Here's to the JOURNEY.....

We are the Olnhausens- One family on a journey of following the Lord wherever He takes us to live, serve, and most of all LOVE.... current location- The Wilderness

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

a big thank you to my wife!!!

Hey blog world, this is Becky’s husband Brad… a.k.a “my husband the carpenter”.  I have hijacked her blog for the day to honor, celebrate and thank her for all she does for the Lord and our family. While there is so much to celebrate and thank her for,  I’ll do my best to keep this short and then I will let you all in on a big thank you surprise for Becky at some time today… that is whenever UPS gets here!
 First I must give credit and thanks for all that Becky does. When talking about the value of a wife Proverbs 31:31 says to give her credit for her accomplishments… so I start with my attempt to briefly do that!

 As you have seen in many of her pictures she is a very busy woman (as every mom is).  There has been a lot of changes and adjustments with our resent move to the big WY (dub-y).  As we arrived here December 1 we expected to put Rylan into the preschool program so that he could connect with kids his age right away, but the only preschool program around was full. So Becky has become preschool teacher on top of every thing else it takes to run a house of four. It has been quite a blessing to come home on lunch and not only have a delicious and healthy lunch prepared by “my wife the chef” but to have Rylan spout off all that he has learned from mom that morning. 

Becky has also had to get very creative with the boys on the days that its just to cold and windy to take them outside.  We don’t have a Wii or even a TV so Becky’s creativity has been incredible for our family… you have seen what some of those days have looked liked as she blogs about the boys fishing with my tape measures, building play-doh cakes, castles and other crafts, kitchen hockey, living room bowling,  making fun treats together and the occasional quick run to Taylor Creek Exxon for a snacky snack when the high altitude attacks their attempt at making brownies or cookies!  

Not only am I grateful for Becky’s creativity with the kids and constant up keep of our home, I’m also  grateful for her commitment to making delicious and healthy food for our family and guests. I find myself amazed and blessed by Becky’s ability to take what looks like an empty cupboard and produce a four course meal or a tasty, refreshing treat.  Whether I am running out the door for a meeting or have a crew of people showing up to the house, she is there with fresh coffee & homemade cinnamon rolls or enough food to feed a small army. While all this is a direct testimony to the Lord’s faithful provision in our lives, it is also a testimony to Becky’s willingness to serve others with her talents, interests and every spare second she can afford. I KNOW that as she serves the people of this town through her generous heart and hospitality, they will see a love in her that can only be directed back to a love that comes directly from God!  ("By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:35)
I’m convinced that the strongest ally of any man is not the occasionally guys night out, or retreat away from the daily grind, but rather a consistent, hardworking and supportive wife!  A partner who is committed to grinding it out right beside him… Proverbs 31:10-14 says Who can find a wife of noble character? For her value is far more than rubies. The heart of her husband has confidence in her, and he has no lack of gain. She brings him good and not harm all the days of her life. She obtains wool and flax, and she is pleased to work with her hands

Becky’s  support runs much deeper than being a great cook and a creative mom.  She is always there with a word of encouragement, direction, or discernment when I need it most. I have confidence in her every word and trust her heart completely. It is so valuable and empowering to have this type of support from my wife as I seek to be the best husband, father and pastor I can be.

Becky, thank you for your commitment and unending work in our home and the lives of our two precious boys. Thank you for your unwavering love and support.  For your words of wisdom when I need them most and for your powerful and faithful prayers when I don’t even realize your praying.  I love you!

Pictures and maybe some video of the big surprise to come sometime today... Oh the suspense!!!


  1. So sweet and true Carpenter Boy :o) Can't wait to give her a big hug in person!!!

  2. brad - this is so sweet. As I said before, it is all so true and Becks is such a huge blessing to everyone she meets! We sure are lucky to have her in our lives. ps: After all we have been through over the million years, I cannot believe you won't text me the surprise!!! :)

  3. Ditto on what Jill said! I NEED to know!

  4. I'm sorry but it is hard enough pulling off surprises on Becky so this one is staying with me... ups just got here and now i have to run to my youth gathering so I wont be able to give it to her until about 8:30. I will get some good pics!