I haven’t read many of my friends’ blogs lately, so I took a quick peek today and saw Brianna’s 10 Things About He and I. Later in the day I saw that Tisha had also written a 10 Things post. It seemed light and happy, which is just what I need today.
1. We met just before or just after my 17th birthday, we like to disagree about this, but I prefer to say it was before my birthday since it sounds more dramatic to say that we met when I was 16. I also like to call Russ my high school sweetheart, which is a slight stretch since we began dating the summer after we graduated, but, I hadn’t started college yet, so I think it still counts. We did everything young, got engaged when I was 18 and Russ was 19, and were married when we were 20.
2. Russ is many times more adventuresome than I am. He has parachuted out of a plane, gone on a 50 mile backpacking trip, back-country skied from yurt to yurt in CO, climbed mountains, and so many other things, not to mention being the father of eleven children! He is a courageous man and I love that about him. I, on the other hand, tend to be cautious about physical things. I do not like heights at all, not even a tiny bit, which means I don’t ski, rock climb, or jump out of planes. Now I do love adventure, but it tends to be more of the, “Let’s adopt that sweet girl we met at AHOPE,” or “I think we should consider doing foster care,” kind of adventure.
3. I’m an idealist and Russ is a realist. I am the kite and he stands firmly holding my string. I don’t think I’m an optimist, I just tend to be hopeful — that’s not quite the same — is it?
4. Russ and I have held many unusual jobs over the years, especially when we were students and scraping our way through school. One of Russ’ most interesting jobs was as a milkman delivering to restaurants in downtown Seattle during the wee hours of the morning. My all time worst job was as a parking lot attendant at the now demolished Kingdome. We were desperate to pay our rent, but it was a terrible, awful job. Together we were houseparents at Alpha Phi sorority on Cornell campus which was a fantastic job for getting Russ through graduate school.
5. We love taking long walks together and cherish our quiet morning routine — walking or running, followed by mugs of coffee, Bibles on our laps, and quiet conversation so we don’t wake the children. It is one of the happiest parts of my day.
6. Our first date was to see the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. It was 1981 – and seems a lifetime ago. We still love movies, although most often we rent them from Redbox or watch them with Netflix in our living room, often with some our big kids.
7. We love road trips together, which is a good thing since we have made a few moves across the United States, and our family is too large to travel any other way. The past two years have brought dozens of trips to and from Seattle which has given us time to talk and listen to music or sermons.
8. Russ is a numbers guy and I’m a words girl. He does all of the budgeting, bill paying, etc., which is a huge relief to me. I’m the administrator and people-manager, so I do all of the scheduling and organizing. I send family emails, schedule family meetings, organize gatherings, plan trips, schedule all appointments, etc. He does all of the detail-oriented things like maintaining vehicles, managing our property, etc. We’re a great team.
9. We love children and believe with all of our hearts that our children are the best gifts of our lives. We always wanted a large family – although we didn’t imagine we would have eleven children! God loves to surprise us. As young parents we tried to figure out what our favorite “stage” was and finally concluded we love it all. We adore babies, get a kick out of toddlers, love the early learning years, enjoy the elementary and junior high ages, and adore our high school kids and young adults.
10. Russ and I have owned two houses in our lives. We bought our first home in Broomfield, Colorado in 1994. In December 1999 we moved to Idaho where we bought the house we now own. We actually bought it in one weekend, which is amazing for us since we are not known for our decisiveness. We flew to town, looked at 13 houses, narrowed it down to two, and then chose between living in town or out of town. We chose the house on eight acres on the edge of town and still love living here.
How about you? What ten things about you and your husband will you share with us today? Leave your list in the comments or write it on your blog and share the link!
Be sure to see where the fun began at Betty Beguiles: 10 Facts About Me and My Better Half.
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