Sunday, August 22, 2010

Something

Something about Steve is that he is brilliant. He reads things, he studies things, he ponders things, and -- this is the kicker -- he retains everything. Maybe he wasn't brilliant when he was four (but me? I'm pretty sure I was a brilliant four-year-old), but he's 34 now and has all those years of knowledge and wisdom and insight swirling around in his head (me? I'm pretty sure I still know at least as much as I did when I was four).

Seventh grade science class? He remembers every last property of a nucleus and could regurgitate it with finesse.
An obscure Old Testament story he read on his mission? He could name the reference, give or take 5 chapters.
A quote from the documentary about U2's Joshua Tree album he watched last night? Rest assured he will be quoting from it in some conversation 17 years hence, because he will never forget it. He just really will not.

That is something about Steve. I love that guy. I married him thirteen years ago today, and it was hands down the greatest thing I ever did. I remember being in the temple during our wedding ceremony and being so overcome with the magnitude of what was happening: a new family created, forever. We would have children who would have children who would have children, there was so much potential. Our union was bigger than us, that was for sure.

Our marriage isn't perfect. It's hard, actually, and there are times when we do things that hurt each other. But he is a pure-hearted soul and he wants nothing more than to love me perfectly, and I could not ask for more. I never ever doubt that I won the grand prize when I got him to fall for me.


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Something about Steve's brother Austin is that he is very very good at seizing opportunities. He always has interesting things happening in his life because he seeks after them, and takes advantage to the fullest whenever they come his way. That's probably my favorite thing about Austin. Right now he has an opportunity to win a big contest to introduce the world to the new GoogleTV and live in a fancy loft in LA for a few months and throw parties and make money and further his career. I think he'd be fantastic at it. The contest ends tomorrow, Monday, at midnight and he wants to finish strong, so will you please help him by clicking on this link, then clicking the "Vote Now" button? That's all there is to it: two seconds and you're done and Austin and I are very grateful. You are the greatest.

8 comments:

amyegodfrey said...

Great post, Emily! I forgot to wish you this today, so Happy Anniversary to both of you! I adore Steve and am so grateful you married him.

Neil and Diana said...

Happy anniversary! I voted.

amyraye said...

you've updated your blog look once again. :)
loved this post. i feel the same way about my husband. it's so great to be married to a man with "something"...and know it.
happy anniversary, craigs.

Natalie said...

Happy anniversary! I love me a good marriage:)...

I also voted for austin. not that i am hoping for a kickback for my crucial vote but if he has an in with logitech would you let him know that we have had 5 logitech remotes break (logitech's fault) and the 6th one that they replaced the final broken one with didn't hold up to the soy milk which was spilled on it last week. If he could get us free shipping or something and a super kid-proof shield thrown in that would be great. if not, i still hope he wins because he has really pretty blue eyes.

Nancy said...

I think the men can retain more because they haven't had children. Babies eat brain cells! That's my excuse any way. I have zero retention for anything smart or pertinent, and total retention for weird and unimportant. Oh well. Happy Anniversary! I wish I still looked like I did the day you two got married. That might have been the pinnacle of my looks, time to get on the treadmill...

pepper said...

Austin, Will you invite me to a party in LA if I vote for you?

Jennifer said...

What a nice picture--your hubby is cute, as well as (but much more important than being) smart. I swear you guys look alike, but is that just my vain imaginations? I wish you guys were in my ward because you sound like the ultimate It Couple. But then, of course, why would you hang out with us?

I love smart men, too. Married one myself. This was a sweet, refreshing anniversary post. Congrats! A satisfying marriage is no small feat. :)

Steve said...

I love you. If I had a blog or a facebook, I'd brag about you too.