Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My Hero Gratituesday November 29th

Happy Gratituesday to each of you. It is the day we set aside to be grateful for our blessings. This past week we had one of our sons home from college. It was wonderful to be together again.

Our children grew up knowing about guns and safety with some history thrown in. The boys really wanted their Dad to take them hunting and target shooting during the Thanksgiving break.

Mornings are incredibly hard on my husband. He tries to sleep through some of it. After a lot of medicine to fortify himself he climbed out of bed. Sometimes it is just so painful to watch that I leave the room. This particular morning was one of the toughest I had seen in a while.

He slowly made his way around the side of the bed, hunched over and holding the edge of the bed as he went and it was then that I had an epiphany.

Thankfully, most people will never experience the kind of neuro pathic pain that my husband endures hour after hour, day after day and month after month. That kind of pain changes everything, and I mean everything. It was during this scene that I realized once again that my husband is a hero. Not one of those fly through the air with a cap flapping in the breeze kind of heroes.

Every day he chooses, in spite of unbelievable pain, to get out of bed and endure one more day without the promise of healing. And one more day he tries with all that is within him to make another memory with the boys that will hopefully last beyond his days. To me that is true courage and for that I am grateful for the hero beside me.

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning Satan says, "Oh crud, she's up".


  1. Indeed, Rich is a hero! I know he's always in pain, but each time I see him I notice he greets everyone and he even teaches a class. How painful it must be for him to even have the strength to study for the class, much less teach it!

    On this Gratituesday, I'm thankful for the Roper family and the role model you set before each of us!

  2. What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing this.

  3. What an amazing testament to an incredible man!! Indeed, he is a hero to many, but how blessed you are to have such a strong leader at the head of your family!! I know that he gains much strength from all of you!! Thank you for the shining example of God's Love put into action everyday!!

  4. we all have so much to be thankful for and usually don't realize it. Just spent some time with my parents the past few days and watched my mom and dad struggle with just moving around. Just getting my dad's leg brace on wears my mom out. I tried doing it for her and it was hurting my back tremendously...I don't know how she does it. I know Rich is doing all he can...what an amazing man. I know that you, Jill, are doing so much to help him and also that it hurts you deeply to watch him suffer. I marvel at the determination that you both have. God bless you both:)