the word “team” has come to mean a lot to kyle and i over the last two years as we’ve gone through ups and downs, school and no school, life and death.  i’m sure steve mentioned something about it as he officiated our wedding. unfortunately, i don’t recall. interesting enough, dictionary.com has this to say about “team”:

1) a number of persons forming one of the sides in a game or contest.
2) a number of persons associated in some joint action
3) two or more horses, oxen, or other animals harnessed together to draw a vehicle, plow, or the like.

the similarity between all three are that it’s people (or animals) united together on the same side to achieve a common goal. perhaps it’s ingrained in us since birth as a means to live, but i’d like to think that it’s something bigger and better than survival.

in the last six weeks, life has been insane.  a few other choice words like chaotic, frustrating, overwhelming, exciting, and exhausting all come to mind too. working 60-80 hour long weeks while going through emotional roller coasters don’t exactly make you the person everyone wants to be around. too bad for kyle, he doesn’t have a choice.

totally kidding!

though family and besties are amazing supporters and come in at a close second, it’s important that your spouse is your number one cheerleader. i believe it’s a make or break it in a marriage. nearing our third anniversary i can reflect on the strengths of our marriage as well as the areas of growth. but teamwork has always been a core strength of ours. and to be able to see it in practice in the last two years is a beautiful thing.  pulling out of pursuing my masters over a year ago so he could complete his was probably the biggest test to date of the meaning of “team”.  the last 18 months has been pure domestic household bliss. for those who know me, i despise domesticity. other than cooking and baking, count me out.  and i believe only reason we have a clean house is attributed to me being type-A.

three weeks ago he finished his pro-cert, finals for his second to last quarter for his master’s program, and is nearly done with the school year. i can say i finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. but it was tough. life looked like this for a while….

work. cook. clean. exercise. work. sleep. repeat.

but as with life, the tables are slowly starting to turn. work has picked up and it will be interesting to say where God takes me. over the last week, kyle has been awesome as i’ve had a few big projects to complete. his new mantra has been:

work. cook. clean. exercise. work. sleep. repeat.

i’m seeing some similarities

honestly, it’s a beautiful thing to not feel guilty about the fact that he has cleaned the whole house (dusted, mopped vacuumed, bathrooms and laundry), cooked, baked and bbq’d all while i sat in front of the computer for 14 hours straight pumping through a strategy document. life will ebb and flow for each of us.  hopefully its together. and in some cases it’s the opposite, just so that we have each other to lean on.

teamwork. it’s all in the name of love.