This is us.
We met at a BBQ in June of 2009. He was back from a mission. I was back from college.
I thought he was the greatest thing I ever met as soon as I started talking to him.
Started dating in July.
Madly in love by August.
Engaged in September.
Married on December 11, 2009.
A little fast? Maybe, but it was a perfect match. And who would wait in that case?
Mikey loves people, he especially likes little brown people. Not because he is brown, but because of his mission. He served the people of Micronesia on an island called Pohnpei. I wasn't there, but I would say he did a pretty amazing job of it. How do I know? (Because I'm a snoop through his journals) and also because he is obsessed with those people. He loves them more than anything. Except me. (I hope) I include this as an introduction to him because it's a huge part of him. It's been 5 years since he went on his mission, but you can still see the bright light in his eyes when he talks about it. I don't think that light will ever dim and I sure hope it doesn't.
He is a hard worker.
I'm serious, the boy never STOPS. He is constantly doing something, and constantly working on something. He cleans the house more than I do. Because I'm lazy? Well maybe, but mostly because he's always moving. He can't stop. And when he has a spare moment, he cleans, or works, or studies, or something productive.
I look up to that. I also look up to his way with people. (all races this time) He loves them. He likes to listen to every single detail of where they are from, what they like to do, what they are up to lately, who they know, what they do, all of it. I tune out when he is completely and to utterly tuned in. I don't understand it but I love it.
He loves to run. Lots of miles. He loves lemonade. He loves chicken.
And best of all he loves me.
Kristin mostly just loves that tall brown boy.
But there are a few other things as well. Like mangoes. Seriously. They are so good.
I usually get on kicks about loving things and the latest kick that has actually stuck, (and I'm hoping still will) has been projects! I love them so much. It started with some blogs and some ideas and some KSL shopping. Now it's more of a garage sale, make things up as I go type deal. I love it though. When I began with this mental illness called re-doing furniture, I was reminded of a talk I heard at a Relief Society general conference. I remember I read it to Mikey the way back from Magna to get our first treasure. President Uchtdorf talks all about creating and how much women should use their talents and their internal need to create to make the world beautiful. He said "Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty." And boy, do I agree! It makes me so happy and I want it to make other people happy too. So I'm pinky promising now that I am going to keep this blog up to date and chuck ful of ideas that I steal from other people and how to make things beautiful that were mostly just garbage.