My husband. Where do I even begin?
After nearly 20 years, the man still gives me butterflies. Dennis is soft spoken, strong, considerate and so thoughtful. World's best father, talented baker (secret passion that I just shared with the world) and the most uncoordinated dancer I have ever met. He is so bad that it makes me laugh...therefore, he does it every chance he gets. He has a great sense of humor and is funny...side-splitting funny. Dennis is fluent in French (yeah, that's hot) and loves to travel as much as I do. He puts me first. Always. He challenges me to be a better person and encourages me to step outside of my comfort zone. And I do...knowing that he is my safety net. Dennis is devoted to God, our marriage and our family.
20 years and I am still smiling. 20 years of right.
As far as Christmas is concerned, he and I have an unspoken agreement that less is more. We don't go overboard on the gifts and usually give each other something that we need or mentioned that we wanted. For example, a month or two ago he said that he would like some type of ski gear or snow pants for sledding with the kids this winter. I made a mental note and picked up a pair of Carhartts for him as a gift. I checked it off my list and went about my merry way.
That's when this happened.
Probably the most thoughtful of gifts.
Dennis took our blog and created it into a book. This may sound easy but it is not. The platform that I use is not easily converted into book format and he spent a little time each day for an entire month making it perfect. Then, he printed a copy for he and I, along with one for each of our children.
The blog was created as an online scrapbook for our littles. Letters from their mama to let them know how much I love them and how proud I am to call them mine. A way to celebrate our family and their childhood. A way to document our adventures together.
In my daydreams, Dennis and I will grow old and gray. He will still give me butterflies and be a terrible dancer. And on any given night...when our children are far from home (Nola in the Peace Corps, Jack doing stand-up comedy, Kate: CEO of the world and Bear as a stay at home dad) we will flip through our journals and smile and laugh as we remember who we were, how we have grown and what a blessing we are to each other.
Oh, and in case you were wondering. He loved the Carhartts!