21 February 2014

Things I'm Loving: Ten

I wholeheartedly believe that no matter what is happening in your life, there is always something you can be thankful for..no matter how simple it is.

I'm hijacking Things I'm Loving again this week because I need to celebrate TEN. It's our ten year wedding anniversary today. So this post is dedicated to this amazing man that I have been married to for the past decade.


It's ten years today since I walked up the aisle with you:
  • while a landslip nearly closed the road and turned a 45 minute journey into a 4 hour journey
  • while outside hurricane force winds were buckling the ranch sliders around us
  • while houses down the road were busy losing their roofs
  • while our marquee in the garden nearly blew away several times and the lighting caught on fire
  • while a water main burst and flooded the lawn around us
We made our forever vows to the distinct sound of tent pegs being knocked deeper into the ground outside to try and prevent further disasters.

There were so many things that weren't 'right' about the day. So much that happened was outside of our control. It seemed as if getting married was the easy part. And in part, it was. I'd never been surer of anything my whole life.

So today, celebrating TEN, here are TEN things I love about you:

I love how well you take care of our family.

You are one of the most considerate and selfless people I know. You never just make plans to do something you want to do without checking what other plans we might have. And when you do go out or away for work, you've already thought to cook us meals in advance and made life as easy as it possibly could be without you there. You have such a nurturing nature and you always make sure your family is well provided for.

I love that you are such a good friend.

You are one of the most loyal and caring people I know. You have so many friends and I don't think I have ever heard anyone say a bad thing about you - perhaps they wouldn't knowing that I'm your wife but still. I love that you still keep in close contact with your friends right from primary days and that those bonds are still strong despite the fact they are half a world away. I love the fact you go out of your way to help your friends. You are always there with a listening ear, slow to judge and quick to forgive.

I love that we share a love of exploring new places.

Whether it's a Blue Spring just down the road, a deserted beach hut in the Maldives, an amazing winter wonderland in the Swiss Alps, the bright city lights of Melbourne, or the glorious desert under Arabian skies, I love how we have embraced and made the most of our travels together, and I hope that we have many more adventures to come in the years ahead.

I love how you take responsibility for your own health

Even more than that I love how much that has changed in the time I have known you. I will be forever immensely proud of the massive changes you had to make to take control of your future and your determination to live a changed life for the rest of your life.

I love all the funny memories we have made

They might not have been so funny at the time, but we can look back on them now and laugh heartily. And oh there have been some doozies. Remember in Crans Montana in Switzerland where I threw all my toys and very nearly threw myself in the frozen lake after a long and difficult day journeying halfway across the country just to find a good place to snowboard?

Remember in Rome where I got off the bus and you got trapped on there carrying all our passports and money - how I just calmly thought I would just walk to the next bus stop to find you while you were busy freaking out and yelling expletives to the driver (who must have been wondering what this crazy foreigner was on) to stop the &*$#! bus?

There are so many more I could write about, but these ones immediately spring to mind and can still make me laugh some 12 or so years later!

I love what an amazing Daddy you are.

Your boys adore you. And with good reason. They have the best Daddy in the world. One who is never too busy to rough and tumble, have a nerf gun fight, jump on the trampoline, take them swimming, clean up their poop, teach them new sports, play board games, walk them for miles to get them to sleep, and generally just LOVE on them. You do more than your fair share of parenting, getting the boys off to day-care and school every morning, so that I can then spend the afternoons with them. You never complain that actually you probably have the rough end of the deal, you simply get up each day, get them ready and out the door on time. All the while leaving the house spotless for us to enjoy (and immediately mess up most of the time) as soon as we get home.

I love that you look for the good in me.

Sometimes you have a lot to put up with. I can be bossy, a perfectionist, an over-organiser which leads to me nagging you multiple times about doing something just because I want it done now. I can nit-pick about the little things, correct you just because I know I am right and don't want to let it lie. I love that most of the time you just brush it off and get on with loving me anyway. And the times where you don't and you justifiably lose your cool, it's always a bit of a shock! Which then means an opportunity for me to learn that hey actually there are boundaries and I need to learn better not to overstep the mark and push you too far.

I love your positivity.

There's not much that gets you down. You are the cool level head that complements my slightly more fiery up and down nature. You definitely help me keep perspective and when I'm tempted to throw in the towel or lose the plot. You always look for the good in situations and people and often help me to see them too. It's a very rare thing to see you grumpy (unless the kids are acting up!) and you are a ray of sunshine that lights up the room when you arrive home to us all in the evening.

I love how much you enjoy food.

For you, food is something to be savoured and enjoyed, not just a means to an end to stay alive. I love that you cook us amazing meals night after night and put up with my sometimes feeble attempts to cook the dishes you know off by heart. I love that you don't give me (too much of) a hard time for how messy the kitchen ends up when I am cooking and baking. I take my hat off to you, how you manage to cook and wash up all before dinner is on the table - I don't know how you do it. For a guy you're pretty amazing at multi-tasking in the kitchen. I love that you have embraced my healthier eating lifestyle and that you encourage me to keep churning out the healthy treats for us to snack on in the evening so we don't reach for the chocolate.

I love how well you love me.

If I'm honest, it also needs to be acknowledged that you are way more romantic than me. You will often surprise me with flowers or chocolates when you know I'm having a rough time with work or my health, or when you want to congratulate me when something has gone well. I love that you are so thoughtful, and I wish I was more spontaneous and thoughtful instead of being too grounded and practical most of the time! The You Complete Me blog post you secretly arranged with Paisley Jade for me to find on Christmas Day is only one example of the incredible thoughtfulness and love you have shown for me unashamedly in front of the watching world.

I pray that this is just the first decade of many together. And if I close my eyes, I can fast forward and imagine us at our golden wedding anniversary in 2054. I know you'll still be a pretty spunky 76 year old even then.  Surrounded by our family and looking into your eyes I'm still thinking that marrying you was by far the best decision I ever made in my life. So.....let's meet there?!

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