Vanilla (Proverbs 12:4)

“I’m vanilla!”


This is what my wife says to me when she feels that other people are more exciting, talented, creative, or energetic than she thinks she is. I reassure her that she is absolutely amazing. She manages to adeptly  juggle and balance her many responsibilities-a pediatric dentist, a mother to two teen-agers, and caring for a stubborn and spoiled husband. Instead, she laments that she is just plain and ordinary, like vanilla, nothing special.


Nothing special? Vanilla is the most popular aroma and flavor. Millions love it as a solo flavoring or as an additive with many different foods ranging from cakes, to ice cream, even with meats such as porks and steak. It is as versatile as it is delicious.


An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,

but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.

Proverbs 12:4 (ESV)


I am thankful and grateful for my wife-my crown, helpmate and best friend.She is anything but plain. Like vanilla, she makes my life richer and sweeter, enhancing everything I do. She brings this quality to her work, her family, and to her friends.


I wish I could be vanilla!


Love and trust the Lord; keep our family strong.

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