My wife, the editor

I appreciate my wife for so many reasons, I really couldn’t list them all. But tonight I appreciate my wife, the editor.

I have several writing projects I am working on, for the story team, our missional community, and a new creative project. She has been an incredible help.

She sees things I don’t see and has great insight on how to speak to a reader. When the subject is academic, she knows how to help me bring my tone down. When it’s a profile for the Austin Stone Story Team she knows how to keep the action moving and fit a narrative arc into the space requirements. Oh, and she is absolutely rock solid with her grammar.

I love my wife for many reasons, but in so many ways her skills with language and words move me deeply. And, like many other areas in my life, she makes me better.

Affect with an “a”

I tell my students all the time that the choices they make now will affect things in the future. The future I’m referring to in their cases could be the next five minutes or later in the school year. It usually doesn’t go beyond that for them. And they can still make radical life changes at their age. They can because no one is relying on them for anything– they are the dependents. I find this situation interesting because my students don’t understand the concept of “affecting” others. They’re so wrapped up in themselves and their own lives that it doesn’t make sense to them. Heck– they think the word begins with an e!

But for me, I understand that word all too well. My actions and choices affect others. And now they seriously affect another. The longer we’re married, the more I am made aware that so much of what I do or don’t do affects my husband– for good or for bad. And when there’s a big decision, like a major life decision, I have to think about how it affects me, him, and us. Oh yeah– and the future us.

That’s where I am today. It’s major life decision time and the decision making process has changed.