Monday, May 20, 2013


I have got a LOT of words to say this week.  It's been a while since I felt that way, so please be forewarned!! I will do my best to space them out as much as possible. (grin) I really want to blog about our amazing weekend (family reunion getaway) to Ocean Shores, Washington.  However, today marks twenty years since my very first date with my husband Adrain, so I decided to blog about him before I share the bulk of our weekend adventures.  And besides, I've got hundreds of photos to sort through, a mountain of laundry, a couple field trips with kiddos this week, loads of appointments, custom orders to finish and ship, and well... life.  So I will share my Instagrams from our weekend and a few of our chilly beach shots in today's post, and when I've caught my breath I'll share more.  Sound good? 

I am married to a man who patterns his life after the code, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing."

Every time I hear of natural disasters or other sad crisis moments, there are always men (and of course women) that have tremendous amounts of courage. They go in when others run out.  They stand up for justice when others watch in shock.  They push fear for their own safety aside and they do the right thing.  A while back I watched a scene unfold that paralyzed me.  There were many other men present, and they seemed as paralyzed to do something, as I felt.  Out of the group one man stood up, walked into the chaos and dealt with it kindly and respectfully, but firmly.  Relief swept over the group because of course something had been needing to be done but everyone was in such shock that it was unfolding that way, nobody was able to decide what to do or think.  I was probably the least surprised that it was my man who stood up and made sure wrong was righted.

He is strong yet gentle.  He is kind.  Always.
He chooses his words with care and often says nothing at all when many would fill the silence with words that might wound.
He has patience and understanding and to know him is to respect him.  
He is a hard worker, a good listener, and his gift is encouragement. 
He loves Jesus with all his heart and after a childhood without much of a father-figure, he is the most amazing daddy to my hoodlums.
He doesn't drink, he doesn't cuss, and he is an eternal optimist.
He isn't perfect, but he's perfect for me. He is my hero.  My best friend.  And the man of my dreams.  Twenty years ago today, he asked me out on a date.  I was smart enough to say, "yes."  I thank God every day that I did.  

(Please ignore the fact that I've got the one of Adrain and JJ waving on the beach in here twice.  Thanks.)

More WORDS coming soon!   (grin)


  1. Happy 20th Anniversary of your first date! I'm so glad you guys had such a good weekend. You really needed it. I love the Ocean Shores pics with all of you. ♥

  2. Good stuff! Love the always! :)

  3. Love you all forever... thanks again for the understanding and support.

  4. You're so close to me! I live in Portland! :)

  5. I love how you love him. He sounds like such a wonderful man. A complete gift from heaven just for you. Our God is so merciful to give us just what we need...right when we need it. A partner to walk this life with is just that:-)

  6. oh i ditto becky's comments. i do love how you love him!!
    you're a good woman sasha & i love your little world

  7. Happy 20th first date. :-) Enjoy each other and it sounds like you do! You are truly blessed for sure. Have a great day!

  8. 20 years since your first date.
    where have the years gone?
    they're going so fast!

    Next January will mark the anniversary of our first date 20 years ago.

    The pictures are wonderful...the captions are hilarious.

  9. I love how you love your husband. He sounds like an amazing man, and a lot like my husband. We're lucky ladies. :)

  10. This is so wonderful 20 years ago how time fly's by but it still seems like it was just yesterday. Love all the pictures looks like you had an awesome time.

  11. super uber cool! love how you honor your husband!!

  12. Thank you for sharing your love for your sweet husband, it is so refreshing to read words like these. Far too often I hear stories of men who sound the exact oppostie of your husband, and it gets me so down. I am blessed with a very caring husband as well, been together just over 7 years...this post is a reminder for me to cherish and appreciate him!

  13. Love your story and so glad you got such a great man!!! Can't wait to hear the rest of your words this week. :)

  14. I have known my hubby for about 22 years now and boy am I glad I said yes to that first date too! When you were describing your man...I thought to myself, I could pretty much write the exact same thing about my hubby! Right down to the no drinking and cussing part! It looks like you had such a nice weekend...I miss the ocean! I am originally from Oregon and I spent many summer vacations at the coast!

  15. Great pictures! Good memories for your family. I love your hat! Where did you get it, or did you make it?

  16. I have to admit that for years I was angry, because he was my hero first. I tried and failed so many times to live up to him. For years I couldn't understand why he got this wonderful life, while I had to fight just to exist each day. Lord, being the wonderful father he is, helped me understand that everyone struggles, everyone has burdens they carry, and that it's how we chose to react that set us apart. He always chose our father (Lord...The one who truly raised us both)and I chose anger and envy. For that I am truly sorry. Last weekend when I said,"You have a beautiful family", what I meant was,"I'm sorry I wasn't there to see that sooner." He is and will always be, my hero as well, because he didn't run from a loving father, even when it's hard to listen. I do Love you guys... P.S. fishing and playing catch with JJ made the whole weekend perfect.