Homeschooled by Homeschooling

A Tribute to my Husband
4/22/2017 5:33:00 PM by: Susan Lyttek

Instead of the April birthday tribute (maybe next year for all my April friends and relatives), I’m writing about things Gary, who happens to have an April birthday, has taught me over the years. I am really blessed to have known him 37 years now. It doesn’t really seem that long in some ways because I’m still learning things about him, but in other ways it feels as if I’ve known him forever. I can’t imagine my life without him woven through it.

This is hard to write because I don’t know where to start or how to limit it. How do you compose a 300-400 word post about someone who is part of everything about you?

I guess, since the theme has always been how people have helped me learn and grow, I’ll try to limit it to that.

  1. He believes in me. That strength behind daily life or unusual challenges keeps me going. He thinks that I’m smarter and more capable than I think I am. And sometimes that faith is what has encouraged me to step out into the unknown. He wasn’t thrilled with homeschooling at first, for instance, but could see how passionate I was about it so he supported the lifestyle in every way. I couldn’t have done it and many other things without him.
  2. He accepts me as I am. We don’t agree on everything, but he doesn’t try to make me like him. Ask him about my music sometime… It can really get on his nerves after a long day. But he doesn’t ask me to change my tastes—just turn down the volume.
  3. He encourages me to try new things. Whether it be a new dish, a new challenge, or visit a different locale, he firmly believes that I should stretch my borders.
  4. He loves to see God at work in me. Often when I hear him praise something about me, it has to do with an answer to prayer, my Bible study, or a commitment I made before the Lord. I know that I would have never become a Christian without Gary’s prayers and influence. That initial drawing continues to grow me in ripples that I am only partly aware of.

With all he is, he tries to make my life as fruitful for the kingdom as he can. I know I only see a fraction of the sacrifices he has made for me over the years. And that little bit I can see makes me so grateful that the Lord brought us together initially and draws us closer day by day.


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