Ode to My Husband on Our 7th Wedding Anniversary

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Today is my 7th wedding anniversary.

Seven years ago, I married the love of my life. Sometimes I still can’t believe it. Until I met my husband, I thought that a person was really lucky if they found someone who they could just get along with. I didn’t think that all that starry-eyed fireworks stuff was actually real…until I found it. I didn’t think that I could marry someone who gave me a roller coaster feeling in my stomach, and was also my best friend.

But I did.

To my Sweetheart,

I love you because you:
1) make me laugh
2) work hard to provide for me and the kids
3) always compliment my cooking
4) tell me I look beautiful, even when I don’t
5) support me in everything I do
6) take an interest in the things I enjoy
7) keep the van running so I’m never stuck at home

8) make it possible for me to stay home with the children
9) fix all the stuff that breaks
10) do the sewing because I don’t know how
11) let me take a nap when I don’t feel well
12) never complain when the house is a mess
13) understand when I don’t get the laundry done, and you run out of socks and underwear
14) change your fair share of poopy diapers
15) always ask what you can do to help
16) worry about my health and happiness
17) put my needs before your own
18) stick up for me
19) gave me the kind of life I always wanted
20) care about being a good father

21) love God
22) don’t gawk at other women
23) keep your heart at home
24) take pride in my accomplishments
25) are responsible with money, so I don’t have to worry about it
26) don’t spend all weekend watching sports
27) love your children and spend time with them

28) help with the house and yard work
29) take care of me when I’m sick
30) know what’s really important
31) aren’t afraid to cry in front of me
32) buy feminine products for me without complaint
33) try to give me everything I want
34) like the way I look in the morning
35) are unbelievably smart and industrious
36) don’t know how handsome you are

(70s hair and clothing aside–is that a handsome face or what?)

37) listen to me when I rant and rave and complain
38) still take my breath away when you kiss me. After all these years.
39) still think my body is beautiful after giving birth to two kids
40) hold my feet in your lap while we watch TV
41) think deeply about things
42) have a genuine desire to help people in need
43) willingly do the disgusting chores, like changing the cat litter, and removing hair boogers from the drain
44) still have boyish enthusiasm for things like monster movies and model cars

45) eat whatever I put in front of you, without comment or complaint
46) don’t allow the kids to be disrespectful of me
47) are kind to and considerate of my parents
48) make a real effort to be a person who pleases God
49) still give me butterflies in my stomach when you walk into a room
50) are the perfect husband for me

I love you Cookie

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Heather is a minimalist in love with a recovering packrat. 7 years ago, she and her husband sold pretty much anything that wasn't nailed down in order to pay off their mortgage, and they've been living happily debt-free ever since. They have 3 hilarious little kids who were conceived with the help of in vitro fertilization, and they haven't had a good night's sleep in the last decade. Heather is an anglophile who loves all things British, and spends her free time looking at real estate listings in Cornwall. Every day, she and her family work toward a simpler, more meaningful life. Some days are awesome, some are disastrous, and you can read about all of them here.

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6 comments… add one

  1. Kimberly June 3, 2008, 8:45 pm

    Aww, so sweet! It sounds like you are both so blessed!…and your children are blessed too!

    You’ve inspired me to make a list for my hubby too! (Does yours get embarassed when he reads the sweet nothings you post for all the world to see?! Mine might say, “What if someone at works read this? I don’t want them knowing I cry at the end of “Rudy”! Haha.)

    Thank you so much for adding me to your Blog-log too!

    Blessings! (and happy belated anniversary too!)

  2. Anonymous June 3, 2008, 10:02 pm

    Muffin, You are a sweetheart and I love you very much! I know you love me, too. This past month has been a tough one for all of us, but it can’t take away our joy. Thank you for the wonderful post on your blog. Love you, DH
    “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing” 1 Cor 13:2 NIV

  3. The Miles Family June 3, 2008, 10:02 pm

    What a very sweet post and apparently, a very sweet husband!

  4. Heather June 3, 2008, 11:17 pm

    I love you too Sweetie Pie.

    (BTW-I also think you’re a fox! ;)

  5. Renata June 3, 2008, 11:25 pm

    Happy anniversary!!

    Good husbands are an amazing blessing from God – I know I have one also!!

    Renata :)

  6. Heather June 3, 2008, 11:31 pm

    Kimberly–I asked DH if this post embarrassed him, and he said, “No. I thought it was nice.”

    So I say go ahead with the list (but you might want to leave the “Rudy” thing out. Though, personally, I think it’s awfully cute!)


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