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Married For 12 Years

Today Gina and I have been married for 12 years. I’ve had the opportunity to wake up next to her almost every morning in those years (well, and a year or two before that too 😁).  I’ve loved my wife since our second date. I’ve driven her crazy in all that time. We’ve raised two amazing kids over the years, and I have her to thank for that.

I hope I have many more opportunities to pay tribute to my long-suffering, immensely patient, and beautiful partner. She and the kids are the loves of my life, and I am a better person with them in my life.

Our last two anniversaries:

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Cute animal bubbles and happy things

There are days when the world seems to be the equivalent of a Monday morning without coffee. My wife’s answer to these sorts of days and the accompanying deluge of darkness and misery on social media is bubbles:

So instead of getting rid of the baby with the bath water I’m adding bubbles. Lots and lots of happy, shiny bubbles. OK, mostly accounts involving adorably cute animals. Cute animal bubbles!

Sometimes bubbles are just what we need. That and to ignore social media for a while.

This also helps:

Image credit: Clem Onojeghuo

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Celebrating our 11th wedding anniversary

Today is our 11th wedding anniversary. It really doesn’t feel like Gina and I have been married for 11 years.

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It feels like we stood under that chuppah just a few short years ago but then I realise we have a 9 year old son and a 6 year old daughter. Then there was also the conversation I had with our kids this morning over breakfast where they pointed out that I was just 30 when we were married.

So, ok, I’ll concede it has been 11 years. Still, it doesn’t feel that long, especially when I look at my wife and how young she still seems.

I won’t go into our story and reminisce about the last decade or so in this post. I did that last year so I’ll just point you to that post if you are curious about how we met and how we grew as a family since then.

I realized that I omitted one little detail in that 10th wedding anniversary post. I knew from the start that Gina would become my wife. I knew it from around the time of our second date.

What I have been thinking about this morning is just how much Gina has taught me about being a better husband, friend and father to our children.

I can’t say I have always listened to the wisdom that she has shared over the years. At the same time, those times when I do pay attention leave me a better person for having done so.

Gina is a wonderful mother and a very patient and understanding wife. I have probably driven her completely crazy many times in our 13 years together (we met in November 2003) and she has still stuck by me and supported me through many tough times.

We are slowly building a new life here in Israel and I can’t think of anyone else I would want to do that with. We have two amazing children who are the embodiment of so many of our qualities. Just as Gina helps me become a better husband and friend to her, our children challenge us to be better parents to them.

For my part, I am really glad she said yes all those years ago and that she remains my partner in this crazy adventure.

Happy anniversary, angel. Love you tons, with much!

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Happy Anniversary of the Day We Met (Give or Take) to my beautiful wife!

Today marks the 7th anniversary of the day I met my beautiful wife, Gina (give or take). That day was the start of one of my great love affairs (yes, just one … keep reading). I knew I would marry Gina from our 2nd date and I can’t imagine my life without her.

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Of course, Gina is also partly responsible for another of my great love affairs with this little guy:

He’s a little bigger now …

Life with Gina and Aaron has taught me a fortune about myself and my life. I am also looking forward to what will be my next great love affair, this little girl:

theSQL at 26 weeks

So today is an important day for me. Its the day it all began. Happy anniversary my love! Thank you for being my great love and my two other great loves!

Much!

With tons.