Today, the love of my live is turning 29... kind of. (This weekend, I mentioned that to my mom, and Gabe overheard. When I got off the phone he asked, "How can Daddy and your Mom be the same age?" I tried to explain that when people turn 29, that age lasts for a LONG time... but he looked at me like I was crazy. Ha!)
Anyway, before we got married, I made Chad this book full of all the things I loved about him-- I wrote a different thing on every page and mounted them on pretty paper:
Chad is NOT a words person- so really, he didn't appreciate it like he should. But he did say one thing that has stuck with me- He said, "that's funny, because you won't always love all these things about me".
And he was right... some of the things I used to love now drive me crazy!
So, in honor of his birthday, I decided to make a list of the things I used to love but don't so much appreciate anymore... (if this sounds mean, keep reading!)
Things that made the original list, but now have been cut:
#1. I love how you always rub your feet on each other- even in your sleep.
(I do NOT love this, now that I sleep with you. It wiggles the whole bed and makes me unable to sleep!)
#2. I love how you pretend to not pay attention to me, but really you are paying attention.
(No, I do not love this. Why can't you just pay attention and give me signs that you're paying attention? AND for the record, I'm no longer convinced that you were really ever paying attention- I think I was just naive.)
#3. I love that when you get passionate about something that it's all you think and talk about.
(This is a funny one because I still LOVE that you dream and are passionate about things- but we've got a lot going on around here and a one track mind just doesn't cut it!)
#4. I love that you always say we are on our first date.
(I still think this is funny, but when I'm pregnant or toting a baby around, I get really embarrassed! Or when you say it and a waitress looks at my ring finger and notices that I'm "married" I feel like I need to explain that I'm not really cheating. So, funny? Yes! Love? Not so much. Embarassing? 100% of the time!)
The book has 80 things in-- so removing 4 in 2+ years, isn't so bad, right?
AND there are many new things that I've discovered about my man in those years that need to be added to the list! He is the most incredible Dad, he is more patient that I ever imagined, he can make me laugh even when I'm ticked at him, He is very forgiving and loving, regardless of what I've got going on, he is ALWAYS willing to help me, He has the best curls and he's grown them out for me, He'll clean the kitchen when I ask and does a GREAT job, he's so handsome and I love walking in somewhere with him, and He is my very best friend in the entire world.
I've got it made people- and no, you can't have him.
We're going on a hot date tonight to celebrate his birth, but I want to say publicly that I'm SO glad God made him and I'm so glad he was born! And so that I don't make his ears bleed, I'll sing here instead:
"Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to My Chad, Happy Birthday to you! I love you!