Monday, August 26, 2013
Chuck and I are in Florida in a hotel in Cocoa Beach which is near Cape Canaveral. Chuck is teaching today and the next two days. I want to share how blessed I feel. I am the happiest I have ever been in my whole life. As I stepped onto the beach after taking the sandy path from the hotel, I breathed in the fresh salt air that had not yet been tinged by the Florida humidity. As I was walking and looking at the ocean at 7:45 a.m. which, if you know me well, is totally unheard of for me to even be up at that time if I don't have to be, never mind walking the beach...I nodded at a few people who were also out early, walking. There I was with the gulls, pelicans and sand pipers, enjoying the morning. I am not a morning person, but today, looking at the beauty before me, I couldn't help but be. I gazed around me in awe, at the clouds in the sky, the sun peeking through with its rays shining on the water, and birds around me, and tears sprang to my eyes. At that moment, I felt SO grateful and blessed. A thought occurred to me and I realized that at that moment, and at this time in my life, I am truly the happiest I have ever been. My goals in life for as long as I can remember were to be happily in love with the man I was married to, and to be a mom. I am a mom of three grown children, so I have had and am still having that "mom" experience which has been very fulfilling to me. And now that I have met Chuck I am finally happily married! I wish Chuck had not been on his way to teach at that moment, but instead had been with me because it was the perfect time to share this new discovery with him. He is a very big part of the reason I am so happy. I took pictures of the clouds hovering over the water in different shades of white and gray. I listened to the sound of the waves as they rolled in over the beach. I slowly breathed in the salty air. I realized that being with Chuck and having made the choices I have made over the course of my lifetime, has brought me to a point where I am the happiest I have ever been. Chuck treats me like a queen. For all of my life, I have wanted to be loved by a man the way Chuck loves me. And I have wanted to be able to love a man with my whole heart. And that is the way that Chuck allows me to love him. It is very freeing not to have to change who I am in order to be with him. I am very grateful to both God and Chuck, and feel extremely blessed to be this loved by both of them, and living this life! I just had to share these feelings of joy because my "cup overfloweth". I am having an amazing life! Here are some pictures from our stay in Cocoa Beach, including the view from our hotel room window, the beach where I walked every morning with a free cup of coffee from the hotel, and the beach at sunrise one morning:
Posted by Chucks Happy Wife at 3:31 PM
Sunday, August 11, 2013
A long time ago, when Chuck and I first fell in love, I wanted to shout about it from the rooftops! And with this blog, I am able to do that. I recently ran into someone who found this blog online and told me it's nice to see someone so in love in their second marriage. And that it gives them hope for an upcoming second marriage in their own life. That made me feel so good. I have always told Chuck that I wanted our marriage to make a difference in the lives of others. I didn't know how that would come to be. But I have heard from a few different people who told me that this blog is encouraging to them in their own lives and that they enjoy reading it. So, maybe our marriage won't be one for the history books, or we won't have a "made for TV movie" about our love. But, if we can inspire people in our day to day lives, or if people can be inspired about love and marriage the second time around through this blog, then that's just as good, and I will have made the dream o0f our inspiring people to come true. Well, I need to run now. Chuck is coming home from a business trip and I wanted to clean the house as a surprise for him. oops...if he reads this at the airport before he actually gets here, I guess it won't be a surprise for him...LOL! Oh well. The important thing is that it gets done. Happy Sunday afternoon everyone!
Posted by Chucks Happy Wife at 12:27 PM
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Back in the day, actually, about 20 years ago, when Tom Bodett of Motel 6 fame promised to leave the light on for all of us, I remember what a homey feeling his voice had and the thought of someone leaving the light on for me made me feel warm and fuzzy inside. The Motel 6 adman did a wonderful job of making me, and I am sure plenty of others, feel as though Tom Bodett and the people at Motel 6 really cared about me. I haven't thought of that campaign or Tom Bodett for many years, until the other night Chuck was due home after dark, and I decided to leave the light on for him. At one end of our circular driveway there is a lamp post. During winter months when I would arrive home from substitute teaching and running errands, I could almost count on the light being left on for me. It made me feel the same way those ads for Motel 6 did...warm and fuzzy inside, and as though someone cared about me. Only this time, it's Chuck that cares about me, not Motel 6. Wanting to share those same feelings of caring, I left the light on for him. And I started to think about my life before Chuck. In my first marriage, I don't think I was as conscious about doing those little things. I may have been before kids, but not to the extent I do those little things now. That's one of the things a second marriage does for me. It gives me a second chance to think about the things that really matter in a marriage, and to make sure I do them right THIS time. I try not to spend too much time dwelling on what went wrong in my first marriage. I have been there, and done that and I think I have it figured out enough to learn from my mistakes, but not dwell on it. But I do realize that life is short and I do not have eons to get this marriage thing right. I only have whatever time God gives me with Chuck so I need to make each day count. That means doing those little things that add up to a loving and caring marriage. It means making sure when I replace the toilet paper roll that I put it on the way Chuck likes it. ( It doesn't matter to ME mind you, but since it does matter to Chuck, I try to pay attention...if you have read this far, please leave a comment below just for fun about whether or not you like your toilet paper to come down from over the top of the roll, or from underneath)! Here's what I mean: Do you like your TP to dispense from over the roll (left) or under the roll (right)? Or does it matter?
