Today, I celebrate ten years of marriage with my wife, Amanda. I know ten years is not that long in the grand scheme of things, but I think it is wise to embrace wherever you are in the marriage journey. We are crossing ten years, and I couldn't be happier.
Over the years, I have learned some quite endearing things about my wife, things you can only really learn in a marriage. I hope you enjoy!
1. My wife is MORE beautiful today than ten years ago. I fully admit that one of the big reasons I married my wife was because she was so good looking. Like every guy, I wondered what the years would do to the beauty I married. I can say with NO exaggeration she is more beautiful today than ever!
2. She is addicted to Target. To me, when I see a Target store, I see an over-priced Wal-Mart. I'm not sure what's going on there, but that red logo keeps sucking her in.
3. My wife hates surprises, flowers and veggies. There are a few things that my wife just can't handle. #1 Surprises. She doesn't appreciate them, and they don't make her feel special. #2 Flowers. I'll never forget the day when Amanda said to me, "I don't really like getting flowers." This universal act of romance with these plants was lost on her. Looking back ten years and hundreds of dollars later, I'm grateful she clued me in when she did. #3 Veggies. She may muscle a piece of broccoli down to set a good example for the kids, but she ain't happy about it!
4. She is a tenacious learner. Whether it is a book about parenting, her Bible study for church or some bug our kids come down with, she is going to figure it out. She will research something until she finds out everything she can so she can make the best recommendations or decisions. My ego hates to admit it, but on many occasions it has been her input that has saved me from a bad decision.
5. Sometimes she fake smiles and sometimes she smiles for real, and I may be the only one that knows the real difference. The key is in her eyes. When her eyes smile, she's really smiling...and when she does it's my favorite smile.
6. She has horrible taste in coffee. Every day we make totally different coffee. I make 2 shots of espresso, and she makes hazelnut creme flavored coffee with hot chocolate powder in it. It's awful.
7. She is a great writer with great things to say. I have told her this for years, and I'm not sure she believes me yet. Just remember you heard it here first; one day she will be headlining a women's ministry conference or releasing her newest book, and I will be here to say, "I told you so."
8. She needs girl time. Possibly due to the extreme manliness I bring to the table, we have not been able to produce a girl among all our children. This creates a certain need for her to have some girl time, and I'm glad to give it to her. I could not imagine being the only man in a house full of girls, and she puts up with us boys well, but every so often she needs an estrogen escape!
9. She is my biggest supporter. When I have meetings or travel, she is the one handling the kids and the house and making sure our home continues operating. I get a lot of attention from what I do, and truth be known, I could not do what I do without her. We are a team, and that's why it works.
10. She is the best mom I know. We have four VERY active boys, one with special needs. Believe me, she has her hands full! Yet somehow they manage to stay fed, relatively clean and clothed - often in matching outfits. She drives her minivan with grace and speed. She kisses boo boos, reads stories, says prayers, tucks in, helps with homework and packs lunches, and she does most of that with a baby on her hip. Can she handle one more? We'll see!
Simply said, I love her!
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