We met at church. He was an altar server and very involved in the liturgical activities of the church. Clearly he had been/was (and still is) very committed to serving God. This trait was very important to me because I knew that if I was to get married (that was not in my plan) that my husband needed to be grounded and committed to the Church and her teachings so that we could raise our family and children in the Faith.
Need I say more? Sure... why not. So that was the beginning. Then when we were engaged I/Holy Spirit STRONGLY encouraged/pushed him to discern studying to be a deacon - he said he would give it a try (and thanks to #1, #2 and #3 and a few other factors - ladies and gents we have a deacon). So now I should not complain when a box full of books shows up at our doorstep right? Oh no... never : )
|These came in yesterday... I promise I'm going to give a tour of his library one day|
2. Hard working
I hate to sound old fashion or nostalgic but seriously there are so many people (men and women) these days that are just lazy. Lee is not one of them. Not to say that he isn't lazy at times - AFTER doing a bunch of work - but you have to earn your right to be lazy! Seriously, the hours that he works during the summer are crazy - it has gotten a little better since he has the girls to come home to but... he definitely earns he keep when it comes to work. He loves his job and wouldn't trade it - not to say that there aren't things he gets frustrated with or whatever - but he is dedicated to what he does and does it well.
|Who can resist a guy on a tractor?|
Lee is not one to let something (or someone go). Now the story is that he had his eye on me for a long, long while before he was even on my 'radar screen'. Not to say that Mary McQ did not give me/us the hardest time from the get go... "Oh you and Lee would be so cute together." The church where we met was small so we would go out for lunch or dinner after Liturgy with the group of young people ALL THE TIME. The story goes that he would try and sit next to me or sit across from me (there were 6-10 people probably so there was some scheming on his part for sure). Thinking about that makes me smile : )
When we were finally 'dating' after 18 months of the first time we met, I was not sure about this whole discerning marriage thing and I gave him 100 million reasons why 'WE' were not a good idea (we were dating to discern marriage, not to casually go out with each other for years and years and years). Man I remember that conversation - and so does he. He convinced me to stick it out another few weeks and hey... you know, if he had said 'Okay let's just end it after 3 weeks' pretty sure you would not be reading this blog right now.
I am an realist... Lee is an optimist. He sees the good in people and situations. He can be critical of things but in general he has a very positive attitude; he is not a grudge holder; he starts his day with a smile on his face. I cannot say that I am like that but you know what... he love me for it any ways and gives me something to strive for!
|The number of selfies we have is insane...|
I've saved the mushy for last so just skim past it if you don't care. I happen to think Lee is super cute. His mannerisms, his Southern accent, his walk... and yes I like his hair - and he like mine too - and he was NEVER afraid to tell me that even before we were dating : )
Here's another 5-in-5 since that's the number of the day here:
He was super cute on the phone when he asked me out to dinner for the first time
He was super cute at dinner when we did go on out first date
He was super cute when we went to dinner before he made his first attempt to ask me to marry him
He was super cute when he tried to ask me to marry him the second time
He was super cute when he finally popped the question