"Generations" of Fire Chiefs


If you would have told me 10 years ago that my guy would be in this photo in 2010, I would have thought you were being extraordinarily kind...but a little crazy. And now here we are. 

Left to Right: The 2nd chief ever in the city (sworn in during 1969), the 3rd chief (who hired my sweetheart), the current chief, and the "new guy" (to be sworn in soon). The "new guy" is chief of my heart and home, too. I am fully content and happy being the wife of a firefighter. I do not love him more for new titles; but I confess that I am just bursting with pride over what this man has accomplished. I know he does it for us. My heart is full.

He gave up a career doing what he preferred (teaching theology) to live in faithfulness to God's will; to follow the path of service to vocation. Starting over again for the sake of his family. Stretching himself to continue to serve the Church. Earning respect and establishing a credible Christian witness in a secular world. The fruits are beautiful.

To my knight-errant:
The blessing that you have brought to me through that faithfulness is one of the greatest of my life. You have led me and our children with passionate and authentic love. I know that you will lead the men entrusted to your care and leadership well. When I pin your new badge on you, I don't think there will be a prouder woman in the world.

For all the times when you came home to your family instead of out with the guys, and took flack for it...
For all the times you stayed up late to spend time with us and left for work tired while we still slept in the morning...
For all the times you passed up overtime pay so that you could be with your children...
For all the times you spent your hard-earned paycheck to provide us with the things we've needed and to give us the little things we didn't need but that made us smile...
For all the times when you've been a hero to us and loved us beyond your comfort...

....I thank you and thank God. The fire service is just your job; but it is through faithfulness to that job and the little things that make up everyday life that your vocation shines, brings honor to your family and gives glory to your Creator!

Love you, Handsome.
Posted on September 14, 2010 .