Yeah, I wrote the date out today..
Why, you ask?
Because I wanted to make sure that my wife took note.
You'll see the reasoning as you keep reading.
I went back, and looked over my archived posts, and things I've written and said about my marriage, my wife, and my family life.
Do you know that I have complained more than I've complimented my wife since starting this endeavor?
I don't know why that is, it just turned that way on me.
So, in order to alleviate this problem, I've taken it upon myself to build her up here on my blog as well as at home.
Thus, I'm starting today.. If only to get a jump on the New-Year's resolutions that everyone seems to put off doing!
My wife is a wonderful mother, not only to my kids, but to those she watches for friends and family as well. She cares, and has a HUGE heart for children of all ages.
My wife is awesome with numbers. What I have to take time to figure (and usually get wrong!) she can do in mere seconds, and be correct! This is one major reason why I have her keep the checkbook, because she's able to juggle those numbers around much better than I ever could.
My loving spouse is a very vital and outgoing person. She tries to make friends with everyone she meets, and attempts to get each person to participate in activities if possible. (even when some of us don't want to deal with another!)
My wife is great at the attention to detail. I don't know how she does it (must be a girl thing!), but she's able to tell if the floor has really been vacuumed, or if it's just bee the cursory swipe and duck kind of job. To be honest, I don't think I could ever have the patience to "deep clean" the way she likes to..
These are just a few of the things I love about my spouse. I can't tell you them all, because then I'd have nothing left to write about the next time except to repeat them, and that's boring!
I don't know why it is that I fail to mention the "little" things to her. For most women, the BIG stuff is nice, but to hear the everyday "Thank you for being you" kind of things really pay off more.
I tend to get fixated on the major issues, and harp and nag when something doesn't tend to go my way or happen the way I planned. She doesn't deserve the ire I send to her, it just winds up going that way.
For the most part, I've made the consious attempt to keep my frustrations that I deal with at work well apart from my home life. If things go really badly at work, I'll call ahead, and let her know that I'm going to be needing some "down-time" before dealing with family stuff. This is nice, but it isn't always feasible or practical. Sometimes it works, but more often than not, life just doesn't allow for the slow-down period.
To be honest with you, my readers, I feel that my greatest failing as a husband is that of apathy.
Because if it isn't broke, I don't mess with it. If it works, use it until it breaks.
Not only with mechanical things, but with the relationship as well.
This leads to MAJOR problems.
There are things that I can do that really bother my wife. I've spoken of them in earlier posts.
However, because of her loving and giving nature, she tends to keep her complaints in check, hoping that I'll see the things I'm doing wrong, and change.
However, because I don't hear of any problem or issue, I contend that there's no problem, and I keep up with the action that bothers her.
Yeah, you can see where this is going, can't you?
It boils over, and explodes. And then I rant and rave to my readers here on my blog, which bothers her yet again when she's painted out to be the "bad guy".
Now, there are some of you who have dealt with her, and can honestly say that she's very judgemental. I'd have to agree with you.
However, you must also understand that it's because of that ability of hers to judge that I'm still with her today.
I'm not going to elaborate on that any more, it's something I prefer to keep to myself.
So I now declare to you all (all 2 or so who read this!) that I dearly love my wife, and I resolve to state this at least once a month, if not more from now on.
Please, remind me from time to time, as I tend to forget things, and can use all the help I can get!
Happy New Year people, and the best to you all!