Instead of doing quick takes this week, I thought I'd join in with Betty Beguiles and share ten facts about Rob and yours truly.
One: I went to college with Rob's sister and we met when he came to visit her. We visited the historic sites in Gettysburg and ended up having an in depth conversation for the whole ride home. We haven't stopped talking since.
Two: Before I met Rob, I saw a picture of him in his sister's room and thought he was 35. He was really 21. In my defense, he was wearing his Navy uniform and he wasn't smiling. But typical of his personality, he still thinks it's funny.
Three: Rob and I got engaged when I was 19. I think I might go nuts if Francie came home engaged at 19, but my parents have loved Rob since day one. They've always been insightful people.
Four: Rob and I have amazingly similar personalities. I know they say opposites attract, but I guess we are the exception that proves the rule. Even when we disagree, we can usually do it calmly and sensibly. Unless you are talking about the proper way to load the dishwasher, then it's time to drop the gloves.
Five: Despite our similarities, we have just enough personality differences to keep us complementary. He is much calmer and laid back than I am, and even though I am technically an introvert I have enough spark to bring him out of his quiet shell.
Six: Rob is hilarious. Sometimes people are really surprised to hear that since he is so quiet, but his sense of humor is razor sharp. When we got married, my mother said to us, "Well, no matter what, you'll always have laughter." She was right -- I laugh every single day we are together.
Seven: I've never met anyone I can talk to as easily as Rob. Not even my closest girlfriends (and that's saying something, because I can really talk to my friends. A lot.) He's my very best friend.
Eight: Rob is an amazing father. I always knew he would be a good dad, but truth be told, neither one of us ever expected to have this many children in our family. Our hearts have changed together, and he has turned out to be a better father to our children than I could have imagined. I feel so blessed that my sons can look to him to know how a Christian man should act, and that my daughters can look to him to see how a good man treats the women he loves.
Nine: Rob is a much better Christian than I am, and he is specifically a much better Catholic Christian. He is unfailingly generous in everything, and I should know better than most people since I am usually on the receiving end of his generosity of spirit. I always hope to make him proud and happy that I am his wife.
Ten: We will celebrate our 14th anniversary on June 14th. It seems like yesterday and forever ago all at the same time.
Happy weekend, my friends!