When I first set up my new blog, I was very intentional about the fact that my “identity” here is mom and teacher. But, every time I see that description, I feel a little weird. Maybe I’m over-thinking (I probably am), but I feel like the natural assumption from that is that I’m not a wife. And, while I tip my hat (seriously) to all the incredible single, working moms out there, I am very much not one of them. In fact, I consider my role as a wife even above my roles as a mom and a teacher.
So, why the intentional absence of talk about my husband and marriage? Because, to be frank, that’s how he prefers it…
Jeff is my high school sweetheart, my best friend, my rock, and my complete opposite. Read: He isn’t as in to sharing his whole life on a public forum as me. 😉 Out of respect for him, I really limit what I share about his life and our relationship. Yes, sometimes that’s hard for me (because I like to tell all the things), but that is the agreement we have reached about blogging and what we both feel comfortable with. *To be honest, as Sam gets older, I will probably blog less and less about him too for the same reasons. This blog is for telling my story… We all have our own, and deciding when and how it is told, is an individual choice.
That said, here are a few relevant details about my main squeeze:
– We started dating when we were seniors in high school, but I pretty much loved him from ninth grade on.
– We went to college in two different states and dated long distance for 3 years. (We studied abroad in London together in the Fall of our Junior year, and I graduated one semester early and moved home to be closer to him.)
– We got married in 2007 in the church I grew up in (the same one my parents married in 25 years earlier) and our wedding was – hands down – one of the best days of our lives. It was seriously SUCH a celebration of God’s work in our lives and our relationship and the incredible people that had walked beside us up to that point.
– Jeff is calm, patient, rational, responsible, smart, handsome, and (mostly) laid back – remember, I said my opposite. 😉 He is a loyal friend, a hard worker, a spiritual leader, and an amazing dad to Sam. He is my voice of reason (for example: he keeps me from writing things I will regret later) and has brought a sense of stability, rest, and peace to my life that I didn’t even know I was missing before we got married. In short, he’s the best thing that ever happened to me.
– We believe that marriage is hard work, but that it is absolutely worth it. I wouldn’t want to be on this adventure of growing up, parenting, life with ANYONE else.
– There is a 99.5% chance that you will NEVER see a “Thoughts from a Blogger’s Husband” post or anything of that sort here. 🙂
Hope that clears up any confusion & gives y’all enough sap to last a while. 😉 Have a great holiday weekend!
P.S. Have you visited my updated FAQs page yet?! This question (and several others) was first addressed there. 🙂