any kids into jammies.
-I didn't brush any teeth (except my own, surprisingly I didn't make Dave do that).
-During his time off, Dave did not plan one single thing for himself. He did plan several family activities.
-He taught the kids how to play Monopoly. They loved it! And he does not impatient with them. The first game was over two hours, the second one was probably even longer!
-Back in the summer when I had such bad morning sickness, I missed at least two months of church. Dave took all three children every single week!!! I do not know of many men that would do this. He never once just decided to take a day off, never once asked if one of the kids could stay home with me. Now, you may know our children as perfect little angels:) but they walk through those chapel doors and they don't hear "shhh, be still". They hear "run around, cry, crawl under benches, talk as loud as possible." I break a sweat at church when Dave is there to help, I'm still amazed that he did this by himself for so long (and a couple times since) and never once complained.
Well, I could go on but I'm sure Dave is embarrassed enough! I just wanted to make sure he knows I recognize all he does for our family, because though you may not believe it, I don't always show it. He is one in a million and we are so lucky to have him!!!