Monday, April 02, 2012

Nineteen Reasons I Love This Man

Yesterday my husband Lee and I celebrated 19 years of marriage. Yes, we were married on April Fool's day and unlike my daughters post on Facebook, it isn't because our marriage is a joke (Yes, she got lots of teen-points for that one).

I was 18 when we got married, so I've officially been married to him longer than I wasn't. He continues to be my best friend and biggest fan--the foundation of all the great things I have in my life. We've had plenty of other rivers to forge, but we are a good team and I am so grateful for that. Since I flaked the Anniversary card (the one he gave me was sweet) and was sick most of the day and he was recovering from a night shift and then had to work another one (after 19 years you do give up some of the glamor) I thought I would list out 19 of the reasons I love Lee so very much in hopes of making up for the lack-luster celebrations of yesterday (I'm also booking an overnight for next weekend).

Here we go:

1--He works hard to take care of our family.
2--He works SMART to take care of our family and is always looking for the next wise move on our behalf.
3--He makes me laugh everyday . . . even when I don't want to laugh.
4--He is amazingly optimistic and works toward those goals continually.
5--He's a great father to our kids.
6--He makes me feel beautiful.
7--He tells me the truth . . . even when I don't want to hear it.
8--He continually encourages me to reach for the stars.
9--He is not threatened by my success.
10--He agrees with me on matters of scouting.
11--He can handle it when I disagree with him.
12--He has never once pulled a covered wagon on me--it would be the last time, let me assure you.
13--He works hard to keep himself healthy.
14--He gets better looking every year.
15--He has never once put me down or called me a name.
16--He reminds me to relax and take things one day at a time.
17--He has a transcendent faith that exceeds what's taught on Sunday and permeates every part of his life.
18--He learned to love Sushi.
19--He loves me, despite myself at times.

Want more details? I blogged about him and or marriage HERE and HERE and HERE


Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary, Josi! What a great list. I love how respectful he is to you. You can see it in nearly every single item. Good men are great tender mercies. =D

Kristina P. said...

Sounds like you are perfect for each other!

Happy anniversary!

Debbie Davis said...

josi, I love this about yoru husband and you. I got married at 19 but met him when I was 17 at college and he was 2 weeks home from his mission, and now after 22 and a half years, I have definetely been married longer than not,and wouldn't trade it for the world. I love how in love you are,and I love the way you write about your hubby. It made me feel all wonderful and reminded me how much I love my husband. Happy Anniversary! You both just keep getting better =0)

Lolawid said...

What a beautiful list! My hubby and I are celebrating our 28th in 2 months. A couple of years ago, for Father's day, I made a shadow box listing 101 things I loved about my hubby. It is probably the only gift that I have given him (besides our children) that brought tears to his eyes. Hope you had a great day!!

Corrina Terry said...

Thanks for this positive post on marriage and marriage life! Loved it!!!

Unknown said...

Very cool. Nineteen years is a long time. I'm going on 17 myself and I think marriage gets easier every year we are together. I'm sure you feel the same. Congrats!

Unknown said...

Congrats! I'm at looking at 17 years myself this year. Dang I feel old! :)

Mya Wright said...

i know it's months later but i just started following you, but that is still so awesome that you got married on April fools :D do you play pranks on echother instead of giving gifts and doing sokething romantic together? :D