To set the backdrop.
Having some serious problems in my marriage. I've been married for 15 years. We came into this marriage with children. I had one and my wife two. A year ago this may our 2nd to oldest child fell off of a cliff and almost died. He is now paralyzed from the waist down and that has been a huge heart ache for all of us. We had many problems with him before his accident, he ran away when he was 17 and was having serious issues with porn. He had been getting into drugs as well (and still is). We have been absolutely grieved by all this, trying to support him and encourage him towards the Lord as much as we can. It has been overwhelming. We are hopeful now things are going better. We also have 7 other kids, for a total of 10. 8 still live at home.
This last fall my view on what all happened.
This last fall, to put it bluntly my wife was unfaithful. She was in a romantic relationship with a man from the hospital that Noah was staying at when he had sepsis. The relationship did not turn physical before it was found out but it was very romantic in nature. When I originally addressed it she lied to me. She later admitted when I confronted her with more knowledge. It wasn’t a very long relationship; 6 days is all; but please know that we are months out now and hardly a week goes by (often more like day) that I am not weeping over it. My wife is largely ignorant of much she killed me. I’ve realized that I put my trust in something empty. I do love her, more than life; however, as we have moved on I’m realizing more and more that this relationship is based on my suffering. After everything came out I was absolutely crushed. I mean nothing to live for, emotional type crushed. I hardly had a reason to go on it seemed. We started working on things, and had an overnight without kids and had great talks and since have just went on. She largly doesn’t want to talk about it at all to the point she has threatened with “if you can’t get over this maybe we just won’t work out” when talking about it has started. Her point was well taken and we haven’t talked about it. What this shows me is what I have been shown many times through both actions and words, that she truly doesn’t love me. She loves that I do things for her and treat her well, leave love notes, buy flowers, rub her back and feet but she has no true sacrificial love for me. Maybe this is just my thoughts and not reality but there are certainly days that I look back and ask myself why was I the one picking up the broken pieces of our relationship and not her when it was me that she crushed? Is this what marriage looks like? Certainly, Christ suffered for his bride. I just pray that it doesn’t stay this way. There is a U2 song that says ‘I can’t live, with or without you’. That is so how I feel. This hurts so much, but I love her and still want her and would give my life for her. I really need some godly advice. I am not in need of sympathizers.
Her view on this.
She says I’m too jealous which make me fearful. She says it’s because of past relationship that my ex committed adultery.
She says in general terms that I’ve always been overly jealous but when it comes down to it and we talk about it there are number of things I was jealous over that anyone would be ie.. going to ex boyfriends houses while I’m at work, having ex boyfriends come to our house also while I’m at work. I don’t think anything happened but come on. I would never do that to her. Call me crazy but I don’t think this is over jealous at all. Over the past year, since Noah fell there have been two more instances that she brings up. She brings them up out of context and only talks about my being upset about it. The first is over a young man that was at the hospital while Noah was there. She was staying up at the hospital. She introduced to him (Henry) to me. Nothing to weird. I was a little thrown off by their reaction to me. She was telling me how great he and another man up there were. She went into their room to talk, as she had been doing and when I came in it got weird. They were so awkward around me. Red flag, but not on her part. It just showed me where these guys where coming from towards my wife. A couple weeks down the road I am reading texts from him to my wife and there is a missing flow to the conversation. I asked her about it and she was honest with me and said that Henry had made a pass at her. She said he crossed the line and let me start talking with him. Everything is still fine, however at this point she is being very distant to me both emotionally and sexually. She had also recently started wearing more revealing clothing. This is where we had a fight. I connected the dots, and accused her of not being interested in me but revealing herself to other in her dress. My point is it was a singular thing. I’ve since apologized. I don’t want to tear her down and I think that is the way she feels. There was also another case that also is out of context when told by her. The part she brings up is me accusing her of trying to impress a guy at church. To put it into context. This was a week that we were away with Noah for therapy for him. During the week several times she commented she thinks I look sloppy. She didn’t like the way I dressed. She complained that I look like a hunchback as well several times. I’m not bragging but I am a very handsome and fairly fit man. I do (or did) have plenty of confidence in myself. Just the same, comments like these from her really sting. From someone else I might even laugh. Not from her though. I think the world of her and wish she did of me too. During this time we went to church twice. The first time there were two young men that sat down from us that came up and said hi at the beginning of the service. Later my wife comments on how manly and cool they are. Ouch, I’m sloppy and hunchback and they are manly and cool. Love you too hun. The next visit to this church we pick a seat and a few minutes later one of these two guys comes and sits down the row from us. At that point, my wife starts shaking her hips during the song. Later is where I did accuse her of trying to impress this guy. I’ve also since apologized sincerely with tears for both. I do give of myself and want to build her up.
I’m only telling these stories because they are what she has been claiming are the reasons she pursued the romantic relationship with this other man. Is this my fault? Do I deserve this? I have always been a loving husband. I don’t forget birthdays, anniversaries etc. I show her a care deeply. I take as much load on myself as I can. I sleep hours less, take care of kids whenever I can, cook for her, and I mean cook well for her. I’m all about doing something special for my wife. My kids are a huge witness to this and talk about it. I love and have loved my wife. I’m not at all claiming i did it perfectly. I’ve been grumpy and all that, but I love my wife and show it. I love her more and more I as the years go on. I’m learning about what it looks like to love more and more. There have been shaky years in the past as well. She had some sort of depression after the birth of our last son. It was pretty much a year of in bed until noon at which time breakfast was brought to her as much as possible. I was running my own company from home at that time and would work a 20 hour day or two a week and have another in office(at home) day so it was a blessing from God on the timing for sure so I could help more. It was a tough year I was watching kids, running a new business, building our house and trying to keep our marriage going. ‘I hate you and I want a divorce’ were said so regularly that I couldn’t tell you how many times I heard them. I know she was having a tough time but that hurt. It still does. I still think of those words particularly when we fight. I was giving my all.
I want our marriage to work out but I have no idea how to make it work. There is still a big issue of modesty. I don’t have a lot of trust for her, which I know is necessary in a good relationship. I am always telling her and showing her how attracted I am to her. It seems that’s not enough. Please any advice someone might have in steering this marriage back aright would be so appreciated.