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An Excellent Wife

I am blessed to have such a wonderful wife. I trust her completely with anything that needs to be done. She does not do everything because we are a team, but whatever it is that needs doing, I am confident that she can find a great way to do it.
She finds interesting uses for items that have worn out in their current state. She can find things at Goodwill and flea markets then transform them into useful, beautiful, items that we actually needed.
We are both really good cooks but we each have our strengths. She can shop for our groceries in about a third of the time I can yet grab everything we need, everything that various family members want, and pick up interesting variations, knowing she can use it on a day the she has time for cooking if it is her wheelhouse, or knowing my schedule for a day I can cook. I can barely keep track of my own schedule without consulting my phone. How she keeps all this while shopping is beyond me.
She works to make our house a home. Constantly cognizant of balancing cleanliness and play, she ensures everything is going smooth in the home, cleaning, decorating for each of the seasons and special holidays. A home is where you want to spend your time and she creates that atmosphere. We do not want to live in clutter and we do not want a sterile-like not lived in look. I am blessed that she is capable at making a career and keeping a home – often better than many stay at home wives.
Her planning knows no end. Planning the meals for the week based on our schedules is child’s play compared to planning her work observations to coincide with errands that need to be done, school activities, planning time with Madilyn who loves when we can eat lunch or be a reader in her class. She plans when we can get away together, when we can go as a family, when we can see family. She plans what we can do on those various trips.  She asks for our input and incorporates all we want to do but her doing the planning work takes so much work off my plate. I used to push back on the planning but I now embrace it. It is such a blessing.
Giving is not something that my wife tries to do. It is in her D.N.A. It is at the forefront of all that she does. If our kids need clothes she buys things she knows she can give to someone later. She gives to our church. She gives to the boy’s ranch. She gives to various adoption funds and so many other places. She gives her time. I have a giving spirit and it blesses me that she is such an over-the-top giver.
She reminds me of what Solomon described as the perfect woman.

Proverbs 31

10 An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
11The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
12She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
13She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
14She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
15She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
16She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17She dresses herself with strength
and makes her arms strong.
18She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
20She opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in scarlet.
22She makes bed coverings for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
24She makes linen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
26She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29“Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.
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