Prioritizing Family With A Busy Husband!

by Kathy Sykes on February 7, 2012 · 2 comments

This is my second post in a new series of “Prioritizing The Family With A Busy Husband”. In my first post, I showed a photo of how time is spent in my house with a busy working pastor for a husband and father.

This week, my photos show how sometimes tasks can get put on the “back-burner” because your husband is so busy that everything just can’t get taken care of in the time in which we, as wives, would like it. The goal is for us to learn patience and tolerance.

First let me set the stage for you, before Christmas (yes, last year) we decided to rearrange our bedroom so that we could incorporate an electric fireplace and free up more space. In the process of doing so, our television fell out of the hutch it was sitting in and stopped working. By the grace of God, we had just purchased a new one for my son’s room and replaced the broken one with the new one. In the meantime, hubby just pushed the broken television over to the side of the room. AND THAT IS WHERE IT HAS SAT FOR AT LEAST SIX WEEKS!!!!!!!

Trying not to be a nag, I mentioned moving it out of the room on occasion in order to give him all the time he needed (it is worth mentioning that my hubby is a full-time pastor, works a full-time job on the night shift and is a participatory husband and father). I would have done it myself, but then you get into that Catch 22. If I do it, then he will say that he was going to do it and I didn’t give him enough time. And the thing is heavy.

But I just couldn’t take it one more day. As hubby was getting ready to go for his daily morning breakfast with his community of ministers (all dressed in a suit and tie), I stated that the television had to be taken out today and right now. Was I being the “nag” that I was trying so hard not to be? I think not since I heard hubby pushing the television down the hallway towards the garage. I believe that he understood too that I had been patient and it was time to get the job done.


He made it to the dining room and had to stop to take off his suit jacket and continued the move. I snapped this picture and do you think he was happy about that?


I thanked my husband for taking the time to “stop” and prioritize what I felt was important at the time. It can be difficult to have the perfect balance in a family when both parents are extremely busy. But we must stop to take the focus off of ourselves for a moment and support the needs of others (in the midst of our craziness).

**Disclosure: Hubby and I debated a little while about me posting the picture of him and was it (as he called it) making a mockery of the situation, but I see it as encouraging other families that there will be stressful moments, but reminding each other of what’s important to make the family work, is very important to share! LOVE YOU HONEY!!!


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Linda Kirk February 7, 2012 at 12:10 pm


Thanks for moving the broken T.V.


Kathy Sykes February 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm



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