1. He thinks I am practically perfect in every way.
2. He is the master of random and strange facts about practically everything.
3. He can do more diamond push-ups than any of the missionaries who have ever lived with us.
4. Never tells me I can’t do something.
5. He loves babies.
6. When our oldest left home for college, he missed him so much that he found an excuse to drive to Utah to see him the very next weekend.
7. He takes Skippy to kindergarten every single day, and volunteers in his classroom.
8. He always tells pregnant women how beautiful they look.
9. He taught himself Italian over the last two years by listening to these crazy Jane and Mossimo podcasts in his car on the way to work.
10. Aside from a reckless (no, maybe distracted is a better word) disregard for traffic rules, he always does the right thing.
11. He makes lunches every day and uses the money he saves by “eating in” to buy me things, like my nice camera.
12. He calls my mom at least twice as often as I do.
13. Once when Cambria was about two, he heard her coloring on the hallway wall and barked a reprimand at her that made her cry. He carried her crayon around in his pocket for a week, to remind himself that little girls should be disciplined in a gentle, loving way.
14. He is going to take me to the new Star Trek movie for my birthday.
15. Despite his love of socks, he never complains that he seldom has any clean, matching ones.
16. He downplays drama. For instance, in DK parlance, “The car got totaled on the way to work” becomes, “I had a little challenge with the Volvo today.”
17. He tries to brag about me to everyone he talks to. You can see how that wouldn’t always be a good thing, so sometimes we have to have a chat about that, but it is certainly nicer than many of my friends’ husbands, who seem to always complain about things their wives do.
18. He visits elderly widows and helps them with anything they need around the house.
19. When the missionaries needed a place to live, he told me we needed to do it, even though we still had six kids at home, one in diapers. I thought he was crazy, but he followed his inspiration, and it has turned out to be a huge blessing to our family.
20. He has a sense of humor that often only I get.
21. He is smart. Definitely in the top five in our family. I think.
22. When our kids have to go to the emergency room (we are not bad parents…it happens, people), DK usually takes them.
23. You know how some people say, “If I tell you something, do you promise not to be offended?” right before they cut you off at the knees with a character attack? Whenever DK says that to me, it always turns out to be something that isn’t even about me…no personal criticism.
24. He is ten times more romantic and sentimental than I am.
25. He reads my blog.