This Man


This man.
We have our good days and bad days, just like anyone else.
We have those days where we’re consumed with dirty diapers, work appointments, grocery lists, temper tantrums and piles of laundry. Many nights we end up in separate beds, as he leaves to console our restless toddler and I stay to nurse our growing newborn.  Most days we’re tired, or rather exhausted. Often we’re too busy  answering cries or feeding kiddos to sit down and enjoy a meal together. And even though there will be limited candle lit dinners and weekend getaways and alone time in the years we spend raising our littles–I know there is no other person in the world that I will ever feel closer too.

It’s photos like these.
The ones where I am lucky enough to capture a moment. A moment where the sweet look on his face reminds me of every reason in the world that I chose him as my forever companion. Moments like these where I am reminded of every reason I fought to make him see that I am the one for him.  Moments like these where I just know, with every bit of my being, that he is my soul mate–because I believe in cheesy stuff like that.

Because this man…
This man isn’t afraid to say I love you AND I’m sorry.
This man speaks softly even when I’m being irrational.
This man tucks our babies into bed with kisses every night.
This man knows when I need a break from responsibility.
This man puts lotion on my feet every night before we go to sleep.
This man knows my favorite frozen yogurt flavor and exactly how I like my pizza.
This man still makes my heart skip when he puts on his favorite blue jeans and polo shirt.
This man makes me happy, even (and especially) when we’re having one of those days.

Now tell me three things about your man…

Ashley Stock
I'm Ashley. Sometimes I craft, occasionally I cook, everyday I write, and I'm always Momma. This is my blog. I keep it real while still seeing the rainbows and butterflies in all of life's lessons.
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  1. Goodness gracious, Ashley, what a sweet post, it made me tear up! I know exactly what you mean about being tired and dealing with work and kids and not having enough alone time with each other. But I feel the same way, it’s little moments like these that remind us why we chose to start a family with our hubbies, why we married them in the first place! :) Thanks for sharing.

    3 things about my hubs:
    1) He ALWAYS kisses me good night every night and good morning every morning. Without fail.
    2) He tells me every day that I’m beautiful (even though most days I don’t believe him!).
    3) He always knows when I’m having one of THOSE days, where I’m *this-close* to losing it from stress or exhaustion, and he will just quietly take over with the kids and let me have some time to rest. <3

  2. i love this, so sweet! 3 things about my hubby? I love that he is the most paitent person ive ever met! Hes also hilarious, never a dull moment with him, and we never hang up the phone unless we’ve said our “i love you’s” :)

  3. That is the sweetest post ever! It’s so priceless when you happen to snap moments like these!

  4. What a sweet post. After weeding out the bad ones I too found a perfect (not so perfect) partner for life. You get married and are so in love you think how could you love even more and then you see them become fathers thats when it all changes and you thank God he chose you and you chose him!
    1. he loves our baby (not so much a baby anymore) with his every being and I see it in every moment he has with Cooper.
    2. Every morning even when I don’t have a clue he is there he kisses me good bye before he leaves for the day.
    3. He makes me laugh so hard and we truly have a blast every day (most days) we are together.

  5. What a sweet post! I love those photos. LOVE.
    Three things about my man that I love:
    1. He is always calm with our girls and disciplines or corrects them fairly…never yells or throws an “adult temper tantrum”.

    2. He takes our girls on “dates” regularly…usually one or two at a time, for ice cream or just to go shopping.

    3. He randomly calls me while he’s at work to see if I can get the babysitter and meet him in town for an impromptu dinner date.

    And one more: He is a wonderful spiritual leader in our home and handles everything with prayer. He is honestly the wisest person I know and I trust him 100% with everything.

  6. Such a lovely post. Reminds me to always take the best out of moments!
    1. My husband is my best friend. 2. He always always tells me he loves me. 3. He still makes my heart flutter everyday.

  7. I love this post! I’ve been reading your blog for over a year now, and I just love it. Congratulations on little Sawyer, and I loved reading all the things you love about your man. So sweet.

