We Take Care Of The Things We Have

“I still remember the days I prayed for the things I have now.”

Today I’m thankful for a husband who doesn’t throw things away easily. And a husband who takes faithful care of everything he owns. A husband who is patient beyond belief and will go to all ends to tend to and fix something before discarding it.

A husband who rolls his eyes when I get in a “purge” mode and want to throw away all.the.things. And a husband who is the faithful recipient of my eye rolls when I hear, “hey that’s still good! Keep it! I can fix it!”

What you see here is my husband and our two sons playing a Nintendo 64 together…yes a Nintendo 64 (90s kids everywhere just felt a ping of jealousy).

What you see here is my husband who has taken care of his things so he can make memories with those to come (he also has a working Super Nintendo, GameBoy Pocket & Color, and all the recent gaming systems you’d expect to see).

My husband has always taken care of things long before we started dating and started a family…which is a testament to how he was raised. Raised to take care of the things that matter most to you…to not discard something easily even if it’s broken. Truly a mentality one doesn’t see much anymore (I’m thankful that my MIL instilled that him him from a young age).

For as long as I’ve dated him, he’s talked about playing these video games with our kids one day…I could always tell it was a big deal to him and for all the right reasons.

While this may just be a picture of a father and sons playing on a 20-something year old gaming system, it is so much more than that to me. As I reflect on this picture, I feel in my soul the tender care that I, too, have received amongst the 12+ years we’ve been together. I feel and know the investment of time, energy, and love in the depths of my spirit. I feel taken care of, I feel valued, and I feel loved. I love this man so very much.

As my husband would say, “we take care of the things we have!”

Take care of the things you have, friends. Not just old gaming systems but also your treasured and budding relationships, your prayer and interior life…all of it. We can’t expect these things to last if we don’t tend to them regularly. Lean in and love on those relationships in your life that you want to stand the test of time.

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