Friday, June 28, 2013

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

This post is part of my 20in13 series. You can check out details here. Join me!

20in13 #2: Describe your relationship with your significant other.

Mark has been away on a fishing trip this week. He had an opportunity to go with a wonderful program called Operation Muskie (basically they provide vets with a fishing trip of a lifetime!) and from his nightly phone calls I can tell he had an amazing time.

It was my first full week on my own with Henry without Mark or any help. I wasn't sure I would make it, but we managed to survive. I just put Henry to bed and Mark should be home in an hour. So, knock on wood... we are in the clear.

Of course not having Mark around makes me realize all the little things he does every day.

How he kisses me goodbye every morning, even if I'm still asleep.
How he voluntarily does diapers during the times that he's home.
How excited the dogs and Henry are to see him when he gets home from work every day.
How he kills spiders.
How he lets me "check out" for a half hour after he gets home so I can recharge.
How he takes out the garbage and recycling.
How he pretends to like everything I make him, until I nudge the truth out of him.
How he's happy to just eat Mac and Cheese.
How he tells me he loves me and gives me a kiss every night, just like he's done since we started dating.

Describe our relationship?

It's what I was hoping a marriage would be: SOLID. Full of love, laughter and adventure. 
Our life has been a whirlwind since we said "I Do." We moved. Sparty came into our lives. Henry came along. We moved again. Now baby boy #2 is on the way.

We are hoping to be permanently settled here shortly, and you'll have details, but I'm not willing to divulge them at the moment, for fear it won't work out.

Regardless, life has been nothing short of crazy. But, my relationship with Mark has been consistent the entire time. He, as they say, is my rock.

It's not always perfect, of course. He hates that I don't always screw the cap on the orange juice all the way, and he may think my cheeks don't do a proper job at insulating the sound of chewing cereal. But I have never doubted for a second his loyalty and love to me and our family.

There are a thousand different words I could use to describe my relationship. But I'm sure you've heard them all before. 

In short, my relationship with Mark is "happily ever after." And I'm so lucky to have that in my life, and be able to enjoy it for many, many years to come.

(Smoochie, Marky.)

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