Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Thank You, My Love {#TuesdayTen}

Apparently, April is Couple Appreciation Month and April 16 was Husband Appreciation Day, so it seems like the perfect time to take a moment and reflect on all the things I appreciate about my hubby, David. 

When I first met David, I had no intentions of dating him. My friends gave him my number without me knowing. Luckily for me, he called and I reluctantly said yes to a lunch date. As they say, the rest is history. 

I was young, only 21, when we got married - at least that's young by today's standards. Four moves, two dogs, three kids, and almost 17 years later, here we are. Nowadays, we are so busy that, like many couples, it can be hard for us to find time to just be together as a couple. However, there is always time to let each other know how much we love them and how much we appreciate who they are. In fact, I appreciate him so much, I thought of 12 things for this list!

  1. He's smart. I don't know when he finds time, but he reads a lot of current events articles. He is my go-to for what's happening in the world. He knows all about finances, stocks, politics, and world "issues."  
  2. He's worldly. Now, he travels a lot for work, but mostly within the USA. However, before we met, he traveled a lot with friends and has seen much of the world. Slowly but surely, he is taking me to many places as well.
  3. He's handy. I didn't grow up with a Mr. Fixit in the house because my dad was not very handy.  My parents called a repairman for even small fixes. I never thought much about it then. David, however, is what you would call "mechanically inclined." He just knows how stuff works. He can fix a leaky faucet, install a new ceiling fan, assemble a complicated toy without glancing at the instructions, and rescue my computer from an imminent crash. 
  4. He made me a mom. Of course, I did the "heavy lifting" so to speak, but I didn't make babies by myself and he has always been with me through every step of this parenting journey. 
  5. He's a great dad. Admittedly, he has high expectations and can be kind of hard on our girls sometimes. But, he can also make them smile and laugh like nobody else. Often, they will open up and tell him things that they haven't told me. They know they can turn to him for help, for snuggles, and for safety. 
  6. He's an extrovert, which is probably good since he is a salesman! He can talk to anybody anywhere. I cannot tell you how many times he has struck up a conversation with some random person in a checkout line or at a restaurant. As they say, he's never met a stranger.
  7. He is a hard worker. Early on in our marriage, I used to call him a workaholic and get angry about the amount of time he would spend working. After several years and many discussions, though, I have come to realize that, at the heart of his "workaholism" is a strong desire to provide the best for his family. I truly believe he would work 24/7 if he had to in order to gives all of "his girls" the very best he possibly can. He is not afraid of a challenge and he is really, really god at his job.  
  8. He is exceptionally dedicated to his family.  That includes the girls and me as well as his parents, siblings, and in-laws. Every family has at least a little bit of crazy and our families are no different, but David would drop everything for any of them without a second thought. 
  9. He's confident in who he is He's not one to back down from a "fight." He does it tactfully and respectfully, but if he has an opinion (and he has LOTS of opinions), he is not scared to talk about it.  He doesn't worry too much about what others think of him. He sticks to his beliefs even if he is in the minority. He doesn't succumb to trends or fads. He is who he is - no pretending, no facades. 
  10. He thinks I'm beautiful, even when I don't (which is a lot lately). 
  11. He's a really good back scratcher. And, I mean that literally. When I am stressed or tense, he gives a great back rub. 
  12. Last but not least, I have to appreciate the fact that he puts up with me. I know I can be moody and slow to change. I can be a little too serious and scheduled. He has taught me to loosen up a little and to laugh at life sometimes. 
David and I are a lot alike when it comes to our beliefs and values, but our personalities are pretty different. We have always found a way to meet in the middle, though, and we have a very strong marriage. Of course, I tell him I love him, but I'm sure I don't tell him enough how much I truly appreciate him. He's a great husband, a great dad, and a great guy. I'm extremely lucky and grateful that I get to call him mine.  
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