To one swell guy: a mushy thank you letter

To My Husband,

I want you to know some things…

…that you very well know, but I want to remind you again.

You are amazing.

And since you read every one of my posts, even telling me if you didn’t know me at all, you’d still read them because you enjoy them so much, I hope you don’t mind me taking a moment to broadcast my affection for you, in thank-you form.

Thank you for the evenings you find the animals and me in the garden after a long day’s work, a warm smile atop a strong jawline I find… well, you know how I find it.

Thank you for bringing a book home to me you discovered while looking for sheds, sneaking yet again into a weathered homestead hidden but a few miles way with no indication of it’s existence.

Thank you for simply relaxing with me outside, when there are a million other things you could be doing with that vein-strong work ethic.

Thank you for making me laugh as you channel Temple Grandin, a woman highly respected by cattlemen and women.

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South Dakota cattle

Thank you for your adoration to a sweet pup, unknowingly demonstrating strong character.

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Thank you for fixing stuff. I cannot express how much I appreciate this.

Thank you for building beautiful creations, for seeing joy find you in working with your hands.

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Thank you for every hug, for every kiss, for when in every unpleasant moment you’ve offered me grace when I might not have been so generous.

Thank you for being forgiving when the world isn’t.

Thank you for saying I look pretty when I don’t.

Thank you for being the quiet kind of masculine that makes this girl love being a woman.

Thank you for brewing coffee in the mornings.

Thank you for pulling out ticks.

Thank you for liking the array of colors this house is now painted.

Thank you for wearing the plain purple hat I knitted as you watch TV.

Thank you for showing me your love and gratefulness every day.

Thank you for walking the walk.

Thank you for being a friend to all.

Thank you for being you.

I like you a lot.



PS. Thank you for being handsome, even though you had little to do with that.

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58 thoughts on “To one swell guy: a mushy thank you letter

  1. This is one of the most lovely romantic sweet love letters I have ever read. Thank you for reminding us of many things that we should be thankful for with our loved one. Oh, and I am going to google Temple Grandin, as I have no clue. Truly loved this poetic post.

  2. I really am inspired by your relationship with your husband, and I am so touched by your willingness to express yourself with such touching sweetness. I also love that it’s not Valentine’s Day or any other special occasion … that makes it exceptionally perfect! (p.s. those horn sculptures are gorgeous!!)

    • Thank you, Betty! And isn’t the coat rack purdy? I hung my jewelry on there to make it more feminine, of course ๐Ÿ™‚ . But I do need one in my room so my dresser table isn’t such a mess, haha.

      I’m not sure if your daughter reads your blogs now, but I love that you do it and bet she will love having that access to her mother’s work when she gets older. I think of my blog that way.

  3. Wonderful post! What a sweet reminder of how blessed we are when we have someone to love who loves us back.

    The book is fabulous! I love old books and Les Miserables is one of my favourite stories.

  4. Thank YOU for sharing this beautiful letter with us! Your husband sounds like a catch and a half ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I LOVED this line especially: “Thank you for being the quiet kind of masculine that makes this girl love being a woman.”

  5. Enjoyed reading this post so much (you put a smile on my face!).
    #1 What a great mention of Temple Grandin! Did you know that today is autism awareness day? I realize you probably already know that she has autism? Her story is fascinating.
    #2 In my humble opinion, I think your hubby favors Matthew McConaughey (did I spell his name correctly?) You two are like the Ken and Barbie of the South Dakota farmland:)
    Have a wonderful evening, friend!

  6. What a precious tribute. Thank you for sharing your love with the world; we need to witness more unions like this!

  7. Living in gratitude is one of the most important things we can do to appreciate the gifts in our lives every single day.

  8. Simply beautiful….blessings on your relationship and marriage…this year is 36 for us and you sound like us way back when and still yet today….forever love is a forever love:) God Bless:)

  9. Forget country man, I think I love YOU. Haha, kidding. I love my own woods man. It’s wonderful how you choose to stay in love and obviously work at it. A happy marriage is a conscious choice, one well worth the effort ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you, Monica! He is a good friend.

      We took turns lying down next to the fence, sticking our hands under it, and sure enough, the curious steers walked up and lick us! I even put a stick through and they loved pulling it from me. Temple Grandin – what a compassionate heart.

  10. Oh, my heart soars. Thank you for sharing your joy with all of us. (And I am a hopeless romantic, but that line “thank you for pulling out ticks” is one of the most truly sincere pledges of love a girl can give. I know.;) )

  11. A man who is friends to cows and puppies alike is more man than most. Thank you for allowing us a peek into why you fell in love .. and why you remain there.

    20 years for us this Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚ He still makes my heart go pitty-pat.

  12. I understand the pulling of the tick and the fixing things and the strong work ethic and so many of the other praises you sing for your husband. I treasure my guy for those qualities, too. We celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary in May. God truly blesses.

  13. I can so relate to the “Thank you for pulling the ticks out!” lol And that is something I would have forgotten to be thankful for, so kudos to you. Ticks give me the heebie jeebies! One of mine would also be “Thank you for killing hovering wasps. You’re my hero.” : ) It makes me very happy to read that you are very much in love with your husband. It’s refreshing when we hear of so many things that go wrong all the time.

  14. True love….as I am certain you know… is not about the hugs and kisses, the ‘I love you’s’ or the ‘I miss you’s’, but about the chills that hit every part of your spine when you think about him…you are blessed to love so..and to be loved in return. You made me well up a bit, Dear girl.

  15. I loved this…and learned so much about your great guy just by reading what all he does to make you happy. Husbands like ours should lead good husband seminars. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. I have so many reactions to your post. 1st you restore my faith in loving marriages. 2nd In view of the 50% divorce rate in modern countries and the fact that some 60-70% ” are initiated by women, I wonder how you can be so “different from most wives in your unabashed happiness. 3rd What would you say to women who ‘live’ with their man and even have children with their man, but who don’t actually get married? Thank you for posting.

    • Well, I don’t know how to contain it into a few sentences. First, I am glad to read that! Second, I think I had to learn early on that we don’t find the right person, we be the right person. This challenged my “fairytale” perception and made me more realistic towards relationships. While there was good to come from the feminist movement, a lot of bad has come from it, too. We have to wade through the many voices and find what’s worth fighting for. For me, my marriage and relationships are. Third, I would say nothing to those people, but hope they come to know their worth and lead a beautiful life with committed love. I would show them their worth by loving them right where they are, just as I would hope people would do for me and my often messy life.

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting; I appreciate it!

  17. Oh my gosh, this is so sweet, I almost cried :’) Makes me miss my hubby oh so much when he’s away. Wonderful husbands should be appreciated, thanked, adored, and taken care of ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re a smart woman!

  18. Incredibly sweet!

    We should all be more mindful to shower others with thanks and appreciation. I know how many times I have had these thoughts cross my mind, but I didn’t share them.

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