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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Early Life Crisis

So I'm not old enough to have a mid-life crisis but twice in the last year I have been sorely tempted to just resign my position at the university where I work and move my family to one of three locations: Orlando, Florida; San Antonio, Texas; or, San Diego, California.

What do these three cities have in common that would make me consider moving my family there? I'll give you three guesses.

Nope, it's not the sunny, warm weather.

Wrong again, San Antonio doesn't have a Disney park anywhere near it.

Sorry, big city life isn't appealing to Cami and I either.

The answer: Sea World. More specifically: orcas.

I LOVE orcas (more commonly knows as killer whales). They have been my favorite animal since the sixth grade when I wrote a story about a flying orca that saved the world.

A couple of weeks ago I was in Orlando, Florida for a conference. During the conference there was a hosted dinner for conference attendees at Sea World (awesome, right?!). Along with that they arranged for a  special showing of the Shamu show "One Ocean" exclusively for our group. Talk about great dinner time entertainment!

Well, during the show I was absolutely captivated by these magnificent animals. As the show moved along I felt my heart rate quicken, my adrenaline begin flowing, and I realized I was completely caught up in the magic. At the end of the show I pulled out my smartphone, opened my email, and began composing a letter of resignation that I intended to send to my boss. My intention: quit my job, sell our house, and move my family to SeaWorld (it didn't matter which one).

Thankfully, a few words into the email common sense prevailed. I closed my email deleting the draft in the process and instead called Cami to tell her how great the show was.

Now, here's how this story ties into a marriage related topic. Cami was supportive of me quitting my job and moving us to SeaWorld so that I could pursue a childhood dream. What a woman! We have three small boys, a baby due in two months, a mortgage, financial and social obligations, and the list goes on. Yet she was supportive!

(this is just a cool picture of sting rays I took, it has nothing to do with marriage)
She didn't ask (but was probably thinking) "how are we going to sell the house?" or "do you even have the qualifications to be an orca trainer?" (by the way, I just need to practice my swimming a little bit). Nope, she didn't ask those quesitons. She was just supportive. 100% supportive. In fact, I remember her saying, and this is a direct quote, "If that's your dream then we should do it."

Wow. I love my wife so much.

While I would love to be an orca trainer I realize that moving my family would be selfish of me and is unnecessary for me to provide for my family. I have a good job that I enjoy and that enables me to support my family financially. Therefore, for the present, we're staying put.

The point is, however, that we should support one another in marriage. Cami is a perfect example of that and I love her so very much for it.

That gives me an idea for another post... :)

Next time you're in Orlando, San Antonio, or San Diego I admonish you to visit SeaWorld. Make sure you see the orcas. You won't be disappointed (and you'll be thinking about me!).

I would love to hear about a time that you supported your spouse or they were supportive of you. Share it with me in the comments. By the way, if you haven't signed up for my newsletter yet you totally should.


  1. I agree with you, Cami is a perfect wife! :) :)

  2. I saw this in email, and it only showed the first two sentences. No pictures or anything. So, I actually got to guess--and I was right! I pray it will work out for your family some day.

  3. Great Post! Thank you for spreading JOY and sharing at the Oh What a HAPPY Day party.

    Holly at Not Done Growing

  4. I have a friend on FB who says we should rename "Killer Whales" "Sea Pandas!" haha! Yes, they are beautiful and magnificent examples of God's creation. I can completely understand your fascination. And, as always, I'm inspired by how you notice the best in your wife. And I'm so glad she supports you too. So many women don't learn that early in life. She must be a keeper! And thanks for reminding us that we need to do the same for our spouses. In fact, your words here really compliment what I was trying to say over at my place. I think your wife "validated" you and that brought you comfort and perspective. What a gift!

    1. Sea pandas?! I've never heard that before. That's clever! I'm not sure they seem quite that cuddly though. :)

  5. It's wonderful to hear about beautiful marriages! Thank you so much for sharing. I found you off of Linkin with my Ladies and joined you on Facebook. I would love for you to visit me at

  6. I love my husband. He stands by me no matter what. When I was sick and had to quit work, he was there to help and encourage. Now I stay at home and blog and he encourages me. He is great. Thanks for sharing today. I enjoyed your post.

    1. Sounds like you have a great husband Mary. I'm glad. Hang on to him. :)

  7. It's totally awesome that she was so supportive. Treasure her she's a rare find.

    Heidi’s Wanderings


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