I know I will embarrass my husband with this post. I wrote this list a couple of years ago but I just want to revive this for Valentine’s day. He tells me that his friends read my blog but I assure him I only write the good stuff. haha.

butch and I
For now, Let me count the ways:

1. I love the way my husband smiles across the room as I sit down and write this entry. To this day, my husband gazes at me lovingly (on random moments) as if it’s the first time he met me. As if I am the most attractive woman in the world.

2. I love my husband’s persistence. He refused to let me go when I told him that “I have had enough. I want a separation”. With courage and love, we got our second wind.

3. I love his courage to change, the way he let go of unhealthy behavior patterns as we worked on achieving our new normal after the death of Luijoe.

4. I love living with him one day at a time which requires so much faith in us. We don’t look back at the past unless healing from the past is part of today’s work. We look ahead to make future plans. We focus on this day’s activity, living it to the best of our ability.

5. I love that we sit down and laugh over our favorite show, or laughing together at the silliest things on TV.

6. I love the way my head fits nicely on his chest when we cuddle in front of the TV set.

7. I love that he does the grocery every weekend.

8. I love the warmth of his hands as we hold hands in the mall.

9. I love those random wet kisses even if I tell him “not now, the kids!”. The random display of affection in front of my horrified girls who often shriek ““Dad, Mom..no!” Their disgusted looks are priceless.

10. I love the way he took care of me at the hospital when I broke my leg and needed surgery. I had already left him that time and insisted that I live with him.

11. I love the affirmation. He assures me that I am beautiful even during those days I feel ugly or just having a bad hair day.

12. I love his frugal nature even if it means buying roses close to midnight of Valentine’s day.

13. I love our inner child moments when we play with our imaginary cats in “Neko Atsume”. It’s just good that we can giggle and let our hair down more often now.

14. I love to reminisce over our love story and the ups and downs that came along in our marriage. We like to look back and laugh at our stupid mistakes.

15. I love that he allowed me to own a pet cat knowing that he is allergic to cat fur.

16. I love the fact that he tries to treat everyday as Always Valentine’s Day.

17. I love watching the sunset with him while holding hands along Manila Bay.

18. I love our emails. I always close my email or chat with ““your loving wife”, or ““love and kisses” or ““your sexy wife” ““love you”. In turn he affirms my email with ““Dear Loving Wife..” or ends our chat ““see you , dear or I love you”. We never tire of saying sweet nothings to each other.

19. I love the daily text messages that affirms his love for me. And vice-versa, of course.

20. I love the recipe books that he regularly buys me.

21. I love the way he pretends to be shocked when I suggest something “sensual”.

22. I love random romantic moments. Buying me flowers when there is no occasion. Butch rarely buys me flowers but there are those days when he buys a bouquet just because.

23. I love our movie dates and munching popcorn. Just being there , holding hands and acting as if we are still steadies on a date.

24. I love his endearment to me which is calling me a punk. I don’t know why he calls me punk but I find it such an original endearment. I admit I can be a punk and a bitch.

25. I love that the good stuff I listed above more than surpass his annoying ways.

There are more than 25 ways my husband shows his love to me. We often say that we will love each other till eternal life. Our wedding vows are ““till death do us part” and should end there. Our belief that our son is in heaven gives us hope for eternal life. We look forward to more loving years of togetherness.

About Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.

17 Thoughts on “25 random things about the love of my life

  1. Noemi.. this is simply sweet of you to share to the world about
    ‘continuing real romance’ in a marriage that has been tested by trials and tragedy. You are both blessed!

  2. After having been tagged with the 25 Things, this post is really interesting. It has inspired me to write 25 Things about my hubby.
    Actually, your love is inspiring after everything.

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  3. I just love reading about your love story. You guys are just so sweet 🙂 HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

    JMoms last blog post..Continue the Dream

  4. I am so inspired by your marriage 🙂 I wish my marriage will ba as strong as yours. 🙂 Thanks for this post…

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  5. Very sweet here, Noemi. Actually, I love the number 16. I think it’s very important to show affection even if there’s no occasion. I love to see couples getting sweeter as time goes by.

    For my part which I also made a post, I tend to create love poems for my wife. To this date, I think I already made 30 of them. In fact, I also make for her even if there’s no special occasion.

    Happy Valentine’s Day – from my family….

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  6. Mamu, you are really blessed to have a husband like that. Guys are notorious pa naman for not showing signs of affection, quite a few feel they are less “guy” if they do…

  7. wow, this is soooo sweet 😉

    heehee. i also did that 25-thing note in FB 😉

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  8. “I love those random wet kisses even if I tell him “not now, the kids!”. The random display of affection in front of my horrified girls who often shriek “Dad, Mom..no!” Their disgusted looks are priceless.”

    Just wait till they find love … I’ll bet they will also be looking for the kind of guy who will love them the way their Dad loved their Mom … 🙂

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  9. Beautiful, just beautiful. I love hearing these words from you. I love it when my husband looks longingly at me too, and smiles like he’s never smiled so happily before (as what his mom says). Thank you for reminding us that love is a supreme blessing. One of the precious piece of advice I got from my in-law was to “reaffirm our love every day.” IT was nice hearing those words from you again. Happy V-Day… every day <3!!!!

    • yes affirmations are good for marriage. There are days we get annoyed with each other but we learned to give space. And let it go. Yeah your mom in law told me that she has never seen the romantic side of his son until he met you! sweet mom huh?

  10. Very sweet 😛 The coolest ever!

  11. gosh! i better make a list of 25 things i love about the love of my life! it’s good to remind ourselves about positive things why we are sooo in love with our husbands. at times, we tend to overlook the reasons why we married them in the first place… grabe can’t wait to start my very long list! thanks very much this is very inspiring

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