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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thankful Thursday: Pearson

Alright guys, I haven't written about my wonderful husband for Thankful Thursday since January. I think it's safe to do so again this month without getting too sappy and annoying. Am I right? Actually, I don't care whether I am right on that or not. This is my blog, I blog about marriage, my husband is awesome, and I want to tell you about it!
If you've been following/reading my blog this year, you probably noticed that I published 20 posts in January and 21 in February. These numbers were on par with my monthly average from the end of last year. I was blogging a lot and I loved it. But then March hit. March and April are always difficult months for me. I always get a bad case of seasonal depression when it's still freezing and snowing outside and I haven't seen the sun in 6 months. So my number of posts in both March and April was like half of an average month.

But that trend continued into May and the beginning of June. I was more than just "seasonally" depressed. That's why I quit my job. I needed a change. I felt stuck and isolated in my job. It was bad for my mental health.

What does all this have to do with Pearson? Well, he supported me through the whole thing. There were times back in the spring when I know I was being unreasonable. Nothing brought me joy. I hated waking up every morning. I dreaded most of my life. But Pearson did what he could to help. I'm sure he was frustrated. I'm sure there were times when he didn't know what to do or say. But he never showed that to me.

He was patient. He was kind. He was everything that 1 Corinthians 13 lists. He reminded me of the good things. He constantly gave me compliments and lifted me up. He listened. He encouraged me to make changes. He encouraged me to find help. But he didn't push anything on me.

When I quit my job and started my new one, I thought that would help things. I thought I would magically get better and be happy again. But it turns out that wasn't just a magic fix. I'm much happier than I was, of course, but it didn't fix everything. Lately I've been feeling ugly, useless, and a bit nostalgic (as shown here and here).

But you know what? Pearson is there to support me again. He has his own problems. He's getting a PhD, for goodness sakes. But he puts mine first as much as he can. He's sacrificed so much for me. Just the other day he told me that if I'm really feeling this way about myself then we should work together to better ourselves. We made a plan to go grocery shopping that day, clean the apartment, and prep healthy meals for the week. It got done and I felt so much better about life. And it was fun to do those chores with him.

We're turning over a new leaf and we're doing it together. We're going to be more active together (especially now that it's getting cooler outside). We're going to keep each other accountable. We're going to meal prep together. We're going to keep the house clean. We never set real boundaries on chores in our house so we're going to do that and just be more intentional about everything.

So, all this to say, I am so very thankful for my husband. He's exactly what I need. I am so blessed.
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