|Ordy's "Uncle Clyne" (pictured here with wife Lorene) Looking Amazing at 90!|
Ordy's Uncle Clyne survived World War II, and more impressive than that (to me) is being married for 61 years to his lovely bride, Lorene. I am so envious of love that lasts like that, I can only pray for that kind of love! I was watching a slide show of some pictures and I was tearing up a little after seeing pictures from the 40's of them courting, and still together now. A video of him handing her a rose was the real tear jerker and I had to look away before I caused a scene. That image stuck with me and I'm still in awe of how amazing their love is. In a world of divorce rates nearing 60%, a love like that is so rare! I come from a divorced family, I'm not torn or "damaged" because of it. I understand my parents were young and made choices to move on with life apart, and I respect their decision. (Plus, who wouldn't want two birthdays, two Christmas mornings, and other great stuff)... I have never ever been one to wallow in my self pity for having divorced parents. I think it's because at a young age I knew that I would marry for love, marry for life. Because of this, I have always been one to look way too much into marriage and finding "the one" and making sure I made the right choice, because I had to live with it for the rest of my life. Divorce is not an option for me. I used to want my wedding ring tattooed on my ring finger in case I ever left it at home, I wanted to show the world that I was "permanently marked" and "permanently taken"... but I know I don't have to have a tattoo to convey that. It's a choice you wake up and make every day. A choice to love the one you're with. To serve the one you're with.
I'm so happy "forever" actually means something to me. I'm so happy I don't have the personality to just go with what works at the time. I'm so relieved I saw the big picture and I stuck it out to find love. I love the example that Ordy Boy's family sets for all those around them. I smile every time I'm in the same room as his parents. They are the cutest couple I have ever met. They're still in love after years of marriage, and it gives me and everyone else looking for true love in this generation, hope. I'm so happy that Ordy's dad has set such an example for him and raised the standards so high-I could never imagine settling!
I love Ordy Boy and I don't think I say it enough. I know he knows, but I hope it shows... I get a weekly reminder of why he loves me- here is my chance to tell him why I love him... (I warned you it was getting cheesy!)
1.) I love how he isn't afraid to show his love for me in public. It isn't over the top, it's just right- but it's enough to let me know, "hey, i like you..." and I love it. He's not gushy or obvious about it, but I know he wouldn't be ashamed to hold my hand in a crowd
|My fav candid shot my sis caught at a Braves game! Love it!|
2.) I love how much he loves my family and how well they all get along. I never have to worry about anything. I love that my nephew will choose him over me, yes I get jealous, but ultimately, I know that it means a lot. I love that my family lovingly calls him, "Uncle D", and he doesn't freak out over the newly inherited family haha. I love that he's not teaching Kian to pick his nose or say cuss words as a joke, but actually teaches Kian stuff like keeping his word, and how to fish...
|rocking Kian to sleep- i couldn't even do that!|
3.) I love how my dad has nothing but nice things to say about him. My dad's opinion means more to me than anyone's opinion. I love that my dad knows he's a hard working, respectable, guy and even trusted Ordy to take me to Paris.
|this could turn out two ways... luckily, they both returned|
|"Fam Photo" haha|
|Partners in crime|
|Classic pic. the dodos|
|Kian wants to be a cowboy like ordy|
4.) I love how straight up, no way around it- GOOFY he is!!!! I do NOT stop laughing with him. Life is so much more fun with him in my life. I don't know what I did without him and his constant cheerful spirit in my life! He brings so much joy to my life. From making up songs about me to sing to me, to just the goofy faces he makes- he makes my life so pleasant! The second part of this is that he knows there's a time to joke and a time to be serious, and I love that he's balanced! He knows when it's appropriate to crack a joke or stay silent- and I'm so lucky I don't have to be the one telling him when that time is!
|Scuba Steve hahaha|
|Never a dull moment...|
|Funny Face, I need you...|
|X-mas '09 Gag Gift hahaha|
|Two of my BFFs|
6.) I love his work ethic. He is the hardest working guy I know, and I have YET to hear a complaint come from his mouth. Not when he works weekends, not when he's up til 4 am fixing stuff for work, not when he's working on holidays, and not even when he's technically "on call" all the time when work has a project launch.
|working on new years|
|This is after doing donuts in a mud lot|
|Finally riding in the Scout after months of waiting|
|My anchor ring from Tybee|
|please look how perfect his wrapping paper even was!|
|cutie in wrangler|
11.) I love how he allows me to be a girl. I love how he allows me to maintain my girly-ness without making fun of me. He doesn't make me hunt, or bait my own hook, and he doesn't get annoyed when I make him cut the path for us when we walk outside so I don't break any spiderwebs on my face. I love how I have never opened my car door since we have been together, and when I subconsciously go to grab my own handle he screams, "Woman, what are you doing??" and is genuinely distraught. He appreciates the little things like when I get my nails done, and ALWAYS notices and compliments.
12.) I love how romantic he is. I love how he only acts like that with me. I love how I know he had a tough shell to crack, and I got in :) I love that this 'lone ranger' has turned into the sweetest boy. I love how he compliments me everyday. I could never take a compliment and now I live for his compliments! I love how he compliments me the most when I have no make up on and am lounging around in sweats. I love knowing even on my worst day he adores me. I love how genuine he is with his compliments- and how I'll just catch him staring at me... I love how he isn't embarrassed to be sweet. I love the date nights he plans, the picnics he surprises me with, and the sweet notes he leaves me. He's so thoughtful it brings tears to my eyes (seriously). Like when I'm sick in bed in a foreign country, and he wakes up earlier than he has to before a long commute to work and goes to a pharmacy to ask the pharmacist through broken french and mostly sign language for medicine and brings it back to me so I can wake up and not have to deal with doing it myself....I love how he does all this for zero recognition. He doesn't do it for anything in return or keep count or tally up what he's done for me. I love how I can ask him to buckle a shoe and before I can say, "just kidding, I'll do it!" he's bending down to help me. I love how he's full of surprises and romance. He still finds ways to keep me guessing and plans date nights that don't consist of dinner and movies.
|Buckling my sandal|
|Most Perfect Date Night|
|He even thought to bring a mason jar + water for the hand picked flowers|
|Ordy planned my 24th Bday party as a surprise party with all my family and close friends (and I had NO idea!)|