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Friday, March 24, 2006

Blogging in my wife

I am a man who has been blessed by more than 33 years of marriage to my wife, Elena. She has been steady, a friend, a needed foil, at times, and has grown in me, as I have grown in her. Living in my wife has been a privilege. And she gives me the idea that she has appreciated living in me, as well. Elena has never tolerated my natural tendency to wallow in some untruths which I learned as a child. Instead, she has encouraged me to move beyond them. I honor her for this and have grown in truth partly because of her influence. Sometimes, as our anniversary approaches, I have written poetry for her. And I am glad to publicly speak in her. She deserves it. Not only do our children rise up and call her blessed, but I, her husband, do as well. I hope that many other men will walk in their wives as I have been privileged to do in mine.

For any husband who is reading this, do you live in your wife?


At Sat Mar 25, 06:42:00 AM, Blogger Dan Sindlinger said...


Very touching blog.

I can't help but notice the similarity between "living in your wife" and the biblish expression "living in Jesus", so I'm wondering how parallel they are in meaning.

I'm also wondering if there is a more common expression that would convey the idea of "living in your wife". I can't recall anyone using the expression that they live in someone else.

By the way, I wish you and Elena many more happy and growing years together.

At Sat Mar 25, 08:49:00 AM, Blogger lingamish said...

I agree, Dan. I read this post over and over and wondered if Wayne was trying to make a point about awkward English! Since he's a poet I can imagine him stretching the boundaries of the language in search of new ways of expressing himself.

You have to admire Elena and the forbearance she shows toward a husband that blogs as assiduously as Wayne does. He has a real ministry in this area but it requires a big commitment. Does she do any blogging?

Seems to me that blogging or any obsessive activity can actually be a detriment to our human relationships. I know I personally have to consciously shut the lid on the laptop when the kids come in the room and want to snuggle.

By the way, I was supposed to meet up with Wayne and Elena on their way down I-5 yesterday. I forgot to call them. Can you guess why? I was blogging!

Finally, I'd like to say that I think it is important for us to be transparent with our wives about our Internet "exploring." She needs to know what you do online not just in terms of accountability but so that you don't end up "living in" different worlds.

Great post, Wayne. Maybe we can try to meet again on your way north on Monday!

At Sat Mar 25, 10:04:00 AM, Blogger Joe said...

It's a great concept, and, yes, I think I do.

At Sat Mar 25, 02:11:00 PM, Blogger Mike Sangrey said...


Reminds me of a Swiss military proverb: "If the map and the terrain disagree, believe the terrain."

And to answer your question, yes, and more today than last year and I pray that it will be more next year than today.

At Sun Mar 26, 09:45:00 AM, Blogger Wayne Leman said...

To all who wondered, yes, I was copying the Greek syntax imported to English of en Xristw. I have never felt that that imported syntax is natural in English. As a translator I subscribe to the principle that any concept, including that of Greek en Xristw can be expressed in any other language using only the natural syntax of that target language. There are some English Bible versions which actually translate, rather than transliterate, en Xristw to English. But there is great resistance among English Bible translators to do anything other than syntactically transliterate that Greek prepositional phrase.

Thank you for the good wishes for our marriage. Right now Elena and I are in Oregon, helping her parents celebrate their birthdays. Her father turns 90 this week. Her parents have set a godly example for their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and many others to whom they have ministered. We gladly honor them.

David, I thought of you a number of times as we drove by your area. But it was dark and raining and we were having difficulty seeing the road clearly. I didn't want to add to my stress by trying to make a cell phone call while calling. It will be daylight when we pass your place on our way north, and I hope we can make contact them.

At Mon Mar 27, 02:52:00 PM, Blogger lingamish said...

Folks, big news! I just met Wayne and Elena in person! Yeehaw! Living legends! Wayne is even funnier live than on the blog. He was really snickering about this post.

At Mon Mar 27, 08:49:00 PM, Blogger Ted Gossard said...

Blogging in my wife. Well my wife doens't blog. I'm not sure that she's read any of my own blog on her own. To be fair she doesn't get on the computer much, if any.

Yes. I do think we live "in" each other. We are interdependent and intertwined in many ways.

But a good question. And one that married couples should not take for granted!

At Tue Mar 28, 02:46:00 PM, Blogger Wayne Leman said...

Folks, big news! I just met Wayne and Elena in person! Yeehaw! Living legends! Wayne is even funnier live than on the blog.

And you have really fine looking and respectful children. Keep up the good work with them.


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