Posted by Chucks Happy Wife at 6:53 PM
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
This past weekend, Chuck and I went to Tanglewood. For those of you not familiar with it, Tanglewood is in the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts. It's the summer home of the Boston Pops. Each year, throngs of picnickers and classical music enthusiasts flock to Tanglewood to enjoy both the ambiance of an outside picnic in the summer, and the beautiful strains of classical music outside, under the stars. Chuck enjoys Tanglewood for the classical music. I enjoy Tangelwood for the whole experience...the cool green grass under my bare feet as I sit in a lawn chair and wiggle my toes in it...the taste of picnic food out in the fresh mountain air...the tangy taste of wine as I gaze at the mountains around me...the excitement of other Tanglewood fans as they share their own picnic dinners with family and friends, gazing up through the trees as I lay on my back on a blanket and gaze at blue sky and fluffy...white clouds as I listen to the strains of classical music wafting through the fresh summer air...and the enjoyment I have of being here, together with my husband, both of us full of joy and excitement and love for the event, and for each other. Yep, that sounds pretty mushy, but it's the truth. Here's the set up of our portable table, before dinner...
Posted by Chucks Happy Wife at 8:13 PM
Friday, July 5, 2013
The thing about getting married a second time is not only do you marry your spouse, but you often get a lot of instant family members in the deal. I am fortunate that Chuck’s family has seemed to welcome me with open arms. That is a nice feeling. I think his family did a better job of welcoming me than my family did of welcoming him. Well, I’m talking about two of my three teen aged kids, and I guess we know how testy they can be. I think everyone else is happy Chuck’s in the family, and hopefully my kids will come around.
Posted by Chucks Happy Wife at 5:32 AM
Saturday, June 29, 2013
On Friday of our Big Canoe week we had a wonderful time renting a boat and taking an extremely quiet boat ride on Lake Petit. Actually, we didn't even have to rent the boat. Our real estate agent from Big Canoe, Ryan Moledar, arranged for us to have a boat for free for a few hours through the Big Canoe real estate office. Thanks Ryan! The boat was so quiet that I asked Chuck how we could be moving even though he hadn't started the motor yet! Big Canoe doesn't allow any gas powered boats so our boat, which is a pontoon boat, has an electric motor. I was shocked at how quiet it was. It was actually on and powering us around the lake when I said that. The peacefulness of Big Canoe was once again showcased as we wound our way slowly around the lake, admiring the houses that could just barely be seen peeking through the trees. We were able to go into small little coves and it was probably the most peaceful few hours we have had together in a very long time. The boat was so easy to drive that I even took a shot at it. There's an island in the middle of Lake Petit where people can moor a boat and go for a picnic. It was nice to dream about someday doing that in our future. We even saw a family of ducks swim by which was a real treat for a nature lover like me! Here are some scenes from our boat trip:
Posted by Chucks Happy Wife at 11:27 AM
Monday, June 24, 2013
I have been remiss in keeping up with this blog and for that I am sorry. The day after I wrote this we met with the real estate agent that we had toured with last year. Unfortunately, because we are a bit picky, he only had three homes to show us that were in the price range we wanted, and had all the amenities we also require ( at least a 2 car garage for Chuck and a mountain view for me, among other things.) The prices of homes in Big Canoe runs from about $200,000 for an older home, all the way up to the millions. The homes are all varied, and one can get anything from a simple log cabin to a beautiful mansion. We enjoyed our tours of the homes very much, and I found 2 I could live in quite easily. But our current house is not even on the market yet, so I guess I can't put the cart before the horse. We will be getting the house ready to get on the market soon, and hopefully, when it sells, we will have more than a few choices of houses at Big Canoe.
Posted by Chucks Happy Wife at 6:54 PM