I am a bit loud, up-front, bold, obnoxious, talkative, and passionate, as well as some other things! Those things can be both a blessing, and my downfall.
God tells us to be ready to give a defense for the hope that is within us. (1 Peter 3:15)
He tells us to defend the cause of the weak and the fatherless. (Psalm 83:2-4)
He tells us to use our words to speak boldly for His cause. (Acts 4:28-30)
However, God also tells us that reckless words can pierce like swords, but words using wisdom can bring healing. (Proverbs 12:18) God also tells us to watch what we say, and guard our words to keep ourselves out of trouble. (Proverbs 21:23) And God also tells us to guard our lips and don't speak rashly. (Psalm 13:3)
OUCH! Those are some obvious weaknesses of mine, and if you ask Kenney he would so be "amen-ing!"
The last of my seriousness for this post is this: I do not speak kindly enough most importantly to my husband. I do not always tell him the things I appreciate about him. I am thankful for the things he does for me and the family. I am thankful he is willing at 9:30 at night to run to Menards and get more pint jars because I made a bit too much salsa. I am thankful he enjoys and is appreciative of whatever meal we eat, even if it's just frozen pizza, or a rosemary and bacon stuffed grilled portabella mushroom. I am thankful he tries. He pursues being a godly husband and a godly daddy. He keeps his mouth shut (unlike me) and lets me ramble on about the zillion projects I think I am going to do. When I say lets (fill in the blank) he doesn't shoot me down or criticize my crazy, irrational ideas!
About two months ago, I had the crazy idea to tear down our pantry, relocate it, add some cabinets or storage as well as a new 8 foot long counter top, basically do a kind of remodel. Oh yeah, pretty much no money in the budget either, so we needed to be resourceful and creative. Kenney came home to this...
And then, the next day he came home to this...
Yep, all three of them, painting! For real...painting! And yep, that is Audrey in her underwear... painting!
Then, I realized I wouldn't have any upper cabinets and needed a space to put my spices. So I asked Kenney to build me some kind of a spice rack. Sounds easy enough. Except... I have over 50 spices, the wall I wanted the rack on is a pocket door wall, so no studs, and I wanted it to match my cabinets. By the way, Kenney does insurance not carpentry! And yet, through all of this, he wasn't mad at me, no harsh words, no anger (okay most of the time) and he built me a spice rack!
It hangs from the rafters, so no need for support on the wall, and it matches the rest of the kitchen! And yes, I. Use. Every. Single. Spice. (so much so, that I usually refill them all at least 2x a year)
I LOVE IT!
So this is for Kenney, for the things I don't say!
And this is for Kenney... if he can build me a great spice rack, what do you think about this in his future?