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Another sappy post about my husband?  Say it isn't so.

The funny thing is, I am not at all sappy in real life.  I hardly ever tell my husband how great he is because we all know what happens when you say that to a man!

Luckily, I have no problem putting it out on the internet for all to see.  He hardly ever reads my blog, so this is a good compromise when he says I don't appreciate him.

The truth of the matter is that my husband and I have completely different parenting styles.  We were brought up on different sides of the world, so our views on child rearing tend to clash from time to time.

There are some things, however, that I could learn from him:


Flexibility - 

Your toddler pooped in the middle of a Versaille tour with no bathroom in sight, no problem.  Sneak off into a historical staircase take out a changing pad and take care of business.  It's what Louis XIV would have done.



Patience - 

There is no frazzling a man who can withstand the same question asked for the 1000000000th time in a row.

Enjoying each moment -

It is not about how many activities you can fit into your day, but about enjoying all of the activities you have planned in your day.



Sense of humor -

When you spend most of your day surrounded by children, sometimes all you can do is laugh.

Family, Faith & Love -

That these are the most important things in life.


Even though he is out of town this weekend, I hope he knows what an amazing father he is.

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21 comments:

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

That made me laugh about Versailles! Too funny! He sounds pretty terrific, B. :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Oh cute. The same questions over and over drive me nuts!

Adrienne said...

Wow...this is so interesting ~ cause I could say all those things about my husband and his relationship with our children. And, though he and I were only raised on different coasts of the same country, we are so very different from each other. He has helped me to relax, laugh, enjoy and just BE...he has built these things into our home and family and I am forever grateful for his patient, even tempered nature and for the fun he's brought to all of us!! So happy for you that your kids have these qualities in a dad too!!!

Liene said...

Aah, yes, the innate ability of fathers to change poopy diapers in the worst of circumstances... Comes in handy for us moms!

christina said...

:) we've lucked out with our men.

jeands said...

Amen to Faith, Hope and Love.

Kerry said...

I love that last pic! So funny.

Bridget at Le. Rheims said...

What a great post, and so true. I can't count the number of times my husband has had to do the incognito panty change, or answer "why is the sky blue?" Stopping by from Mama Kat's

Jessica said...

He's a smart man for the staircase diaper change. That's what I would have done.

Mothering From Scratch said...

{Melinda} What a sweet and wonderful post. Your son is a lucky boy and you are a blessed woman. You are so wise to appreciate his style and qualities, even if they are different from your own!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love your pictures! What fun you have as a family! I remember diaper that needed to be changed in interesting places.

Bruna from Bees with Honey said...

I could learn these same things from my husband. Funny. He could listen to the same question or any amount of questions asked 1000 times over all day long. It drives ME crazy when the kids do that to me :P

Jen said...

Awww, sweet tribute, Barbara :)
Lovely pictures!

Angie@TheLittleMumma said...

This was great! Your hubs sounds like a good daddy.

My partner and I share the same values in raising our kids but where one of us is weak, the other tends to fill that void. It's a nice balance - most of the time!

Jennifer Worrell said...

I love a man who changes a diaper whether it's in a castle or on a beach! Great post!

Natalie said...

Awww he does sound like a wonderful father!

Susan said...

I think we could all take a lesson from him! I would have changed the diaper there too mind you. ;)

Emmy said...

What a wonderful tribute! And yes there are a lot of great things we can learn from the dads- like I can learn to let go and just really play more- Eric is so good at it

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

You have written some lovely posts since I last called by. I was so impressed that you were able to let your son go with his Daddy like that. I am sure it was difficult for you but wonderful to see a father prepared to share in the parenting role, like at Versailles. :)

Kim said...

I'm the same, I hardly ever throw my husband a bone - we both know why:) But this is a great thing, this taking inventory of his good qualities.

Kristi said...

What a great post! We all have our own unique strengths and weaknesses as parents. I think that's why God put us into teams to handle this big job.

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