Why I Love Joe, the Birthday Boy

Joe never writes on this blog, even though he has the ability, but I'm pretty sure that he reads every single one of my posts! This week is Joe's birthday, so we get to celebrate him being born!!!! I may be biased, but I think this is one of the greatest reasons to celebrate! In honor of Joe's birthday, I have created this lovely list of all of the reasons that I am glad he was born! :) I've been compiling it since we got married because I always think of things and then I know I'll forget them if I wait to come up with a whole list in one sitting. I really enjoyed putting this together though, it made me appreciate the little things he does for me more and knowing that I wanted to have a lot to write down helped me to be watching for everything he does that's great rather than just letting it fly past me with no notice! (p.s. Joe hates birthdays, he thinks it's dumb to celebrate. Me on the other hand, I'm all about birthdays! He's got a lot to adjust to!)

The Birthday Boy

Joe loves to cuddle and give me hugs all the time. It's one of the first things he does when he sees me after work every night and sometimes he'll just sit and hug me for no reason at all. I never feel deprived of love and I love knowing that I can throw my arms around him at any moment and he'll squeeze me right back and mean it.

There has never been a time since the day we started hanging out that Joe hasn't opened a door for me. It doesn't matter who's driving or where we're at, he never fails to open it for me and not in a rushed way to make it obvious that he is trying to open every door. (I do open my own door getting out of the car though. I hate waiting while people walk around to open my door, it's awkward.) I love that Joe does this; there have been a few rare occasions when I don't think about it and open my own door and he always gets a sad look on his face and asks me what I think I'm doing. I don't know why this is such a huge thing to me, but every time that he does it, I notice, it's not just a habit that I've gotten used to, I appreciate that he does it every single time.

I love Joe's sad/puppy dog/bashful/begging face. I'm not sure what to call it because he uses it on lots of occasions. I used to say that I would never break for a puppy dog face, but Joe's gets me every time. I can't keep a straight face for even a second when he puts his pouting face on. I laugh every time and just want to kiss him!

Joe likes to complain that I make him do so much and don't let him be lazy enough. Which sometimes I guess is true, I make lists in my head for him and give him tasks one at a time. (I learned early that this is the best way to make sure he doesn't forget anything.) There are times though when he does things all on his own and it's my favorite ever! I'm kind of a clean freak, and he makes fun of me. I had a cleaning routine every week that I loved to follow (before school started again) and Joe loved to mock. Some weeks I get behind and I'll think all day some days about the things that I need to get done when I get home and how I can best do that. Those are usually the days when I'll get home and Joe will have vacuumed, cleaned the bathroom, taken out the garbages, dusted, cleaned up clutter or done some laundry! It's a really nice feeling when your to-do list is cut down in size considerably, just like that.

We have a lot of good quality chats together and they are my favorite. Since Quality Time is my top love language, I love any little bit of time that we get to spend together, and I think that we are good at doing this.

He's never been afraid to let me know how he feels. From day one of our friendship/relationship, I've always known exactly what his intentions were and he never made me question them. I always know how he feels and I love that I have never, ever, not for a single moment, had any doubt about my place in his heart or in his life.

I married one of the most patient men in the world! Seriously, do you know me? Have you heard stories about how I've now ruined his proposal and my birthday? That's just the beginning too! I can be very high strung and uptight and kind of OCD and sometimes I go crazy but Joe is so patient! He goes along with whatever I'm doing or just waits it out! I don't know how he is so patient with me, because I'm not even that patient with myself!

Late night walks with Joe are the best! Doing nothing but walking and talking for a whole hour is really good quality time and it gives us a chance to talk about life and make plans. It's my favorite!

I get bragged about a lot and that makes me feel good. When he comes home and brags to me about how he got to brag about me somewhere to someone, I can't help but smile. It's a great feeling when someone is so proud of you and wants to share it with the world.

Teaching is one of Joe's strong points. Whether it's a talk given at the pulpit in church, a lesson to our primary kids, or family home evening with his family and the nieces and nephew, Joe has a way of getting his point across to everyone and being very powerful about it. I always hate teaching in primary because I know that my lessons aren't as great or attention grabbing as Joe's, he's just good at it.

I love watching Joe interact with his nieces and nephew. He is so patient and fun with them and they love him a lot and always get excited to see him or wonder where he is when I get somewhere before him. I'd say he's a quality uncle, not many would wear princess crowns and jewelry and let their wife put play make up on them just to give the nieces a thrill and something to giggle about.

In Joe's world, nothing is done half heartedly and he does everything with excitement. When he puts his mind to something, it happens and it's done well. He's a perfectionist, and a go-getter. At least daily, he comes up with new business ideas or things that he should learn or do. I love how excited he gets over things.

They say that you should be with someone who always encourages your or makes you feel like you could be better. Joe does this well and not in a demeaning way that makes me feel bad. He notices when I'm not sticking to my goals, (for example, walking every day) and he'll tease me about things and encourage me to just do them and be good. He is always rooting for me to improve, but he never makes me feel like I just have so much to improve up and am so imperfect.

Joe lets me wax his eyebrows. Yep, I love that about him. Even though he whines like a baby the whole time and tells me how bad it hurts. (I can wax my own eyebrows and upper lip and I don't even make a peep, you'd think he'd buck up and be a man!) There's just something about waxing his eyebrows that makes me so content.

Speaking of facial hair, I really hope that my children get Joe's eyelashes. He has the best eyelashes in the whole entire world! They're thick, long, dark and curled perfectly! Sometimes I get an urge to put mascara on him, just to see how they look!

When I don't feel like cooking food, Joe takes me out to eat. It's so nice not to have to cook or put anything together for dinner or clean up. I love it!

I could go on and on and on, but then I'd never get this posted! Basically, I love being married to Joe, I couldn't have asked for a more perfect man for me. *Joe, notice that I didn't say you were perfect, just that you were perfect for me! ;)* (We wouldn't want that going to his head.) I love every day and every minute that I get to spend with him, and for that reason, I'm so happy and excited to be able to celebrate him being born!