Thursday, February 12, 2009

SWAK (Part 3) - You change me.

There are 2 types of people in our lives:
1. Those that bring out the worst in us
2. Those who bring out the best in us.

In the 8 years I've been married I think I have changed a lot. I think all the good change has come from my husband influencing me. We may not have started out bringing out the good in each other, but that has changed.

Because Norse is an introvert, I've learned to appreciate quiet times (and people).

Because he thinks before he speaks, I've learned that not everyone needs to hear everything I am thinking.

Because he is an early riser, I've learned to just not say anything in the AM because I am too grouchy.

Because he sees beauty from the inside out, I've become confident that I don't need to look a certain way to be beautiful.

Because he works hard, I've learned that you can't be a mooch.

Because he is patient, I've learned to wait on God and not be so annoyed with people.

Because he is humble, I've learned not to try to get "my way" because I think it is the only way.

Because he knows almost every song known to mankind, I've learned to appreciate music from the 60's, 70's & even the 80's.

Because he has family, I've learned that love is shown in different ways. (I may still believe that my family shows it better

Because he has become a dad, I've learned that his life can't always revolve around me.

Because he puts others first, I've learned to see the needs of others more often.

Because he is honest, I've learned to not do things that I would need to lie about.

Because he has been described as a "stoic" person (and also an "expressionless norwegian") I've learned to ask people what they are thinking instead of just assuming the worst.

Because he loves God, he introduced me to Jesus.

Because he takes care of me, I've learned to rely on other people more.

Because he is shy, I've learned the best times with people are often one on one.

Because he is athletic and outdoorsy, I've learned to hike, backpack, snowboard, and canoe.

Because he hunts, I've learned to eat venison and see it as God's provision and a healthy way to reduce animal population.

Because he is financially responsible, I've learned to reconcile the checkbook and not spend more that I have.

Because he loves me, I've learned that that is enough for me.

I love him.


  1. totally agree about the morning. better just to keep my mouth shut! thanks for the comment- i love your list too! such a great excuse to take a step back and think... how did we get so blessed?? :)

  2. Anonymous10:28 AM

    WOW!! How awesome is that! What a great perspective! An awesome way to view your differences! I bet your husband stands a little taller after reading this post!!

  3. Now that is beautiful! What a wonderful Valentine's gift for your read this.

  4. Now that is beautiful! What a wonderful Valentine's gift for your read this.

  5. Very sweet tribute!!

  6. jesica you made me cry...the whole three parts are beautiful!! also i love the whole please dont steal pictures thing on your blog...that made me laugh..cuz i do steal pictures from people..though i have never stolen any of yours :)


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