    My man makes me laugh all.the.time. Even when I’m melancholy or grumpy.
    He loves to feel our babe move (we’re expecting our first baby in a couple weeks).
    He calls from work just to say hi and “I love you.”

  8. Such a wonderful, sweet post!! I love that photo..capturing moments like that are just priceless. It’s always so amazing to remember and realize why we chose to be with our husbands forever.

    3 things about my husband?:
    1) We have been together for over 11 years (married for 3), and every day, he has never failed to tell me I am beautiful.
    2) He is my absolute hero and my truest, greatest friend. We enjoy each other, and he can make me laugh every day.
    3) He shows my daughter and everyone else that the most important thing a man can do for his children is: to love their mother.
    I’m so, so thankful for him.

  9. My man knows how to make me smile no matter what kind of mood i am in. Just by one look. He calls me beautiful and for the first time in my life, i feel it. I love that he loves my daughter like she is his own. this melts my heart more than anything. i know when we get married and have kids he will be an amazing father to my daughter and our other child(ren).

  10. 1 * He’s my biggest cheerleader and supporter in anything I do.
    2 * He’s street smart and book smart ~ all in one handsome package!
    3 * He puts our family first ~ no matter what.

  11. Rachael B says:

    I really loved this post! Let’s see; 1) My man is the most thoughtful gift giver and writes me beautiful cards and letters once in awhile 2) He knows when I just need to be alone with my favourite movie and snack, or will draw me an amazing bubble bath just because 3) He waited for 6 months to be with me and (6 years later) I’m so glad he did!

  12. Bribedell says:

    Awe! I love this post!! Three things about mine…
    1. My man isn’t afraid to disagree with me and give me some of my own attitude back!
    2. I fall in love with him even more everyday. Even after 10 years together I still have butterflies & all that other gushy teenage love spell going on :)
    3. He works his butt off for me & our children, he risks his life to protect others (police officer) all so that I can stay home and be with our children!

  13. I love this.

    One day my man will be a great daddy, leader for our family, and never afraid to say I Love you.

    Even though I dont know who that man will be I know he will be perfect for me.

  14. Sounds like you have an awesome man! My man is incredibly awesome too. :)
    1. He is always the voice of reason when I start flipping out (usually about nothing).
    2. He makes me laugh at least once every day.
    3. He takes care of me, and I feel so safe with him.
    I really couldn’t ask for a better husband!

  15. What a sweet picture!! Dads are such sweeties with their babies.
    My husband is incredible with our son too. He dives into poopy diapers, patiently waits while Little Man picks up all the sticks on the sidewalk, and always makes the best toddler breakfasts.

  16. SO sweet Ashley!!

    3 Things:

    I love that my hubby can ALWAYS make me laugh!
    I love that my hubby is genuine and trustworthy!
    I love that my hubby can make any situation more fun and enjoyable!

  17. I love that photo, what a wonderful moment in time to have captured forever.

    My three things:
    * He buys be a bottle of Diet Coke every time he makes a trip to the gas station (mow pop, named for some odd reason, and they’re my favorite)
    * He rubs my back when I have trouble falling asleep.
    * He makes silly faces and voices when reading to the girls.

    LB
    http://www.accordingtol.com

  18. whew! That was SWEET! I’m a divorced momma…but when and if I find someone…I want those feelings too! :}

    xo!

  19. This is a very sweet post. I feel the same way about my hubby. He …
    * Loves me for who I am.
    * Appreciates all the hard work I put into raising our son and never hesitates to thank me.
    * Says sorry when he knows he’s at fault.
    * Gets emotional and teary when he talks about the love he has for me.
    * Loves his parents unconditionally.
    * Will do anything for my parents.

    I’m one lucky woman!!!

  20. I can definitely understand when you are having one of those days with your husband! Being 9 months pregnant I have a lot of those kind of days! Love that I am not alone with us.

    3 Things:

    1. I love that my husband will clean the house whenever I go out for the afternoon.
    2. I love that my husband will go out of his way to tell me that I am beautiful and tell me how much he loves me.
    3. I love that my husband will make me a cup of hot tea just the way I like it with milk and sugar!

