We take pictures of our kids daily. Iphone; DSLR; point and shoot. I am taking pictures of them daily. I take pictures of them with my family, my parents, my husbands parents, friends, my husband....but I have never just taken pictures of my husband. Strange actually, now that I'm thinking about it. I've been taking pictures every day for the last 240-something days and don't have any solitary pictures of the man I love...at least not until now.
Anyone that knows my husband knows that he is always just a few seconds away from a joke. In fact, when I first met him, his sense of humor was so dry, it was often lost on me. I wouldn't realize he was joking and then would be embarrassed only moments later that I "fell for it."
I will never forget the night we sat down for dinner with his parents for the first time. Meeting "the parents" is always a daunting task and you're never really sure how it's going to go. But, within the first 5 minutes of sitting down at the dinner table, his dad cracked some ridiculously terrible joke and the pieces of the puzzle all came together for me. I saw who my husband was and where he came from.
He makes me laugh. It's part of the reason I married him. It may be THE reason I married him. He brings joy to our days that could otherwise become monotonous. And now he's teaching our kids.
We've been married 6.6 years now. We have two kids, steady jobs, and a new house in the pipeline. Life is good. It's so easy to settle into that and just march through life one day after another without telling each other how much they mean to use. That's what this post is; a written declaration of my unwavering love for the man I married.
I started a photography class recently that requires daily practice. My daughter was worn out from a weekend of photography with mom so my poor husband was my victim.
So, I sat him in the middle of the floor and turned him the way I wanted. In true Chad fashion, he burst out laughing. And couldn't stop.
I started shooting and laughing and telling him to be serious.
It didn't matter though, because regardless of what my assignment was, I got something so much more valuable, I captured him in the way I see him; the beauty of his soul and the joy he brings to my family with a single awesome open-mouthed-eyes-shut belly laugh picture. He will never know how special these are to me.
If I never took another picture in my life, having these would be enough.