The way he thinks is so different from me.

 His logic, and observations catch me off guard.  The way he loves me unlike anyone I’ve ever known, love that is unconditional, yet unafraid to discuss difficult subjects.

He listens, though he has difficulty hearing.  He knows my behavior and can read my mood before I realize that I have a mood.

I know the way he likes his coffee.  Bringing it to him as he prepares for work is a small gift I can give to him.

I honor him by listening to what he knows, without interrupting.  That is not always easy, I can be very opinionated.

I honor him by bringing discipline to my life that will set an example for the children of who they would like to be, or who they would like to marry.

We honor each other by not being a vacuum of need.

 We both laugh too loudly, then gesture to the each other to tone it down.

We honor each other by not pressing down our gifts, or ideas.

He is the pilot, I am the co-pilot, we are both necessary, we compliment each other.

There were times when we both had the thought, that calling it quits might be easier.  Step-families are not for the tender of hide. But quitters never win, and winners never quit.

This Christmas I am thankful for the gift of Christ, family, and my husband; and the characteristics of Christ I see in him.

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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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