Friday, February 6, 2009


PapaBear and I joke that he and I wouldn't have been friends in high school if we'd known each other. He was almost 25 when we met and I was 21 so we weren't the same people we were as teenagers. We aren't exactly opposites, but the common stereotypical differences between men and women hold true in our relationship.

One of the good things about being different is that we have different strengths. I can fall back to sleep even after going out in the cold early in the morning to unlock the gate. He doesn't mind going out in the dark to drive through the park and lock up.

On the weekends during the summer, someone else opens the gate, but in the winter that job falls completely on our shoulders.

When I drive past our house and see my tracks out to the gate I don't cringe at the thought of the next time I have to set my alarm for 6:45 on a Saturday or Sunday morning - instead I smile and thank God for blessing me with a husband like PapaBear.

Looking for a new job is never fun, but he's not letting it get him down. He's helping out SO much at home so I can focus on my freelance work. He called me the other day to ask a couple questions about the Beef Barley Soup recipe we use and I about cried. Without being asked, he took it upon himself to make one of our favorite meals.

He plays with the kids all day long. Honestly, it makes me a little sad that the kids prefer to play with him now. Not jealous sad, but sad that I haven't been good at playing with them like I should be. Sam has a specific way he likes to play 'boats & fish" and with his race cars that I just don't get, but PapaBear does. They play for hours at a time.

PapaBear has been checking in with the employment agency and is filling out a park maintenance position application with a local park district. Those jobs are very competitive since they don't become available very often and the pay and benefits are so good. Thank you for your continued prayers as we seek God's will. One door that He has opened is the opportunity to trade even more of our housing expenses for our experience doing park programing. We meet with the the parks coordinator and his boss next Wednesday to see if we can come to an agreement that benefits all of us. I'm just as nervous for that meeting as I was for the meeting that determined whether we got the caretaker position.

This post took me almost a week to write since it's important that I spend my computer time wisely (read: focusing on paying projects). I do use twitter, so you can always read the breaking Bear Country News there. I'll be back to blogging every day just as soon as I get about 300 blog book pages designed. Thanks for your patience!


Jenney February 6, 2009 at 4:28 PM  

Thanks for catching us up. I am praying for you guys, and following your old posts just shows me how faithful God has been in the past. Have a good weekend!

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom February 6, 2009 at 5:01 PM  

You continue to be in my prayers. What I find amazing is the fact God knows all--he knew BEFORE we were born the people we would become, and the men we would marry. That never ceases to boggle my mind! Take care, friend, I think of you often!

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