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5 Reasons Why I Haven’t Left My Husband

I’ve always tried to live most of my life being self sufficient telling myself that I don’t need anyone’s help… especially no man’s.  I haven’t had the best experiences with relationships, but let’s be real, I probably wasn’t their best experience either. Being reliant only on me, myself, and I and shutting people out is not exactly my idea of being emotionally healthy. Now that I’m married, it’s been a struggle shaking off old habits, but I’ve noticed that there are a number of things that I now have a hard time doing on my own.

To keep it brief and fun, I’m only going to only highlight five, and Jacob wanted to chime in too.

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  1. Who is going to kill all the bugs?? My instinct is to somehow trap it under a box and then move out. Permanently. I will admit that in college, there was a time I spent a few nights living at the student center because of there was a spider lurking in my room and haunting my every thought.
  2. He can reach the top shelf. If you know me in person, I’m really small and short. It’s a workout having to reach the top shelves because there is climbing involved. haha
  3. He goes on all my crazy adventures with me. I’m always wanting to be on the go! It’s nice to be able to have someone to enjoy the new experiences with (and who am I kidding, to also complain with when our travel plans fall apart).
  4. He executes. I may be the visionary, but I can never execute my ideas if it weren’t for him. He’s great at realistically putting things into order and action.
  5. He’s my guinea pig. When I’m trying out all these pinteresting recipes, they don’t always come out great the first time around, and somebody’s gotta eat it! Good thing he’s not that picky.

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  1. She’s my best friend. I definitely take this for granted, but I know that she’ll be there for me when I need it. She’s been out of town a couple of times this year, and I was reminded how mopey and lonely I get when she’s not around to talk to and live life with.
  2. She challenges me to live a more fulfilling life. Whether it’s going on adventures, traveling the world, or bettering myself as a person, she’s always pushing herself to experience new things and improve herself and let’s me come along for the ride.
  3. We will forever have amazing photos. For those of you guys who know her or follow this blog, you know that Esther takes amazing photos! I definitely don’t do the same for her, which I’m working on, but I know that no matter what or where we are, we’ll have amazing photos as memories.
  4. She’s my permanent workout partner. We run, workout, and go hiking together. Working out is always tough on your own.
  5. She’s a visionary. No matter where life will take us, she’ll always be expecting great and grand things from the both of us. She reminds me that we should be using what we’ve been given for the greater good.

I wanted this to be light and fun, and he decided to go the thoughtful and sweet route. Oh well. I’ve been practicing gratitude weekly on my own every wednesday on this blog, but we’ve been trying to be more intentional about practicing gratitude together and towards one another.

What about you? What’s one reason why you need a husband / wife / significant other? :)

xoxo estherJacob

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  1. That’s so sweet! Definitely ditto to the top shelves thing…I can’t get anything without a step stool!

  2. Camesha

    Such a sweet post! Love the pic too! And yes, I definitely need the hubs around for the bugs! LOL!

  3. Miriam

    What a creative post, love it! It’s perfect that you are a visionary and he’s the executioner, what a great match! You are meant for each other. :-)

    1. Thanks Miriam! :) Sometimes we do get really annoyed at each other because we don’t always see eye to eye.. but in the end we are pretty grateful that we balance each other out in many ways. :)

  4. Kristine Foley

    Such a great way to be reminded of being grateful for our spouses. Loved it!

  5. Hima

    I love how this is fun, but still has a genuine undertone! Having a workout partner is the best! :)

    xo, Hima

    Hima Hearts

  6. Deidre Emme

    So cute. Love it. I need someone to kill the bugs too.

  7. Sarah

    Lov Jacob reason that your his work out buddy so sweet, the whole post is really sweet

    1. Thanks so much Sarah! We definitely help motivate each other in that department. I could not make it to the gym as much as I do without him!

  8. Shane Prather

    At first I was hesitant to read this based on the title–but the fact that you got his side as well was perfect :)

  9. Kara

    This is adorable! I love it :) might have to ask my future hubby to make a list!

  10. annette silvestre

    You two are so cute, I love how your views are a little silly, and his are serious. My honey kills the spiders for me because I am terrified!

    1. Thanks Annette! :P Usually he’s the silly one.. but I think he wants to win everyone over since I’m the main writer.

  11. Carly Anderson

    I love this! Such a cute idea!

  12. songbirdsandbuttons

    This is so cute! And yes, like many others – I can’t reach the top shelf!

  13. Meg O.

    Being able to get to that top shelf is crucial in life. Especially when you’re 8 months pregnant and can’t climb up the counter yourself. Not that I have experience with that or anything…

  14. Brooklyn

    I so agree with your husband on the workout partner. We are the best encouragement for each other!

  15. Jenn

    this was too cute, and too true, especially about the bugs. bugs are the worst!

  16. Ruthy T.

    loved this post…seriously who would kill all the bugs…and lift all the heavy things?!

      1. Shannon Kennedy

        I have to admit, the title threw me off a bit though. I didn’t quite know what to expect. I definitely agree with #2 on your list. For my list, I’d have to say having someone who understands my career is really great. Since M is also a musician, he understands my schedule. And also, since we live in the US, it’s great having French as a “secret” language so we can make decisions and talk things over “privately” even in public.

        1. haha that was with jacob’s help. i’ve been reading up on learning to blog better and apparently we need to come up with catchier titles! what if someone knows what you’re saying? haha! well.. considering you’re in the US.. most likely not. :P

          1. Shannon Kennedy

            Alas, we have had that happen. But we usually hear them before they hear us and it’s salespeople, etc. that we worry about more than strangers.

            The title was certainly catchy!

  17. This was such a sweet post! I loved the Jacob added his to the list too! You guys are so cute! P is my perfect match, we just compliment each other in a lot of ways. They say when you are with someone if you bring out the best in each other it’s a good match and that is very true in our case.

    1. :) We’re trying to figure out how to give Jacob more of a voice on here! Haha If you saw us in person though.. we totally love to bicker at each other. I think it works out better that way when you complement each other more than being too similar (at least for us). We fight a lot about our differences, but at the end of the day.. two of me would be bad news! :P

      We need to grab a beer! If you move to SD.. we’re totally going brewery hopping with you guys!

      1. It will happen, you name the place ;) I can’t wait for all the new adventures ahead!

    2. Shannon Kennedy

      Hey! We’re going to be neighbors… sort of. Good luck on the move!

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