It’s been 8 years with this man. Wow. Sometimes it’s hard to believe it’s been that long, then I look back at how our lives have changed individually and together, and I guess I can see the time. We’ve had 2 homes, a 2 year old son, 19 weeks away from our 2nd boy, 5 job changes, 4 vehicle changes, amongst all the new friends, new church, new challenges and boring days. I am thankful to have had him by my side through it all.
Back when we were newly married we dined out a lot. At least once a week, a lot of times after church on Saturday nights. But these days, a nice slow meal is a luxury. The Primavista was our treat this year. It overlooks the city from the westside. Some of our family loves this place. I had been only once for a rehearsal dinner and Doug had never been.
The food was divine. We started with the Bruschetta which may have been one of the best things I have ever eaten. What you cannot see in the picture are the blends and spices in each of the basil and sundried tomato pestos, caponata and prosciutto. I have thought of this plate many times since and even thought of driving there to pick up on for lunch someday. (Not sure they are even open at lunch… but a girl can dream.)
The salads were fabulous as well. I got a Caesar with flavorful dressing and just the right amount. Doug got the special of the night, can’t recall what it was. It was good as well. For dinner, Doug’s meal was EXTRAordinary! It was the Scampi Rigano - shrimp with mushrooms and onion in sherry garlic butter sauce over angel hair pasta. Oh it was soooo good. I was surprised he didn’t get veal because they are known for their veal. He will often order what a restaurant specializes in. I love that about him! For someone so picky about food, he is also daring. And, then I get to try it. If we go back I would definitely order his meal!
I safely picked the filet. My stomach had been bothering me that day.. (thanks baby). It was good, but just satisfactory, not blow your mind best filet in the city. That was our anniversary a few years back at The Precinct. For dessert they brought us a little sundae with a candle. Sweet, huh? This is Doug’s “Are you seriously still taking pictures of our food” face. Overall we had a great time. We went home early and went to bed. Crazy kids, I know. But, totally a luxury. And, I slept in the next day. Celebrate good times, COME ON! I love this man. We are good together. Not perfect, but really good. We are friends, teammates, in addition to the love we share. We have a lot to be thankful for and it is nice to spend time remembering that.
Life is good. Not always how I planned it. Not always easy or fun. But I have so much to be grateful for. So why not stop a minute and account for some of those things. To remind myself that I have it good.
I am grateful for a long-overdue date night with my favorite man on earth. We have so much to toast: my birthday, his birthday, a new job, and even a new loved wine.
I am grateful for conversations with my husband. That after 8 years together I still have much to learn about him and with him. I love that he knows me and I am my complete self with him. We still have fun, romance, and dreams.
I am grateful for a son that is easy-going. He loves an adventure and is thrilled with a loud room. He is comfortable sleeping in other’s houses so long as he has a blankie and a good story.
I am grateful for Tuesday mornings off from work. That I get to experience Mommy things with my son, rather than working every day of the week. Working part-time reminds me to appreciate every story time, museum trip and playground moment with Isaac.
I am grateful for a great house with a huge yard. Isaac is safe to run and play and push his truck to his hearts content. And though I sometimes complain about living in “the country”, our home is perfect for our family right now.
I am grateful for a good family. So many people that support us and love us….and ADORE Isaac. He will grow up with good people who treat him well and teach him well. Family that love God and follow Him.
I am grateful for new rhythms and moments of rest. Like sweet tea on a warm spring day while my car gets washed. Where the sun beams and reminds me that a hot summer is on it’s way. I take a moment to close my eyes an think about sitting in the water as Isaac plays and laughs. Good times are ahead.
I am grateful for Sunday family day where time seems to stand still. And, even thought I do get jealous when Doug gets the baby cuddles, my heart also explodes. The fact that my boys love each other as much as I love each of them. It is a gift.
I am grateful for every new experience with Isaac. I often say things like “this is his first picnic!” I love to watch him get excited about everything. The awe of bubbles, the confusion over loud rain, and the humor of talking while his head is under the bath water. His zest for life is pure joy and it is addictive.
I am grateful for roses. Especialy when they come with love. A symbol of thought and beauty and also the brevity of life. A gentle reminder to enjoy the beauty while you can, because moments pass.
Beyond all else, I am grateful to be a mom and wife. It is the greatest calling…to be part of this family team – to follow and lead with purpose and love.
I have so much to be grateful for…big and small things. God has been so faithful to me and so gracious.
So, it’s been a slow and easy day. So I thought that I would jump on the “hey girl” bandwagon. I am sure that you have seen the Ryan Gosseling adds on pinterest, right? Well, there is a little blogging challenge to create our own “hey girl”-guy. They are pretty hilarious… check some out here.
Doug will flip out if he ever sees this, I am sure. But isn’t he a hottie? I would take him over scrawny Ryan Gosseling any day.