How a Second-hand Canoe Helped My Marriage

How a Second-hand Canoe Helped My Marriage

This was a guest post that I did for  To see the full post, please click here.

I am a Do-It-Yourselfer.  (Just check out my Pinterest board for proof!)  I like to be busy, and I pride myself on being resourceful.  I can (and did) manage fine without a husband for many years.  Upon high school graduation, I moved across the state to get a degree.  Upon college graduation, I flew halfway across the world to begin a career in missions.

I am not sharing this to be boastful.  It’s simply how I am wired.  I like to do things on my own and for whatever reason, feel a real sense of accomplishment when I do so.  I was raised this way and can see this trait already in my little girl.  She simply values mastering skills by herself.  This is a strength, but it can also become a weakness and definitely has been one of mine.

The flip side of enjoying independence and self-confidence is that you can become controlling.  Always needing to be in charge, you can wear yourself out.  And by trying to do it all myself, I had.  By not allowing others to help me, I missed out on what they could bring to the table and limited their potential.

And unfortunately, this flowed over into my marriage as well… to continue reading, please click here.

(You can check out where I link up here.)


  • Elizabeth @ Guilty Chocoholic Mama June 29, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Can’t wait to read how this turns out…heading over now. But stopping by here first from Women With Intention Wednesdays! 🙂

  • Debbie Kitterman June 29, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Brook – I hopped on over to finish the article – it was very good and got e thinking – I too am a get ‘er done, do it myself type girl … This portion of what you wrote is what had me skidding to a halt , thinking – oh yes, that is so true! : “In our modern society, it can be easy for men to feel that they are no longer needed. We don’t need hunters – we have grocery stores. We don’t need cowboys – we have 911. We don’t need their muscles – we have Crossfit. You catch my drift…”
    I totally catch your drift and I am so guilty of thinking these things :/ Thanks for stopping by my site today, I also saw your post at several linkups today

    • Brooke Grangard June 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm

      Thank-you, Debbie! I’m glad I found your link-up today! And yes, I’m guilty of thinking those thoughts as well. It’s such a grace to be vulnerable and allow myself to lean on others. Thanks for reading!

  • Michelle June 30, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Letting go is not easy for many, myself included. What a great testimony of how you allowed yourself to fully embrace the moment and look what it did. Always an encouragement to read posts like this. Thank you for sharing at Party at My Place.


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