In November, Facebook feeds are often flooded with daily notes of what individuals are thankful for. I’ve participated in this the last few years, but this year I decided to move it to my blog. I can’t guarantee I’ll get something posted every single day, but I’ll definitely try. Some days might just be a sentence or two though. I do have 3 teeny tinys. 🙂
I’m thankful for my husband’s job.
There is the obvious reason, because his career provides for our family and allows me to be home with our children, which is a blessing! However, there are several other reasons I’m thankful for his chosen line of work too.
His job is more than a job. He chose a career in linework, and he’s passionate about it. He loves it; he breathes it; he bleeds it. I’m thankful my children get to witness their father earning a paycheck by working hard at something he loves.
It makes me a better wife and mother. You can learn a lot from being a linewife, and I’m so thankful for those lessons. I hope I can pass some of those on to my children.
I’m stronger and more independent because of my husband’s career. When he has been gone for a week (or 3 or 4) at a time, I learned very quickly that I can’t just stop and wait on him to be home for everything, and I am capable of taking care of things myself. I can take all three tinys to the grocery store by myself. I can take my car to the shop to get a tire repaired or go buy and change windshield wipers, even with a baby in tow. I can also get everyone up and dressed and out the door for a doctor appointment or off to church. I’m glad my kids get to witness their mother doing these things, and I pray they see in my actions what it means to be a helpmate – helping, and not adding unnecessary things to his to do list that I could be taking care of for him.
My husband’s career has also made me a more creative and laid back mother! Holidays sometimes have to be celebrated on different days or in unique ways. Today we changed up Halloween. Last year I had a plan in place in case he had to leave on Christmas Eve. (Thankfully he got to stay home until Christmas night.) My birthday, being in the middle of March, is always celebrated on a whim, on whatever weekend doesn’t get terrible weather. Sometimes lunch turns into a picnic at the park or in the car while we watch Daddy work because he hasn’t seen the kids awake in days. I’ve always been fairly laidback, but I’ve definitely learned some lessons in how to go with the flow and make the situation work.
His job makes us all a little less selfish. When the call comes, there usually isn’t much wiggle room. He has to go. I have to respect that and realize that it’s what we signed up for. He doesn’t have the option of asking them to reschedule that major power outage, but family pictures, date nights, and trips out of town can be. (And if a babysitter is already lined up, a date night turned into a solo pedicure & latte night isn’t so bad!) My kids learn that other people need Daddy’s help too, and helping others is always important, as is being committed to your job.
These are a few of the reasons I’m thankful for my husband’s job as a lineman. What are you thankful for?