Anyways, because I stay-at-home, I'm, well...at home a lot. I'm still in the adjustment phase of the whole "I wipe rear ends for a living" stage of my life. Some days I love it, some days I tolerate it. I miss my students like crazy but love being with my little one. I spend a lot of my days at our kitchen table with Easton saying "no, no throwing food on the floor" or "no, no hiding food in your lap". While we sit, this is what I see:
1. He can't touch anything in the kitchen or bathroom without needing to at least rinse his hands. It's hilarious and so cute. I make fun of him for it but it's actually one of my favorite quirks of his.
2. Yesterday, he came home and Easton went straight for him. I love it. Justin then spent his first chunk of time crawling around on the floor chasing Easton and making him give those sweet baby giggles.
3. He takes care of the yard, finances, and dishes. I cook, he washes. I couldn't even tell you how we pay our bills. I don't touch em. In the game of life, I win.
4. Last year during baseball, a mom came up to me to tell me how much she appreciated Justin. Justin's grandfather passed away on a game day and Justin spent his team huddle talking about a scripture he had read that morning and how it had affected him when he heard the news. The mom said her son came home talking about how great Coach Nichols is and she just wanted to thank him for being a man of integrity. Sadly, most athletes (especially male athletes) don't know what it's like to have a coach that doesn't cuss at them or scream and humiliate them. He's EXACTLY the type of man that should be teaching and coaching high school kids.
6. He is the perfect height for me. He can kiss me on the forehead without looking up or looking down. This was a middle school dream of mine. Seriously. (and that's why I don't teach middle school...that's the age when everyone is dumb as rocks)
8. He likes me. He actually likes me. Do you ever feel totally unloveable? I do. But he loves me. He chooses to spend time as a family over almost anything else. I definitely think that's a characteristic of a strong man and my man's got it.
9. He watches Downton Abbey with me. And is just as obsessed as me. (omg...have you seen the new season preview?! Too much greatness for me to handle.)
10. He always complements my housework. Ya'll, my life is lame now. I spend the day playing with babies, trying to keep them asleep, and cleaning. I feel worthless a lot of time...but he notices what I do. That's such a blessing. He even complements me when I come back exhausted from a run. He's actually proud of me for the lame things I do all day.
11. He makes me laugh. All. the. time.
12. He prays diligently. For me, for Easton, for our friends. For example, we recently had friends tell us they were pregnant after giving up on the idea of ever conceiving after doctors told them it couldn't happen. It still brings tears to my eyes to think about it. After they told us the news, Justin congratulated them and said "I was thinking about y'all today." I knew what he meant. He meant he'd been praying for them that day. In fact, he's prayed that same prayer for a co-worker of mine and her husband and friends from church. He's so incredibly diligent and thoughtful even in his prayer life.
13. He's an Aggie. Laugh all you want but we take our school seriously down in College Station, Texas. Aggies breed other Aggies...and I can not imagine being married to a Tiger (bleh) or a Raider (double bleh) or, heaven help us, a Longhorn (blehhhhhhhhhh). I'm only partially kidding on this one...
|Senior year at A&M...look how young we look|
I hate it when people say "my husband's the BEST" on facebook because I know there are LOTS of great men out there and each one is a fit for his wife. What I will say about my husband is he is IT for me. There's no one better for me and he's my forever. I love that kid.