Forgive me for bragging, but I have to share my feelings about my dear hubby so after I'm gone, my children will know how much their mommy loved their daddy. His nickname is Mr. Wonderful, and I'll be referring to him by his nickname on this blog from now on. Here is how the nickname came about... one day I was upset with him about something trivial. We had gotten in a little tiff while shopping so I stormed off in a huff, (not one of my most mature moments) and while browsing the aisles at the store, I came across this doll. I picked it up and noticed on the back there was a list of 16 phrases he said to make you feel like the most special woman on earth including...
"You've been on my mind all day. That's why I bought you these flowers."
"Why don't we go to the mall. Didn't you want some shoes?"
"The ball game is not that important. I'd rather spend time with you."
"You know, I think it's really important that we talk about our relationship."
"Can your mother stay with us for another week?"
"Let’s just cuddle tonight."
"Mmm…you look so beautiful in the morning."
I was immediately humbled. It hit me at that moment that I was married to the personification of that doll! I swear, he says all those things! (Well, except for the shopping one- I'm not really a big fan of malls). Anyway, my heart was immediately softened and I forgot about our petty issue. I recognized how lucky I was and I threw my arms around my very own tall, dark, and handsome Mr. Wonderful. I am so grateful to be married to such a devoted, sensitive, thoughtful and loving husband. He is not perfect, but he is perfect for me. We've been through so much together, and our love has grown stronger through it all.
I made a cheesy calendar for him once full of our pictures from when we were dating, and this is the page from February that includes my favorite picture of us from those days. The picture was taken at such a perfect night in Seattle. We were so carefree and happy with such few responsibilities then. I thought it couldn't get any better than that. But now, 4 kids, a mortgage, and huge full-time responsibilities later... we're happier than ever even though it's really hard sometimes. I am grateful beyond expression for this wonderful man who is such a great balance of sensitivity and strength. He is my very best friend and my one and only true love. I'm so grateful for the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and that I could be sealed in the holy temple to this man. Because of this blessing, our union is not "till death do us part" but it will continue on after this life.
Oh... I have a nickname too. It's Tigerlily. My parents used to call me that as a kid actually, but Mr. Wonderful adopted it because he thinks it suits me perfectly. He says I'm 95% lily, 5% tiger! (I think he's being a little... ok, maybe a LOT- generous on the lily part!)