Sunday, May 31, 2009


~ because you never keep score
~ because you are a man of integrity
~ because your kisses still curl my toes
~ because you are the man I always dreamed of
~ because you know the names of our neighbors
~ because you always clean the litter box - for my cat
~ because you love the symphony, and art museums - and hunting
~ because you are careful with your words so that they never bruise
~ because you understand why week-long birthdays are so important
~ because you do all the cooking - and then still help clean the kitchen
~ because you once built me a yellow swing that only moved side to side
~ because you play board (bored?) games with Sloane for hours - with a smile
~ because you are never in too much of a hurry to listen to someone who needs you
~ because you kiss me on the forehead as I fall asleep and say, "Good night, sweet girl."
~ because you never mind making a bathroom stop on a road trip - even if we stopped 1/2 an hour ago
~ because you have never once told me to "settle down" or to stop making such a big deal about something
~ because you drive me to a swing set when I'm feeling crabby - instead of getting irritated with me
~ because you pump the gas, stop for the milk, drop off the dry cleaning, go get the Chinese - every time
~ because you give me a massages that last an hour - even though I only last about 10 minutes on the massages I give you
~ because you never once did that man-thing and wished for a son - the daughter God gave us was all that you ever wanted
~ because you don't make fun of my absolute inability to read a map - instead you find a way to write directions so I can find my way

For all these things, and a thousand more, I love you, Jeffrey. Now and always.
Happy anniversary, my love.

My two loves.


Mrs. E said...

Beautiful post! Happy Anniversary! And many, many more! (I'd like to see his list, too!!)

smith kaich jones said...

What a wonderful list, and a wonderful (and lucky) man - I'm sure he would agree! I hope the sun is shining where you are. Happy, happy anniversary!

:) Debi

beth said...

happy anniversary, you love birds !
and what an amazing list, sharing with us, your hubby... an amazing man and father !!

and I bet today, he will do at least 10 more wonderful things and you'll think, "oh, that should have been on the list, too"

isn't love amazing ?

Jeanne said...

I love you
I love all you write.......
The poppies are from our neighbors yard and the other two photographs are our home
Love you

Joanne said...

Raising my coffee cup this morning in an Anniversary toast ... Congratulations and best wishes to you both!

Meri said...

I'm wishing you happy anniversary with teary eyes.

Amy said...

So very precious. I love to see couples still in love - that's the way it should be. Thank you for sharing.

Jessica said...

Happy anniversary! What a lovely list! Jeffery is surely a fine two are perfect together!

Char said...

happy anniversary! hope you have many, many, many more.

dutchbaby said...

Happy anniversary to you love birds!

SE'LAH... said...


Wishing you many, many more.

What a beautiful tribute to Jeffrey.

The Feathered Nest said...

Precious post Relyn!!!! Happy Anniversary sweetie!!! I wish you both many, many more years of loving one another ~ xxoo, Dawn

Anonymous said...

This made me cry of joy Relyn! What a beautiful hubby you have in your life and may it always remain that way!

Happy Anniversary!

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

This gave me goosebumps and made me all happy for the both of you! So glad you feel so much, love so much and put it into words...and hope Jeffrey reads them too...he will know how loved he is, even if you don't say it in so many words every day.

Sandy K. said...

Happy are a special family, I can tell. Celebrate each day.

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

Oh, Relyn...just beautiful! There are not enough "true love" stories in the world. Congratulations for keeping one and appreciating the intricacies of marriage. Happy anniversary!

spread your wings said...

Happy Anniversary Relyn. This is such an incredible list of praise and admiration for your husband. He sounds like such a gentle and kind soul. You both are very lucky in love. so freshing to hear

Susan Tuttle said...

Happy Anniversary! -- sounds like you have a very special man, you special lady you!:)

I loved reading your list -- made me tear up a couple times. I think your hubby and mine should meet -- they have a lot in common.

Your sweet comment really made me smile and warmed my heart -- thank you:):)

Karmalized Couple said...

This is beautiful ... it is wonderful to see someone who appreciates the love in their life.

Love is truly the greatest gift we can give or receive.

thanks for loving - L

Marilyn Miller said...

What a lovely tribute list for your Jeffrey. Happy Anniversary!

eilandkind said...

I read somewhere, long ago and I'm qouting loosely: "Marry a man who doesn't only kiss you on your lips, but also on your forehead"
You found him.

susanna said...

Awwww...this post makes me so happy and, well, teary-eyed, too. I'm so glad that you have such a great person in your life. Your husband does all the cooking AND the dishes??? Man, that alone makes him a dreamcatch! Hope you have many more years of happiness together. :)

PS: And here I was thinking that I was the only one with a bladder the size of a walnut.

Patti said...

What a beautiful post (I am teary-eyed reading it). Lucky you!!! Lucky Sloane! Happy Happy Anniversary and many more to come!

Southern Drawl said...

Your list made me smile the whole way through. Watch your man, after your list I think we all love Jeffrey now!!! (JK, happily married for 33 years!) Happy Anniversary!

Relyn said...

OH, you guys. Thank you so much. You made our day brighter with all your loving comments.

I do know how blessed I am. We've been married for 17 years. I remember thinking, before I met Jeffrey, of how boring it would be to wake up to the same face each day. Boring?! Try blissful. Love to each of you.

SD - Thirty three years? Congratulations! Isn't love beautiful?

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dulcy said...

Oh I KNOW what a prize Jeffrey is! I can't believe it's been 17 years!!!! I love both you guy and your marriage is inspiring to me all who read this lovely post. Also, thanks for commenting on all my yard pictures!


Ragamuffin Gal said...

Relyn ~ what a wonderful tribute to a wonderful man! Mark and I both love the people you are sooo much! I love your words ~ I may need you to help me come up with something like this for our anniversary in 2 months - 28 years~ can you believe it???

Christina said...

I'm in tears for many reasons, but mostly because I know this kind of love. It's the kind of love where it's okay to just be... and to be loved for it.

You have said it many times, but feel it more today than ever. We are lucky girls! Yes we are.

PS: Jeffery, your kind of lucky yourself huh? A real keeper your sweetheart is.

Georgia B. said...


happy anniversary.

Jeanie said...

This list is divine -- I bet his is equally as long and loving. Happy anniversary, if somewhat belatedly!

paris parfait said...

A belated Happy Anniversary to you both! What a lovely tribute to your husband.

Jaime said...

Happy Anniversary!

Oh, the swing set one really got me.
So sweet.


spudballoo said...

How lovely, happy anniversary to you both. I feel like this about my husband and should tell him so more. He's one in a million!

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