  21. victoria says:

    love this!
    1) my hubby loves God more than me, which means I am ALWAYS reaping the benefits
    2) my hubby is seemingly never “too tired” to do something for me or our little one.
    3) my hubby knows me better than i know myself!

  22. Suuuch a cute pic! And things I love about my fiance (will be my husband in SEVEN days!)

    1) he is kind, considerate, trustworthy and loving
    2) whenever i see him with our niece/nephew/ the boy i nanny for my heart melts. he is so good with them and I know he will be an amazing daddy to our future babies
    3) he is funny and never takes himself too seriously (which is amazing bc neither do i)
    4) we never argue and we rarely disagree..i am SO grateful for this!
    5) he helps me out whenever I need help annnnddd….
    6) he gives into me all the time ;) i am an only child and love to get things and do waht I want and he lets me without ever complaining at all..luckily i am very easy going and its never anything much :)

  23. Love this post. You are always an inspiration. Hmm. Just three? :D The three top things that I love about my Fiancée:

    1. He is my best encourager next to God and Jesus
    2. He is a great listener and my best friend
    3. He won’t stop until I laugh even if I am so stubborn not to laugh when I am down

    I am indeed blessed to have him in my life!

  24. How stinking sweet is this!?! Love it! :) Those photos are so darling!!!
    So, my man…
    1. He knows when I’ve had enough and can quickly defuse the situation.
    2. He’s so good with kiddos and someday will make a fun daddy.
    3. I had to fight for him too… and I look at him once in awhile and am reminded right then… it was so worth it. ;)

  25. My husband
    1. is an amazing father–he has more patience than I could ever have.
    2. is intelligent and well-read and can back up his very strong opinions. :)
    3. makes me laugh a lot!

    and that’s just to name 3!

  26. I love hearing what other husbands are doing to make their wife happy and proud.

    3 things I love about my husband:
    1. Even though he gets off work at 2:30pm, he’ll wait a bit to call me because he knows I’m ready to leave work as soon as he calls. I’m lucky enough to have an extremely flexible schedule.
    2. When he knows I’ve had a dreadful day at the office, he’ll surprise me with flowers either at home or a delivery at work.
    3. His smile. It’s the first thing I fell in love with and it’s the one thing that makes my heart melt every time he does it.

    I have so many other things I love. It’s hard to just pick three.

  27. April Foss I Sew Lucky says:

    Lotion on the feet is the best:))) Especially right now, being pregnant makes them so hot at night:/ LOve the pictures:) Your post made me tear up.

    1. He takes the boys and one of our daughters fishing or for a bike ride after supper almost every night. He is such a good daddy:)
    2. I know that he will love me forever and because of that I feel so safe and I love that:)
    3. The way he looks like at me like I am the most beautiful person even after 16 yrs together:)

  28. what a beautiful post, ashley! your little family is so precious.

    3 things i love about my hubs:
    1. he kisses me and tells me goodbye EVERY morning when he leaves and im still sleeping.
    2. even though we don’t have kids yet, i know he will be an amazing father because of how he is with our nieces and nephew.
    3. he is an all around kindhearted person. he will do anything to help someone and everyone loves and respects him for it… i love to see how other people see him ;)

  29. Ben is a spectacular husband and father… i have first hand knowledge of that. hugs

  30. Terri Byers says:

    My husband is a Godly man, he knows me better than I know myself sometimes, and he can make me laugh until my stomach hurts without even trying!

  31. That was really sweet. Finding balance for the husband and I is still quite challenging, we have an 18 month old, and haven’t settled into a routine yet. We probably never will, Every time we get used to something it changes.

    1. he makes the coffee in the morning
    2. he always makes me laugh, even if I am in a bad mood.
    3. he watches all the girly romantic comedies with me

  32. Aunt Debbie says:

    You are so lucky to have him as your husband and the father to Wesley and Sawyer and we are so blessed to have him as a member of our family. WE LOVE HIM SOOOOOOOO MUCH and you too!

