It’s the 10th day of the month so that means we’re making a list of 10 Things today! (Technically, I’m posting this at the end of the 9th, but I’m pretty sure it’s the 10th somewhere.) This was the brainchild of my sweet friend Meredith, who is one of my favorite bloggers. This is a very special week and weekend for those of us who have a personal relationship with Jesus. It’s also a special weekend for my little family. This Sunday is my thirteenth wedding anniversary so I’m using my list of 10 things to tell you 10 Randomly Special Facts About My Husband.
1. On our first date, I rode with him in a plane over a little rural airstrip in Gilliam, Louisiana. He opened the door of that little Cessna 182 and jumped out of a perfectly good airplane. (He was wearing a parachute.) I have to tell you, my heart pounded like it was going to jump out of my chest and follow him. I wasn’t sure if it was the thrill of the open door or the good looking, adventuresome superhero who had just left, but I promise you, he easily won the prize for best first date ever. He definitely brought out my adventurous side. I doubt that I ever would have skydived, scuba dived, or bungee jumped had it not been for being married to a true adrenaline junkie. I wouldn’t trade one terrifying minute for the world!
2. I didn’t want to pick out my own engagement ring, but he wanted me to love it, so he took me ring shopping. He said he wanted to see “how the rings looked on my hand.” He ended up giving me my absolute favorite of all the rings we saw. I asked him how he knew it was my favorite and he said that instead of looking at my hand, he watched my face. “Your face lit up when you tried this one on, so I knew it was the one.”
3. He proposed to me in an incredibly unique way. The story’s too long for this list but it involved renting a Civil War uniform,conspiring with my daddy, spending time on some creative video editing, and the movie Shenandoah.
4. At our wedding, he surprised me with a barbershop chorus singing “Shenandoah” from the balcony of our church.
5. He loves our kids and has been a hands-on father since before they were born. He is fully comfortable handling bathtime, mealtime, bedtime, and all the times in between. My children cry if they don’t wake up before he leaves for work and they throw a party every day when they hear the garage door open and know that Daddy’s home.
6. I don’t doubt for a single moment that his priorities in life are faith, family, and friends, in that order. Anything else comes further down on the list. He was even willing to sacrifice his career for our family.
7. He is often mistaken for Franklin Graham. He also has an uncanny resemblance to one of the Fantastic Four candy dispensers. If you have this Klik dispenser, you have a tiny replica of my husband:
8. He is one the most generous people I’ve ever met. I have to be careful when I say that I like something in his presence because if it is within his power to do so, he will get it for me. His gifts have ranged from the complete set of Godfather movies to celebrate the birth of our firstborn (Yeah, unusual choice, but I do like those movies), an iPhone when my dad was in the hospital because my “Go Phone” couldn’t keep up with all the texting, to this Charlie Brown sculpture that is one of my favorite possessions:
9. He is a man who demands excellence of himself and lives his life with the utmost integrity. He is highly respected by his peers and his superiors. He is often chosen for important missions and tasks because his leaders know that he will get the job done and the job will be done even better than they’d imagined.
10. Our marriage is a testament to the power of prayer and a testimony to God’s mercy. We have not always made wise choices in our relationship. We didn’t always treasure each other or our relationship. We went down some rocky roads that we didn’t have to walk but that were the results of our own selfishness and stupidity. We have not always been true to the promises that we made in front of God, our family, and our friends on April 12, 1996. But God has been more faithful to us than we deserve and through His strength, we have worked at this relationship to create something that can bring God glory. God has brought beauty from the ashes of careless fires that we should never have even started. I can honestly say that I love my husband more today than I did on the day that I married him. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with him. He is such a gift and I love him more than words can say.
Happy Anniversary, Shmoopy! 143 forever!