I Married a Saint

Can I introduce you to the best thing that has ever happened to me?  His name is Timmy and he is amazing.  I would love to give a tribute to him:


A – Awesome – He can do it all!  Cook, clean, build houses, get PhD’s, an amazing dad and husband, kind, perfect…


B – Best Friend – Timmy has seen me in so many phases of life.  Teaching, being pregnant, moving, having kids, learning how to be a mom, trying to figure out how to be a grown up…etc.  And through it all he has been my right hand man, and my biggest support.


C – Calm – Thank heavens for his calmness, because things could quickly get out of hand around here.  My only question is, why did not my children inherit this quality as well?


D – Durable Dad – As soon as Timmy comes home, he is attacked.  He becomes a jungle gym, a punching bag, a wrestling buddy, a trampoline…the list goes on and on.  So far he has withstood the beatings, my only concern is that the boys keep getting bigger and we keep on adding to the amount of boys around here.


E – Energy – He never stops.  I get tired just watching him!  He is teaching seminary this year, he wakes up at 5:30 am in the morning, he goes to work, comes home to a family that literally LOVES him to pieces, and then he prepares his seminary lesson or writes a paper, goes to sleep and starts it all over again with a smile.


F – Funny – I tell him he is funny when he does not try to be.  The longer we are married the funnier I think it is.  I don’t know why this phenomenon happened, but it has.  Perhaps there is more inside jokes between the two of us, it could be perhaps our four boys give us many reasons to laugh a lot.  Who knows!


G – Giving – He is the first to sign up to help someone, the first to give of his time and resources, and the best part is…he enjoys it!


H – Heart – HE has a pure heart.  What you see is what you get in Timmy.  He is the first to say sorry, the first to forgive, the first to see the good in people.


I – Invincible – He is a superhero in our eyes.


J – Johnson Confidence – This basically means, that if you put your mind to it, you can do it, and the world’s the limit.


K – Kind – Looking at Timmy all you see is goodness and kindness, he has never said one mean thing about anybody.


L – Leader – He has had some opportunities to be a leader and he is good at it!  He leads by example, love, and hard work.  He is also the perfect leader in our family as well.


M – Manly – Tim the Tool Man Taylor has met his match!  Timmy is Al and Tim the Tool Man Taylor combined.  He knows how to build houses, can you believe it?  I could not, and then he built my parents basement.  His skills continue to develop as well, he is starting to learn how to work on cars.  Nothing makes him happier than learning something new that requires sweat and a challenge.


N – Noble – And I quote from the dictionary “possessing outstanding qualities” why yes, yes he does.


O – Observant, I like to call them his baby blues.  He notices everything!  As soon as he walks through the door I can see him take in all the surroundings and make sure that all is in its rightful place and all is well.  which usually is not the case:)


P – Precious – Timmy is so sweet and wants to make sure that I am all right at all times.  He will do anything to make sure that his family is safe and secure.  He loves my family like his own.  He enjoys people, and looks out for those who may need help.


Q – Quick – Did you know he ran a marathon?


R – Resilient – These past nine years of our marriage, have followed an unusual route.  We have done the school thing FOREVER, but he keeps on going.  He still finds joy in the journey and does not get bogged down on the what ifs in life.  He is a active force that propels forward despite all the obstacles in the way.  In fact he laughs at the face of obstacles and says, “What else you got?”


S – Soil – He love soil, he majored in soil.  Nothing says love like that!  If you want to get on his bad side, just call soil dirt.  I dare you!


T – Tender hearted – He sometimes cries, and it makes me love him even more.


U – Useful – I LOVE HAVING TIMMY HOME!!!!!!!!!!  When he is home is so helpful, he knows how to can food, make amazing dishes, fixes the dents in the house, loves to grocery shop and even sticks to the list.  Puts on Zach’s hockey skates and all the hockey gear, he teaches the boys whatever the boys are interested in learning.  He is here, he is present, and he is a blessing.


V – Valiant – He is solid in the gospel, solid in his testimony, and solid in doing what is right.  I feel like I am always running two steps behind him trying to keep up with him.  He is my example of how to be a good person.


W – Wizard -He loves school, he is good at it. We are supposed to work on our talents and he has indeed done that. As an observer of him getting his PhD, you would think it was the easiest thing to get, but I am told it is NOT! Timmy thrives at taking tests, he loves learning new things, and he is a certified genius.



X – eXample – Timmy leads by example.  For his birthday he wanted to make homemade ice cream with Zach because Zach wanted to do it.  I on the other hand, require a birth month.  When he says we need to treat mommy like a Princess, he shows them how it is done.  Timmy does not ask us to do what he would not do himself, and oftentimes he does not ask us to do anything, but leads a good life, and so that is what makes us want to be good as well.


Y – Youthful – He gets handsomer by the day, I say that I married Paul Newman’s look a like with his baby blues.


Z – Zealous – Timmy loves life, he approaches everything with a can do attitude.  How we love him!


The best thing about all of this is that we get him FOREVER!


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Trying to find joy in the monotonous!

Oh the dishes!  I feel like the dishes and I have not come to an agreement.  I feel like I clean this blasted room all day long, and it is still dirty!


For the most part I do not mind housework.  I would not say it is my favorite thing in the world, but it is tolerable. I even look forward to laundry, cooking, cleaning the bathrooms, anything but the KITCHEN!


I told Timmy that when we build a house I want the kitchen in the farthest part of the house, where I do not have to look at the dishes, so that I can clean them when I feel like.  The out of sight out of mind method really works well for me.


I suggested maybe using disposable plates, but my boys all gave me a blank stare.


I realize there are worse things in life.


I am grateful that I have such an awesome kitchen, food to eat, a dishwasher( High five to you guys who do the dishes by hand!) etc.

DSC_0697But I have a feeling that the kitchen and I will always be at odds with each other…and that is okay, right?

If I could have  a super power it would be to have Mary Poppins skill of snapping my finger and everything is cleaned instantly!


I think that is the hard part about housework is that it could take up your whole day if you let it and all you want is the house to be clean.

But then you feel guilty because I should be playing with my boys, reading with my boys, going on outings with my boys, etc.  It is this conflicting role of WHAT SHOULD I DO?

I could play Thomas the Train, but I need to fold A LOT OF LAUNDRY!, I should read you a book, but the upstairs looks like a tornado hit it.  I know you need to eat lunch but I just cleaned kitchen, can we just stare at the kitchen for five minutes and admire it before I destroy it again?


I tell Timmy that at one point during the day, the house was clean…he just wasn’t there to witness it!
I have a goal that by the time the boys get home at 3:30 pm the house will be clean.  And by 3:36 pm, my beautifully clean house is GONE!  It does get discouraging, and oftentimes I think what is the point?  Why do I keep on doing what I am doing?

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Because doing this day in and day out makes me a better person right?  At least I hope so, and more importantly I love my boys!


I am living the dream you know, I have always wanted to be a Princess andI think I fill in the Snow White Role very nicely with my 5 little Dwarves.

DSC_0293So have I found joy in the monotonous?  I am trying really hard!  But do I have joy everyday?  You better believe it!

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