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Thoughtful Thursday~My man

The other day, the kids were all playing outside, hubby was in the garage working on a project for me, and the weather was so nice outside (and stuffy inside) that we kept the doors open to let some fresh air in. I was in the kitchen preparing dinner, and with the door open from the kitchen to the garage, it seemed as though my hubby and I were working along side each other in one big room.  I smiled to myself. I could see him, we were able to have un-interrupted conversation—in the daylight, but mostly we were doing our own little thing.

 {Ignore the mess on the counters and floor–it is a figment of your imagination.}

As I prepared dinner, I turned a little music on to sing along to. The vintage Whitney Houston songs have been on my mind lately (maybe because I had read about her in the People magazine I snagged at the grocery store), so I turned it to a Pandora Whitney station. He doesn’t get my emotional tie to Whitney–she sang the songs that I grew up to (and I had her posters on my wall).  Even though he’s just 3 years older than me, Whitney was never on his radar. Something funny about my husband and I that we often joke about, is that we don’t like the same music.  Kinda sad, actually.  Music is such a part of time and space in people’s lives, and when I hear a song on the radio that I want to turn up…he wants to turn down.  We’ve learned to tolerate the others’ music…all in the name of love.  For example:  I love current pop/hip hop/dance music, and he loves…well…70′s music. I despise that era of music:  his Pink Floyd, Joe Satrioni guitar stuff, etc. We do both enjoy a little Chicago though.  Our running  joke is that the only music we can agree on is that we both dislike Tejano music.

ANYWAY…after Pandora played just one of Whitney’s songs, there came a few songs that took me back to the late 90′s when I met and married my husband and I got all nostalgic. Celine Dion: I’m everything I am because you loved Me, then Down on Bended Knee by Boyz II Men. And I had to smile to myself because I realized…we BOTH like these two songs!  As I sang and he listened (while we each did our own thing) a swelling joy filled my heart at the peace and content of our relationship.  We have ups and we have downs, but through the hard work and love, we work well together.

So I’ve been thinking for a while now to share the story of how we became “us.” We have quite a crazy story (those that know can attest) and it was a rough road getting to that wedding day. SO, in 2 weeks, my Thoughtful Thursdays will be dedicated to just that. I’ve got journal entries galore, I’ve stopped and started writing a book about it, but I think my book will be my blog.  And he gave me his blessing…so I’m going for it!

{She loves to hang out with her dad, just watching him work.}

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  1. I can totally relate to the doing our own thing but somehow feeling “together”. For us it might be me reading a book in the same room that he’s working on the computer….sad but somehow this can brighten my day :). Can’t wait to hear “your story”!!!

  2. I have those same “figments” :)

  3. I can´t wait to hear the story! I think it´s such a blessing to marry someone that you can hang out with, do your own thing with, and disagree on something with while growing stronger and loving each other more. It makes me happy to hear other love stories that have a happy everyday life, it makes me smile and think: yep, we´re not alone in our crazy-ups-and-downs-but-mostly-ups bliss. Other people live like that too. :)
    Our together but not doing the same thing is usually me reading or making photo albums while he plays video-games or works on the computer. :D
    I love the last picture…

  4. My whole world is a figment… :) Love the appreciation for Love. It is so important to acknowledge contentment in every day life, it doesn’t have to be a huge date or trip to Hawaii to be romantic. Heck, Dave changing diapers in the middle of the night is just about the best thing ever. :)

  5. Suzanne says:

    My husband and I have those moments too when we are side by side working on our office/studio. It’s a peaceful feeling to be together. I look forward to hearing about your courtship.

  6. can’t wait to hear the story!

  7. tricia dunlap says:

    You are such a gifted writer (and photographer!) I love your description of this simple evening, working side by side – so simple, but so beautiful!! I think your blog readers will triple as you start blogging about your love story!!

  8. Jacqueline says:

    I love a good story – can’t wait to hear yours!

  9. caroline says:

    what a great couple you two make! I have always thought that:) I can relate to you.. I was a huge whitney houston fan as a girl and Mike doesn’t get it either. When we dated one of the things we had most in common was how much we both LOVE music…but like you two not the same genres of music. but it’s been fun over the years to share each other’s favorites and I now actually love some of his music and he loves some of mine… I think mostly because of the memories associated to them and that period of our lives…anyway, can’t wait to hear more of your love story!:)

  10. It’s just mean to make us wait 2 whole weeks! :)

  11. Norman hill says:

    Great photo of Cali. I love it!

  12. I’m going to get some popcorn and I’ll be ready for the story!