XVIII

If it were a person, our marriage would be an adult. Eighteen years ago, Big Daddy and I decided “why not” and hopped a plane, rented a car and made it official. In thinking about what I wanted to say about the last eighteen years, I landed on the metaphor of a roller coaster. Totally…

Ch-ch-changes

A few years ago, two if I remember it correctly, I made a post about Big Daddy leaving his long time job. At the time that I wrote it, his leaving was all but assured. He had an offer. He had tendered his resignation, but even with those assurances, life had other plans, and he…

Evolution

Seventeen years ago this month, Big Daddy and I met. Life and love has this funny way of working out and in July we will celebrate sixteen, mostly happy, years of marriage. Mostly happy because, of course, we have our ups and down. All couples do. The key to happiness and longevity is making sure…

Times Change

A little more than four years ago, Big Daddy and I departed on a new adventure.    We moved five hundred miles away from our little white house in Illinois and moved to small town Ohio.  Big Daddy set up an office off of the living room and began to telecommute full time.  The telecommuting years…

Just We Two and the Road

In July, Big Daddy and I celebrated our fifteenth year of marriage.  There’s something satisfying about us adding to our tally of years together.  I can’t remember a time when Big Daddy wasn’t in my life and I like that our year total has begun to reflect that.  When we were first married, our handful…

Happy Birthday

Today, my darling boy turns 38. There really aren’t enough words for me to tell you how lucky I feel that Big Daddy chose me all those years ago.  I’ve never stopped feeling like I won a grand prize in some awesome contest and, by extension, our kids are lucky too.  They get Big Daddy…

Missing

Big Daddy and I are lucky, I think. Unlike so many people we find that marriage isn’t a lot of hard work. Connecting is usually very easy for us and we enjoy the time we have with each other. I can’t really give marriage advice to people, because the path Big Daddy and I usually…

Ahead of the Curve

In 1998, my family got our first personal computer. I begged for one, a lot. I had a good point, though. As a college student, a home computer was just necessary and my brother and sister would need one too. Mom and Dad bought the computer. An IBM. Mom refused to get an Internet account. …

Chocolate Guinness Cheesecake

Big Daddy isn’t into presents. He’s just not. It’s hard for me. My love language is gifts. Gifts are how I show love. I like them to be big, opulent and something you don’t need. I like to give impractical presents. Big Daddy? That’s not his speed. It is a part of marriage where you…

Daddy

Baby Bee calls him Papa.  By her own choice.  She can say Daddy, but she calls him Papa.  He loves it. We always thought we’d have a son, but really?  I think he’s wonderfully suited to be a Daddy of only girls.  Not that he wouldn’t have been a great Daddy to boys, but there’s…