My husband turned 25 years old today.
When I was 16, there were a lot of things I wasn’t sure about. I didn’t know where I’d go to college, what I wanted to do when I grew up, or even where I’d sit at lunch. There were a lot of things I was still discovering—about myself, my surroundings, my future.
One thing I knew, though, was that I loved Chad. It was a new and young relationship, and despite the uncertainties that come with a high school sweetheart, I was quietly confident in my feelings.
I used to write Chad love notes during class. Then, I was hopeful that this tradition would last—during the summer when we would have jobs, when he’d leave for college, as long as I could find inspiration. Now, I am more thankful as ever to be able to write them as we spend the rest of our lives together, with more and more to say each passing day.
I love you, Chad. Happy birthday. This month (and always), I’m grateful for you.
25 Things I Love About My Husband
- Chad never lies, cheats, or steals, in any aspect of his life. He has never shown any inclination toward taking the easy way out, and his character remains untarnished.
- You know how some people are stubborn and refuse to change when they make mistakes? Chad isn’t like that. Sure, he’s stubborn. Very. But that just means that when he learns and changes for the better, he refuses to regress.
- An authentic smile and laugh from him feels like winning the lottery.
- With an engineer mind, Chad is a hands-on problem solver. I’m lucky to have him in my corner.
- Communication has not always been an easy task in our relationship, but every single day I’m more and more impressed. Started with one-word replies and now we’re here (thoughtful replies, as-needed updates, loving reminders, cute texts, check-ins, you name it). LOVE that growth.
- Even though he’s always been a cat person, Chad has compromised and grown to appreciate and love dogs—knowing they are important to me, willing to embrace a plan with a pup involved.
- He’s really cute. 🙂
- I used to think that Chad’s frugality was a bit much and could be restrictive. Now, it’s easy to see how much he cares about and plans for our future together.
- Chad sees the injustice of women’s clothing and, most notably, the lack of full-sized pockets. Even better, though, is that he’ll hold my phone and id and credit card when I don’t have space in said pockets.
- Baseball is Chad’s favorite sport, and it’s mine too.
- Sometimes Chad will go to the store and get me a white or caramel-milk chocolate bar, without even asking.
- Colorado School of Mines is a tough, highly ranked engineering school. He. Did. That. Not only once, but with two degrees.
- Chad is brilliant. He’s left-brained and logical and analytical. Even though my brain thinks and operates differently and is more creative and artistic, he has always treated my intelligence as 100% equal. (The same cannot be said for others who equate brain power to STEM success, or see English degree and somehow think “useless.”)
- In 2017, Chad got his first smartphone. Previously, he had a flip track phone, throughout high school and all of his undergrad. It was inconvenient as hell, but an enduring fun fact.
- Even without a ton of travel experience, Chad is open-minded. New food? New place? New experience? He’s always ready and willing.
- Have you read his proposal story? It was perfect. His vows were somehow better. Even when he is nervous, Chad can really deliver, especially when our relationship is involved.
- Breakfast in bed is great. Chad does this for me often, and I am incredibly fortunate to live in a world with easy access to his potatoes.
- Chad has never claimed to have great fashion sense and has never really been up on current trends; however, maybe thanks to Queer Eye, Chad has aged like fine wine—more and more, trying new things to impress me and JVN.
- When Chad took a “brewing science” class in college, he applied his knowledge to find me a kind of beer I would like (at the time, I wasn’t a huge fan). As soon as he learned what a sour was, he told me all about it and led me to the closest one.
- Every time we play a group game, he picks me to be on his team. Always.
- We both have a thing for french fries.
- Our shared history—especially growing up in the same small, isolated town—is priceless. I don’t have to explain the nuances of growing up in a place where everyone knows everything about each other. There’s so much we understand about each other because we lived through many of the same struggles and triumphs.
- He promised to let me take the reins on decorating our house, once we’re able to buy one.
- Our first date involved looking up at the stars, and it was all his idea. He’s sweet-natured and authentic and always has been.
- Chad is my very best friend, and there’s no question that I’m his, too.