Saturday, April 26, 2008

30 Things I Love About Denise

[If you haven't already guessed it from the title -- this is Troy writing. Denise has asked me for some time to guest blog, and so (as I leave for a week again on business to Spain later today), I thought I'd surprise her and publish this before she gets back from running errands. This is my first (and maybe my last) blog post, so don't get your hopes up that you'll be hearing more from me in the future (but you're probably thinking that this is a good thing). If I was more technologically sophisticated, I'd publish a picture of her....but then I'd be pushing it, and publishing a pic might just cause her to take this post down.]

To start with the obvious, I love Denise because:

* She has an unwavering testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ;
* She's beautiful (and sexy!);
* She's smart (much smarter than I!);
* She's passionate about life, which I find very attractive;
* She's loyal, to a fault, to her friends;
* She's service-oriented;
* Once in a while, she has been known to tease;
* She's a great cook;
* She tells it like it is (if you've ever been on the receiving end, you know what I mean);
* She's a wonderful mother, and our kids don't realize how fortunate they are (I, too, take her for granted far too often....);
* She's very funny;
* She's very crafty (And I don't mean sneaky, either); and
* She's a fabulous wife in all the right ways.

And maybe a few things you didn't know (or maybe you did). I also love Denise because:

* If she was extremely tired and had to choose between (i) staying up late with some friends (or finishing some project) and (ii) going to bed to get some rest, she'd definitely choose the former;
* She likes to sleep in;
* She has a very special relationship with and close affinity towards Coke Zero (good thing for me that I'm not the jealous type);
* She's an awesome writer (having been published in the Washington Post);
* She likes to stay current on news about celebrities by reading People Magazine and watching ET (and I don't mean the movie about the extra terrestrial) or Access Hollywood (I guess we're all allowed one vice.......);
* At times, but only very rarely, she can be a bit competitive ;-)
* She's a wonderful seamstress;
* She oftentimes can't seem to locate a trash can in the house (don't ask; but I try to remind myself that it's endearing);
* She is emotionally grounded, experiencing very deep feelings;
* She can hold her own in an argument (although we've NEVER argued in our marriage :-), but I've heard this is true about her);
* She likes to swim;
* She likes to fish;
* She has a penchant for picking up phrases her girlfriends use (such as "TMI") and using them in her conversations with me;
* Although she enjoys new clothes as much as the next woman, she'll forgo expensive outfits for herself so that I can have a new business suit;
* She ownes about 1,000 stamps (and, no, she's not a philatelist) and every other imaginable scrapbooking supply (Who knew circle cutters were so important?);
* She's a talented, budding photographer; and
* She loves me.

Denise, I Love you.

[Well, that's all I can think of, off the top of my head, although I know there are many other reasons. Am I a lucky guy, or what?!?!?!?]

[P.S. I think I figured out how to post a pic, but I don't know how long she'll leave this up because it's the only picture I could quickly find of her:]

ETA: Photo deleted by blog owner (That would be me!). Grrr.


Denise said...

I HAVE been wanting Troy to post, but about himself, NOT about me.

So, this is a really great post, and I was MORE than surprised.

I have a pretty great husband (sorry for the mush fest).

I deleted the first post and added this one, so that it would actually list Troy as the author.

When I did that, it deleted the comments so I wanted to add them back in.

They were:

Hilary said...

K, I figured out why I couldn't leave a comment -- and that's because it doesn't say "comments"
Small mind, small person. :)
BUT, what a lovely post. You can keep reading that again and again when you want to scream at him for leaveing you (again).
April 26, 2008 10:54 AM

Kimber said...

I think we're all in awe of Denise.

I hope you're planning some additional surprises for her; she deserves it for keeping up the homefront while you're gone :)
April 26, 2008 10:57 AM

Kim said...

Denise- what a lucky woman you are. I love that you and Troy have such a great relationship. It makes me happy to see my old roommate has made such a great life for herself. Good job!
April 26, 2008 11:18 AM

Lia Lee said...

That was really sweet Troy. Keep posting. I've set ours up so Chris can post from Iraq, you should post from your other countries so we can see what's going on with you wherever you are. Denise you are so lucky to have some be all mushy over you, and a lot of those things are things that others love about you too.

Andrea said...

Oh, Troy...if only Rob could be more like you...HEE HEE HEE!

You are one lucky guy!

Charlene said...

Denise, you have a great husband! Troy you have an even greater wife! It is so nice to see that Troy took the time to write all the mushy stuff about you!

lbugsh2 said...

I love it. Troy good job. Repost the picture. Denise what a sweet guy to bad he couldn't be at dinner tonight.

Brianna said...

Beautiful post! Always good to hear why we are loved. It's been a long time since we've seen you, but reading his list brought so much of why I enjoyed being your friend right back!

Mom 2 Boys said...

Darn! I missed the photo. What a sweet husband.

Paul said...

A master stroke, Troy. Well played. Am sure none of what you posted was new to Denise and realize this wasn't the goal but your post highlighted what a great pair you two are.

In addition, I second the petition to get that picture back up here. Denise, if I remember, you've posted a picture of Troy's rear on the blog. Not sure how that is fair game and a picture of yourself isn't. Then again, not sure all is fair in love and blogging either.

Tamee said...

I think he really knows you Denise. That could not be a sweeter post if you wrote it yourself. Thank Troy for raising the bar for all the other guys.

Sarah said...


Amberlyn said...

I loved that Troy left you a love letter. It has to help with him being gone so much. Maybe just a little.

You are an amazing person!!!

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