I met my husband the summer of 1996, on my sister's 21st birthday. We went on our first date two weeks later; he moved in 2 weeks after that. We were serious from the start...but I knew he was "the one" shortly after we started seeing each other. He always called me "honey", and I never - ever - called anyone that before. It just wasn't me - I never felt like I could be that way. With my husband...it just came naturally. We married in 1999.
My husband and I are complete opposites in many ways. That is a great thing, because we balance each other out in different areas. I'm very even keeled and laid back - which helps him out, as he' s a worrier. I'm not very good with budgeting - he's amazingly meticulous with bills, tracking interest - and just math in general. We're a great team, because we're the other half of a whole. Because of this, we've been able to buy and sell real estate and work towards hopefully securing our future. With our store, I handle the "business" aspect of things: acquisition, financing, lawyers, PR, advertising. He handles the other "business": the ordering, the bill paying, selection of inventory, the personnel. We're both the business, as a whole.
ideal upbringing. It was a very hard one - it makes me feel very sad to think of how it was for him when he was young. He never let it hold him back...it didn't define him. He's one of the most generous, kindhearted people I've ever met - sometimes to a fault. And I think he uses the disadvantages he had as a child work as an advantage to him as an adult. There's nothing that makes me happier than seeing him with our children. Sitting on the recliner with them....or reading our son a bed time story. Those things, above all - make me fall in love with him over again. It isn't the gifts he might give me, or anything like that. Those are nice and I love them....but - there's nothing like seeing a man be a "Dad". That, is sexy.
I love that he calls me "Dolly". I love that he doesn't complain about my idiosyncrasies. I love that he still thinks I'm a "hottie". I love that he works so very hard so that we can have a good life and so that our children will hopefully have all of the things in life that he didn't have. I love his wit, his shyness, his sharp judge of character.
I just love him.