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November Already?!

So, about that Write31Days Challenge…

I failed.

I mean, I’ve missed the last sixteen days. Sixteen very fast-moving days. In the blink of an eye, it’s November already!

I’m wrapping up with these last few thoughts about being married to a preacher:

1 – We don’t get our prayers answered any quicker than anyone else. We also don’t get a “yes” for everything we ask for. Poppa Bear’s access to God is the same as everyone else’s. If all of our prayers were answered, Tank would still be around…but, it’s not. I’m not bitter.

2 – PB supports me in ministry just as much as I support him. So much so, that he has spent our past two wedding anniversaries with me in Las Vegas during the Leading and Loving It Re:Treat! Being a part of Leading and Loving It has given me the opportunity to share with other pastor’s wives and women in ministry. He knows that I love serving in this capacity, and his support makes serving even easier.

3 – PB has mastered being able to eat in fifteen minutes or less. I am not exaggerating. I thought teachers were fast eaters, but preachers are right there in the same lane. When there’s no one around to interrupt his eating, he always finishes first.

4 – PB is normal (pretty much!). We don’t listen to gospel 24/7. We don’t have The Word Network on our television all day and night. Every family dinner doesn’t turn into bible study lessons. We like to have fun like any other family, and we love going on dates. Our last date night was with Boyz II Men!

5 – We make our kids serve in church even if they don’t want to. We are the adults; they are the children. They will always have a choice. They just have to be ready for whatever consequence (or reward) comes out of the choices they make. They will serve God and His people until they are no longer living in our house.

6 – We support our church and community activities as much as possible. Even if that means dressing in costumes for Trunk or Treat. God has blessed us with friends and church family who are just as sold out as we are when it comes to serving God and His people.

Overall, we LOVE being a ministry family and I LOVE being married to my preacher man!

I think I would do much better with writing every 31 days instead of writing 31 days in a row! I’ll check in with you all again soon and I won’t wait for 31 days to pass. I promise!

~ Married to the preacher man

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Not the Cook!

Well, blog family, it’s Wednesday! If I had to take a guess as to what most Christians I know are doing right now, I’m 85.9% sure they are preparing to head out to bible study. If not bible study, then some type of midweek hour of power/praise and worship service.

What am I doing? I’m cooking dinner! I know you’re shocked because that’s not my thing. Everyone knows that Poppa Bear (PB) is the real cook in the Party of Six. He’s teaching Cubs 1 & 2 to follow in his footsteps. Yes, my future cub daughter-in-laws are going to be set! Yet, here I am on a Wednesday evening slaving away at the stove preparing a scrumptious, mouth-watering meal for my cubs. I really need to stop…y’all know that’s not true! Lol!

So what’s it like being married to a preacher man (who is the main cook in the family)? I keep it simple and easy when it comes to cooking when PB is away. Tonight, it’s spaghetti and meatballs. Mmmm!

Frozen meatballs cooked in pasta sauce and spaghetti!

So easy, in fact, that I had time to type up this blog while waiting for the spaghetti to get flimsy!

Yep! I give The Olive Garden a run for their money! Ha!! Okay. I’m done.

~ Married to a preacher man

This is the fifteenth post in a series of 31 posts about being married to a preacher. You can read them all HERE.

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Celebrate Good Times

We are invited to a lot of activities. Unfortunately, we can’t get to all of them. Sometimes that’s due to no babysitter if the cubs are not invited. Sometimes we have our own family activities going on. One of our rules is that if multiple activities are happening at the same time, we don’t do any at all instead of picking or choosing which to attend. Recently, we were invited to a 90th birthday party for a member of the church. First, we were surprised that the invite was for all six of us considering the venue. That’s rare!! After double-checking with the family of the birthday girl, she did indeed want all six of us to attend!

Since we were familiar with the location of the party, we knew that a certain dress code would be expected…one that our cubs would not be happy about. When we told them that we were going to a party, they were excited! When we told them they had to wear church clothes, their mood changed real quick. To add to their misery, we made them wear their church clothes to church school. We have church school on Saturday mornings, and they would NEVER wear church clothes on a Saturday. You would’ve thought we had said we were cancelling Christmas!

Well, they got over it. They didn’t really have a choice.

So, what’s it like being married to a preacher man? Getting our cubs to step outside of their norm is torturous sometimes. We told them who the party was for, the delicious food they were going to have for lunch, other people (including kids) who were going to be there, but it didn’t matter until we arrived.

Only then, did they see that their attire blended in with everyone else there.

They had their own place cards with their individual names on them, so they felt important.

We had a few quick reminders of which fork to eat with first and how to sit in a chair when we wear a dress.

Then there was the food! They LOVED the food (as we had expected). They even wanted to take the dinner rolls of the couple who was late arriving to the table! Cub 2 had at least three slices of chocolate cake.

Best of all, we had a great time celebrating with the birthday girl!

~ Married to a preacher man

This is the fourteenth post in a series of 31 posts about being married to a preacher. You can read them all HERE.