Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Doc's Night

Doc didn't get home until around 8 pm from the hospital last night and he still had a patient in labor. He had to stay up until 11 pm to make a decision on how to help her proceed with her labor. He knew when he got off the phone that she would deliver in the middle of the night. So he crawled into his warm bed, next to his warm wife and tried to fall asleep. He has trouble falling asleep when he knows that he will have to get up in a few hours. I laid there as he tried to quiet his mind enough to doze off. Finally, he was still and I could tell by his breathing that he was asleep.

Now, for those of you who are keeping score, last night it was A FRIDGID 14 degrees in the middle of the night. There was freezing drizzle and the streets were covered in a layer of ice.

I don't know what time it was when I felt him stirring. I asked him if he was ok and he said, "Yeah, I gotta go to work." Then he smooched me and got up out of bed to face the cold and bring another little one into the world. Bless his cold, tired little heart! It's 7:30 am and he hasn't been home yet. He starts seeing patients in an hour, so he probably won't get more than a couple of cups of coffee to get him through the day. I, on the other hand, can stay warm in the house because Bub's preschool is cancelled.

I'm feeling blessed that he sacrifices a full night's sleep and braves the cold to take care of his patient, but even more importantly to him, to provide for his family. I know I don't tell him enough, that I recognize the sacrifices he makes and why he makes them. Please allow me to publicly say this to him...

THANK YOU, SWEETHEART, FOR ALL THOSE EARLY MORNINGS AND MIDDLE OF THE NIGHTS THAT YOU SACRIFICE TO DO YOUR JOB. I KNOW THAT IT IS BECAUSE YOU LOVE ME AND THE KIDS AND WANT TO PROVIDE FOR US! IT IS NOT UNNOTICED NOR IS IT UNAPPRECIATED. YOU ARE AMAZINGLY GENEROUS AND I'M SO PROUD TO BE YOUR WIFE. YOU BLESS ME! I LOVE YOU!

Tonight, you can be sure that he will come home to a fire in the fire place, a warm meal, children who are excited to see him and a grateful wife. But, truthfully, what will really make his day will be a full night's sleep in his warm bed!

9 comments:

Kimber said...

What a sweet tribute to your hubby.

Miss. Pretty said...

That was really nice!

What type of doctor is Doc??just being nose-y haha.

Robynn's Ravings said...

Thank you for reminding me of the sacrifices my own DH makes on our behalf. I've frequently had the same thoughts. We are a one-income homeschooling family and he carries a heavy weight. And with this economy, it gets weightier.

I take my laughs where I can get them and create them everytime I can. If you could use one, stop by "my place" anytime. Today's post is Pastors and False Teeth. :)

Robynn's Ravings said...

Wow! High praise over at my place and thank you. I'm glad you stopped in to hang out for a bit. I can't wait to come back here and check out your other blogs, too. Got a quick glimpse at the four sisters - too much beauty for one family...not fair! Gotta take off and do mom things but I'll be back. :)

Erin Evans said...

Awww...Doc is such a champ! And you do a great job of taking care of the homefront. You're a good match :) Tell that Jayhawk I said hello!

Farm Chick said...

This one made me cry for two reasons. One, it reminds us all to recognize our husbands for their work. Two, I know how much it means to see YOUR doctor show up to deliver your precious baby. You rock, Doc! :)

Sondre Lyn said...

Have I mentioned how very much I like your blog?! What a sweet sweet note to your husband! aaawwww.... :D

Christina Zimmerman said...

Very sweet! I think they secretly appreciate us just for appreciating them. Husbands are pretty great people aren't they?

Unconventional Doctor said...

You are a gracious woman! Thank you for your support and sacrifice, especially after this weekend. I love you dearly, not only because of what you do for our family, but mainly for who you are and your heart of gold!