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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Day #15 - I am Thankful For My Husband (this is the last one)!!!

Yeah, so I'm a little late with this one, but I really wanted it to be authentic and not thrown together. So, I've been doing a little thinking and I have realized that the thing I am most thankful for this year is Bill, my husband of 4 years. This has been one tough year and we have basically taken care of these two little ones on our own. We have had my family come down at random times for a visit, but we don't have any help other than that. I am not complaining, but I am proud of the fact that we have done this on our own. So, I just felt like it was worth mentioning. Bill and I have been talking a lot lately about how much pride we feel about this particular accomplishment and it has really shown how strong we are as a couple.

I have decided to list all of the things that Bill does to make my life easier, so that you'll all see why I am so thankful for him.

  • He asks if I am okay. This may not seem like a lot, but it's nice to know that someone cares.
  • He listens to me complain while he's at work. I'm sure he doesn't appreciate the fact that I call him simply to vent, but he takes it and tries to support me the best that he can.
  • He takes care of the kids two nights a week...this includes waking up from naps, snacks, playtime, dinner, clean up, baths, pajamas, reading stories, and bedtime. He is awesome at it and actually enjoys it.
  • He is continually giving me opportunities to go to the gym and reminds me how important it is that I take that time to take care of myself. In the back of my mind, I wonder if this is his way of not letting me get fat (haha!), but it is important and it's something that I might skip if not for his support.
  • He helps clean up the house. When he's off on the weekends, he's always emptying the dishwasher, vacuuming, picking up toys, organizing, getting things ready (i.e. Christmas decorations), fixing things, doing laundry, picking up toys, taking care of the outside of the house, picking up toys (did I mention that?), and anything else he can find to do. I'm not saying that he enjoys these tasks, but he does them because he know it helps us out as a family.
  • He says "yes" to me getting sushi once a week...I looooove sushi! I know it's not really in our budget, but he does give me this luxury.
  • He is the best gift giver! He got me my satellite radio (I didn't even know it was on the market). He got me my Kindle (I didn't even know how much I missed reading). He thinks of things that would make my life easier or happier and just takes care of them.
  • He brings me flowers on Valentine's Day...another thing that is not really in our budget, but it makes me feel special.
  • He takes care of all of our budgeting. We are working really hard to pay off debt and work to get our next house (a bigger one with lots more storage hopefully). It's not easy on one salary, but he has this huge "master plan" with a spreadsheet and everything...not to sound stupid, but I'm just glad it's him and not me. It's complicated!
  • He takes out the garbage!
  • He loves to play with the kids...absolutely loves it and they love it too!
  • Every single day, he texts me to let me know he's on his way home from work. This seems like a small thing, but it's huge when you're counting down the hours until you have another adult to talk to!
  • We always make sure we kiss hello and small feat with little ones around.
  • He understands my love for coffee.
  • He's working on becoming more flexible. He's pretty regimented and set in his ways, but he's really working on going with the flow now that we're not given a choice. He still gets frustrated, but don't we all?
  • He continually tells me what a good mother I am. This is exactly what I need to hear some days and he always knows when to say it. I downplay it most times, but it really does mean a lot.
  • He always tells me I'm too hard on myself...and he's right.
  • He has been the best partner to me through infertility, a difficult pregnancy, and raising two crazy little babies. His patience and ability to get the most out of not only our time together, but our life in general is unmatched. There is no way that I could have made it through the last 15 months without him helping as much as he has.
I love you, Bill and I appreciate your help every single day (even if I forget to say it)!