I’m going to fall on the sword here. Guys, this is something we need to be aware of. I’ll be honest and say that I am NOT good at recognizing this. It’s not that I don’t have massive amounts of respect for all that my lovely bride does and who she is, it’s that I don’t often express it.

Shame on me.

It’s hard to put in to words but because of WHO she is and ALL that she does, I am able to be who I am and do all that I do. She is the CEO, CFO, Accounting and Human Resource Manager for the Conrad household. One small example is I don’t have the first clue how much we pay for groceries each month. I don’t know how much our gas, electric or water bill is. If you ask me to do something this weekend, I’d have to check with her. I don’t know our schedule or the kids schedule or the carpool schedule. Without her…I am LOST! Literally.

Far more important, she is shepherding our kids hearts. They text me memes and funny videos, they text her questions, schedules and needs. Any credit we get for great kids goes straight to her. THAT much I am sure of. Last, and certainly not least, I am thankful for the “Easy Silence” she creates for me. I got that phrase from the great philosophers “The Dixie Chicks”.

In the easy silence that you make for me
It’s okay when there’s nothing more to say to me
In the peaceful quiet you create for me
And the way you keep the world at bay for me
The way you keep the world at bay

Her ability to “keep the world at bay for me” is remarkable. A recent increased role with my employer created the need for some long weeks. It’s temporary while we get process and improvements ironed out. There is no coincidence I’m popping Nexium and blood pressure medicine every morning. We run a pretty crazy pace and this is just a part of it. It’s chaotic and makes all that she does even more important. She keeps the world at bay. She allows for me to be a father to my kids and a husband to her because details have all been taken care of. It takes someone special and I am married to that someone.

I need to create an easy silence for her too.

I really need to say it more often.