22 October 2010

a little hooray for my husband

Greetings all,
A little blown away by the super kind comments & emails about the mention of my husband in the last post (he reads them too, shucks).  So i thought i might do a dedicated post to my handsome soldier & what he means to me.  Of course it's always super exciting when he comes home from war, safe & relatively unscarred by his experience (strangely the more often he goes the easier it gets??) but we've had such a lovely solid, loving, fun relationship since i was a teenager, i just find myself saying he's just so easy to love.
Just for the record, while we were gardening today, i accidentally took this shot (have i mentioned before i'm really clumsy??) it's not posed & i wouldn't normally stand that close to a hedge trimmer being started up either.  Please ignore the Transformers Tshirt, your man might find it cool but it's strictly for home fashion!!  One day i'll show you his face . . . when he stops doing dangerous things.
This morning he took our big girl to her high school induction & testing day.  She was quiet as she examined her new school scene, so he sensed he should stay with her a little longer & gave her an extra reassuring hug & kiss before he left.  Poor bloke, surrounded by 200 excitable new girls plus their 'hosts', no wonder he came home with a power tool from Kennards. 
 I always love hearing how people met their husbands . . . like most, i met mine in the 'workplace'.  Ok, so technically i was doing a science degree which is 32 contact hours at Uni a week + study, little time for normal part time work, so i joined the Army Reserve & you guessed it, ran off with my instructor.  He was very different to anyone i had ever met, a total action man who sky dived, rock climbed, drank & had tonnes of mates, a real blokey bloke.  I thought he was gorgeous, i had an instant crush on him & couldn't stop smiling.  I'm not kidding, i had camouflage paint on my face but he noticed my blue eyes, thank goodness!!  We went out that first night & never looked back.  See, easy to love. 
On our first date we talked about having 4 children (i know, we even agreed on a name) it was just so right, natural & easy.  I think for the first month i was still in shock this totally hot guy was sitting opposite me at dinner, next to me at the cinema, driving me all the way home (he's an Inner Westie, i'm North Shore - that will make sense to Sydney folk).  We had 25 dates in our first month together!!  We both still lived at home so we had to go out for privacy.  My father (retired Naval Commander & excellent judge of character) absolutely loved him, welcomed him with open arms to the family & had me, his youngest daughter, married off 3 years later.
What do i still love about handsome soldier 16+ years later . . . he's all the things i never knew i wanted in a man . . . of course he meets my 15 year old girl criteria of taller, older & handsome with muscles . . . with added bonus of olive skin, blue eyes & dimples, hello!!  He's handy, kind, brave, loving, supportive, loyal, thoughtful & funny but what i love about him most is that he can't touch type, can't put flat packs together, can't do maths, hates shopping, loathes cushions on the bed, refuses to eat left overs & doesn't eat seafood.  OMG, i'm the COMPLETE opposite to each & every one of those things!!  Why do our husbands hate cushions on the bed so much anyway??I love that he can fix anything, cook gourmet, speed read, reach the top shelf, hang pictures straight, run forever, drive anything & focus on a task without distraction.  He's also completely calm in international airports with foreign languages & 4 children to get on a connecting flight!!  Again, all opposites of me!!  This is what you could call a complimentary relationship, symbiotic if you will. 
What makes me smile when i go to sleep . . . he sleep talks, makes me a hot chocolate even when i don't know i need one & makes me feel beautiful.  That's a big call, when we met i was cute, blonde, slim & carefree, i'm a different person now (although people say i never change) but i have big worries on my shoulders with children, business & my husband's work, yet when he's home, i'm so relaxed, happy & serene.  I guess this is who he gets to see.
So there you have it, the highlights of things about my favourite person in the whole wide world.  Better yet, his best mate is possibly my 2nd favourite person, how easy is it when you love your husband's best friend too??!!  Have lovely weekends people, i sure will, love Posie

22 comments:

NessaKnits said...

He sounds wonderful! Very Top Gun.

clare's craftroom said...

Awww he sounds so nice !

beck said...

How lovely to hear about your fella, he sounds like the ants pants! I really enjoyed reading this post, I love the way you adore your man. He's a lucky guy. Hope you two love birds have a fabulous weekend xo

Chantal said...

Lovely post! You sound like you have a wonderful relationship that has no doubt helped you both through hubby being away so much as a soldier. It's nice to read of someone still so in love (after 4 children too)! Good on you both for putting lots of love and energy into your relationship despite the challenges you face. It's such a great example for your kids.

Sally said...

He sounds fantastic! ... even if he can't touch type (and there mustn't be too many of them left these days)
I'm so glad for you. I'm so happy he is back and safe.

Mira Narnie said...

that is such a lovely story Jennie - i love hearing how couples meet as well! It sounds as though you are both still very smitten and totally in love with each other - a real life true love story in my book! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

yardage girl said...

A lovely post. It will be nice for your kids to read in the years to come too. Have a great weekend! Nic

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Sounds amazing!
Happy hugs for a wonderful weekend, Posie xxxx

Wendy said...

Yup, he's a keeper!

Megan said...

i'm definitely seeing the posie your husbands gets to see on your blog of late, no wonder of course that you are feeling happy and carefree! what a wonderful man, and i love that you are still so much in love after many years of married life :)

Thea said...

What a lovely post! Most men can't touch type. Cushions on bed? My husband doesn't understand why you put them on if you have to remove them every night. He hates them too. x

Maxabella said...

"He's so easy to love" is such a beautiful compliment. He sounds wonderful, Posie. You deserve a good man and here he is. x

Kylie said...

:) What a lovely man you have there;)

Glad to hear that you are still happy after so many years. Tim and I met at Church (well outside actually - I almost hit him in the car park - opps - we were both going for the same park - could have ended in Church Car Park rage - but instead ended in LOVE! ahhh)


Love that he cant touch type - Tim has had to learn - but there were many a late night when he was going through Duntroon that I would be handed the laptop and type away for him.

Wynona @ ivy designs said...

Utterly beautiful Jen xxx

Heidi said...

What a lovely post!

Just Martha said...

Thanks for your kind words on my blog Posie and glad to here the orientation day went well for High School Girl.... Mine went well too and we are going back for OUR orientation next week - compulsory!!! Eeek! Hope I pass... lol...

JANE said...

Just delightful, Posie. You portrayed your relationship so beautifully. I know what you mean about the whole opposites thing. It's the same with Mr PB and me but we consider ourselves 'complementary', the whole yin and yang thing. It means the pixies get the best of both worlds. J x

MonetPaisley said...

nothing like a romance novel to make you fall in love again, i'm off to snuggle with my hubby now :-)

Polka Dot Rabbit said...

What a lovely story of your lives together! So many people seems to thrive on drama and conflict in their relationships so it's encouraging to read about relationships that have lasted the long term xx

Tania McCartney said...

What a beautiful, beautiful post. x

Corrie said...

awwwwww we all love him here too!!!!

Corrie:)

The Clip Cafe said...

what a great post!! I met my hubby at my mum's wedding - remarried. From that night he was mine and I knew he would make lovely babies - he did! lots of them lol. We clicked straight off and he is my best friend too :-)