That’s right, I said it! After 18 years of marriage I am still madly in love with my beautiful and wonderful wife Navleen, aka Leena. Unlike the last post I wrote in which I only gave 5 reasons, this one will have 18 – one for each year of marriage. She has given me her heart, her soul, and her love even when I wasn’t worthy of them (yes, I know – hard to believe).
Her relentless support of my crazy ideas (business, life and family) is amazing, she is an awesome mom to our daughter, calls me out when I’ve pushed the limits, and most of all her faith in the big guy above has truly gotten us to this point.
We’ve gone through a lot together over the last 18 years and quite frankly – it is rather difficult for me to only pick 18 reasons as otherwise I can go on and on and on and put the Energizer Bunny to shame.
So, in honor of my wonderful wife I bring to you 18 Reasons Why I Still Love My Wife:
1. She Makes Me Laugh
Navleen is and always a lot more serious than myself. However, there are little things she does that bring a chuckle to my face and that is awesome!
2. Her Eyes Sparkle
Her eyes are a window to her soul and they sparkle as we communicate and dig into our emotional territory. It is during these conversations that I get to witness something absolutely beautiful. Although I think she may need glasses – kind of difficult to imagine that sparkle would be on account of me. :-)
3. During Tough Times She Never Gave Up On Us
Huge, huge, huge. During the darkest valleys that we have gone through Navleen never gave up on us. Don’t get me wrong, there were tough conversations, tough situations, and nights where we didn’t want to be next to each other. But at the end of the day – her inner strength willed us to move forward.
4. We Dream Together
Both of us dream, share those dreams and then go after them. We’ve achieved many, we’re working on some right now, and there are dreams that are just a glimmer on our horizon. While I tend to think of the here and now – she formulates a game-plan for the future.
5. Warmth of Her Hugs
It is in her arms I know that either sharing my joys or sorrows I am loved.
6. She Trusted God’s Plan For Us When I Didn’t
Navleen’s unwavering faith in God has been inspiring to witness. When I would question God’s plan she was the one who listened and quieted my soul.
7. Long Conversations Have Intertwined Our Souls
Little did I know when we first got married that having long conversations would have such an impact on our lives. It was tough to do this as I wasn’t the one to sit and want to talk. When we began to ask and answer questions that is when we grew closer.
8. She Doesn’t Keep Score
This has been a big breakthrough for us. We serve each other instead of keeping score on what we have accomplished around the house. There are no more her jobs and my jobs. They are all “our jobs” and we make sure they get completed.
9. Love at Every Sight
I wake up each and every morning next to my beautiful wife and I’m remind why I’m one lucky guy. I fall in love with her all over again.
10. She Invests With Everything
Navleen is a giver. She gives her entire heart and being. If you’re in her life, you’ve most likely been a reciprocate of her generosity and thoughtfulness.
11) She’s Got My Back (literally)
If you want to see the sweet, gentle, kind Navleen get upset, just say something negative about me (or the daughter). She has a strong side and it’s seen best with her defending someone she loves. It’s comforting knowing, regardless of how difficult my life might be, that Navleen is always in my corner.
12) She is BEAUTIFUL.
Seriously, have you seen this woman? This actually happens all the time: A guy walks up to us and looks at her, then me, and says to me, “How did you end up with her?” Seriously how did that happen?
13) She Is An Amazing Mother.
Tarina may be the luckiest girl on the planet. I often say in my next lifetime I would want to come back as T for the amount of time Navleen invests in T and her future. I refer to myself as “chopped liver” when Tarina is around.
14) She Is Freaky Smart.
Anything she puts her mind to, she does well. She crammed 4 years of college into less than 3, and still got a 4.0. I crammed 4 years of college into umm more than 5. Whereas other “specialists” weren’t able to figure out what was going on with me health wise – she was spot on in her diagnosis. Needless to say, Tarina totally gets her drive and brains from her (thank God).
15) She Is Good At What I’m Bad At.
Like finances. Though she is a physician, and she helps me not spend all our money on cars, gadgets, poker, movies, travel, etc. In so many ways, she fills in the holes I have.
16) She Juggles Like An Acrobat.
She organizes like… an organizer. I don’t know how she does it. I mean, I’m petty good at logistics, but she keeps T on track, runs the house, helps T with her work load at school, volunteers for a youth group, puts up with me and somehow manages to keep her sanity.
17) She Makes Me Feel Super-Human.
To the degree that I have experienced any success, it is largely because Navleen has been my constant cheerleader and my biggest fan. I would definitely not be where I am had it not been for her pushing me along the way.
18) She’s Opinionated and That’s A Good Thing.
I knew it the moment I met her… not what I had been used to, and I loved that about her! Someone to challenge me, challenge the status quo, and make me a better person.
Our Love Will Last
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Love will last forever!” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8 New Living Translation)
Jim, Chris and Flor you guys will be proud of me for this reference. :-)
Well – there you have it, 18 reasons why I still love my wife. I am looking forward to the next 18 and unfortunately for you guys – that will be a much longer post.
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