When people ask me what Nathan does for a living, I tell them he writes musicals and plays.
It’s true, of course, but it’s so much more than that.
He creates experiences.
He wants people to stretch and grow, to see things fresh, to be nourished by laughter, to connect to their inner selves, to wake up from the stupor of mortality so that they might see God.
That’s his prayer, even when he is drawing Shakespeare hamlets by hand, turning them into candle holders.
Clever words, witty plays, music lyrics that turn hearts, that’s what my husband does.
It’s not a desk job. It’s not a fancy oil field. He’s not a farmer and stays out of my garden if he can help it.
He’s a writer. He’s an experience maker. He’s a creator.
And that’s one of the reasons I picked him out for marrying in the temple, because the kind of work he does is eternal.
And to me, that’s worth investing in, with all my heart, time, and energy.
Not every man would write a play and make up an Elizabethan hand dance just to save their baby.
Not every man would spend their free time learning violin music from the 1500’s just to save their baby.
Not every man would research pop song sonnets to teach, just to save their baby.
And I am proud of his hard work, and grateful for his love and appreciation for his family.
And for friends and family who would so support him, and us, and come and play, just to save a baby.
That’s a lot of love, people, and it wrapped me up like a blanket made of hugs, as if for an evening everything was okay, and none of us have to be afraid, and everybody can be healthy and happy and well and alive and breathing.
I will never forget this night, with Christmas lights hung in the rafters, the howls of laughter, the bursting of songs, the consecration of a new kitchen and such time period research and love by the cooks, and hugs by so many who have prayed for this baby girl.
I am so grateful to so many who are angels to us, and so grateful to a Father who knows even her secret name.
I am so blessed by this husband of mine, and so glad he is the one I married.
I do love him, and I know he loves me and the children.
And that does make me so very happy.