Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Stitched together perfectly

This weekend some neighbors invited us to join them on their boat for the day. We went out to Shell Island where many boaters anchor their boats and spend a day on the beaches of this undeveloped island. We had a great day until we got back to the marina in the evening and as we were packing to head home Brady was trying to catch a hermit crab near the boat slip and fell and cut open the top of his foot. We had to rush him to the emergency room where he received 12 stitches in the top of his little foot.

As he was on the table (somewhat sedated thankfully) and preparing to be stitched up, the doctor asked Bob to lay across his body to keep him from moving from the waste down and for me to stay at the top keeping his arms and upper body stable. Bob laid across his wast and knees and had his head right down where the doctor was working and watched the entire procedure. (Something I would have NEVER been able to stomach!!)

I didn't think about it until later that night, but I found it very interesting how we both where in such different positions in this situation. Bob was down in the guts of it all watching as the doctor sewed our little boys foot back together asking questions and really getting into the whole procedure while I on the other hand sat at his head and kissed his little face and saying sweet words to him, assuring him that everything was fine and the the nice doctors where her to make people better ect.

It really made me think about the different rolls that we both play in parenting. We are perfect together in the fact that we balance one another out. Where I am weak he is strong, and vice- versa. Our differences insure that our children will receive all that God wants them to have. Bob provides them with an example of strength, courage, assertiveness while I influence them with tenderness love and nurturing. There are so many ways we are different, but it is all "stitched" together perfectly by God to allow us to parent our children to be how God wants them to be. I plan to be looking more often now to see ways that Bob and I complement one anther in our parenting.

Oh, and by the way...if you read my entry entitled Nichols' Law a while back, you will be glad to know that Nichols' Law failed this time! Bob was home one day when this event happened! So, I guess everything doesn't always go wrong when Bob is gone! :-) Glad he was here for this one!

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