Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Man (men) in My Life

On Friday, June 11 it has been 27 years that I have been with the man in my life. Even with him in another city, we are together. It seems like yesterday that he kept showing up at my apartment around dinner time to see what might be on the stove or in the oven. It's funny that his desire for a home cooked meal brought us together. In 27 years he's discovered I'm not much of a cook. He's the adventurous one in the kitchen. I guess I use all my creative energy in other areas.

I don't really remember what attracted me to him in the beginning, but I know over the years, his gentleness, his commitment to me and to his family, his love for his work, and his appreciation for simple pleasures have solidified my love for him.

Because of him, I know the joy of a dandelion bouquet, a warm hand, a 'shoebox' card, the nightly phone call, and the hug that always comes when leaving or arriving home (we do a lot of that). I married a man who every night he's home checks my bathtub and vacuums out the swarm of lady beetles that have accumulated during the day. I married a man who looks on the bright side, who can pull me out of a slump (no easy task), and who knows how to be a partner with a stubborn, opinionated, passionate woman.
I remember telling both of my children many times that the most important decision they will make in their lifetime is their choice of a partner. I made a great choice. We have created a wonderful, ordinary life together. Ordinary can be pretty wonderful. He helped me create and raise two pretty amazing boys who are starting to make interesting lives for themselves.

Because of their dad, those boys know the value of a phone call, the power of the words "I love you", that a card says more than an expensive gift, and that family and relationships come above all else.

My hubby and I are spending a special weekend together. No work, no one else, just us. It's pretty great after 27 years that all we need is time together.
Happy Anniversary, Buzz!

54 comments:

Anja said...

Congratulations for having made the right decision and living with THE ONE!
Hope, you´ll spend a great weekend together and will go along many years more!

Poppyprint said...

What a lovely tribute to your soulmate, Jacquie! Your Buzz sounds so much like my Bryan. Thank goodness for optimistic men. Have a wonderful weekend together ♥

Sarah Craig said...

How wonderful! Your post made me puddle up!! Aren't our husbands wonderful!!

Angie said...

Aw, Happy Anniversary!

badlandsquilts said...

Happy Anniversary...enjoy your special time together!

Artfulife said...

Happy Anniversary! I hope you have a very special weekend together :)

Betty Crocker Ass said...

Um, this may be out of line, but you forgot to mention that they are all three pretty good looking too!

KateKwiltz said...

Aw, that's sweet. Happy Anniversary!

Mrs Moen said...

Happy anniversary!

Amy said...

Congratulations!

Alice R. said...

Congratulations! All that, and good looking, too! So are your boys! I'm glad you are happy, and fulfilled. May you always feel so.

Ethne said...

Congratulations - and how right you are that ordinary / simple / truthful things are so right to be the foundations of a healthy life of union - enjoy your weekend together

Rossie said...

Congrats. And aw...he shares a name with my doggy!

Darcie said...

You know, that is pretty great! Mine and I feel the same...but I've never really thought much about it. Your words struck a chord, Jacquie.

Happy Happy 27th Anniversary! Enjoy the company of your one and only.

Hugs.

PS. Love that picture of your guys. ;-)

Char said...

Congratulations! I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes. Your husband sounds like my Vince. Especially since he puts up with me and sometimes that's not easy. Enjoy your weekend together!

Islay said...

How lovely, congratulations! I'm looking forward to spending the next few decades with my man (men) too, and I hope my story is as moving as yours when I have.

Vicki said...

this is so sweet. Congratulations!

Amber said...

Aww - this is so wonderful Jacquie - Happy Anniversary!!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Sweet! Another 27 at least!

Linda said...

Happy Anniversary!!! Have fun!

Brenis said...

Happy Anniversary Jacquie!!
I started chuckling when reading how he would come around looking for a homecooked meal - and how you are not much of a cook now! LOL It was like reading my own story about my husband and I!
You are VERY BLESSED Jacquie! And it really is such a wonderful feeling to have the "simple" things, and a partner that knows how much those simple things matter! Congratulations on 27 years (bet it went like a flash!) and here's to 27 more!
Bright blessings!! :D

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Martys Fiber Musings said...

