I Am Completely In Love With Him: #thestencilfiedjournal
Completely In Love
A well-dressed man with a huge bouquet of flowers or in this case leaves will send most lady’s heart a flutter. My hubby would be the one to bring me leaves. My hubby is not a romantic in any sense of the word. He doesn’t spontaneously bring me flowers or gifts. And he certainly doesn’t cook or do dishes. But that doesn’t mean that I am not completely in love with him. Because I am. I have learned through the years that love is more than just little love tokens, ‘things’ that are tangible and that tingly feeling that disappears after the first few months of marriage. I would love for him to do all those romantic things that couples in movies and books do but that is just unrealistic.
Right off the bat in college when he took me on our first ‘meal’ date to the Campus Grill, he told me he wanted to buy me dinner. And in the same sentence said it had to cost less than $4. What? No one can get a meal and a drink AND dessert for that much. I’m not going to lie. I felt a little insulted that I wasn’t worth more to him than a few bucks. I came away thinking he should have been willing to drink water so I could have french fries with my sandwich.
Skip to quite a few years later, 6 years actually. We were married and I had just had my first son. Mother’s day and my birthday are always the same week but this year they happened to be on the same day. My hubby came home from work 2 days BEFORE my birthday with a candle still in the Walmart bag and a bouquet of flowers. He said “One is for Mother’s Day and one is for your birthday. you can pick.” After discussing why I was upset, he apologized and tried again the next day. I came home from a church luncheon and he said, “Happy Birthday, honey! I just installed your dishwasher.”
Haha! Those are a few examples of how we do romance in our home.
To be honest, the problem is on my end not my hubby’s. I came into marriage with expectations. Expectations gleaned from immaturity and too much book reading. I love a good romance. I love how Mr. Darcy goes to the ends of the earth to find Lydia Bennett and Mr. Wickam so that they can be a respectable couple. And how he rights a mistake and sends Mr.Bingly back to Jane. All for Elizabeth. He did it all to show her he loved her. And that is what my hubby does for me.
He gets out of bed every morning and sets off to work. He comes home and interacts with our children, showing them love, patience and is an example of a good father. He is a hard worker and doesn’t take shortcuts. He teaches our children to respect and obey me. He listens to my endless chatter and ramblings. He shows interest in my crafting and encourages me to take it further than just a hobby.
I won’t bore you even though my list is SO much longer. I have realized that although it is fun to receive gifts, if your romance is solely based on’things’ it is shallow. Real romance is sticking with someone through life’s difficulties. Being there when it is important and doing the hard work (parenting, marriage). Choosing to love the other person even when they do it wrong or get under your skin.
Creating the Journal Layout
I am onto my third prompt in the #thestencilfiedjournal challenge. Yes, I skipped #2 but I am coming back to that as I misread the prompt. Stencil on a leaf. I considered using a real leaf but I have had these little ones lying around on my table for forever. I am desperate to use up what I have so faux leaves it is.
I used the Ornamental Floral Screen on the leaves and then embossed them in green. My background is a combination of the Ornamental Floral Screen and the Eye Lattice Stencil. I used various paints, stamping and embossing in my background.
The tag has been re purposed from a previous project. I added more stamping, paint and embossing as it was previously Christmas themed.
On the opposite page I have old book paper, vintage lace and fabric scraps surrounding one of my pair of hand-carved fish. I finished off with some thread, doodling and a few other embellishments.
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