Why I Appreciate The Things I Never Even Thought Of

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today is our 2 year Anniversary, this day brings back memories of complete happiness and love you can watch here or browse through photos here!  I am so grateful for my husband and in honor of our special day, I thought I would write down a few things I never knew I would appreciate as much as I do today! I really feel that the beauty of marriage is the evolution you go through together, what I felt was so important two years ago doesn’t hold near the same value today.

sanluisobispoweddingphotographer-37I appreciate the hard times. Its easy to enjoy the good times with anyone, being happy with people comes easy for me. However, when s*** hits the fan, the only person I want to be with is my husband and to be reminded that he is the only person I confide and want to be with during those times is a wonderful thing.

I appreciate that my husband is consistent. Finding someone who does the extravagant is marvelous and fun, and my husband does enjoy the big productions of romance however what I appreciate most is his consistency. Constantly faithful, loving, hard-working and kind.

I appreciate that he lets me serve him. For some reason we have misconstrued the meaning of serving and made it a negative thing, but there is so much beauty in serving your husband.

I appreciate that he pushes me to be independent. It is so easy to get totally consumed in being a wife and mother. Being pushed to work and develop as an individual person is so important in our relationship, Gavin is literally my biggest fan when it comes to blogging and doing things that help me be the best version of myself.

I appreciate that we operate as equals. We work equally hard to keep our lives and family running and having the mutual understanding of that has worked very well for us.

I appreciate that he is a gentleman. Not just to me, he is a gentleman to every person he comes across, when he opens the door for me he opens the door for the older lady behind me. At first I was a little taken back that it wasn’t just for me, but I quickly came to realize that his gentleman traits are not conditional, they are who he is and he doesn’t turn them on and off.

I appreciate his way of parenting. So often I feel like as mothers we can be quite overbearing when it comes to what we feel is best for our child, knowing so well what’s the most effective way to soothe them or take care of them. It hasn’t come easy but I’ve learned to let Gavin parent the way he feels is best. Sure he may do things differently, but allowing him to figure it out on his own has really created an undeniable bond between him and Wyatt.

I appreciate his moral compass. Gavin is a “handshake is enough” type of man, his word is gold. It doesn’t matter who he promises something to, he will follow through. He is fiercely loyal, and the example that will set for Wyatt is one I am already thanking my lucky stars for.

I appreciate him for his imperfections. I see so many articles about finding the “perfect man” and literally nothing sounds worse to me. I am extremely imperfect, and so is my husband, and we are thankful for that. Being married to someone who understands they are far from imperfect makes for a relationship that is about being the best version of yourself, not the perfect person.

I appreciate him for his spiritual guidance. Faith is not an arrived destination, it’s a journey so it is full of highs and lows. Through it all I have a husband who has a faith in God and an understanding that God has a specific plan for our family we must trust in.



Have a wonderful day!







  1. Meghan
    October 4, 2016 / 4:23 pm

    Beautiful Steph <3 Happy Happy Anniversary!

  2. Melissa Benson
    October 5, 2016 / 6:08 pm

    Very sweet and insightful Stephanie! Happy Anniversary! You are still the most beautiful bride I have ever seen in my life!!

  3. Betsy Scalzo
    October 7, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    We recently ran into your hubby at work, what an awesome man, Karlee went to school with him, my first time meeting him. He’s so proud of his family. We were sure to share how much we loved your blog. Happy Anniversary!

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