Read every word and enjoyed. Thanks for sharing this tribute to your guy! I'll just bet he would say the same sweet words about you and how you have enriched his life...if he had a blog!

peaknits said...

What a wonderful way to honor your husband! And after 27 years - congratulations on being a good partner yourself and parenting some nice kids too!:)

paulette said...

You made me weepy...in a good way!! Thanks for sharing a little corner of your world- congratulations on choosing the perfect mate!! Happy Anniversary!!
Paulette

henny said...

Congratulation, Jacquie!!
Wonderful post! I'm happy for you :)

Blue Is Bleu said...

Aww that's beautiful! Congratulations! :)

Barb said...

Happy Happy to you.
All i can say is, I get it and good for you!
many, many happy returns.

Miriam said...

Happy Anniversary Jacquie and Buzz!!!

May you have many more wonderful years together.

Carla said...

Happy Anniversary, Jacquie! I have a plaque in my powder room (crazy place) that reads "there is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion, or company than a good marriage". Congratulations!. (We missed you Thursday night, but had lots of fun anyway!)

Alissa said...

Happy happy anniversary!

Dandelion Wishes said...

Happy Anniversary - ordinary can still be special, can't it! What lovely words, and thank you for sharing!

Needled Mom said...

Happy anniversary. Yes, the most important decision is to choose wisely and then to treat kindly!

Esch House Quilts said...

What a lovely post! Happy Anniversary!

Shasta said...

Happy Anniversary. What a wonderful tribute.

Stephanie D. said...

Happy Anniversary and congratulations on so many of them!

sewkatiedid said...

Yeah!

j. said...

Best. Post. Ever.

Congratulations to you both!!!

mdoricheva said...

Thank you for sharing this. Such a testimony of peace and love. Blessings! Happy anniversary!

Sandra said...

Nice post. Congrats on making a wise decision and setting a good example for your children.

sandra said...

Happy anniversary and lucky you to get such a wonderful husband but I am sure he got a wonderful wife because it take two giving 100% to make a marriage last. My husband and I will be married 45 years in July and it hasn't always been easy but always loving.

Levin said...

congratulations! here's to the next 27 years.
my mum and dad recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary and when i see the way they look at each other, after all these years, well i hope that's me one day.
i loved your bit about wonderful and ordinary - it's how i feel too. what i love best about my marriage is that i'm happy when he comes home from work and he looks forward to coming home, even after all these years :)
enjoy your time together.
l
x

Suzanne said...

Happy anniversary and many more. Reading your list made me realize some of the things that make me love my husband. It's the little things, not the grand gestures, that demonstrate profound love.

Rebekah said...

Happy Anniversary! He sounds like a wonderful husband and it sounds like you two are great for each other!

Anonymous said...

That's one of the nicest tributes to a husband I have ever heard. A stable, wonderful life partner is the very best that life can offer.

MightyMom said...

what a great tribute to a wonderful love!

enjoy your weekend.

for the next installment....what are the secrets to making it work for 27 years.....

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Dayna said...

I love this post! How fantastic! On the day after your anniversary, I celebrated 18 years with my favorite person on the planet. What a blessing it is to have a wonderful husband. Congratulations! May you enjoy many more!

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WHATUPDUCK said...

Wonderful! I've had that same thing for 29 years now. Aren't we lucky!! Congrats!

savvy stitch said...

What a sweet post for a sweet husband!

bellsjo said...

What a great post, and so true. I have got an 'ordinary' life and agree with you 100%. I would not wnat to trade my 'ordinary' life fro anything! My two boys are just starting their journey (one is 6 and the other is 18 months) but I hope they grow up with the same type of values your two have! Congratulations to you and your husband! (a bit belated I know!)

Katie :o) said...

Beautiful description of a marriage! Congratulations :o)

VeeV said...

How absolutely lovely....

xo
eva