Today is my wife’s birthday, and the specific number is none of your business (or, apparently, mine!). Jody’s parents both worked as tax preparers back in 19-whenever when she made her grand entrance on April 14—talk about demanding attention from the very start! She deserves a lot of attention. Jody is, hands down, the most impressive person that I know.
I could list a thousand beautiful words that describe my wife, but let’s try a story instead.
Less than two years after we married, Jody was hired as a full-time houseparent at Children’s Homes, Inc., and I got to tag along for the ride. Imagine the situation: a young married couple in their mid-twenties living with and “parenting” teenagers from a wide variety of challenging backgrounds. Not sure who was more crazy–us or the people who hired us. One evening early in our three years there, we were walking with several of the teenage girls at dusk when Jody and one of the girls got into it, and a battle of two very strong wills was on. Given the body language of the two, my fear was that the battle would soon move beyond wills, and I should mention that the other combatant was about a foot taller and appeared to be twice as strong. But there Jody stood in the growing darkness, eye-to-navel, looking up at the girl she was responsible for and yet somehow communicating that she would take her out in a second if anyone flinched. None of us flinched. There was never a question who would win.
Our daughters never really stood a chance with a mother like Jody who loves with such courage and ferocity. She will stand up to anyone, anytime, anywhere for what is right, and particularly for (and if necessary, to) someone that she loves. She is strength and beauty and goodness all wrapped up in one amazing person.
I can’t even imagine how many people are better because Jody decided to care for them. I just know that I am at the top of the list.