Yep, today is the anniversary of my first date with Joe. We were just babes! (well, 16 and 17). I love this man so much. Here are just 27 reasons, in no particular order:
He greets me on the phone with "Hello, baby" (like the Big Bopper) and a nerdy-sounding "Hello, dear." Just makes me smile.
When you ask how he's doing, the response is "Just dandy!" No one else I know says that, and you know what? He IS just dandy.
No matter how mad or sad someone is, he can always get a smile. And if you're mad, that's just frustrating, to be made to smile. I love that.
Joe is a FUN dad. Just plain F.U.N.
He is a Godly man.
Joe is such a kid at heart...he's right in the mud with the best of them. Or chocolate syrup, or whatever the mess.
He encourages me in my interests, talents and hobbies. Even the ones he doesn't understand why anyone would enjoy!
He is a defender, protector and provider extraordinaire.
He appreciates all types of music, from classical to classic rock to country to jazz to the stuff Eric loves.
He has no problem being a full-time parent when I am away for the weekend, and loves being home with the kids.
He loves my extended family!
Joe has indescribable patience, with me, with the kids, with himself.
He has a real heart for the youth group he is working with right now.
Known as the Toddler Whisperer, he can calm the most fussy/irritable two-year-old.
He is able to have wonderful friendships with women, never crossing the line.
He is so faithful in his love for me and the kids.
Joe loves people and getting to know new people...everyone loves him!
He is a strong leader.
He lets me be in control of the remote control!
He is a great cook, and has no problem cooking dinner when he gets home from work if I'm not feeling well.
He has great self-control, especially when pursuing a goal.
He stays on the edge of advances in technology (and that means I don't have to.
Joe has the heart of a servant, and enjoys working with the Men's group at church in service to others.
He is sacrificial with his time, especially when it comes to being a leader with the Youth Group or in chaperoning for the schools.
He is enthusiastic about everything. It's an adventure.
He is a gentleman, with chivalrous manners, and hold high standards for young men, to grow them into real men.
I just love this man, and can't imagine the last 27 years without him. We've been through thick and thin, yum and ick together. And I love him more now than ever.
Babe, I just love ya. Sniff.