Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Full of Grace - 24

Today marks 24 years since Martha and I made a commitment to each other.  We never promised forever.   But we did promise to help each other on our journeys.  And we have.   So today I am exceedingly grateful that Martha is in my life.    She has made my journey remarkably loving and fun and warm.  Here’s 24 ways, in no particular order.

1. She makes me laugh.  A lot.

2. Her kiss still makes me swoon.

3. She is a really great mother.

4. She gives her heart and soul into helping at-risk kids.

5. In restaurants or movies, she always lets me pick the seat.

6. She makes the best apple (and blueberry)  pie.   And will make them whenever I ask.

7. She likes to clean (so I don’t have to)

8. She doesn't have a jealous bone in her body.

9. She never questions my need for the wilderness

10. Or solitude

11. She helps me make it through the night.

12. She handles all the yelling at cable and phone companies.  And is damn good at it.

13. She has done way too much hospital sitting the last few years and (almost) never complains about it.

14. I can go wherever I want, whenever I want, with whomever I want, and all she says is “come home to me safe.”

15. She will go with me to every Cate Blanchett film and is patiently amused with my obsession.

16. She has a Mickey Mouse grin that makes me smile whenever I see it.  

17. She will politely eat any of my failed attempts at cooking and never complain.

18. My mother loved her from the start.

19. She loves to decorate for holidays.

20. She is such a little kid at heart.

21. She will go to the ballet and symphony with me, even though it bores her.

22. She makes love to me - heart, body and soul.

23. She still kisses and tucks me in at night.

24. She makes our house a home.  


  1. Awwwwww. You guys are too cute.

    Happy Anniversary!

  2. This is beautiful and inspiring. Happy Anniversary!

  3. It is not easy in today's world to maintain and grow a loving relationship, especially a non-traditional relationship. This list is a primer in how it's done.

    Thank you for your witness to love.

  4. It's important to 'see' our partners, especially after the years have flown by.
    I love this list!

  5. To be tucked in at night has got to be one of the best feelings in the world. You are a lucky woman.

    Happy Anniversary!

  6. A very happy anniversary to you and Martha. This is the loveliest of lists.

  7. Congratulations on 24 years together. That's quite an accomplishment!

  8. I am so happy for you two, too!! Congratulations.

  9. You deserve this happiness. Congratulations!

  10. Great list! So happy for you both!

  11. I think the non-jealous thing is what makes most marriages work. I decided a long, long time ago that I was not going to dabble in jealousy and my partner is of the same mind. We are each the others safe place to land and that is enough.