was humbling and emotional. Much is a blur, but my proudest
moment was when he was referred to as a servant leader, one
thing about him that I deeply love and respect. There is
something incredibly attractive about seeing a grown man
choke up and cry. Most of us don’t get standing ovations from
a big room full of people. It was an honor to share the spotlight
with him on that night.
Getting to the decision for my husband to begin to step
away from a demanding profession and move toward home
has been quite a process. It has required a great deal of honest
communication. Sometimes words are spoken in love,
sometimes in desperation, and hopefully always with respect
along with open ears and hearts. At times it has felt like a great
big negotiation full of compromise from each side.
Work-life balance is challenging. One of my favorite
moments during the weekend was an exchange I had with two
company employee dads. “We make it a priority to show up at
our children’s schools each and every week for an hour. Yes,
we miss work, but we figure out a way to make that up.” This
was not the mentality of the mostly male leaders of my
husband’s company in days gone by. It is also exciting to see
more females in a company that has traditionally been
predominantly male. I have seen flexibility and progress in this
area during the twenty-five plus years since Mark began his
work in that place.
As I reflect on the emotions and the observations from
that April weekend, hope arises. I have a great deal of optimism
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