I’ve been thinking about the things that make Adam and I us. What has made our marriage be as strong and awesome as it is after over 18 years? What makes “us” tick.

Things you may or may not know about us:

  • We both know every (I mean EVERY) line to National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and we often use it casually in our everyday discussions. “I don’t knoooow, Margo” or “bend over and I’ll show ya” are both classics.
  • We own a sign-repair company (the kind of digital signs you see at gas stations, malls, schools etc). We were blessed with a tremendous opportunity almost two years ago and purchased EDS/SignCo-a company Adam had worked for off and on for many years. This is (for the most part) Adam’s baby but I have learned more and more the past year and now help with much of the billing, paper-work, ordering, etc.
  • We sleep in our own beds. Ha! I am a horrible sleeper and there are nights that Adam is very busy in his sleep (not too long ago he dreamed he was running on ice…literally). Did you know that two twin XL mattresses=king? Well, they do.
  • Adam proposed to me in 1994 at Dumb and Dumber. Well, not literally. He took me to a nice dinner and proposed at the restaurant and after we went to the movie. The lines from this movie are also commonly used in our home day-to-day. And, yes we did see the sequel a couple of months ago and boy was it disappointing!
  • Our first date was on March 10, 1992.
  • SHMILY: For one of our first anniversaries we received the book Night Light: A Devotional for Couples by James Dobson as a gift and SHMILY (See How Much I Love You) was mentioned. We embraced it and it has been “our thing” ever since. From emails, love-letters or chicken-scratched notes, almost everything we have ever given one another says SHMILY. (Last year I found an artist on Etsy that made me the SHMILY art you can see in the upper right corner on this wall in our happy room).IMG_5447
  • We are healthy wanna-be’s. We eat only organic, free-range, hormone free meat, milk and eggs and try to purchase all of our other food organically also. We don’t buy canned goods with BPA in the lining and do not drink out of plastic containers, nor have anything plastic in our kitchen actually. On the flip-side, we are both overweight and love to eat out! Go figure.
  • We are huge animal lovers. We would do anything for our fur babies and we have. We’ve done CPR on a cat on the way to the Hospital (and did revive him for a brief time) and tried to save our first love, Hastings (a border collie that we got when we first were married). Hastings had a pulmonary embolus and we sped the 60 miles to the nearest Animal ER/Hospital before we lost her. We watched while they did CPR and did labs, EKGs, etc on her but were unable to save her. We both remember seeing her eyes right before they closed for the last time. Years ago we paid for our kitty Corona (Miss Corona Barona!) to have a root canal (I’m serious). She was our 20-year old that we had to put down last spring for cancer in her airway. Boy, we loved that old gal. We once had a beautiful orange cat that had renal failure from getting into some lillies that we literally gave IV fluids to for days at home trying to save his little kidneys. Mr. Pepper, our 18 year-old siamese had an over-active thyroid about ten years ago and we sent him to K-State for radioactive treatment. Again, I am serious. Ha! He had to stay there for several weeks under quarantine before we were allowed to go pick him up. We have cared for this same old guy since May when he suffered a stroke. He is blind and deaf and loving life now but it has and still is hard-work for us to care for him. We love him so. Two of our cats are buried on my Father’s property in Montana (both with their own headstones!) and our beautiful Hastings and other cats are buried on Adam’s parent’s property in Mississippi-all in oak boxes lined with velvet that Adam made for them. Yes, we are well-experienced at shipping our animals on dry-ice. Weird, we know. I work with a woman who often says that when she dies she wants to come back as one of ¬†our pets. Not a bad idea at all.

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We have filled our weekend with distractions and are glad for it. We went to our 15th (!) Cirque Du Soleil show yesterday, Dralion. While the travel shows are not as exciting as the resident shows we have seen in NYC, Orlando and Vegas we are still always amazed at the talent and music. And, we are so thankful to have something like this to go to in rural America!

IMG_20141207_132601 1206141554We are still riding the high from being able to actually successfully use these!

Usually EVERYthing in the store is listed in the fine print and these coupons are useless!

Usually EVERYthing in the store is listed in the fine print and these coupons are useless!

Sometimes I just stop and stare at this old dude. At 18, he sure is awesome, considering he is blind and deaf from a stroke in May. I love how he still walks along the walls to find his way and always seems to find the perfect place to sunbathe….

IMG_20141207_144743Occasionally if we have a distance to drive when we fill up on gas we’ll get a few lottery tickets to pass the time in the car. This was a nice treat!

IMG_20141207_151704We love Hy-Vee and each time we go we do two things. We pick out a new (to us) cheese to try (word to the wise….always check the exp dates; they aren’t the best about pulling them when expired) and we pick out a fruit we have never tried. Oh, and the BEST part of our trip to Hy-Vee this week is our 63 cents off of each gallon of gas the next time we fill up-now, that is like winning the lottery.


Buddha's Hand. From Asia, it is a citrus fruit and it kind of sounds like it is used for it's smell and to look at mostly. It actually smells like a lemon....

Buddha’s Hand. From Asia, it is a citrus fruit and it kind of sounds like it is used for it’s smell and to look at mostly. It actually smells like a lemon….

Our happy room. We refer to this (my office/craft/project room) as our happy room. Our home is full of oak and beautiful….but sometimes you like bright and white and that is here. Sometimes we’ll just sit and visit in here with the dogs.

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I am thankful we laughed a little yesterday and loved on one another during our “date day” and that just 5 days after losing our babe we are somehow able to still see some beauty around us.

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