Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Self Portrait Challenge- "Enclosed Spaces"

ENCLOSED IN BOOTS

Have you ever tried to walk a day in someone else's shoes? My husband Dave is amazing and I could never fill his shoes. His day begins at 3:00am and he starts his two hour commute to an eight hour job. His job is mentally and physically draining. He commutes home again in traffic for two more hours, only to come home and make dinner. He does the dishes, makes coffee for us both for the next morning and winds down by watering his garden (see wedding pics below). He showers and shaves and off to bed we go.
Next summer he retires at fifty and we will move to our new retirement home, but until then he spends weekends taking care of two houses 3hrs away from each other. Fixing one to sell and one to move to, both having big yards. The other things that need a lot of his attention are me, my two dogs and a cat. I need help with various things and they need food and water. He also does the laundry and shopping once a week. He is the best! What's even better is he chose this life by marrying a woman with ALS, two hours from his job, with a house and two dogs. I feel the love in this man's boots :)

24 comments:

Jolene said...

Tammy,

My Dad really is the best!! You really are one lucky gal :)

I love the pic of the boots!

Many Hugs,

Jolene

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Star said...

He's a keeper! Wow--to retire at 50; I wish that were in the cards for me but unless someone bestows a winning lottery ticket upon us it will not be happening.

Nice choice for your final enclosed space :-)

betty said...

he is a keeper!! What a great guy; I didn't realize he had such a long commute. Thankfully that will be coming to an end soon (I know its a year away, but at least there is "light at the end of the tunnel")

betty

Susannah said...

an angel for an angel :-) x

clare said...

Oh, that is such a touching tribute, Tammy.

Anonymous said...

Babe, Your worth all the driving and effort and wish I could do more to make you happy.Just think, if I didn't marry you I would still be washing all my clothes together in the same load and eating spagetti 4 nights a week.Love you....Dave

Nicole said...

Oh Tammy - this is just grand! What a great photo and what a great man. Your words and his response bring tears to my eyes! Lovely....

Helen said...

He really is a gift from God! What a blessing. I would love to meet him someday! :-)

Crashtest Comic said...

wow...

that blog just blew my mind. it was the most beautiful thing i've ever read.

great job.

www.crashtestcomic.com

(a writer too.)

Crashtest Comic said...

ps: your husband is a saint.

Becca said...

Quite a catch, Tammy! But I'm betting he feels the same way about you!

Thanks for sharing good news :-)

Jessie said...

You are a lucky woman indeed! And perhaps the best part is how much you appreciate it. There is no better love than what you've found! ;)

Colorsonmymind said...

Oh my I want to hug him.

What dedication and love-you have for eachother. It is beautiful to witness.

XOXO

emmapeelDallas said...

You and Dave give me hope, always, for a happy ending myself.

love,

Judi

bella said...

Hey girl, I'm catching up on your posts.

~The wedding pictures are lovely. Michelle looks beautiful in her dress and so happy with her new husband. It must have been a glorious morning for them. And you!

~Dave sounds amazing! You are both so lucky to have found each other.

Deb R said...

I love that photo, but I like your tribute to your husband even more.

paris parfait said...

Wonderful tribute to the truly special man otherwise known as your husband! Just beautiful, Tammy. God bless you both. xo

Bedazzzled1 said...

You, Tammy, deserve the brightest blessings in this world...and Dave is certainly a brilliant blessing. God love both of you.

Love you~
Nikki

Georgia said...

What an amazing man you have found!!! And to retire at 50?!?! You two are lucky ducks!!!

xoxo

Anonymous said...

great boots ... and you wouldn't want them filled by anyone else. :) That's big love.

Living Part Deux said...

Dave's boots are enormous, but his heart and spirit are as big as a house.

Chris said...

Dave sounds like the best guy ever. I have always been impressed by everything you write about him.

Chris
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Turquoise CRO said...

Sounds like a match made in HEAVEN! I LOVE spaghetti but no way could I eat it 4 nights! lol Love your boot photo sweetie! Very CUTE! XO

Neasa said...

Well, I originally tiptoed over here to sneak you a hug, but now I also have to give one to Dave - what a man! I know he must feel just as blessed by you as you are by him - this is what it's all about!

Wishing only more of the same for you & yours my sweet cyber-friend.
Hugs to both, Neasa.