  33. Your post on “Cake Pops” is what brought me here but your latest post on your husband is what made me stay…what a beautiful moment you were able to capture on film. It makes me so happy to see men becoming Fathers…not just going through the motions. I have one of those men and a few of the top reasons he gives me to be here almost 11 years later are:

    1. He tells me I am beautiful everyday, sometimes twice a day and he genuinely means it…even though most days I don’t feel beautiful.
    2. He spends quality time with our 2 children…nothing better than to hear the belly giggle from our daughter when he tickles her or to see our son joking with him when they are gaming.
    3. He works so hard on a daily basis so that I can have the blessing of being a stay at home Mama who can home-school our kids and pursue my passions…He gives all of us a deep sense of security that we won’t find anywhere else.

  34. There is NOTHING better than being married to a good man. Nothing. Like you, I married a good man. I resonated with everything you posted here. Together we have 3 kids and I will be the first to tell you how HARD it was after bring home our 3rd from the hospital. Life got insanely difficult. No one slept. There were nights when all three of my kids would wake up, one after the other. It really sucked. But through it all, my husband was with me, giving me a much needed break in the evening, taking over bath time, and even telling me how beautiful I was – with my post baby belly hanging out all over the place. He never once complained how messy the house was, or that the laundry was not done. He comes home from work exhausted, but still manages to put our kids above his needs and plays with them. I love him for that and for more reasons than I can list. Yes, there is nothing better than marrying a good man.

  35. awe that is so sweet. reminds me of how i’ve been feeling about my man lately. with the twins coming anytime now i dread all the time we’ll miss out together bc he’ll be busy with our 2 toddlers and i’ll be busy with the newborns – BUT – like you said – it’s those special moments & little things that remind you it will all be ok :)
    my 3 things:
    1. he always brings me home a treat of some sort if he’s out at the store or on a trip
    2. he never goes a night without playing with our boys & helping to tuck them in with cuddles & kisses
    3. he always tells me he loves me before we fall asleep, and usually ends with a kiss ;)

    xoxo

  36. Loved this post! About to add you to my list of blogs to follow, for sure!

    1) My husband is hilarious. He isn’t afraid to make himself look like a complete fool, as long as it will bring a smile to at least one face in the room…especially if it’s mine :)

    2) He’s the yin to my yang. I think emotionally and he thinks logically, so when we make big decisions together (no matter how long it takes), we always come to a compromise that honestly works for both of us.

    3) Every time a little bit (or a lot) of my crazy shows, I worry it will make him love me less, but it only seems to make him love me more, hold me tighter, and fight for me more fiercely. That, in return, makes me do the exact same for him!

    • Your Number 3 response is soooooo awesome!!!

      I write about that a lot in my blog as well. Will my husband like me less because I’ve been broken? I’m definitely a work in progress. But yes, the fear of rejection has been a huge hurdle to overcome.

  37. What a wonderful post. I am single, (never married and not in a relationship) but I am holding out for a man that I can say is all of these things and more. Reading stories and seeing first hand from relationships that work, just makes my wait that much more important, and the day that I meet him that much more exciting!

    Thanks for sharing your blessing with others!

  38. I love your posts. I am learning how to do this whole blogging thing and your site truly helps. This post in particular hit a cord with me as I have been learning how to communicate and fight fair with my husband. I used my blog initially only as a means of therapy after having my daughter. I had such severe postpartum I didn’t know up from down for a long period of time.
    I also try to keep things real. Friends who read my blog say “I shouldn’t talk about this or that… esp about fighting with my husband, because it’s too intimate.” But I tell them, I wouldn’t be organic to myself or to my readers if i sugarcoated my life. So thank you for your honesty.
    Do you have any topics you do not share or advise on things I probably shouldn’t share?
    Sincerely,
    Chris -O’s Momma

  39. Love this post!! MY man :

    1. knows how to hug or kiss me just at the right time when I need it.
    2. loves our little girl and the look on their faces when they see each other is priceless.
    3. despite my crazy was able to convince me to trust him and he has never given me any reason to not trust him with my heart.

    Thank you for this post!

  40. Hello,

    I just love reading your post it makes me feel like if im reading a book. Keeps me interested. :)

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